DIY VitaTop Muffins (and Cookies!)

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VitaTop muffins are oh so good, but hardly cheap. Why can’t we just make our own for less?SAM_4876

We can!

This recipe posted by Healthy is Always Better is pretty good, especially if you have a good food processor that can easily flour rolled oats. (I mention this because mine is not the best.) The more “floured-down” the oats, the better the dough.

Oh, and if you’re confused about the cookie-muffin tops pictured above, well, I made them small enough to double as cookies, which I then made into ice cream sammies (pictured at the bottom of this post). Mmm.Mmm.Mmm!SAM_4875

Makes 1 muffin or 2 medium-sized muffin tops.

Ingredients

2.3 T oats

.5 t or less of egg white

2 t unsweetened applesauce

pinch of vanilla

2 t vanilla yogurt (Greek may work as well)SAM_4866

tiny pinch of cream of tartar (or .33 t vinegar)

pinch of baking powder, baking soda, and salt

1.3 T hot water

1.5 t stevia

Optional: Chocolate chips

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-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a cupcake liner or lightly grease a muffin tin. Set aside.

-In a food processor, mix all ingredients except chocolate chips. Blend until dough is smooth and well mixed. Remove and mix in chips.

-Scoop dough into tin and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove and place a few chocolate chips on top for aesthetics :).

-Place back in oven for another 2-3 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

-Cool muffins (or muffin tops, or muffin ice cream sammies!) and enjoy.

S’more Whoopie Pies

 

Remember my fascination with vanilla-maple ice cream? Well I found the perfect treat to mix it with…

Whoopie pies! S’mores style and seasonally appropriate.

Thanks, to Chocolate-Covered Katie’s multiple serving recipe, I’ve broken this one down and subbed coconut butter (the marshmallow part) for vanilla-maple ice cream.

And since s’mores are traditionally eaten during the summer, when you can actually toast them up around the campfire, I’m dubbing this the perfect too-cool-for-camping winter alternative. You can make it indoors and it features cold and creamy ice cream instead of a warm marshmallow.

Ingredients

2 T + 2 t spelt or whole wheat flour

pinch of baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon

1 t stevia

1 T non-dairy milk

a few drops vinegar

1 T applesauce

1 T water

small splash of vanilla

Directions

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Set aside. (Or if you have a whoopie pie maker, you can just use that and follow the manufacturer’s directions.)

-Mix vinegar drops into milk. Mix well.

-Then mix all wet ingredients into milk-vinegar mix, and then mix in each of the dry ingredients.

-Once all is blended, drop small balls on sheet and bake about 8 minutes.

Let cool slightly, but while still warm rub a few chocolate chips on the flat, bottom side of half the cookies. Once completely cooled, put a dollop of ice cream (or other preferred topping) on the other half of the cookies. Press together and enjoy!