by Katelyn Block on July 29, 2011 · 40 comments

Today I have a very special treat for you.

One that’s going to save you a shit ton of money.

Like a shit ton.

You know those VitaTops that eeeeeveryone spends almost all of their hard-earned money on?

What if I told you that there was a way you could make them for super cheap?

Like super cheap.

And even more nutritious.

Try 12 grams of protein, just over 100 calories, and more fibah than your momma gave ya. Oh and no sugar or fat. Take that, VitaTops.

Plus they’re gluten-free, soy-free, everything-possible-free, and totally veg.


Yeah you read that right. Make these. Bing bang boom.



  • 2 tbsp. buckwheat flour
  • 2 tbsp. protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. applesauce
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 drops liquid vanilla stevia, more to taste if your protein powder is unsweetened **
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • almond milk to create a batter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, handful of raisins; alternatively, handful of chocolate chips, goji berries or other mix-in


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease one cup of a muffin tin or ramekin with extra-virgin coconut oil.
  2. Put your dry ingredients in a small bowl and mix.
  3. Add your applesauce, stevia, and a splash or two of almond milk, adding more as needed to create a muffin-like batter. Not too thick, not too thin.
  4. Fold in your mix-ins. My personal fave is cinnamon-raisin, but any other mix-ins you like would be freaking darn delicious as well.
  5. Bake for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your selected baking apparatus. ***
  6. Check with a cake tester or baby knife and try not to burn your mouth when digging into that sucka ;)
** Alternatively, you can use 1/8 – 1/4 tsp stevia.

*** Mine was more recangular, so it took more time but if you were using a creme brulee ramekin it would probably take less time.


Now go make this and praise the dessert gods that Chef Katelyn brought you this recipe.

You’re welcome.

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

healthyhelper July 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Yum! I love making muffin tops! Especially single serve ones!


theAlmostRunner July 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM

OK how did you just COME UP with this? What the hell?


Kara_Hadley July 29, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I've never even eaten a Vita Top, but these look great!


Jenn @ P&C July 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM

I think I heard blog land squeal =) I have n ever tried a vitatop but i'm game for some skinny tops!


Coco July 29, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Think this would work with whole wheat flour? Or whole wheat pastry flour?


Katelyn July 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Heck to the yeahhhh girl! Just add more/less almond milk accordingly :)


Krissy July 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Ummm I think this post just changed my life – have I told you lately how much I love you??? xoxoxo


sproutybuns July 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I'm an indebted to you forever!! I cannot WAIT to make these … thank you! thank you!


Liz @ Something To Chew On July 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Ummmm genius much? This looks great!!


lactosefreelizzie July 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Ahhhh Katelyn you rock!! I missed eating vita tops so much!


runningperspective July 29, 2011 at 12:03 PM

um this is GENIUS!!!!!!!!! making this ASAPPPPPPP


Tina July 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

That is a killer recipe!!!


cupcake dynamite July 29, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I NEED TO MAKE THESE! I just spent a zillion dollars on some vita tops.. grr!


LillyKB July 29, 2011 at 12:27 PM

yumm! I make something similar to this, but used Bob's red mill g-free flour. I have subbed peanut flour for the protein powder before too, yuppp amazing :)


movesnmunchies July 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM



Diana July 29, 2011 at 12:51 PM

ohmagosh, those look ahhmazing and I need one in my mouth immediamente! I have only had Vitatops in free gifty situations so I am psyched to never have to lay down the big bucks for them!


TheNewHealthy July 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Oh yes please. Bookmarked :)


katshealthcorner July 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Oh my gosh. This is AMAZING! Katelyn, I love you.


sugarcoatedsisters July 29, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Guuuurl you're a genius! Can't wait to try this ;)

- Nicole


In Sweetness and In Health July 29, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Yum yum :). That looks awesome!!! Oh, btw, I'm doing my first giveaway! Check it out :)


Sarah Soon-To-Be July 29, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I'm not ready to unpack my kitchen yet, so how bout for YOUR birthday present you make ME a big ol' batch of these and I'll give you a big virtual bff hug. Fair? Sounds good!


Lisa @ i'm an okie July 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

oh hot damn you could make a fortune. now, i have now time to make things until next tuesday after my final. how bout you make some and mail them to me?!


mariajgilbert July 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

I love your new header!!!! Beautiful!


Brynne July 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Girl you a genius.


Chuck July 30, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Yum! But what about some raw brownies…?



feerlessfood July 30, 2011 at 2:01 AM

Yum! But what about some raw brownies…? ; )



iheartvegetables July 31, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Oh. My Gosh. This is amazing!!!! I can save so much money!


Karen @ She Flies August 1, 2011 at 6:09 AM

wow! I've never had a Vitatop (I've seen 4-packs for $7 at the grocery store…wha??) but they look good and these sound great! thanks for the recipe!!


teeneatlive August 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Going to try this right now……maybe topping with some stevia "frosting"?! :D Yum


Kaitlyn@TieDyeFiles August 1, 2011 at 6:39 PM

My roommate LIVES off these bad boys. The VitaTops. Totes gonna make her jealousssss of all the money I'm savin!


Tacoma Aroma Eats with Essence of Curry August 2, 2011 at 12:05 PM

This is fabulous! I'm going to make this ASAP.


Cupcake Kat August 5, 2011 at 11:05 PM

These look delicious. Is there anything I can subsitute the stevia for?


Katelyn August 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM

You could use about 2 tbsp. of sugar or agave nectar/honey/maple syrup instead!


The Food and Love Diaries August 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

SAVING this recipe asap! Can't afford those vitatop delights anymore… this makes my world so much happier :)


Free Movies December 27, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I am bookmarking this asap! Thank you very much ;)


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