Are you tired of hearing people gush about Vitalicious VitaTops yet? Well, I'm certainly not tired of eating them! The Deep Chocolate and AppleBerry Bran are just 2 of the MANY flavors that rock my world! Since I love VitaTops, I decided to seek out varieties that I hadn't tried before, and that led me to Vitalicious VitaMuffin Golden Corn VitaTops. It's not really a "sexy" sounding name, but I heard it from a few sources that this was delicious as well, and so I decided to give it a go.
Unfortunately, the Golden Corn VitaTop is not quite as near and dear to my heart (or taste buds) as some of the other varieties. Each bite reminds me of a slightly undercooked cake with a hint of corn in the distance. As I reached the mushy middle, I felt as though I was eating baby food (or corn bread batter). Maybe a spin in the toaster is what this needed because the flavor is quite good, but I just couldn't get over the weird texture. This was quite surprising to me because texture has never been an issue with VitaTops before.
I am a huge VitaTops fan. So far I have had good luck with the flavors I have tried, like the AppleBerry Bran and Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip VitaTops (the only exception is probably the Chocolate Figs VitaTops, which I will just consider an odd anomaly). One variety that I hadn't sampled before now was the Double Chocolate Dream. This variety has a rich chocolate background and is studded with white chocolate chips (more chips than in the Fudgy Peanut Butter variety).
I pulled a top out of its package and heated it up in the microwave, which is definitely the way to eat these things. I dug in with gusto, finding that the combination of rich chocolate and slightly melted chips was a perfect palate pleaser. I liked this better than the peanut butter variety because,the straight up chocolate flavor seemed more tasty than when it's mixed with something else.
Each 55 gram Vitalicious Double Chocolate Dream VitaTop provides 100 calories, 2% of the daily value for total and 5% of the DV for saturated fat, 6 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, 2 grams of sugar alcohols, 3 grams of protein, a bevy of vitamins and minerals (50% of the RDA for vitamins A, C, D, E, B6, B12, iron, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, and zinc, as well as a few others) .
I'm eating my way through a super sampler pack with Vitalicious VitaTops and after loving the Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip VitaTop, but being not fo fond of the Chocolate Fig variety, I turned my attention to the Vitalicious CranBran VitaTops. I had tried the BlueBran and not found it to be much like real blueberry muffins, so I wasn't sure what to expect from the CranBran variety.
Each 100 calorie, 55 gram VitaTop has 4 grams of protein, 20% of fiber and 11 grams of sugars. The ingredients include whole wheat flour, egg whites and cranberries - the sweetener used is evaporated cane sugar. There is also 50% of the daily value for many vitamins and minerals.
I got a super sampler pack from Vitalicious, and set out to try as many VitaTops as I could. It's a tough job, what with having to try delicious flavors like VitaMuffin Deep Chocolate VitaTops and VitaMuffin AppleBerry Bran VitaTop, but somebody's got to do it. I first tried the Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip VitaTop. I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, so I figured it must be delicious.
I opened the top to examine it, and saw that, while the muffin top was a rich dark chocolate color, there were only 4 peanut butter chips on it - kind of disappointing! Still, I bit in, and discovered a world of peanut buttery chocolate goodness. This one is great, and even better heated up - what a combo! The chocolate melts in your mouth, and the peanut butter flavor is just perfect, not artificial and not overwhelming.
Each 100 calorie, 55 gram VitaTop has 3 grams of protein, 23% of fiber and 11 grams of sugars. There are no artificial sweeteners, but they do use erythitol (a sugar alcohol).
Vitalicious Chocolate Fig VitaTops sounded like such a ... unique and interesting combination (in a weird way) that it was one of the first thing I reached for when I ordered a sampler pack. I opened the limited edition package and examined the top, finding a rich chocolate top studded with pieces of fig. I'm not the biggest fan of figs in general, but I was willing to give this a shot. I popped a bite into my mouth.
Each 55 gram VitaTop provides 100 calories, 23% of the daily value for fiber, 11 grams of sugars and 3 grams of protein. The ingredients list include whole wheat flour, egg whites and fresh figs - no artificial flavors. There is also a slew of (added) vitamins and minerals (50% of the RDA for vitamins A, C, D, E, B6, B12, iron, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, and zinc, as well as a few others).
Baking has always been a hobby of mine. I usually prefer to bake from scratch, so that I have control over the quality of ingredients. But, pressed for time and in desperate need of something to bring to a brunch, I purchased Vitalicious Banana Muffin Baking Mix. All it took to create 12 yummy muffins was 2 egg whites and 1 1/3 cups of water. I used some walnuts as well. I mixed up the batter with ease and within no time my kitchen smelled like a bakery. The banana aroma lingered through the air, making me rather hungry.
Not wanting to wait until brunch, I ate one of these muffins right out of the oven - HOT! Split in half and smothered in Earth Balance Soy Butter, I was in heaven. These muffins were great! They taste sweet - even though they are sugar free and the banana flavor is not overwhelming. I love the contrasting texture added by the nuts and I was more than thrilled to take these to the brunch I was going to - where I might add, they were a hit.