Chocolate Chunk Muffin Tops

So, let me tell you something about these muffin tops.

They’re healthy. Seriously.  Like under 90 calories each healthy.

And they taste phenomenal.

I’m actually a HUGE fan of VitaTops, but not a fan of the hefty price tag attached to ‘em.  If you’re not familiar with VitaTops, they are a high-fiber, low-calorie snack frequently touted by Hungry Girl and Weight Watchers.  I love ‘em, love’ em, love ‘em.

So when I stumbled on a knock-off version of their chocolate chunk muffin over at Dashing Dish, I knew I had to try it.  And I’m so glad I did!  This version is actually even better than the packaged version, and at only a fraction of the cost.  Score!

And while the original recipe uses a standard-size muffin pan, I used my new handy-dandy muffin top pan, just to cut the calories a bit further.  Plus, they’re just extra cute this way!

Chocolate Chunk Muffin Tops
 
Makes 18 muffin tops or 12 regular muffins. If you don't have a muffin top pan, use a regular size muffin pan, increasing baking time to a total of approximately 12 to 15 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cup oats
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • ½ cup baking Stevia
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin-top tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a blender, mix together all ingredients, except for the chocolate chunks. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour chocolate batter into a bowl and gently stir in ¼ cup of the chocolate chunks. Scoop into your prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes; remove tin from oven and sprinkle the remainder of the chocolate chunks on top. Bake for 2 to 3 more minutes.
Notes
just barely adapted from Dashing Dish

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Comments

  1. Ooooh these look so delish. Putting on my list to make…
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets recently posted..Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel GlazeMy Profile

  2. Yummy!
    Terry recently posted..Menu Plan 09-17-12My Profile

  3. Chocolate muffin tops that are good for me…I must have these!!! I love the extra chocolate on top!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted..Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits and Applicious WeekMy Profile

  4. the gooey muffins tops are the best part. i’ve only had a vitatop once before and they are crazy good! so much chocolate decadent flavor in only 90 cals! they are perfect. I should try them homemade. :)
    sally @ sallys baking addiction recently posted..apple spice cupcakes with salted caramel frosting.My Profile

    • Sally, I bet you could make an awesome version of these! Now I’m thinking of trying to figure out a pumpkin version…

  5. These sound incredible! Can’t wait to try. Hubby will be happy.

    • Marica, you and Terry HAVE to make these. They really turned out moist, and they are super healthy–and no guilt-trip when you eat one, either. =)

  6. I loooooooove VitaTops but you’re right, they’re expensive! Eeek. I love these muffin tops. Reminds me of that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine opens the Top of the Muffin shop :) “what about the stumps?!” These look super plush and delicious, and the chocolate chunks on top look SUPER yummy!! Finally, a healthy reason to use my muffin top pan besides staring at it and making ridiculously calorie-laden cookies lol.
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..Caramel Apple Spice Milky Way CookiesMy Profile

    • Well, I’m sure I’ll also be using this pan for plenty of calorie-laden treats. But seriously, I’m planning to keep a stash of these on-hand for when I need a little treat and not a lot of calories. They seriously turned out awesome and were SO easy to make.

  7. These look + sound fantastic, + I love that they’re healthified!
    amy @ fearless homemaker recently posted..peanut butter chocolate chip cookiesMy Profile

  8. I love vitatop muffins! But, even more, I love finding ways to make my store-bought favorites at home. This is a great recipe – I can’t wait try it!

    • I hope you like ‘em, Jenna. I froze my leftovers and have been defrosting them when I need a little extra treat–they really are good!

  9. Oh my god, I have been waiting for something like this! I have always wanted to try those vita top things but have never wanted to fork over the money. I’m so all over these. Pinned!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted..Triple Mocha DonutsMy Profile

  10. this muffins looks amazing! great recipe! love your blog!
    Top cuisine avec Lavi recently posted..Mic dejun rapid / Quick breakfastMy Profile

  11. Lisa Peppers says:

    I made these in my cake pop pan today. Kids are loving them because they are like little chocolatey donut holes.

  12. I am SOOO making these!!! Printing now! Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck…please come back soon.

  13. I need to buy a muffin top pan, because these look awesome!
    Amber K recently posted..Cheesy Cauliflower BreadsticksMy Profile

  14. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I have made these several times, and they turn out just like your beautiful picture. Plus they taste amazing. I’ll be making these a lot.

  15. Question- can I sub real sugar? I know it makes it less healthified, but I prefer my kids not eat all these sugar substitutes- when even with additional sugar, they are still probably lower in sugar than most cereals! Also, I just checked at the store today and those darn vita tops are over $1 each! For for almost $5! These are totally worth making and I love that I know what’s in them!

    • Melissa: yes! Substituting real sugar will work just fine. :-) I know, the price on those VitaTops is crazy, huh? I love ‘em, but for over $1 each, it’s worth it to make my own! Hope you and the kiddos like this version.

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