Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Here's the Dish

I recently ’splurged’ and bought a box of Chocolate Chunk VitaTop Muffins from Wholefoods the other day.  I say ’splurged‘ because they are a pricey little treat, selling for $6.00 for a box of 4 muffins! However, I have been hearing rave reviews about these 100 calorie muffins for so long that I was curious to see what all the ‘hype’ was about! When I dug into my first VitaTop Muffin, I knew instantly that I had to re-create this recipe some way-some how, or I would be racking-up some major Wholefoods bills in the near future…In other words, they were pretty darn good!

Before I knew it, I was off to create my own version of these fabulous muffins in my kitchen! I knew I wanted this muffin recipe to be extremely moist, and melt-in-your-mouth-chocolatey… All while maintaining the nutritional value, in case a huge chocolate craving ever hits!

If you have ever had a VitaTop, you know exactly how moist and deliciously chocolaty these muffins are.  Well I’m proud that I can finally say that I have created a recipe that will give VitaTop Muffins a run for their money…Literally!!!

And get ready for this… these muffins have EVEN BETTER NUTRITION STATS than a VitaTop Muffin!!! I hope you enjoy this re-make recipe as much as I do, and you never  find yourself shelling-out a ridiculous amount of money on a chocolate muffin again!

Method

The estimated total time to make this recipe is 25 Minutes.

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

2

In a blender, (or food processor), mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth.

3

Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (set the rest aside). Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans.

4

Place muffins tins in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven (but don’t shut oven off), and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

5

Place the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

*Note, you could skip this step by putting all of the chips in the batter, and baking the muffins for 12-15 min straight, but this method gives the muffins the traditional ‘VitaTop Muffin’ look with the chocolate chips on top!

6

Cool muffins before removing from pan. ENJOY!!!

Ingredients

1 3/4 cupOats
3Egg whites
3/4 cupUnsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup Unsweetened applesauce
1 tspVanilla extract
1/2 cupPlain greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)
1/2 tsp Cream of tartar (or 2 tsp. vinegar)
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tspSalt
1 cupHot water
1/2 cupBaking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 1
1/2 cupSemi-sweet chocolate chips
TipFoil cupcake liners, remove the inner paper lining (because paper liners tend to stick to muffins!)

1 I used NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend. If using packets of stevia, I recommend using about 8-12, or adjust according to taste.

Katie's Tip!

If you have ever had a VitaTop, you know exactly how moist and deliciously chocolaty these muffins are. Well I’m proud that I can finally say that I have created a recipe that will give VitaTop Muffins a run for their money…Literally!!!

Nutrition Breakdown

12 Servings (bigger muffins)
95 Calories Per Serving
3 g Fat
23 g Carbohydrate
4 g Fiber
4 g Sugar
5 g Protein
3 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

316 Comments

Amy said:

Such a fabulous recipe! I will have to make these this weekend!

September 10th, 2010 — 8:01am  |  Reply

Christy said:

Thanks for this recipe!! I do love the vita brand especially the muffins and vita tops!! This will definitely be a great healthy recipe to take to my next family function! Thanks again!!!

September 10th, 2010 — 8:11am  |  Reply

Heather (Heather's Dish) said:

um, sign me up for these! yum!

September 10th, 2010 — 8:35am  |  Reply

Marg said:

Thank you! These have been saved and will try them out soon!

September 10th, 2010 — 8:42am  |  Reply

Michelle said:

Katie you are so awesome!

September 10th, 2010 — 9:39am  |  Reply

Ginger said:

Just ordered and received a good-sized expensive shipment of the Vitamuffins, tops, etc. I am anxious to try this recipe so I do not have to order.

Does it matter what kind of oats you use…like the quick oats?

September 10th, 2010 — 2:11pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

I CAN ATTEST TO THIS!! taste BETTER than those expensive muffins. had one of Kate’s then a real vita… honestly.. katie’s were better :)

September 10th, 2010 — 4:49pm  |  Reply

Kelly said:

I was looking for a dessert to bake tonight and i just found it:). Thanks for the awesome recipe!

I also wanted to tell you I made your pizzuchini this week and my husband and I both really liked it! I will definitely be making it again:). I’m sure it will be making an appearance on my blog as soon as I quit reading other people’s blogs (LOL) and baking:).

September 10th, 2010 — 6:58pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

Yum! I love that your muffins can be made to be pretty “clean” AND that they have chocolate in them:-).

September 11th, 2010 — 4:47am  |  Reply

Kylie said:

I just came across your blog a little bit ago and I love it! These muffins look amazing… I have never tried the VitaMuffins but I love the VitaTops so I am sure that they are good! Thank you!

September 11th, 2010 — 4:02pm  |  Reply

Adena said:

I can’t imagine being able to recreate a recipe to this extent, at least not a *baking* recipe. Great job. The closest Whole Foods to me is a little over an hour and I have to take a toll road to get to it, so if I were to get addicted to theirs, it could prove to be an expensive addiction. I can’t wait to try these!!

September 12th, 2010 — 12:01am  |  Reply

Lisa said:

Omg thank you for posting these! The fact that there is no flour in them is even better! I had to stop eating vita muffins because of the wheat, but now thanks to you I can bring them back into my life! =)

September 12th, 2010 — 3:43am  |  Reply

Maria Reeves said:

Hi Katie, I came across your website when I was looking for a spinach quiche to make and I love all your recipes!! I haven’t had the chance to try any of them yet but I am very excited to. My husband and I are always looking for healthy alternatives to our favorite foods. We are such health nuts that love to eat real food with good taste and substance….healthy food can get boring if we don’t vary up and you’ve just given me tons of recipes to help keep us on track. I’ll have to let you know how some of them go. The first one I wan to try is your Pizzucchini! I love zucchini!! I usually grill it or saute it in tomato sauce so this will be a nice change. By the way after reading your “about me” I realized that you are one of Dayna’s friends…I work with her at BANA. She’s mentioned you before. What a small world!!
=)

September 12th, 2010 — 7:01am  |  Reply

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said:

This. Is. Amazing. :)

You probably just saved me hundreds of dollars on vita muffins!!!

September 12th, 2010 — 1:46pm  |  Reply

Katie (Sweets and Veggies) said:

Katie, Holy YUMMM Those look amazinnggg!! Gotta give those a try

September 12th, 2010 — 5:49pm  |  Reply

Cara said:

I must be the only person who has never tried Vitamuffins – I just refuse to spend the money! Can’t wait to try making them myself :)

September 13th, 2010 — 8:18pm  |  Reply

Sami said:

goodness gracious, i think i’ll be baking these this weekend. MMM!

September 15th, 2010 — 11:18am  |  Reply

Amber said:

Katie, this recipe looks and sounds amazing. I love to make muffins and enjoy making my own muffin recipes as well.
I will definitely be trying out your recipe! I’ll let you know how it turns out! xo

September 16th, 2010 — 1:22pm  |  Reply

Kathryn said:

These look delicious! I have a Stevia/Splenda question for you. I’ve read that these sweetners do actually have some calories to them from the carbs, so using a large amount in cooking adds calories you don’t realize. Is this true, or what do you know about using these sugar substitutes and which is best?

September 16th, 2010 — 3:21pm  |  Reply

Kathryn said:

Thanks for the response! What type of Stevia do you normally use? I think there are different versions..correct? I am new to cooking as you can tell :)

September 17th, 2010 — 6:07am  |  Reply

Kay said:

I just made these muffins yesterday and they are AMAZING! With the help of a couple of friends, the batch is already gone after 24 hours! But I just had a quick question about the recipe. It says it produces 24 muffins, which I assumed to be normal-size muffins, but when I divided the batter among 24 cups, only a very small amount of batter was in each cup – they turned out delicious, but were more the size of a mini-muffin. When you made the recipe, did these end up approximately the size of a normal vita-muffin? Am I doing something wrong?

September 17th, 2010 — 1:00pm  |  Reply

Cassie said:

I had the same question!! Then I looked closer and noticed…
The Nutritional Info says:

Nutrition Breakdown

12 Servings (bigger muffins)
95 Calories Per Serving

Problem solved!! Recipe makes 12 full sized muffins.

PS. I used steel cut oats instead of quick cooking. I had to add extra water, or next time, I will use slightly less steel cut oats.

They taste great!

December 2nd, 2012 — 1:51pm  | 

Sarah Honeyager said:

Katie…this is one of the best recipes I’ve ever come across! I could not believe how amazingly tasty, rich and moist these things were. And they were still very filling! It’s definetely a guilt free treat. I had to freeze some because seriously they would have been gone. But amazing they are. I had to do some subsititions…I was out of cocoa powder so actually used some unsweetened chocolate bars and melted them. I also have not been eating a lot of sugar (If you have not seen the clean diet or Tosca Reno books, they are good). But I’m going to try them with agave nector and maybe some carob chips. Thanks much girl!

September 20th, 2010 — 8:09pm  |  Reply

RE - RecycledFrockery said:

oooooooooo those have me spellbound with how healthy and delicious a recipe this is. can you email me one please mammm. ;)
I’m here from BlogLovin and I love/subscribed to your blog.

September 24th, 2010 — 2:20am  |  Reply

Emily said:

katie. i’m obsessed. this is what i’m doing on my friday night :) whoo hoo!

September 24th, 2010 — 4:33pm  |  Reply

Ann said:

I have made your peanut butter smoothies and the Reese’s pie. Loved them both. I am trying the muffins this week!

October 11th, 2010 — 6:49am  |  Reply

elle said:

Hi!

Can’t wait to try these. Could I substitute the oats for oat bran, you think?

October 12th, 2010 — 9:01pm  |  Reply

Alis said:

Hi,
I’m a big fan of Vitamuffins and am so excited to try this recipe out!

I was wondering if I could use plain Splenda (not the granulated kind or the Sugar Blend) instead?

Thanks for the recipes, I love your blog:)

October 23rd, 2010 — 2:51pm  |  Reply

Chelsea said:

I have never had a vitamuffin, but these looked too delicious and were even more perfect that they don’t have any flour in them. I made them last night and LOVED them. Thanks!

October 28th, 2010 — 3:36pm  |  Reply

Ashley said:

i’ve always been tempted to buy the vitamuffins, but they are a little too expensive in the stores. saw this recipe and HAD to try it. they just got out of the oven… amazing recipe! thanks for sharing!!!

October 31st, 2010 — 6:23am  |  Reply

Clare @ Fitting It All In said:

Gotta try! I have a box in the freezer, but these are WAY cheaper:)

November 5th, 2010 — 8:28pm  |  Reply

Cecilia said:

“Oh oh …oh oh …oh oh oh my god!” Thank you so much for this recipe. I live in Australia, there ain’t no Vitatops here + I’ve been wanting to try them for so long. You are an angel darling! Thanks! :)

November 9th, 2010 — 3:06am  |  Reply

Shields Catone said:

Katie, Sorry if you’ve already answered this…for the sweetener, did you use 1/4 c splenda plus stevia? Or 1/4 cup of stevia plus 2 tbsp of stevia? Can’t wait to try these!!!

November 9th, 2010 — 12:31pm  |  Reply

shields Catone said:

thanks for the reply…I used Truvia and ended up adding 2 packets of Splenda to the mix. I love these and feel like I can have victory with snacks like this on hand. My 5 year old even thought it was yummy!! You are such a handy little person to have around! Haha. Thanks again!

November 9th, 2010 — 9:43pm  |  Reply

amanda said:

I just found you and I’m in love! Excited to try this and to read the rest of your blog/site. I do have a question, do you know the fat content of these off hand, and do you think if I use sugar instead of artificial sweetner it will be a problem? Thank you so much.

January 12th, 2011 — 10:58pm  |  Reply

Jenny said:

I’ll be saving some money by making these ;) Great recipe!

January 17th, 2011 — 10:20pm  |  Reply

sasha @ running from the law said:

omg! these are amazing! i made them last night, and they are even better than vita muffins. i froze them (like the real vita muffins) to avoid eating too many in one sitting! thanks for the great recipe.

January 29th, 2011 — 10:32am  |  Reply

Amanda said:

me again, after making my second batch, I decided to do the math and figure out the fat, I make mine in 18 muffin batches and it came out to about 3 grams of fat per muffin for me, so it would be slightly more or less depending on if you have a 12 or 24 muffin batch. Hope this helps anyone else who’s wondering. :)Also, I use sugar b/c I don’t want alternate sweetners while breastfeeding, but the first batch I mixed the chocolates in and used 1 cup of sugar, but the 2nd batch I used around a 1/3 cup of sugar but put the chocolates on top and me and my husband both like it better this way, It doesn’t taste less sweet, it tastes more sweet, b/c the first thing you taste with each bite is chocolate! :) Will definately switch to a nonsugar sweetner when I ween though! :) Thanks alot!

January 31st, 2011 — 7:33pm  |  Reply

Chris Ortiz said:

thanks for answering my unwritten questions regarding the amount of fat, and the use of sugar substitutes, Amanda! am dying to try these, but w/it being almost 90 degrees, have not wanted to use the oven! may have to break down, though: mouth is watering looking at them! ; )

June 30th, 2012 — 11:59pm  | 

Olivia said:

Thank you SO much for linking me over to this recipe!! Your correct in that I do absolutely LOVE vitatops so I’m definitely trying out your recipe! I just polished off all of my oats today (the horror!) so as soon as I get those, your recipe is first on my list of foods to make! SUPER YUM! Thank you so much:) and thanks too for stopping by my blog:)

February 1st, 2011 — 6:02pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

Yesterday was the second time I’ve made these. Unfortunately I forgot the sweetener!!! They didn’t taste so good. I fixed them by making a ganache out of semi-sweet chocolate and 2% milk. I cut the muffins in half, poured a spoonful of ganache inside, put the halves back together, and poured another spoonful on top. YUM!

February 21st, 2011 — 5:20pm  |  Reply

Karla said:

I can’t believe I am going to admit this on a healthy living blog, where everyone seems to love vitamuffins, but I think they taste kind of off. I eat them, but wouldn’t say they’re fabulous. I can’t wait to try these…chocolate without a medicine taste will be heaven!

March 17th, 2011 — 8:25am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

these are great! I’m a huge fan of chocolate muffins from hillers, and these blow them out of the water and i can make them in my pjs!

March 17th, 2011 — 11:59am  |  Reply

Mary Beth said:

On the to do list for sure!

March 17th, 2011 — 12:12pm  |  Reply

Cheryl said:

I cant believe how low cal these are..

March 21st, 2011 — 8:52am  |  Reply

aruna b. said:

these look so delicious! I’m going to make them over the weekend!

March 22nd, 2011 — 10:04am  |  Reply

Mary said:

Question: How about fat,fiber and protein counts? I’m on Weight Watchers and am trying to figure out how many points I’d use for your recipe. It sounds delicious because chocolate is my weakness! Thanks!

May 28th, 2011 — 6:16am  |  Reply

AmyElizabethBehnke said:

Mary, I realize you posted your question almost two years ago so the information you were asking for might not have been on the page (right hand side, below “Katie’s Tip”).. but here’s the answer to your question:

Nutrition Breakdown
12 Servings (bigger muffins)
95 Calories Per Serving
3 g Fat
23 g Carbohydrate
4 g Fiber
4 g Sugar
5 g Protein
3 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

January 30th, 2013 — 9:23am  | 

christa said:

I made 12 muffins and wondered if the bake time is different. They have baked 19 minutes at 350 so far and I am going to check them again. They are a little ont he runny side. Alos, no flour and any kind of oats? If not using splenda use 2 T. stevia???

June 11th, 2011 — 1:27pm  |  Reply

Dana Jenkins said:

Tried these muffins today. HOMERUN!!!! These are wonderful, another recipe that makes me realize I am not missing anything while eating healthy. My husband is so laughing at my excitement on cooking these foods but he is enjoying my excitement because he worries about my health. I am almost 50 and have been eating unhealthy all my life, we had a grocery store when I was a child and I eat all the candy, chips and junk food I wanted. I have many unhealthy years to make up for. Thanks again to God for giving us Katie and these recipes. Yay!!!!!!!

June 18th, 2011 — 5:56pm  |  Reply

jackie said:

I love these! i have already made them a few times. i substituted pumpkin for the applesauce and added some flax. my three little boys love them too! thank you thank you.

August 1st, 2011 — 3:09pm  |  Reply

JaneG. said:

I tried Vitatop Deep Chocolate muffins and they were delicious. I came across your recipe. I believe your recipe is healthier… I will try these tomorrow – thanks :-)

August 2nd, 2011 — 6:20pm  |  Reply

rachelD said:

im confused by the sugar amounts for this recipe, how much does it require? (if im using only stevia)? THANKS! :)

August 10th, 2011 — 5:46am  |  Reply

VeggieGirl said:

Just printed this recipe to try! Also printed the recipe for the Peanut Butter ‘Cake’ Pancakes :)

October 5th, 2011 — 3:32pm  |  Reply

Rachel said:

I have tried a few of your protein shakes (except for the ones that call for cocoa powder) and love them…do you use baking cocoa in the shakes or cocoa powder, like nesquik? Also, I am trying these muffins tomorrow and was just wondering, do you use a full cup of splenda?? That seems like a lot to me. Thanks so much, I am so happy to have found you and your recipes!!

October 11th, 2011 — 8:08pm  |  Reply

Meg said:

Made these today! My hubby and I loved them! I used butterscotch chips and added one packet of 25 cal hot chocolate mix. Yum!!

October 13th, 2011 — 6:42pm  |  Reply

Maggie said:

These are so delicious! My co-workers love them! They are a wonderful pre-(or post) workout snack :) Thanks, Katie!

October 17th, 2011 — 5:44am  |  Reply

leana said:

Can you tell what type of oats you use? thank you

November 2nd, 2011 — 1:15pm  |  Reply

Natalie said:

Hey! i’m trying to make these as we speak, but i’m not sure if i need 1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder and soda or 1 to 1/2 tsp?

November 11th, 2011 — 8:55am  |  Reply

AmyElizabethBehnke said:

Natalie, I realize it’s been over a year since you posted your question, and I do hope you were answered sooner than my attempt to answer your question, BUT, to answer your question…. the recipe calls for one and a half teaspoons of each baking soda and baking powder.

1 1/2 is one and a half

January 30th, 2013 — 9:17am  | 

Paula Ainsworth said:

I just made these and they are AWESOME! I did use a blender, although not all the batter would fit in the blender at once. I used quick steel cut oats–they are good but next time I will try the old fashioned rolled oats–I didn’t see that post until I was done. I did get 24 muffins–12 made in a regular muffin pan and 12 made in a “muffin top” pan. Both looked exactly like Vita Muffins when they came out of the oven! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Vita Muffins always gave me that chocolate fix, but I haven’t bought them for awhile because of the cost. I also made your pumpkin trifle for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. I’m so happy I found your website. Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2012 — 5:25pm  |  Reply

Katie said:

Your recipes are amazing!! I love the Vitatop muffins as well and wondered if you would be able to post a recipe for a raisin bran muffin similar to this one? That would be amazing. Thanks again for all the great recipes!

February 5th, 2012 — 8:50pm  |  Reply

Amanda said:

Just need to clarify the stevia amount. Are you using a cup for cup stevia blend like Stevivia? Because Stevia on its own is used in like the 1/16 tsp. or 1/8 tsp. or a few drops, NEVER in cups!!! Thanks for clarifying!!

February 13th, 2012 — 8:20pm  |  Reply

Caitlin said:

I made these this morning for our Valentine’s breakfast and they were AMAZING!! So moist and rich – it was like eating chocolate cake for breakfast! There will definitely be a repeat of these :) The turtle cheesecake is chilling in the fridge for dessert tonight and I can’t wait to try it too.

Thanks for sharing your healthy recipes with us!

February 14th, 2012 — 11:49am  |  Reply

Rachel Loth said:

I made these today for V day and they were SO good!!! The batter looked runny so I did add a little extra oats but they came out perfectly. Oh and I used about 1/2 cup honey and added some powdered stevia as well. Yum! Will make again!

February 14th, 2012 — 6:18pm  |  Reply

Jackie said:

Ah I’m sorry, I’m another person with a question about the sugar. So can I just use 1/4 cup regular granulated sugar plus 2 Tblsp stevia? I think that’s what it is saying but I want to be sure…

February 16th, 2012 — 12:12pm  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

I love all your recipes and the fact that you use oats as your flour base! I believe oats are far more nutritious than whole wheat flour.

February 17th, 2012 — 2:57pm  |  Reply

Teressa said:

Do you know if honey could be used as the sweetener instead? If so, what amount would you suggest?

March 7th, 2012 — 6:26am  |  Reply

Stacy Henley said:

Girl I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks for this recipe! It really is incredible and my entire family LOVES it, even my husband who is a chef. These muffins come out super moist and are really delicious. I can’t wait to try your other recipes. Keep up the freat work!!!
God Bless!

March 7th, 2012 — 10:02am  |  Reply

Stacy Henley said:

oops that should read “great” not freat lol

March 7th, 2012 — 10:03am  |  Reply

Nirth said:

Just wanted to say how much I love reading your blog! I baked these muffins a few hours ago, I had to replace the applesauce with oil because my applesauce went bad :( and this probably increased the cooking time to about 20 minutes. However, I bit into one muffin and loved it even more than the VitaTop Muffins! Next time I’m going to experiment with using protein powder :D

March 12th, 2012 — 9:57pm  |  Reply

Melaina said:

I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it! I’m definitely making these muffins TONIGHT (with slight modifications for dairy free*) and I can’t wait!!!
Also, your pictures are PHENOMENAL!

March 22nd, 2012 — 11:56am  |  Reply

Crystal said:

Is the weight watchers points for the the 12 muffins or for the 24 muffins? Thank you soooo much for putting weight watchers points on everything , it has made my weight loss journey a MILLION times better!

April 1st, 2012 — 8:37am  |  Reply

Diane said:

Well, I am most impressed with this recipe and can’t wait to try it. I live in the country of Panama half the year and have access to cacao (pure chocolate unrefined) which I have been experimenting with. I have been using Stevia for 12 yrs in my tea and a few other things but have not tried it in baking so am eager to try these. However, I have some concerns with the amount of Stevia you suggested. Mine is pure and very, very concentrated. I cannot imagine using 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp of my stevia.. it would also cost a small fortune.. I use the Kal brand which I also buy on Amazon.

April 2nd, 2012 — 10:23am  |  Reply

Rachel Loth said:

Can i use the whole eggs or will that ruin something? would they be less light/fluffy then Im guessing? hate to waste :)

April 11th, 2012 — 3:56pm  |  Reply

Lindsey said:

TheSe are fresh out of the oven and so good! Now to see what they are like cold, if I can wait that long.. ;) I’ve never had vita muffins so I can’t say which is better but these are darn good!(

April 29th, 2012 — 10:42pm  |  Reply

Stacia said:

My kids and I just made these tonight, they are delicious!! They kids and I enjoyed them a lot. Now I must freeze some, because otherwise they will be gone very quickly!! Thanks for the great recipe! I cannot wait to try more of your recipes :-)

April 30th, 2012 — 10:25pm  |  Reply

Katie B. said:

Yummy! Made the muffins today. I was a little nervous because they looked a little runny when pouring them in the tins, but they turned out great! I used splenda. I also placed either peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips on top. Now I am working on some self-control. Thank you for this amazing treat!

May 2nd, 2012 — 6:33pm  |  Reply

Candace said:

I do not want to use stevia, if I substitute sugar, how would it change the points and calories?? They look wonderful.

May 5th, 2012 — 8:22pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Just add the calories and points of the sugar used onto the recipe :)

May 6th, 2012 — 6:21am  | 

Rachel Snell said:

Made these muffins today and they are delicious! My husband even asked if he could take them into work to impress all of his colleagues! Thank you for creating recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor for healthy ingredients. I was even thinking that these would taste great with some fresh raspberries folded into the batter–do you think that would increase the cook time? Thanks again, I am so pleased that I have discovered your site!

May 6th, 2012 — 10:55pm  |  Reply

Sue Graupmann said:

Do you know the protein count for these muffins? Thanks!

May 8th, 2012 — 8:59am  |  Reply

Mary Ellen said:

I’m going to try these for sure soon! My kid LOVES chocolate.
But why are they called triple chocolate? Am I missing an ingredient? There is cocoa and semisweet chocolate chips.

May 15th, 2012 — 10:00pm  |  Reply

Zeus said:

mmm i can’t wiat to try theese.If i add 2 scoops of protein, will i need more liquids? Can i sub the applesauce with extra yogurt?Thank you

May 16th, 2012 — 3:23pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

not sure how adding the pp would affect these..baking is a science so id have to try before saying for sure :)

yes to the applesauce swap

May 16th, 2012 — 3:32pm  | 

Sam said:

My mother in law to be is gluten free, and she was so excited by how great these muffins taste. She couldn’t believe there was no wheat in it. Thank you for posting such a great recipe!

May 20th, 2012 — 11:07am  |  Reply

Katie C. said:

Yes this are absolutely deliscious, but my batter was rather runny and they didn’t puff up very much–actually they sank in the middle. What kind of Oats did you use? My blender is broken so I ground of the oats in my Bella smoothie machine and then mixed everything in a bowl with a hand mixer. Maybe that was my problem. I will make them again, but I want them puffy and big, lol!

May 22nd, 2012 — 9:41am  |  Reply

Tiffany Mascho said:

I bout 100% egg whites in a carton so how much would I need to add for this recipe? Would it be like 1/4 cup or more?

May 22nd, 2012 — 8:02pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

check the carton…it should tell you the conversion there :)

May 22nd, 2012 — 10:52pm  | 

Liz said:

I have to admit, I was wary about these when I saw how thin the batter was…man I was wrong!! These are SO MUCH BETTER than the Vita Tops! And really, the only thing “unhealthy” were the chocolate chips. I used Truvia to taste for the sweetener…maybe 1/2 cup? The only thing I would change would be to leave out the 1/2 c of choc chips in the batter – they sank to the bottom of the muffins anyway so I can save on calories ;) My 8 yr old daughter and husband LOVED them and were shocked at the healthy ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing!!! –Liz

May 23rd, 2012 — 10:09pm  |  Reply

Stacy Hutchins said:

I changed up the recipe to resolve this for our fam. Bake them 5 min, add the first 1/2 of the choc chips and poke them down with a toothpick. Then return them bake and add the last dose of choc chips when the recipe says. Prob solved, just have to wait until the batter sets up a bit. Even coating them with flour won’t work b/c of how thin the batter is.

July 22nd, 2012 — 5:13pm  | 

Ashley said:

I’ve been eyeing these for a while to make, but I was hesitant because I’ve never cooked without flour (and I’ve also never had a blender or means to blend oats/ingredients). I finally worked up enough courage to test this sweet-treat recipe and I loved them!

The only “problem” I had was baking time. After a couple of trial batches, the what worked best for me was to bake them for about 20 minutes (at 10 minutes baking time, they were still really liquid-y), and add the chocolate chips without any additional baking time (the muffins were still so hot that the chocolate chips melted to the top anyway!).

But either way, my super-health-conscious-never-eats-sweets boyfriend loved these and keeps asking when I’ll make them again (and this was BEFORE I told him there was zero butter/flour/oil)! Definitely a yummy recipe that I’ll keep on hand.

May 25th, 2012 — 11:08am  |  Reply

Anna M said:

Yummy! I just got these out of the oven and they are delicious. I used Dannon Oikos Vanilla greek yogurt, Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, apple cider vinegar instead of cream of tartar, only 1/2 cup Splenda white baking blend, and a Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate bar instead of the chocolate chips because that is what I had on hand. They turned out really moist and decadent, and they were easy enough for my 3 year old and I to make together. I think next time I will use dark chocolate chips instead of the candy bar so there is more melty goodness, but these turned out excellent! I am trying to eat low carb, so I put the recipe in to my fitness pal, and the stats are as follows using my substitutions (I got 16 regular sized muffins): Calories: 96 Carbs: 19 Fat: 2 Protein: 3. Thanks for such a wonderful treat!

June 5th, 2012 — 2:06pm  |  Reply

Kelly@Leafy Not Beefy said:

I’m a huge VitaTop lover! Will be trying your recipe soon, though I will probably try to veganize it.

June 5th, 2012 — 5:16pm  |  Reply

Vickie said:

These sound wonderful; can’t wait to try them! (just found the recipe on Pinterest)
Btw-vitatops and vitamuffins are cheaper if you buy them on line or at Target!!

June 9th, 2012 — 9:55pm  |  Reply

Susan said:

These look and sound great but I wish your nutritional info included carbs.

June 13th, 2012 — 4:36am  |  Reply

Emily said:

Just made these! I had to make a few substitutions: used about 1/4 cup cocoa (that’s all I had left) then added 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted. Also used 1/3 cup Sucanant sugar instead of Stevia. Very moist and absolutely delish! Thank you!

June 15th, 2012 — 10:23pm  |  Reply

G said:

Do you use traditional oats or quick oats?

June 17th, 2012 — 2:30pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

traditional

June 17th, 2012 — 4:25pm  | 

Danielle said:

Wow these are delicious, but they stick to the wrappers really bad so I kinda have to scrap them out, not sure what I did wrong…Should I try foil wrappers next time?

June 18th, 2012 — 10:30pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i recommend using silicone wrappers or foil :)

June 19th, 2012 — 5:54am  | 

Jenica said:

I have been making your recipe for several months now. These are my new “go-to” muffin. My kids even love them! Recently, the Vitatops Chocolate Muffins went on sale half off. I decided to buy them to give them a try. They are not nearly as good as your recipe… plus the homemade ones are healthier. Thanks so much!

June 22nd, 2012 — 7:49am  |  Reply

Colleen said:

I grow my own stevia, dry it and crush it with a mortar and pestle. I’ve looked online and it says about 1tsp stevia is converted to one cup granulated sugar. I used it in a cookie recipe and it worked great. Would the same principle apply to this recipe or should I use your measurements?

Also, if I wanted to use regular granulated sugar would the measurements be the same?

Thanks!

June 30th, 2012 — 3:03pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes to both questions :)

July 1st, 2012 — 8:36am  | 

Danielle said:

Can you omit the oats and use flour instead

July 1st, 2012 — 6:21am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure can :)

July 1st, 2012 — 8:36am  | 

Tiffany buss said:

I can’t get enough of these!!! They are superb!!! Thanks for the great recipe!

July 10th, 2012 — 10:57pm  |  Reply

Steve said:

These look delicious. Do you have any idea how many carbohydrates are in each? My daughter has Type 1 Diabetes so we are always looking for alternative treats (and she loves chocolate!).

July 24th, 2012 — 5:04pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

10 g carbs per muffin! :)

July 24th, 2012 — 8:38pm  | 

Kim kush said:

Should these be stored in the fridge?

July 25th, 2012 — 2:34pm  |  Reply

Tasanee "arizona girl" said:

I didn’t have any Greek Yogurt today and I used fat-free Sour Cream (only 1/4 cup) and they turned out the same. It actually lowers the calories by a few. Thanks for this recipe.

July 25th, 2012 — 10:01pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

Do you know what the protein count for these are?

August 1st, 2012 — 9:50pm  |  Reply

Christina Baacke-Tedesco said:

Thank you Katie!!! I am officially obsessed with this wonderful site and your amazing recipes. Love your protein shakes! I have been buying those expensive Vitatops and can’t believe I just found this site only a few days ago. I am so excited about this recipe! Can’t wait to make a batch!

August 8th, 2012 — 9:29pm  |  Reply

Millie Jones said:

Just whipped up a batch… Absolutely delicious!!! Thank you for another awesome recipe Katie!

August 13th, 2012 — 3:51pm  |  Reply

Stephanie said:

I just made these muffins, and maybe I did something wrong, because everyone is saying they’re so good! I seen that it said use one cup of sugar substitute. I have packets of sweet and low, and it said to use 24 packets to one cup of regular sugar. They are just not that sweet, should I of a really used a whole one cup of sweetener?

August 16th, 2012 — 12:46pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Yes

August 16th, 2012 — 2:17pm  | 

Stacy said:

Love these… I am using darker cocoa and then some of the water subbed out with decaf coffee, which makes the chocolate flavor deeper. Thanks for the recipe!

August 18th, 2012 — 6:18pm  |  Reply

andrea said:

Is the batter suppose to be on the runny side?

August 20th, 2012 — 9:42pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

once cooked?

August 20th, 2012 — 10:13pm  | 

Leslie said:

Since I had to stay home with my sick child today, I decided to make these. He tasted a choc chip muffin somewhere and fell in love with them. Knowing how many calories, fat grams and carbs one of those muffins contain, I was determined to make him a healthy version. I tried it first and didn’t think he would like them (he’s a very picky eater) but boy was I wrong! He said they were, “outstanding, superb, terrific” and asked if I would put one in his lunch box tomorrow! You don’t know how happy that made me. If he only knew the ingredients, he would die! Thanks again Katie for another great recipe!

August 28th, 2012 — 5:06pm  |  Reply

Michelle Law said:

Ladies, I know all of you are busy with life. Take just a few moments to make some of these delicious “cupcakes” and enjoy. They are sooooo easy to make. Seriously, all you have to do is put everything in a blender. This is my kind of baking!

August 31st, 2012 — 7:36pm  |  Reply

Mike said:

$6.00 for a box of 4 muffins! Expensive treat. Rather follow your recipe and make healthier muffins.

September 1st, 2012 — 9:35am  |  Reply

Timmy said:

My mom use to make me chocolate chip muffins and I’d eat so many of them that I’d get bloated. Still enjoyed them though.

September 1st, 2012 — 9:37am  |  Reply

Alicia said:

Katie…do you think that you could sub part of the oat flour for protein powder to up the protein content of these? If so-how much do you think would be safe to sub and should I add any extra liquid or yogurt? I’m always looking for high protein snacks and these look awesome!

September 2nd, 2012 — 8:52pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

not absolutley sure until i try it, but it may work! :) it may change the texture though

September 3rd, 2012 — 6:20am  | 

Cherie Henderson said:

Hi Katie,
If I already have oat flour how much would I use in place of the whole oats?

I cannot wait to sink my teeth into these!!!

September 17th, 2012 — 7:24pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

same amt!

September 17th, 2012 — 7:54pm  | 

katie said:

Hi Katie, could one use coconut flour in this recipe in place of the oats? If so, how much? What are your thoughts? :) Looooooooove your website! The last 2 weeks all I have made are recipes from your site and my husband and I have loved everyone of them!

September 20th, 2012 — 8:37pm  |  Reply

Lindsay said:

So I’m confused.. does this make 12, 16 or 24 muffins? It’s unclear.

September 22nd, 2012 — 6:22pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

12

September 23rd, 2012 — 3:01pm  | 

Linds said:

YUM! I made these last night and loved them!!! Well done!

September 25th, 2012 — 10:26pm  |  Reply

Lindsey Olson said:

My apologies if you have already answered this question! If using regular sugar, rather than a substitute, how much should I use? Thanks ahead of time!

October 8th, 2012 — 6:46pm  |  Reply

Claire said:

OMG! These were absolutely amazing. Made them for my husband for his birthday, and they came out perfect! Fluffy and moist and oh so chocolately! Didn’t have enough oats, so I used some whole wheat flour in addition to the oat flour. Still amazing :) Thanks so much!

October 11th, 2012 — 11:51am  |  Reply

Beatriz said:

Hi, i’m from Brasil and I can’t find applesauce here, can I replace it?

October 23rd, 2012 — 7:01pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Sure yogurt will work

October 24th, 2012 — 8:39am  | 

Dashing Dish said:

yes with banana

October 24th, 2012 — 2:54pm  | 

Tanya said:

These look and sound divine but I must be doing something wrong because I have tried them twice, both times without success. No matter how long I cook them, the stay doughy in the middle and they certainly don’t rise at all. Please help!!

November 1st, 2012 — 2:38pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

so sorry..no clue never had this happen or heard of it happening..im so sorry! are you using anythign different than what i suggested? and be sure your not using quick oats! :)

November 1st, 2012 — 5:07pm  | 

clare said:

i made these yesterday for my birthday and i was so happy with them! it’s a great recipe, except that 8 packets of stevia (at least the kind i got) is definitely not enough… the cocoa completely overpowered it and they weren’t sweet at all. but i just ate them with honey. next time i’m going to use some real sugar in addition to stevia. thanks for sharing your recipe. love the blog :)

November 9th, 2012 — 9:26am  |  Reply

Juliette said:

These muffins were the best! So moist, and I can’t believe how good they are nutritionally! Thank you for your ingenuity!

November 19th, 2012 — 12:21pm  |  Reply

Donna Williams said:

Hi Katie, I have made your muffins 3 times now and my family love them. I have been making them with sugar and all three times I only get 6 large muffins and they take about 30 minutes to bake. Do you think that it is because of the sugar? I am going to break down and use splenda. They look like soup going into the pans and after 15 minutes they are still not cooked. My oven is new and I have checked the temp. it is all good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Donna

November 20th, 2012 — 7:13pm  |  Reply

nicole cleaver said:

ABsolutely wonderful and so much better than vitatops. can’t wait to try more recipes

November 20th, 2012 — 9:31pm  |  Reply

Tracey said:

Hey Katie, just got a jumbo muffin tin..dying to use it. How does this change the cooking time? Thanks!

November 21st, 2012 — 1:32pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

not sure …although i’d guess to add on 5-10 min

November 22nd, 2012 — 9:22am  | 

Aari said:

My 6 year old son is obsessed with chocolate Vitatops and I’d prefer to make them myself for him with better ingredients & more calories/fat. Anyone tried cooking these in a muffin top pan? Do you think they’d hold up? I think the form will matter.

And then I’ll make a Stevia/lowfat batch for me :-)

November 28th, 2012 — 12:46pm  |  Reply

nadia said:

made them last night, everyone loved them.

December 18th, 2012 — 6:04am  |  Reply

charmaine said:

We have multiple food allergies so I have to make a few substitutions. I use Ener-G egg replacer, do you know how much 3 egg whites is when measured? Also, I already have oat flour, if I use that instead of whole oats, do you know how much I should use? Thank you! :)

January 5th, 2013 — 8:35pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

so sorry i dont

January 6th, 2013 — 3:07pm  | 

Kerry said:

Yum – can’t wait to make these!! Do you ever use silicone baking cups? – just curious if they work well (I can’t stand muffin wrappers). Thanks for the liner removal tip**

Popping over from Tomkat Studio!

January 8th, 2013 — 2:22pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

thats what i use all the time! love them!

January 8th, 2013 — 6:03pm  | 

Nicole Schauer said:

Loved this recipe because I am a huge fan of those ridiculously expensive muffins, they are just the perfect 8pm snack :) I made the batter in my vitamix and think next time I will use my food processor because I had a tough time getting the oats as smoothly blended as I would like – the batter was just so thick. Or maybe I would just buy oat flour and eliminate that issue all together~! Also I used nunaturals baking stevia and I think next time would add a couple extra packets of stevia as well because I like them a little extra sweet. And really loved adding the mini-chocolate chips, that melty chocolate is the best part ;)

January 10th, 2013 — 5:42pm  |  Reply

Melanie Robinson said:

These were sooo good!! My girls gobbled them up and had no idea that they were healthier than they looked!

January 10th, 2013 — 9:49pm  |  Reply

Delana said:

Made these for my hubby yesterday. They are AMAZING!!

January 12th, 2013 — 12:43am  |  Reply

cindyb said:

Why is it called triple chocolate? Amazing recipe though and it doesn’t matter but I was wondering if I should throw in a dash of chocolate syrup hahaha. Thanks for sharing this!

January 12th, 2013 — 3:53pm  |  Reply

claire said:

I needed a breakfast for the kids tomorrow that they will eat willingly AND quickly, so I saw these on my “recipes to try” board of pinterest. I haven’t tried them yet, but they sure smell good. Only thing…I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I used half steel cut oats, half normal oats, 2 whole eggs in place of egg whites, 1/2 sour cream instead of the yogurt, and 1 cup of real sugar. I am sure the calories are so high now, but after I taste them I will make the healthy version next time and see if I can tell the difference. I LOVE how you just throw it all in the food processor and only get one bowl dirty. Mine did not rise a lot, but who cares? Surely not my kids! :)

January 16th, 2013 — 1:33am  |  Reply

Ashley said:

I’m sorry to tell you this but she posted this recipe on her blog and did not give you the proper sourcing credit.

http://zacandkatiedeets.blogspot.com/2012/08/vitatop-knock-offs.html?m=1

January 16th, 2013 — 6:51pm  |  Reply

Haily said:

Can these be frozen!? If I don’t freeze some I may sit here and eat every single one!

January 27th, 2013 — 9:43am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Yep :)

January 27th, 2013 — 12:17pm  | 

bea said:

Did you use quick cooking oats or regular oats?

January 29th, 2013 — 8:46pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

regular

January 30th, 2013 — 1:33pm  | 

Lacy said:

These are delicious! however, is this supposed to make 12 or 24 for the 95 calorie serving. the directions say line 2 12 cup muffin pans.

January 29th, 2013 — 9:28pm  |  Reply

Ramona said:

I too love those Vita muffins!! Thanks for figuring out the ingredients, I will make these for sure and share with friends!! Awesome!!

February 2nd, 2013 — 2:24am  |  Reply

Lana said:

these look and sound wonderful! I definitely want to try them…especially for the fact that they’re only 58 calories per!

February 3rd, 2013 — 5:26am  |  Reply

Beva Bradford said:

I made these today, they are absolutely wonderful. Thank you for the recipe. Love you blog. Thank you for all your posts.

February 3rd, 2013 — 4:09pm  |  Reply

Anna said:

Hi! I made this a few days ago, and it was soso good! I subbed the applesauce with 1 mashed banana and 1/2 cup greek yogurt (because i was too lazy to get out another blender haha.. :)), used the vinegar instead of cream of tarter, and 1/3 cup of sugar. Mine didn’t come out with a puffy top though–do you maybe know why? Thank you for the super great recipe! My family and friends loved them and couldn’t believe they were healthy! Will take this with me to college, and will be trying out more of your recipes! :D Thanks again!!

February 5th, 2013 — 2:47am  |  Reply

Isabelle Scheerer said:

Hi! I made these and they’re absolutely amazing. Thank you for posting! But, I see you only give nutrional information for baking 12 muffins which are 106 calories each. While bakine 24 muffine are 58 calories each. So, I was wondering if you could give me the nutrional information for baking 24 muffins? Thanks!

February 5th, 2013 — 7:02pm  |  Reply

Amy said:

I also just wanted to point out that if you buy certified gluten free oats, these would be a wonderful Gluten free treat. I will definitely be making these. Thank you!

February 5th, 2013 — 8:54pm  |  Reply

Isabelle Scheerer said:

Hi! I made these and they’re absolutely amazing. Thank you for posting! But, I see you only give nutrional information for baking 12 muffins which are 106 calories each. While baking 24 muffins are 58 calories each. So, I was wondering if you could give me the nutrional information for baking 24 muffins? Thanks!

February 5th, 2013 — 9:21pm  |  Reply

Brooke said:

Hi, I know you say to use regular oats, is there a reason? I just have quick oats here and wondered if I could use them? I made these once and they did not turn out, but I didn’t see that it shouldn’t be quick oats til after the fact. But mine just had no flavor. Very disappointed, but I definitely want to try them again.

February 8th, 2013 — 11:37am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yeah.. quick oats will turn into a sticky clumpy mess

February 8th, 2013 — 11:47am  | 

Grace said:

These look so tastey! gonna make them for my family tomorrow morning :)

Also, where did you get your cupcake molds? Are they ceramic?

February 12th, 2013 — 8:13am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

anthropology

February 12th, 2013 — 9:39am  | 

Grace said:

I’m making these for my family tomorrow morning! also, where did you get the cute ceramic cupcake molds?! I want them hehe

February 12th, 2013 — 8:16am  |  Reply

Grace said:

Oops, didn’t mean to post this twice!

February 12th, 2013 — 8:17am  | 

Anonymous Cook said:

Tasty. I added three scoops of Designer Whey Chocolate protein powder, an extra 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce, a container of Gerber banana puree, 1 cup granulated Splenda, 2 tablespoons ground flax seed, and 1/4 less Nestle cocoa powder because I didn’t have enough in the cupboard. They came out well and are very moist. It took me about an extra 10 minutes to cook and I got 18 muffins out of it, at about 116 calories a piece.

February 16th, 2013 — 12:21am  |  Reply

Grace said:

I’ve made these twice in three days! i added 1 cup of freshly blended unsweetened apple sauce, 3/4 cup of greek yogurt and 1/3 cup of agave nectar. it came out really nicely because a muffin top actually formed on top of the muffin and looked like i added frosting. I’m not sure why. Check them out on my blog :)

February 16th, 2013 — 10:18pm  |  Reply

Theresa @ Two Much Fun said:

Katie, these are a chocolate lovers dream! My three year-olds and I made them together this morning, and we DEVOURED them. I confess, I was very skeptical about putting everything in the blender. We make a lot of muffins, and never have I seen a blender-recipe. They came out moist and delicious, although they were flat (no typical muffin top look). The glossy color is a deep dark chocolate, which makes your mouth water before taking your first bite. These are a perfect guilt free snack for both my kidabunks and me. Thank you so much.

February 19th, 2013 — 1:02pm  |  Reply

Jenn said:

Hi just want to say that I made these and the taste was great! I froze them and took them on a trip and they were great. My question is on the consistancy as my oats didnt seem to blend well and some sank to the bottem of each muffin. Not a huge deal as they were still great but I was wondering if I should grind up the oats seperately first?

February 22nd, 2013 — 9:28pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

that would help if you are having that issue :)

February 23rd, 2013 — 10:14am  | 

Laura said:

These look fabulous! I plan on having a go at them tomorrow. I’m wondering of these can be baked in a pan instead of a muffin tin? Has anyone tried? Thanks!

February 26th, 2013 — 11:50pm  |  Reply

Jen said:

Just made these, they’re sooo good!! I even accidently added 3x the baking soda that the recipe called for, and they still tasted normal..haha, such a typical baking mistake for me -__-

February 27th, 2013 — 5:58pm  |  Reply

Misti said:

Yum! These were delicious and filling!

March 4th, 2013 — 8:17pm  |  Reply

Anya said:

I just made these and they were delicious! Mind you, I used homemade buttermilk instead of yogurt, and I forgot the applesauce :$ But they were very good with only 3/4 of a cup of sugar instead of 1! Will be making these once a week at least for the family!

March 5th, 2013 — 7:47pm  |  Reply

Shelley said:

Hi, Katie! I’ve made these a couple of times, and we like them very much, but I’m wondering if you have any recommendations as to how one might spice them up. I just feel like they need *something* to give them a bit more of a wow factor, but I’m no chef and am not sure what to try. I have various spices on hand, and I’m willing to experiment. Just wondering if anyone has already done so…

March 8th, 2013 — 7:07pm  |  Reply

Larissa said:

So I normally never leave comments for this kind of thing, but I found these muffins through Pinterest and just tried them for the first time and I just had to let you know that they are amazing. I’ve been trying to lose weight, but have been struggling because I love chocolate and I love to bake. I’ve seen lots of these healthy dessert recipes but I’ve been too skeptical to try any. So this was my first healthy dessert. And it was sooo good, I’m gonna have to try more. I’m definitely planning to check our the rest of your blog. Thank you so much for sharing this.

March 9th, 2013 — 9:36pm  |  Reply

Rachel Newman said:

Hi! Wondering if I could use oat flour instead of actual oats? Thanks!

March 11th, 2013 — 8:38pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :)

March 12th, 2013 — 7:35am  | 

Alison Moore Smith said:

Oh, my. This weekend. Thank you!

March 12th, 2013 — 12:55am  |  Reply

Elle said:

I just made these and having tried VitaTops in the past I must say these were WAY better. Even my husband liked them and he is picky, especially about his sweets! I ground the oatmeal and then threw everything into my KitchenAid and let that go on the second speed for about 3 minutes. It ended up making more like 18 muffins, which was awesome! Thanks for posting this!

March 12th, 2013 — 9:19pm  |  Reply

Courtney said:

I tried these muffins last week in an attempt to curb my sweet cravings without consuming white flour and sugar (oh, so hard!) I didn’t expect them to taste very good, but assumed that was the price I was going to have to pay to have a healthy pregnancy, and keep my promise to my doctor (no white flour and no sugar in exchange for no glucose test). Boy, was I ever wrong. Not only are these “muffins” delish, my toddlers ate them up for dessert (and they are incredibly picky eaters, in fact, my 3 year old won’t even eat cake)! The only modifications I made were to use coconut palm sugar (in a slightly lesser quantity) instead of the stevia, and I added some flaked unsweetened coconut. YUM! I am making these again today for my mom’s group… one batch just chocolate, and one batch with some added almond butter and an old banana that I don’t want to throw in the compost ;) Thank you so much for this recipe, I know it will continue to be a favourite!

March 19th, 2013 — 10:19am  |  Reply

Tracy said:

I agree that the batter was super thin! I ended up having to cook them for probably 25-30 minutes to get them to cook all the way through. They are a little bitter – I used Stevia in the Raw. Overall these muffins are excellent, but I think I’ll switch to a different sweetener next time!

March 19th, 2013 — 8:28pm  |  Reply

Mary C said:

Katie, I made these the other day but I did not want to add the chocolate chips. I see now why you do. Even though they are insanely chocolaty (which I love) they were not sweet. I used the Stevia baking blend but next time I will simply use packets of Truvia. I tried the Truvia packets in your Banana Protein muffins and they came out great!!! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe!!! ~Mary

March 22nd, 2013 — 8:53am  |  Reply

carla mentry said:

these are out-of-this-world amazing considering NO OIL, NO BUTTER, NO FLOUR, NO SUGAR. They’re practically brussels sprouts for chrissakes! ever played with making a pumpkin/spice version? i think i’m gonna try. SO GOOD! I’m following Weight Watchers’ Simply Filling plan and with the exception of 3/4t of chocolate chips these are made of all POWER FOODS so i only have to count WW points for the chocolate chips (1 point plus) LOVE.

March 22nd, 2013 — 7:15pm  |  Reply

Susan said:

I made these using gluten free oats and they are FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

March 24th, 2013 — 12:40pm  |  Reply

Anna said:

Made these with dark chocolate powder and it was good but it was too dark chocolatey so had to go to the store and buy the normal chocolate.

March 31st, 2013 — 2:46am  |  Reply

Leah said:

i made these this weekend – and they were delicious!

April 15th, 2013 — 2:40pm  |  Reply

Danni said:

Just made these and they were SO good!! Thank you!

April 16th, 2013 — 5:34pm  |  Reply

nina said:

delicious! needed to cook them for more then 15 min but thet taste great ty!!

April 17th, 2013 — 5:12pm  |  Reply

Lindsay said:

I made these tonight and they’re fantastic! I’m a chocolate addict and very fussy about chocolate and have been looking for something to satisfy my sweet tooth. Thank you!

April 23rd, 2013 — 11:09pm  |  Reply

Candace said:

Can’t wait to try these! I’ve just assembled the ingredients and I’m going to whip them up when my son goes down for his nap. I only have stevia packets and I don’t have any applesauce so I’m going to sub a 4 oz. jar of my baby’s pureed pears :) I’m sure they will be wonderful because they are CHOCOLATE!

April 30th, 2013 — 12:47pm  |  Reply

Sasa said:

Thank you sooooooo much for this recipe! I made them today, and they were really good, i also put greek yogurt on top of them like ”frosting” and they tasted like heaven. Amazing:)

April 30th, 2013 — 7:33pm  |  Reply

Lindsay said:

Love vita tops but these are soooo much better. I ran out of chocolate chips so I added a little unsweetened dried coconut in the batter and it was awesome.

May 10th, 2013 — 1:47am  |  Reply

Sarah said:

OK, I am currently eating one of these as I type and it is SO GOOD. I am super picky about my “healthy sweets” recipes and thought this one seemed too good to be true… but I’m so happy I tried it! You proved me wrong! Definitely going to make again… thanks for the awesome recipe!!

For anyone curious: I made these almost exactly as the recipe calls and they turned out great. Only change was to blend up all the oats really fine before adding the other ingredients. Super easy.

May 11th, 2013 — 7:07pm  |  Reply

Jenn said:

I came across this on Pinterest- and am so glad that I did! I made these tonight for a boat outing tomorrow, I know they will be an absolute hit. While I’ve never had Vita Top’s, I will say this are some of the best muffins I’ve had and I love that they’re healthy. Thank you for sharing!

May 19th, 2013 — 11:34pm  |  Reply

margaux said:

Just made them and they are fantastic : ) Thanks s much !!

May 26th, 2013 — 8:26pm  |  Reply

Ange said:

These are soo good! Made them this morning and these are by far the most decadent healthy recipe I have tasted!

May 29th, 2013 — 3:43pm  |  Reply

Jana said:

Made the last light and they turned out amazing. So moist and chocolatey

May 30th, 2013 — 8:35pm  |  Reply

Jana said:

Made these last night and they turned out amazing. So moist and chocolatey

May 30th, 2013 — 8:35pm  |  Reply

Amy said:

LOVED this recipe. I subbed half a cup of brown sugar for the Stevia because I didn’t have any, but it was still amazing!!

I reblogged (and referenced!) your site/recipe to hopefully share the joy of these amazing muffins!!!

THANKS AGAIN!!

June 3rd, 2013 — 9:56pm  |  Reply

Alana said:

Mine didn’t come out as tall, but they taste amazing. I had to schmooze a little because I didn’t have any chocolate chips, but they taste WONDERFUL! From previous experience I’ve learned to grind down the oatmeal then mix the dry and wet ingredients by hand so the cupcake stays tender.

But I love love love! Thanks for this recipe!

June 6th, 2013 — 12:32am  |  Reply

Vane Katze said:

This is the very best chocolate muffins recipe I’ve tried so far (and I’ve tried a lot)

I mix the chips inside the batter, since it makes ‘em sweeter, and I also add a teaspoon of instant expresso.

Even hubby, who hates reduced calories sweeteners, love these.

June 7th, 2013 — 6:21pm  |  Reply

Sydney Ramirez said:

These muffins are fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe. This recipe and the skinny lasagna soup make the subscription well worth it!!

June 7th, 2013 — 9:10pm  |  Reply

Katie said:

By far the best muffins I’ve ever tasted! I love knowing that I’m saving SO MUCH money from not buying vitatops too! Thanks so much for this awesome recipe :)

June 17th, 2013 — 12:56am  |  Reply

Tricia said:

These are sooooo good! Very easy to make. I am going to attempt freezing them if they make it through the night with my three kids and my husband!

June 18th, 2013 — 3:26pm  |  Reply

Priya said:

i really want to make these! and i wont feel guilty after eating them! if i was to make a batch and freeze them, how would i thaw them or eat them again? should i put it in the microwave or just let it thaw out at room temperature. thanks a lot! :)

June 24th, 2013 — 12:13am  |  Reply

Carmen said:

Thanks Katie, I made these today with panela sugar and 1/4 cup additional almond flour as the mix seemed too watery. They were amazing!!

Thank you for this lovely healthier recipe!

June 26th, 2013 — 2:40am  |  Reply

lori said:

These were so yummy and moist! And I even used quick oats and dark choc chips. I had almost enough oatmeal but had to add about 1/2 cup wheat flour and it was fine. I did use Splenda though instead of the other sweetener and they weren’t quite sweet enough. I’ll either use a more concentrated sweetener next time or up the Splenda to a cup. Thanks again! These even fooled my picky toddlers!!

June 26th, 2013 — 10:28am  |  Reply

Sabrina said:

Hi,
I cannot have applesauce due to a fructose intolerance. What can I use in place of the applesauce? Can’t wait to make them.

June 29th, 2013 — 10:26pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yogurt

July 1st, 2013 — 12:39pm  | 

Vicky W. said:

These are wonderful! I used oat bran instead of whole oats. I don’t have a blender but still loved the results. They are so moist and chocolatey. Thank you for the recipe!

July 11th, 2013 — 9:13pm  |  Reply

Megan said:

I just made these and they are delicious!!

The only thing I did different was I added one cup of truvia instead of the 1/2 c of stevia.

July 16th, 2013 — 2:29am  |  Reply

Smellma Pitts said:

Me and my fourteen nieces and nephews enjoyed these cupcakes so much. I even called my second ex-husband and estranged children to tell them about this recipe. I LOVE TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CHUNK MUFFINS!! I made a special batch with a few **adult** ingredients for my coworkers down at the Miami Bar & Grill.

July 21st, 2013 — 6:03pm  |  Reply

nikki said:

These were SO amazing :) I didn’t have enough of the splenda for these, so I used about 1/2 of what it called for and they were still delicious:)

July 27th, 2013 — 6:43pm  |  Reply

Sara said:

What a terrific recipe! These muffins are a staple in my house. My 3 and 5 year old LOVE them. Adding all the ingredients to a food processor makes them even better! I usually process the oats first on their own to get them nice and fine. Then I add the other dry ingredients, mix, and then add the wet. Love, love!!

July 31st, 2013 — 2:37pm  |  Reply

Brooke said:

I found these on Pinterest last night and just made them. They’re in the oven as I type… But realized I forgot the sugar. Bahaha! We’ll see how they turn out :)

July 31st, 2013 — 3:42pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

I would love to try these! I’m always on the look out for a healthier breakfast option. These seem like they would be healthy and also satisfy my sweet tooth for breakfast or a snack.

August 9th, 2013 — 2:24pm  |  Reply

martha@ simple nourished living said:

I’m a fan of vita muffins too. These look even better. Have bookmarked to try the next time a chocolate craving strikes! Thanks!

August 15th, 2013 — 2:38am  |  Reply

Margie Ehrlich said:

I just made these muffins! Whoa! Are they incredible!! And I haven’t baked from scratch for probably forty years! I had to go out and buy all the ingredients! As a diabetic, I was interested in VitaTops’ sugar content, but even a call to the company could not produce that information. They won’t divulge this info even to their customer service rep! Thanks to you, I know exactly the sugar content of yours, which is certainly within a good diabetic range. Now, my problem is to limit the number of muffins I have a day! Good luck to me!
I have a query: Since the initial mixture is so liquidy, I’d like to know if anyone can suggest what kind of bowl or other such container with a lip I can use to pour out the mixture into the cups. You see, I used a bowl and not a blender, as I can’t find my blender, and, believe me, I looked for it.
I had a horrible time with the mixture running down the side of the bowl. A four-cup Pyrex measuring cup is too small, and I don’t want to pour it in two batches (from bowl to cup), as the ingredients wouldn’t necessarily be the same in each batch.

August 26th, 2013 — 3:19pm  |  Reply

Lea Schultz said:

I just made these tonight and they are awesome! I actually split the batch and baked 1/3 of them with sugar, 1/3 with truvia, and the rest with half sugar/half truvia. I did a blind taste test with my family and believe it or not, the truvia won! I had one of these with a serving of light vanilla bean ice cream and was in dessert heaven without breaking my diet! Thank you so much for this new recipe! It’s definitely a keeper. :)

August 31st, 2013 — 1:15am  |  Reply

Corinne said:

you’re a generous genius! =) I will definitely bookmark this… looks soo yummly healthy! thanks for sharing.

September 17th, 2013 — 11:53pm  |  Reply

Nat said:

I made these today, and they really do taste utterly fantastic. I’ve made lots of healthy things in the past, and they always taste so obviously “healthy”. But my entire family agreed that these definitely tasted like quality baked goods! Having them with a bit of strawberry jam makes them taste exactly like black forest cake too :) They have such a lovely texture.

On a random yet still muffin-related note, I’m actually in recovery from an eating disorder, and somehow, finding this recipe and being able to eat something both incredibly tasty *and* very very healthy has helped me have one of the better days i’ve had in a really long time. So, thank you for that… sometimes recipes and food blogs can genuinely have a significantly positive impact on people’s lives in very unexpected ways :)

September 20th, 2013 — 5:15am  |  Reply

Joanna said:

Great recipie Katie, thank you so much, I will make them tomorrow!

October 14th, 2013 — 8:39pm  |  Reply

SM said:

Just to let everybody know, these are PHE-NOMENAL. I have made them in the past but never commented. This time, I used 1 cup of oat flour (Arrowhead Mills brand) and 3/4 cup quinoa flour (Bob’s Red Mill brand) and they still puffed up *beautifully* and were moist, spongy, and fluffy. I also used 1/4 cup (coconut) sugar + 1/4 cup NuNaturals More Fiber Baking Blend, plus 8 packets of stevia that I had laying around. For the yogurt, to keep them dairy-free, I used SoDelicious Greek-Style Chocolate Almond Milk Yogurt. Tastes like death by deep chocolate — perfect! If you are thinking about making this, do it — even my “health food”-skeptical boyfriend liked them. THANK YOU for this awesome recipe!

November 12th, 2013 — 7:30pm  |  Reply

Laura O. said:

Awesome recipe!

I made a few changes based on what I had. Used about a 1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour in place of 3/4 cup of oats. I used slightly less than a 1/2 cup of regular sugar, so they weren’t super sweet but I think that works with the added chocolate chips. I also used two whole eggs, rather than three egg whites.

I ground up the oats first then mixed the dry ingredients in one bowl, and liquids in another, then combined them. I accidentally added 2 tablespoons of vinegar, which made them extra springy I think, and it made 14 total muffins for me.

November 14th, 2013 — 11:54am  |  Reply

Maria said:

I was incredibly excited to make these muffins but I messed up quite a bit.
I forgot the vinegar and put only 1/2 cup of maple syrup (instead of splenda)
They were very liquidy and needed to be cooked for 30 mins. They also taste quite bland. I’m sure they would have been great if I would have followed the recipe correctly :(

November 17th, 2013 — 12:27pm  |  Reply

Crystal said:

I was a little skeptical as I had to cook these way longer than the recommended time (after adding the chips on top), and it appeared the top burned and it wasn’t cooking in the middle. But, I’m happy to say they taste delicious! I used quick oats as that’s what I had and thought that may be the problem. These were wonderful and I’ll definitely make them again. Thanks for the recipe!

November 18th, 2013 — 9:27am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you must use old fashioned oats not quick oats :)

November 18th, 2013 — 9:43am  | 

kat koontz said:

If I do not have applesauce what can I use to replace it?

November 24th, 2013 — 10:00am  |  Reply

Lyndsey said:

Just finished making these and they are super moist, light and very chocolatey, however I think next time I will add more sugar. I followed the recipe exactly as written and they are not sweet at all, except for when you get some of the chocolate chips.

Thanks for sharing this recipe, can’t wait to tweak it so it suits my palate more!

December 19th, 2013 — 6:31pm  |  Reply

Caroline said:

I made these today and they were… I’m speechless… AH-MAZING!!!!

December 22nd, 2013 — 6:58pm  |  Reply

erin said:

Do you know if this would also work with cocoa nibs (healthier than semi-sweet chips) and I’m also wondering if anyone has tried a version with ground flax or flax seeds? The one thing I see missing with this recipe is the high fiber (9 grams) and omega 3.

Any input appreciated as I’m really excited to try this!

Thanks!

December 28th, 2013 — 7:38pm  |  Reply

April Arnold said:

Just made these for my snack for the week. I used a regular sized muffin tin and I got 19 muffins :). They taste delicious! Thanks

January 1st, 2014 — 7:31pm  |  Reply

Anna said:

This was a GREAT recipe! In round 2 I might go unhealthy and add a peanut butter frosting!

January 2nd, 2014 — 9:40pm  |  Reply

Alex said:

Mind Blown. These are absolutely delicious.

January 2nd, 2014 — 10:25pm  |  Reply

Michelle said:

These are so good!!! I had never had a vita top muffin but I have a major sweet tooth & these are so decadent!! I used the full amount of stevia in the raw and they are perfect! Not sure if that was too much stevia but they are good!! I’m excited cause I know even my very picky husband will love them!! Thank you for the recipe & I love your website!! I have favorited soo many recipes I can’t wait to try!!

January 11th, 2014 — 4:37pm  |  Reply

Joycie4smiles said:

Omg! TOTALLY amazing recipe! I used coconut palm sugar since that’s what our family likes and I was out of applesauce so I used a banana. THANK YOU for sharing! Are you on pintrest?

January 23rd, 2014 — 8:40pm  |  Reply

Mindy said:

I just made these for my daughter’s kindergarten snack. I used real 1 c of real sugar and whole eggs, and they turned out really well. I made a half batch first (to test and make sure they would be five year old friendly!) I used a silicone muffin pan the first time, and regular metal ones with the big batch. The silicone ones were considerably bigger, and took much longer to cook. Overall the ones in the metal pan were much more consistent w/ the recipe recommendations. I also didn’t realize I needed to spray the silicone, too, and they stuck pretty badly. The good news is that they were so big that it worked out fine to just chop the bottoms off! I got 21 muffins out of the whole batch in the metal muffin tins. Oh, and as an experiment, I did one muffin in a paper cup, but sprayed it w/ nonstick spray. The paper was a bit see through, but there was barely any sticking.

January 24th, 2014 — 6:43am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

I just made these and they are DELICIOUS!! I used old fashioned oats, chobani nonfat plain greek yogurt, Splenda, and Hershey’s special dark chocolate chips. I was about 1/4 cup short on cocoa so I added 1 packet of fat free hot chocolate. I normally hate diet desserts but these are soooo good. Thank you for posting this recipe!

January 27th, 2014 — 9:54pm  |  Reply

Natalie said:

I just finished making (and eating) these! So delicious and so easy! Thanks for sharing :)

February 8th, 2014 — 1:32pm  |  Reply

Michelle said:

JUST made these! So very good! I have never had a Vita top muffin, but these are great either way. I did use paper liners and the muffins stuck like crazy, no worries I ate the stuff off the paper as well these were so good. I bought a box of Stevia in packets thinking I would use it in my coffee and hated the taste! This is the first baking recipe I have made that I tried using it and I am pleased to say the cocoa masks the weird taste stevia has, all you taste is chocolate! The batter was super runny, I was a bit worried, but they came out fine. Super moist and delicious! I ended up baking them about 25-30 minutes total. Thanks for the recipe!

February 10th, 2014 — 7:58pm  |  Reply

Tdd said:

What can you use instead of oat flour? My husband hates oats and could taste the oatyness:)

February 25th, 2014 — 3:20pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

Awesome recipe! I’ve made a few substitutions but these always turn out great!

I’ve made it with partial wheat and gluten free flour mixes, two whole eggs, some coconut + flax + water instead of applesauce too. Tonight I also added maybe 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. It helps the muffins stick less to paper liners if you have to use those.

February 26th, 2014 — 10:29pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

For those having problems with rising, you might have old baking soda or baking powder.

February 26th, 2014 — 10:32pm  |  Reply

Karen said:

I am making these right now; they really rise up beautifully! One tip for others, though – do the chocolate chip sprinkling at eight minutes, not ten, because by ten minutes the top had hardened and the chips just rolled off.

I subbed the applesauce for baby food prunes, added about a cup of oat bran, and added another 1/2 cup of water to compensate. Healthy fiber-filled snacks for the little people in my house. :) Thanks for the recipe!

February 27th, 2014 — 10:44am  |  Reply

jenna said:

Can I sub anything for oats? I am not a fan of oats….

March 1st, 2014 — 7:13pm  |  Reply

Elena said:

Loved these muffins! The second time I made them I used 1 cup of brewed coffee instead of water. Delicious!

March 2nd, 2014 — 1:04pm  |  Reply

Rachel said:

This recipe rocks! I made it for me and my kids and everyone loved it. Thanks for putting it out on the web for everyone to try. I will be making these all of the time. It is the perfect snack for my chocolate loving little girl.

March 12th, 2014 — 10:56am  |  Reply

Christine said:

I wrote down recipe wrong and left out vanilla and applesauce they still taste amazing!Keeping me sane on my journey

March 15th, 2014 — 11:56pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

I just made these today. I don’t have a blender or food processor so I put my quick oats in a bag and smashed the beejeebus out of them with my meat tenderizer (don’t ask me why I thought this would be an ok alternative lol). But it did work, I just mixed the rest of the ingredients together, it was a little thick so I was worried they’d be awful. I added a teaspoon of instant coffee granules since I love coffee/chocolate combos. I have never had these VitaTop muffins, although I’ve wondered if they were any good. And now that I’ve made these I could CARE LESS. I don’t know what sorcery this is, but I’m in heaven. They were perfect, I thought more dessert than muffin as I ate the first one but O.M.G. THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME AND OPENING THIS MAGICAL DOOR FOR ME! :)

March 19th, 2014 — 10:49pm  |  Reply

Michelle said:

Made these last night and they are really good, especially considering that I don’t like the taste of gluten-free baked goods or stevia! I used gluten-free old fashioned oats and 2½ tsp liquid stevia. I freaked a bit when I saw how runny the batter was and then remembered that I had subbed liquid stevia, so I added ¼ c. unsweetened coconut. I baked them in parchment liners which worked perfectly. I made 12 muffins (you have to fill the parchment liners really full, but the batter doesn’t spill over while baking). Mine had to bake way longer than the directions, but I just kept baking and testing them until my toothpick was clear. They’re not doughy or over-baked, raised a little like regular muffins (a feat in itself!), and the parchment liners peel off easily. The coconut gives them just a bit of chewiness and my gluten-free daughters are delighted!

March 28th, 2014 — 12:08pm  |  Reply

Stacy Myers said:

I can’t stop eating these. Please, take them away. Actually, no. Back off. These are mine.

April 5th, 2014 — 10:25am  |  Reply

Brian said:

WARNING!!!! These muffins are HIGHLY addictive. I had to hide them from the family and they had to ask me for one, yes, even my wife. lol

April 8th, 2014 — 1:33pm  |  Reply

Brian said:

and FYI I used quick oats and they turned out just fine.

April 8th, 2014 — 1:36pm  |  Reply

Alexis said:

These are unreal. I used less than half of the stevia called for in the recipe and i find them to be plenty sweet! Amazing recipe!

April 10th, 2014 — 9:06pm  |  Reply

Lora said:

Oh my! Seriously the best I mean the best healthy muffin I have ever had! LOVE THEM!!

April 15th, 2014 — 11:54am  |  Reply

Linda said:

I got the link for these muffins from a fitness challenge group I belong to. They are just amazing! I am an experienced baker and made them just like I do other muffins or quick bread. Ground the oats first in the blender, added the other dry ingredients and a quick stir, then blended the liquids. The batter is thin but I made 15 full size muffins in 15 min. Much better than Vitatop to me! I did use Truvia, which was the stevia I had on hand but will cut it next time to 1/4c. Thank you so much.

May 16th, 2014 — 11:25am  |  Reply

Ryan said:

These are awesome! I made them today and so delicious!! I got 16 regular size muffins from the recipe and had to bake 16 minutes. So moist! The batter may seem really wet but they bake up really moist.

June 1st, 2014 — 6:45pm  |  Reply

Amina said:

Hi! I made them!!

They were awesome!! They were moist and had and intense chocolate flavour. Also it’s true that they’re fast to make! After organizing everything you need it’s just making the oat flour and blending in everything else with an electric mixer(I made them that way, because my food processor is small

Super recommended! This has became a favourite recipe for me!

July 3rd, 2014 — 12:50pm  |  Reply

Amina said:

Hi! I made them!

They were awesome!! They were moist and had and intense chocolate flavour. Also it’s true that they’re fast to make! After organizing everything you need it’s just making the oat flour and blending in everything else with an electric mixer(I made them that way, because my food processor is small

Super recommended! This has become a favourite recipe for me!

July 3rd, 2014 — 12:51pm  |  Reply

Anna said:

AHHH! This recipe is divine. I’ve never had a vitatop, so I can’t compare it to that, but this is the best “clean” thing I have baked in a while. It made 12 medium ish muffins and a large ramekin of cakey brownies.
I used 1/2 cup honey and two packets stevia as a sweetener, but they still ended up as more of a cupcake than a muffin. Still, far better nutritionally and taste-wise than a box mix or store bought.
Thanks! Next special occasion these are getting some raspberry icing and will be devoured by all. Ooh maybe pumpkin icing for thanksgiving!!

July 28th, 2014 — 7:58pm  |  Reply

Marilyn Johnson said:

These are really good! I made 2 batches! Do not try to make a double batch in the blended all at once, I am glad I tried one batch first…Batter will look liquidity, but the cook just like a muffin that has flour. I cooked a little longer than 15 Mons. 3 pts for WW ‘s! Will make again.

August 4th, 2014 — 7:07pm  |  Reply

Erin k said:

Made these tonight. Was dubious because the batter was soooooo runny. But low and behold – after 20 mins they puffed up PERFECTLY and were done and moist and delicious ….. Used coconut palm sugar instead of truvia. Next time I’m adding pumpkin spice, or coffee granules or coconut!!! And believe me there WILL be a next time because these are AMAzing !!! Taste better then vitatops and nice and healthy! Thank you the recipe!!!

August 5th, 2014 — 1:16am  |  Reply

Jennifer Graham said:

Is there a way to make these gluten free (without the oats)?

August 20th, 2014 — 2:55pm  |  Reply

Allison Hall said:

Would it be better to use almond milk in place of the yogurt or coconut yogurt?

August 25th, 2014 — 3:16pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

no

August 26th, 2014 — 8:15am  | 

kelly goodman said:

THESE ARE AMAZING!!! Only used 1/2 cup of coconut sugar, because I didn’t want them to be too sweet & probably a little less chocolate chips!! YUMMMY!! Thanks so much!!!!

August 27th, 2014 — 8:38pm  |  Reply

tiffany said:

Hello!

I tried these today =). They came out great (I even used non-greased silicone liners – no stick!) but the texture is a bit gummy? I’ve never had a vitatop muffin and this is the first time I’m making a healthier version of a chocolate cake/dessert. Is that normal?

Thank you for your help!!

August 31st, 2014 — 7:08pm  |  Reply

Jaclyn said:

Great recipe. These turned out soo well. I made a few alterations to the recipe…used whole eggs..(2 whole eggs instead of 3 egg whites) since the yolks have a lot of nutrition in them, 1/2 cup of coconut sugar instead of stevia (don’t like the taste of stevia) and dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet. Delicious and will make again :) Thanks!

September 25th, 2014 — 7:30pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Kelly! My favorite kind of comments are by-far when people tell me their husbands liked the food from my site! :) Haha..Now that is a true test…If a guy likes a healthy dish! ;)

September 11th, 2010 — 5:35am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

it does..i believe you should add around 200 cals to the entire recipe if using splenda..so it would be 10 more calories (roughly) if using splenda…and stevia is 0 calories..i recommend and use this..bc its a natural sweetener..actually i personally dont use splenda at all anymore, but put it as an option bc i know a lot of people use it and its more readily accessible! Hope that helps Kathryn :)

September 16th, 2010 — 4:11pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Great question actually, because some stevia’s can be very bitter, the only one I have found that I like is called NuStevia! It comes in a powder and liquid and I use the powder! I get mine in bulk on Amazon, but its also at any Wholefoods! :)

September 17th, 2010 — 9:46am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Hey Kay! Did you use a blender!?! I think my vita made the batter ‘puffed up’ a bit but either way my muffin tins were all about 1/2 full when i divided it up! :) otherwise you could always do 16 muffins for 106 cals each :) Glad you like them though! :)

September 17th, 2010 — 1:28pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks so much for the comment sarah! :) its such a reward to hear comments like these after working so hard on a recipe! :)

September 21st, 2010 — 6:27am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hahah..sure @ recycledfrockery! ;)

September 24th, 2010 — 4:42am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hey elle! you could, but i would do half oats, half oat bran if possible! :)

October 13th, 2010 — 4:10am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Of course Alis! :) Thank you!!!

October 23rd, 2010 — 9:34pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Cecilia..You bet! :) Awesome to hear from people over seas! :)

November 9th, 2010 — 4:18am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

oh sorry shields! no …I just used one or the other…it requires more splenda bc stevia is sweeter! :)

November 9th, 2010 — 6:54pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Sheilds! :) You CAN have victory when you ENJOY healthy foods! :) Glad to hear they tasted good with Truvia! I am not a big fan of the taste of that particular brand..I like NuStevia Stevia the best (no bitter aftertaste!) But I know Truvia is more accessible at the g.store! :)

November 10th, 2010 — 5:52am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

nope amanda…sugar is certainly ok, although i used stevia, which is a non-artificial sweetener with 0 calories, so i factored the nutritional count with that…so you would have to add the cals back in if you use sugar! :) and i’m sorry, i dont know the fat content off hand, but i do know by the ingredients that it’s low! :)

January 13th, 2011 — 5:59am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hahaha….so great to hear! :) thanks for sharing sasha! ;)

January 29th, 2011 — 1:39pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hey christa.. yes to the baking time, however, every oven is different, and everything cooks different depending on weather, altitude, etc, so that could be what’s going on! :) Just bake them until a toothpick comes out clean! (also i would try rotating your pan in the oven, it sounds like you have ‘hot spots’ that cooks things unevenly! :)

as far as the flour goes, you are correct! there is no flour in them! just oats! and as far as the sweetener, yes you need to use wayyyy less stevia in proportion to the amount to splenda…its much stronger! however, try to just sweeten according to taste bc every stevia is different! :)

June 11th, 2011 — 5:54pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

dana…what an amazing compliment, i cant even start to express what that means to me! all i can say is~ you go girl! keep up the good work! :)

June 19th, 2011 — 4:13am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks jackie! :) always glad to hear kids love my recipes…now that’s passing a true ‘test’! :)

August 2nd, 2011 — 7:10am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Rachel, for stevia use ~ 1/4 + 2 tbs (so just use 1/4 cup and an additional 2 tbs stevia!) hope that helps

August 11th, 2011 — 5:31am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

@leana i used old fashioned rolled oats…. just be sure they are not quick oats!

November 3rd, 2011 — 3:00am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hi natalie… 1 plus 1/2 tsp of each! :)

November 11th, 2011 — 12:23pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

good question amanda. i put 1 cup sweetener of choice or 1/4 cup + 2 tbs stevia (and i use the blend)…so i would say maybe 12-14 packets or to taste if your using packets! :)

February 14th, 2012 — 4:43am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks rachel! dont worry though, i promise the recipe works without the extra oats! :)

February 14th, 2012 — 8:10pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hey jackie… I actually suggest either 1 cup sugar sub or sugar OR 2 tbs stevia… if your using stevia i’d use a small amount to start, and add more to taste… every stevia brand is different! :)

February 16th, 2012 — 12:20pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

ww points is for the 12 muffins! :)

April 1st, 2012 — 10:22am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Hi Diane! I actually use baking stevia which is not concentrated… I suggest you use the amount of stevia that suits your stevia brand and taste! I recommend to try 1 tsp and increase from there depending on your taste

April 2nd, 2012 — 11:15am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hi rachel! yes you could use whole eggs!

April 11th, 2012 — 4:16pm  |  Reply

Julie Dunn said:

Katie, do you have a link to which NuStevia you use? I saw a few different powders on Amazon when I looked. Thanks!

April 12th, 2013 — 8:51pm  |  Reply

Julie Dunn said:

Never mind! I now see it in the footnote. I’m looking from my phone, so it wasn’t as easy to notice. Going to try these this week!

April 23rd, 2013 — 8:36pm  |  Reply

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