I’m back to weight watchers and one of my favorite snacks is the Vitalicious Pumpkin muffin. Vitalicious is a company that makes very high fiber, low calorie muffins. You can buy them premade in the freezer section of large supermarkets or you can buy the mixes and make them yourself. They don’t have mixes for all their flavors but they do have some. On their website you can find recipes for using their mixes to come up with other flavors by adding a few more ingredients.
My favorite recipe is to take their blueberry muffin mix and turn it into pumpkin muffins. I love them with a little fat free Cool Whip.
Now to be honest, they are NOT big giant muffins, they do not taste like something you would get in a bakery but for me they are a great snack that I don’t feel guilty about. The flavor also fits the season.
I looked up a Panera Pumpkin Muffin and it contains 530 calories and 20 grams of fat. That, my dear friends, is 12 weight watcher points.
You can buy the mixes and the muffins on line at their website. I buy them by the case because I make them a lot.
- 1 package of Blue Bran VitaMuffin Mix
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 2 Tablespoons Smart Balance Light®
Makes One Dozen 2-oz. VitaMuffins
Original VitaMuffin Mix: 90 Calories, 6g Fiber, 0g Fat.
As prepared below: 150 Calories, 5g Fiber, 2.5g Fat.
(Blueberry Muffin Mix)
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Preheat oven to 400°F. Line standard muffin pan with baking cups (for best results use foil baking cups) or use VitaTop baking pans. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl combine Blue Bran VitaMuffin Mix, water, egg whites, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla extract, ginger and nutmeg. Then melt the Smart Balance and pour into bowl. Mix well.
Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of VitaMix into baking cups or pan. Bake for about 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar over top of each VitaMuffin and allow thorough cooling.Enjoy!
Tip: Freeze any unused Pumpkin Harvest VitaMuffins for a later date.