(Photo Credit: Micah Sittig)
I tend to enjoy banana infused treats such as Back to Nature Banana Walnut Bakery Squares and Banana Nut Cheerios, so I thought it was a safe bet that I would also enjoy Penny's Low Fat Desserts Banana Bran Muffin. Just look at all our reviews of Penny's Low Fat Desserts - I don't think there is one thing that I haven't liked yet!
I tried my muffin both heated in the microwave and defrosted in the fridge. Both avenues brought something different to the table. The hot steamy muffin emerging from 30 seconds of nuking in its open little plastic sleeve was fluffy and had that fresh from the oven feel to it. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the muffin cold, especially since I could just grab it from the fridge when I'm in a rush and (almost) late for class.
This muffin is dense, moist and flavor-packed. It has a bit of texture from the bran and the sweetness very naturally accompanies the prominent banana flavor (which evolves from all natural banana puree). It tastes remarkably similar to homemade banana bread. The edges were a tad bit firmer, while the center was extremely dense, moist and soft. I think this may just be one of my favorite Penny's treats. Better yet, it is naturally "no sugar added" due to the use of erythritol and rebiana (Stevia) in the batter (that combination of sweeteners may sound familiar to the Truvia fans out there).
Soft, dense, moist, chewy, cinnamon-filled, well-developed toffee flavor. All of the above are words that I would use to describe Penny's Low Fat Desserts No Sugar Added Toffee Cinnamon Cookie. "Is it artificially sweetened?" I hear you asking. No. It's naturally sweetened with rebiana (stevia) and erythritol. The sweetness tastes so natural and embodies the idea of toffee just perfectly. I am not really sure who came up with this combination of ingredients to create such a uniquely delicious product, but they hit the nail on the head.
The irresistible texture is comparable to that of a deliciously dense, soft, moist, homemade banana bread. The buttery, cinnamon, caramel-like flavor is unlike anything I have ever had before in a healthy baked good. I have had MANY 100 calorie snacks in my days as a food reviewer and let me tell you, this is one of the most satisfying ones to date.
This flavor-packed, sinful baked good only contains 100 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat, 6 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and protein. There is also 14 grams of sugar alcohols. Remember too much sugar alcohols can cause GI upset, which I didn't experience, but I also didn't have more than 1 in a day.
Penny's Low Fat Desserts totally rock my socks off. The company sent me a snack pack to try out the different varieties, and I don't think I have encountered any that I haven't liked yet! The Almond Poppy Seed, Carrot Raisin and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops are a MUST try for everyone. When it comes to the cookies, Penny's No Sugar Added Chocolate Truffle Cookie might be my favorite ... wait, or is it the Peanut Butter Cookies? Well, as I was thinking about this, I realized that Penny's has another product that was named after ME! Ha - I wish, but it does have my name, which means that Penny's Low Fat Desserts White Chocolate Cranberry (Emily's Medley) Cookie must be stupendously good!
I don't just eat cookies straight up all the time - how boring! If I'm going to eat a cookie, then there are a few different methods I use to ensure maximum satisfaction - I could toast it, microwave it or eat it straight from the freezer, and I wasn't sure which was the best way to enjoy this cookie. Naturally, this means I tested out each different method, and came to one not-surprising conclusion: the one thing that remained the same was the delicious flavor profile!
This cookie is chock-full of white chocolate chunks that remind me of a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie (my dad's favorite). Furthermore, the cranberries combine with the white chocolate and the soft and fluffy, yet dense oatmeal base to make for quite the party in your mouth. You can eat this cookie straight from the freezer for a dense and cool treat that is still soft and ready for you to dig right in. However, it is also delicious when you pop it out of the toaster and enable it to fully develop that "fresh-from-the-oven" taste. Oh yum .
Penny's Low Fat Desserts offers a whole slew of big, low fat, all natural, preservative free treats. My sweet tooth is bigger than all of my other teeth combined , so when I discovered that Penny's No Sugar Added Chocolate Truffle Cookie was also all natural and low fat, I jumped at the chance to try it.
The fact that this chocolate-packed treat contains only 100 calories is somewhat mind boggling. Furthermore, each 56 gram cookie has 3 grams of total fat, 1.5 grams of which is saturated fat (5 & 7% of the daily value), 7 grams of fiber (26% of the DV), 3 grams of sugar, 14 grams of sugar alcohol and 3 grams of protein. The sugar substitutes come in the form of erythritol and rebiana (Stevia).
Peanut butter cookies induce a love/hate relationship for many dieters. The creamy, sugary, buttery, smooth mouth feel is strongly desired; while moving to the next latch on your belt loop is not. Well, you can take the hate part out of that relationship because I just stumbled upon an all natural treat that warrants nothing but love. Say hello to my little friend, Penny's Low Fat Desserts Peanut Butter Cookie.
It tastes like a fluffy, soft, dense, homemade peanut butter cookie with smooth, all natural peanut butter goodness thoroughly present in each and every bite. To complement the creamy peanut butter cookie base, peanut butter chips are dispersed throughout the batter and elevate specific bites to a level that one thought only possible in their low fat dreams. The peanut butter flavor just works. It is not overwhelming, but is most certainly present and accounted for. Finding anything that is low fat and high on the creamy dreamy flavor of peanut butter ... and all natural is not easy (sorry Weight Watcher's Peanut Butter Cookies, you don't count; and you're too small!). However, Penny's food scientists have most definitely nailed it!
After breaking open a sampler pack from Penny's Low Fat Desserts, and experiencing a heavenly treat known as Penny's Low Fat Desserts Almond Poppy Seed Muffin Tops, I reluctantly turned my attention to another flavor. This time, I had my eye on Penny's Low Fat Desserts Carrot Raisin Muffin Top. Lucky for me, this was equally as delicious.
This top is ultra dense, tasting somewhat of a gingerbread type base with a plethora of raisins and a pinch of carrot shreds thrown into the mix. The dense texture makes for a very moist mouth feel, which is delightfully complemented by the abundance of plump raisins. The muffin top is further enhanced by the thorough allspice and clove additions that take this treat over the top!
A 56 gram muffin top provides 110 calories, no fat.10% of the daily value for sodium, 4 grams of fiber and 12 grams of sugar.