Tags: muffins

In the mood to bake something, I pulled out the Ella Scones Chocolatte All Natural Scone Mix I was sent to try for free from Ella Scones a little while ago. I tried another mix in the past, and was rather pleased, so I thought this one should be good as well. Plus, it has chocolate in it! One of the things I like about this mix is that on the package it says it is “rich in Soy & Omega-3, which in studies have showed to be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease”. If I’m going to eat a baked good, it might as well be helpful to my body!

There was the option to make muffins instead of scones, and I opted for that. It required 1 1/2 cups of milk and 2 T of sugar (I used a sugar alternative, and a bit more than 2 T because I like a sweet product!), along with the mix. It didn’t really have any instructions for making it the muffin way aside from how long to cook it and what to add (there were instructions for the scones),  so I just mixed in a bowl but didn’t overmix. The mix was slightly lumpy at first, and then was smooth in no time with medium sized chocolate chips. I scooped it out of the bowl into a muffin pan and got 12 muffins out of the mix.

While it baked in the oven, I wondered why chocolatte? Would it have some type of coffee flavor? Or would it be the perfect accompaniment  to a latte? Guess I wouldn’t know until I tried it.

Once out of the oven, they smelled like biscuits, and they had a very smooth and rounded appearance. I took a bite of one after I let it cool for a few minutes, and found it to be somewhat of a dense muffin. Not super crumbly, but certainly moist and actually pretty good. They even had that “fudgy” consistency that brownies sometimes have. They were not too sweet, but the chocolate chips added a nice touch. I could sort of taste a hint of an oily flavor, but not too overpowering.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars. They are made with wheat flour instead of whole wheat flour (I would prefer if whole wheat or white whole wheat was used), but I do like that they have Omega-3 in them. I also LOVE that they were so moist. Nothing is worse to me than a dry muffin! I think they are a good snack, and the chocolate chips make them feel dessert-like!

Here’s the nutrition for preparing it the scone method. 1 scone (makes 10 scones) is 199 calories, 7 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.

If you had to choose, scone or muffin?

 

One of my favorite things to do is to bake yummy treats. Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, etc. I love to bake for others not only to make them happy, but it makes the house smell delicious!

Which is why I was especially excited to recieve the all natural blueberry scone mix from Ella Baking Mixes. According to the package, “ELLA Scones are created in memory of our mother, who during the last few years of her life ailed from heart disease. The mixes are our tribute to ELLA, and it is her love for life that brings the heart healthiest scones to your table. ELLA scones are rich in Soy & Omega-3, which in studies have showed to be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease“.

The package gives you directions to make scones, or muffins. I opted for the muffin version, which instead of adding water, you can add either 1 1/2 cups of milk, or 3/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup fruit juice. I went for the milk method, and mixed in 1 1/2 cups of skim milk. It mixed together relatively easy, creating a batter than was slightly lumpy and creamy. What shocked me was that there was actually a light blue color from the pieces of blueberries! 🙂

I ended up being able to make 12 muffins, which were average sized. Not super big, but not mini either. They smelled delicious while they were baking- a lovely blueberry aroma.

Once they were done, I tried a piece. They had a mild blueberry flavor, were moist and fluffy, and lightly sweet. My friend tried some too, but she toasted hers and added a little bit of butter. She enjoyed them, and I ended up giving her some of the muffins to keep.

Overall, these get 3 1/2 stars. I like that they are a good source of Omega-3, and that I had the option to make either scones or muffins. I do, however, wish they were a bit sweeter and had more of a blueberry flavor. If I were to make these again, I would probably add a bit of sweetener or spread some blueberry preserves/jelly on the muffin once it was done. I also wish they were made with whole wheat flour instead of wheat flour, or at least half whole wheat, half wheat for a higher fiber content.

Ingredients in mix- Wheat Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Blueberries, Canola Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), natural flavor, buttermilk, fish oil MEG-3.

4 Apr 2010, Comments (3)

Vitalicious 100 Calorie Muffin Tops

Author: Healthnuttxo


Vitalicious- I’m sure you guys heard of this company. Promoting healthy, delicious, and filling muffins, brownies, muffin tops and even cake, these desserts/snacks are also all natural, and perfect to be reviewed on an all natural site like mine 🙂

The generous folks at Vitalicious (thanks, Frank!) sent me a HUGE sampler pack of vitatops, so I figured I would break it up in a few posts rather than all at once.

These muffin tops are all natural, have 5-6 grams of fiber, are fortified with vitamins & minerals, made with whole wheat flour, and have very little fat. The Vitatop, according to the website, is a ” “one-hand” satisfying snack food with the portability of an energy or granola bar, is easy to eat anywhere, anytime”. They also come in a bunch of varieties, satisfying almost everyones palate.

SINCE EASTER is tomorow,(where are you Peter Cottontail??) today, we are covering the chocolate varieties of VitaTops 🙂

The Chocolate Varities of the VitaTops come in Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip, Deep Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Banana Fudge, Triple Chocolate Chunk, Double Chocolate Dream, Dark Chocolate Pomegranate, and Sugar Free Velvety Chocolate.

I was sent a variety of flavors to try,  including the Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip, Deep Chocolate, and Triple Chocolate Chunk (sooooo. EXCITED.) Let’s dig in!

Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip- yummmm. When does peanut butter and chocolate let me down? There are decent sized peanut butter chips on top of a chocolatey, cake like muffin top. The chocolate muffin part had a nice chocolate flavor, not too sweet, and was just a tad bit dry. However, nothing a glass of milk couldn’t solve 🙂 . My only complaint was that my muffin top only had 3 peanut butter chips on top. I want more peanut butter !!

Deep Chocolate- This one was more moist than the fudgy peanut chip, and had a better chocolate flavor. I liked the chocolate chips on top the best, especially after heated in the microwave. This one was sweeter, and didn’t need anything else to make it satisfying

Triple Chocolate Chunk- yum! Think of the Deep Chocolate flavor- but better! A generous sprinkling of milk, white and dark chocolate chips on top of the chocolate muffin. My favorite was the white chocolate chip, sweet and savory. This was my favorite of the 3, and the sweetest.

Overall, I  give these 4 stars. They were a bit dry, and had more of a cake consistency than a crumbly home-made muffin. I found that microwaving them for a few seconds gave them a more decadent consistency. However, they kicked  my hunger cravings to the curb, with a small price to pay of only 100 calories. They are also pretty big, at 2 oz each, and about the size of a CD. Plus, the added benefit of no artificial ingredients or sweeteners, 5-6 grams of fiber and added nutrients/minerals. My favorite way to eat them was smeared with a bunch of peanut butter (AMAZING WITH PEANUT BUTTER!).

So, maybe Peter Rabbit should bring you THESE chocolatey treats on Easter instead of the usual chocolate candies? 🙂

Here’s the ingredients for the Deep Chocolate flavor. For the others, along with nutritional information,  visit the site.

Water, whole wheat flour, organic sugar, egg whites, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin added as an emulsifier and vanilla), cocoa (processed with alkali), soy fiber, erythritol, inulin, dried honey, wheat gluten, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, potassium bicarbonate),fruitrim (grapejuice, brown rice syrup), tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor, sea salt, xanthan gum, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, biotin, zinc.

*I added a GIVEAWAY to this post- scroll down for more info!!*

Here’s a special pink post dedicated toward Breast Cancer! Musselman company sent me a very nice gift basket with a GIANT bottle of Natural Applesauce (48oz), some recipe cards, and a Pink ribbon magnet (that I immediately placed on my car 🙂 ), along with a bunch of pink fuzzies (those paper things that protect the package…haha. I loved em!) to show their care for Breast Cancer.

Musselman’s is having a big promotion during the  month of January and, are donating ten cents to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) for every package of Musselman’s Natural Apple Sauce that is bought during the month of January. Ten cents may not seem like a lot, but it really is, and every bit makes a difference. This money will be given to the NBCF to help provide education and mammograms to those in need.

 Here is a link featuring Peggy Fleming with her experience of Breast Cancer, and how Musselman’s is helping.

So the natural applesauce is quite tasty, and tastes wholesome and pure. You can tell it’s made from the real deal- crisp, sweet apples and only apples. It’s  not too sweet, and has a smooth feel, but still has a little texture to it (from all the grinded up apples, of course!!).  It’s how natural applesauce should taste-without any added sugar, corn syrup, colors, dyes or preservatives.

1/2 cup is 50 calories, 0 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 0 grams protein.

Applesauce is also a good swap for oils and butter in baking, and adds mild sweetness to dishes. I’m an applesauce fiend .  I eat it almost as much as I eat peanut butter 🙂 :). Seriously, I eat it on waffles, with my Amy’s Enchiladas, mixed with yogurt, pretty much every where! So, here’s a yummy recipe I was sent (with some of my own modifications!!) to use this delicious applesauce.

Good Morning Muffins

Ingredients:
-6 tablespoons butter ( I actually omitted this completely and it came out fine-but do as you choose. Just make sure your butter is NATURAL 😛 )
-1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or a combination of 3/4 cup whole wheat, 3/4 cup all purpose)
-1 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-1/2 tsp. salt
– 3 egg whites (or 2 eggs, if you prefer)
-2/3 cup brown sugar
-1 1/2 cups Musselman’s Natural Applesauce
-3/4 cup sweetened carob (or chocolate) chips

Directions:
1.Preheat to 375 degrees.
2. Line muffin tin with 12 papers or spray with non stick spread.
3. In small microwave safe bowl, melt butter on high for about 30-60 seconds, allow to cool slightly.
4. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into large bowl.
5.In another large bowl,  whisk eggs and brown sugar. Stir in applesauce and melted butter until mixture is smooth.
6. Pour apple mixture over flour mixture. Mix with wooden spoon and fold in carob/chocolate chips.
7. Fill baking cups 2/3 way with batter.
8. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
Enjoy!!

So not only can you fight your munchies- but you can help Breast Cancer. What are you waiting for!?


GIVEAWAY!!!!
Would you like to win the gift basket I won? It includes the 48 oz. jar of Musselman’s applesauce, some recipe cards, and a pink magnet for your car, fridge, whatever, all wrapped up in a pretty pink-themed package!

How to enter: (more you enter- more chances you have!!)
1. What are some of YOUR healthy applesauce recipes? What do you like to eat it with? leave a comment
2. Add me to your blogroll leave a comment telling me you did so
3. Get the word out about this giveaway! Put a link on your twitter/blog/googlereader, anything! leave a comment telling me you did so
Giveaway will run for a few days only! Winner will be picked Thursday, the 14th! 🙂
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