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Reduced Calorie Chocolate Muffin Recipe :: DIY Vitatop

Chocolate Muffin RecipeI love healthy breakfast food that is disguised as something totally bad for you, and this Chocolate Muffin Recipe is just that.

If you have heard of VitaTops or VitaMuffins before then you know that they are a low calorie, high fiber, healthy version of a muffin.  I love them, but sometimes I don’t love paying for them.  I found this recipe and did a few tweaks to make it my own.  Let me tell you these muffins turned out great.  They are super moist and so good!
Chocolate Muffin RecipeDIY Vitatop, Chocolate Muffin Recipe


1 ½ c. white whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¾ c. sugar
¼ c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. almond milk
2 egg whites
¼ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate Muffin RecipeDirections: Preheat oven to 400F. Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners (I ended up with enough to do 15).  Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa powder. Add almond milk and vanilla.  Mix until combined.  Beat egg whites with a hand mixer until they hold peaks. Fold in egg whites and chocolate chips into mixture. Spoon into muffin cups until they are about 2/3 full.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

red velvet cookies recipeI stumbled upon this red velvet cookies recipe a few weeks ago.

  I ‘pinned’ it and then I could not stop thinking about it.  Red Velvet cake holds a special place in my heart.  It’s my family’s favorite and just so happens to be my favorite too.

I thought that it would be a great addition to our Thanksgiving Dinner and made a few adjustments to the original recipe to create my own.  It was a super easy cookie recipe to follow, which makes me want to jump and down for joy.

6 T. butter, melted and then cooled
1 box of Red Velvet cake mix
2 eggs
1 t. cornstarch
3 / 4 c. powdered sugar

Steps for the Red Velvet Cookies Recipe:
Preheat your oven to 370 degrees.  Grease 2 cookie sheets or cover with parchment paper (which I find so much easier).  In a medium bowl, mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar.  Set aside.  Beat together eggs, cooled butter and cake mix until well combined.  Refrigerate for about 15-20 minutes so that the dough is easier to work with.  Roll dough into about 1-inch balls and dredge in the powdered sugar mixture.  Place on cookie sheet, about 2-inches apart.  Bake for 7-9 minutes.  Let cool completely and store in airtight container.
red velvet cookies recipeThese were delicious and a big hit at Thanksgiving!

Slow Cooked Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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broccoli cheddar soup

I love fall more than any other time of the year.  Something about the crispness in the air, the dark pretty colors in the trees and all of the family time.  The most natural thought of something that loves fall is that they must love soups because they scream fall.  But, not so much.  I love one soup, I tolerate a few others, and dislike quite a few.

The one soup I love is broccoli cheddar.  I have always wanted to make it myself, but was never brave enough until I saw Dani’s recipe over on This Workman Life.  I adapted the recipe and added a few things to make it my own.  You can see her version here.


2 tablespoons butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 ½ cups milk
1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
10 oz pkg frozen (and chopped) broccoli
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried, chopped onion
⅛ teaspoon salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients into your slow cooker, turn to low and let it cook for about 4 hours.  It’s best to stir the soup deliciousness occasionally while it cooks.  Once done, switch your slow cooker to keep warm until ready to serve.  My slow cooker is amazing and I can set the timer for how long I want it to cook then it will automatically change to the keep warm setting.  I would recommend a slow cooker like this Slow Cooker so you don’t have to worry about your meals overcooking if you get busy and forget to switch the setting.


slow cooked broccoli cheddar soup

Let me tell you, this soup is pure deliciousness.  Hello Fall!

Easy Cinnamon-Sugar Pull Apart Bread

pull apart bread recipe

One of my favorite desserts, breakfasts or snacks ever is pull apart bread.  The smell of fresh baked bread reminds me of summers at my grandparents when I was a little girl.  My Aunt and I would get together, wear our cutesy aprons, and spend the day making homemade bread and cinnamon rolls.  I have a lot of memories sitting around my grandma’s kitchen table kneading bread, rolling out dough…

Nowadays, I don’t have the time or the patience most weekends to make homemade pull apart bread.  So, when I can cheat and have fresh baked from a can – I do!

This past weekend I pulled out an old favorite for breakfast.

The pictures do NOT do this gooey, sugar filled dough any justice.  It was delicious!

Here’s what you need to make your own cinnamon-sugar pull apart bread with icing:

Pull Apart Bread:

1 can biscuisits, each biscuit cut into fourths
1 c. sugar
¼ c. brown sugar
¼ c. butter


1 c. powdered sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
1-2 T milk

pull apart bread recipe

Preheat oven to 475 or as per the directions on the biscuits and spray a round cake pan with cooking spray.  Mix the sugar, cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl.  Melt butter and let cool for a few seconds (that way you will not burn your hands).  Dip a piece of dough into the butter  and dredge in the sugar mixture.  Shake of excess and place in pan.  Bake per directions on the cannister, mine took about 20 minutes.

Mix the icing ingredients together.  The more milk you add, the thinner the icing will be.  I used mine as a drizzle, so I added the full 2 Tablespoons.  Drizzle the icing over the bread.

pull apart bread recipe


Easy-peasy Healthy Breakfast Bar Recipe

Healthy Breakfast Bar Recipe

Looking for a healthy breakfast bar recipe?  Want a recipe for a delicious chocolate peanut butter banana oatmeal bar for breakfast?  Well then you have come to the right place.

J asked for breakfast food the other day and  suggested granola bars.  The pre-packaged ones are good don’t get me wrong, but I just have a problem with filling our bellies with junk.  I looked up a healthy breakfast bar recipe and found one that caught my eye.  I did a little edit to some ingredients to make it a little healthier.  And I ended up with a tasty, healthy breakfast bar recipe.

Healthy Breakfast Bar Recipe


1 1/2 c. whole-wheat flour
1 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. sugar substitute
5 t. baking powder (you can use 2 t. baking powder and 1 t. baking soda, but I was out of baking soda)
1/4 c. milk chocolate chips
1/8 c. Peanut Butter
1 large egg
2 large egg-whites
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c. milk, fat free
1 c. mashed bananas (approximately 2 full bananas)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 24 muffin cups

Stir flour, oats, sugar, baking powder (and baking soda) and chocolate chips in a large bowl.

Whisk egg and egg whites together; mix in applesauce, milk, peanut butter and banana.

Create well in middle of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients.  Stir until moisten.

Fill muffin cups until about 1/2 full.

Bake for about 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool before serving.

Healthy Breakfast Bar Recipe

There ya have it a healthy breakfast bar recipe that was super easy to make.  Oh and the best part one of these little bad boys is only 2 weight watchers point plus value.  Sweet!

Looking for other uses for Oatmeal around the house? Check out how I gave my dog a homemade oatmeal bath to soothe her itchy skin.


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

smoothie So this morning I concocted a yummy, healthy smoothie. It was super easy, super quick and did the trick.

1/2 frozen banana (I already had it sliced and in the freezer)
1 c. fat-free milk
1 t. PB2 (powdered peanut butter is my favorite right now)
1 packet of Weight Watchers chocolate smoothie mix

Combine the ingredients in a blender until smooth. The frozen banana will give it a thicker texture and won’t water it down like ice will.
The best part of this smoothie? It’s only 4 PointsPlus values! The banana and PB2 are both 0 PP+ values.

If you haven’t tried PB2 yet then I recommend it. 2 Tablespoons are only 1PP+. It can be combined with water or your daily oil, which is my favorite because it makes it a bit creamier.

The only sad part about my smoothie was when I finished it! HA!


Diet 7-Up Biscuits

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a day filled with love and yummy goodness!

J and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together this year.  Due to work schedules we both weren’t able to make the drive home, especially since our drive is in opposite directions of one another.  It just made it too difficult.  So, we made the best of it and celebrated on our own.

I got there just in time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to start, which is my absolute favorite part of the day.  I’ve seen a 7-Up Biscuit recipe on Pinterest lately and it looked delicious.  I adapted the recipe to be a bit more Weight Watcher friendly and the results were a-mazing.


2 C. Heart Smart Bisquick
1/2 C. light Sour Cream
1/2 C. diet 7-Up
1/4 C. melted butter (I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter)


In a large bowl, mix sour cream and bisquick together.  Add 7-Up to mix.  The dough will be really soft.  Melt the butter and pour into the bottom of a 9×9 pan.  Next, sprinkle some bisquick mix onto the counter and spread out the dough.  You don’t want to knead the dough, but just pat and spread to be about one-inch thick.  Use a glass or a biscuit cutter and cut out biscuits.  Place in pan and bake at 450 degree for about 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Makes 9 servings – 4 WWPointsPlus per serving

I had one biscuit that didn’t want to cooperate when I was putting it into the pan… I’m sure you can figure out which one that was.  Oh well! Recipes can’t always be picture perfect, but they were still delicious.

September Favorites


Looking back at my favorite fall posts for the month of September.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

So, here is another delicious outcome from a recipe I followed from Eat Yourself Skinny! Are you seeing a trend with where I get my recipes from? Sure I like to make some up as I go or adapt them to my tastes, but I swear Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny has the same tastes as I do.
Spinach Artichoke Dip turned out great and was super easy. I actually put this dip into two smaller baking dishes before baking. The best part of this whole recipe was that 1/2 cup was only 2 PointsPlus. This dip is so doable during Sunday football.

Not too bad for you, oh so yummy Beer-garitas


I found a delicious drink recipe on one of my favorite cooking blogs – Eat Yourself Skinny! – check it out here.

I tasted tested it the morning after I made it and found that it was a bit too lime-y tasting for me.  I’m sure others would think that it was great, but I wanted to tone down the lime.  So, I altered the recipe a bit at that point.

Here are my final ingredients:
2 cups frozen limeade (see recipe below)
3 bottles of light beer (I used Select 55)
1/2 cup tequila

Ingredients for limeade:
1 cup fresh lime juice + 2 limes for zesting
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 cup Splenda sugar blend
How to make the limeade:

In a large saucepan, combine water, Splenda and lime zest from the 2 limes.  Heat until Splenda is dissolved.  Remove from heat and  cool to room temperature.  Stir in lime juice and freeze until ready to use.

How to make the beer-garitas:
In a pitcher, combine frozen limeade, 3 beers and 1/2 cup of tequila.  Place pitcher in the freezer overnight or until frozen, then mix so that it is in slushy form and serve.
It made 6 servings and was at 3 PointsPlus per serving.  Now, I used different beer than the original recipe.  I prefer Bud products over here, now when calculating the beer it said that 1 can of Bud Select 55 was 0 PointsPlus and 3 beers was only 1 PointsPlus.  Now that’s hard to believe so please don’t go crazy if using Bud Select 55.


It was a perfect drink to have in hand while watching football this past Sunday.