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I’m Out, But I’ve Got Some Solutions and a Chocolate Muffin Recipe

I’m Out, But I’ve Got Some Solutions and a Chocolate Muffin Recipe


Well, I’m out. And not just of the normal things like:

time, money, clean laundry, excuses for always being late,

reasons why I burn my dinner (roasted zucchini noodles, roasted broccoli slaw, whatever I happen to be “roasting”) on a nightly basis,


and possible causes why I have stomach issues.


Ha ha.


I’ve been running out of food things around here like crazy the past few day.

I actually thought it was funny at first and thought it would make a cute post, but then I kept running out of more stuff and it was just ridiculous. At least for most of them I have a little solution or two.


First it was this Scotty B’s Sweet Bacon Jalapeño Hot Sauce


that I’ve been using to top my salads and doctor up my wraps.


I don’t even like bacon, but this sauce is good. I miss it already. Good thing I have a few others to tide me over and my new little salad topping combination from Sarena the other day (apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper and yeast flakes).


I also got a lot of other great suggestions from all of you for different ways to use apple cider vinegar. Who knew you all used it? I’m a newbie to the whole ACV thing, but I’m excited to experiment. I’ll take all the help and suggestions you want to give up.


Speaking of yeast flakes,

I ran out of nutritional yeast and bought this brewer’s yeast instead thinking it was the same thing.


It’s not, but I’m using it anyway. It has some good nutritional stats and health benefits.


Lauren also told me on Twitter that it’s supposed to make my hair shiny. Sold. Anything to help this mop.

The brewer’s yeast is a bit nuttier. Yep. Stole that straight from the canister. It says right on there “Wonderful nutty flavor.” Ha ha.

The brewer’s yeast also doesn’t have that “cheesy” flavor that nutritional yeast has, but I’m experimenting with it anyway. By the way, the cool people call nutritional yeast “nooch”. (I don’t know why because I’m not that cool, but I’m going to try to learn the lingo and pretend I know what I’m talking about.)

I used the brewer’s yeast in my cheese less sandwich with a little Smart Balance Light, garlic salt and garlic powder.


It wasn’t too shabby. (And I feel like my hair is shinier already. Kidding.)


I also ran out of this Good Earth tea.


Of course I ran out right after I discovered my favorite tea combination from the other day.


Good Earth Original, Good Earth Original caffeine free and 1/2 tablet of lemon tea Nuun.




I’ll have to double up on the caffeine free packets until I get my hands on some more of the original. (FYI- They sell the caffeine free version at Costco.)


I’m not exactly out of my favorite cocoa powder yet, but I am on my last container which is living a little  too dangerously.


Seriously, I just stocked up on a bunch of these and I’m almost out. I really have a problem.


Yesterday it was my espresso beans that I found almost gone. Not good.


I’m going to have to sub in some instant espresso for a bit.


The following happens pretty frequently with the PB2 around here.


It’s a good thing I order from Bell Plantation in bulk. Ha.

I did find this Better’n Peanut Butter though (from Trader Joe’s or Target- I can’t remember which one) in the back corner of the pantry that I had forgotten about.


It’s pretty good. Sweet, creamy, low in fat and 100 calories per two tablespoon serving. A good option to change things up a bit.


I also ran out of my favorite soy milk (Soy Slender) so I’m trying out this Silk Light Vanilla one for about half the price.



Now friends, this is a big deal. I ate the last of my Vitatops over the weekend.


It was a sad moment. but at least I ate the last one the right way with low calorie ice cream and frozen frosting.


The second I finished that Vitatop I thought about placing another big order. There was a Hungry Girl special last week, but I missed the deadline and ordering these delicious things (even when they’re on special) adds up. Especially when you’ve been eating two a day like I have.

I’m going to try to refrain from buying any more for awhile. (That’s like saving $2 a day if you’re counting. Are you reading this STUFT Daddy? We’ll be able to afford that minivan in no time. LOL.)


So instead of my nightly Vitatops with my dark chocolate frosting I’m making these.


High Protein Dark Chocolate Muffin

Adapted from Deb’s famous Protein Fudge Muffin and a spinach free version of my Mighty Chocolate Microwave Muffin.

1/2 cup canned pumpkin (can substitute one medium mashed banana)

1/4 cup egg substitute

1/4 cup nondairy milk of choice

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 sweetener packets (I use Splenda or Stevia)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla (I usually don’t measure)

2 tablespoons coconut flour (16 grams)

2 tablespoon dark chocolate cocoa powder (10 grams)


Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Pour into large mug sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Microwave for approximately 5 minutes. I do mine for 5:55, but our microwave is OLD and I have issues with having the cooking time be the same number (4:44, 3:33, 2:22, 1:11).


Plop on a plate. Take a picture of the not so photogenic muffin masterpiece.


Top it with a little easiest dark chocolate frosting and serve it with some homemade healthy ice cream and frozen peanut butter frosting.


Oh yeah. Living it up.

And living it up again. Different night, different mug.


Pretty much the same toppings.


*Disclaimer- Deb is the brilliant mind behind the original version of this protein muffin.

I’m not going to lie, it’s no Vitatop, but it does the trick and I like that it has a little protein also. And… a huge bonus that it saves a little dough.

I’m trying to convince STUFT Daddy we need to go to San Francisco for The San Francisco Marathon next month. I’m also trying to find someone to sponsor me, so if you know anyone who wants to help out a crazy running mama send them my way. I’m on a mission to try to complete a marathon minus 3 emergency bathroom stops like my last marathon. Ha ha.


Well, I have some fun snapshots from the day yesterday, but I’ve rambled on long enough about food so I’ll save them.

You’re welcome.


Totally random question:

Do you prefer peanut butter (or other nut butter) at room temperature or chilled?

That’s right, that’s what I was thinking about last night. I like to eat it better cold even though it’s easier to spread when it’s room temp. Go figure.

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  1. 1

    Good Morning!!! I prefer the taste of PB when it’s cold but keep it at room temperature b/c it’s too hard to spread on things when it’s cold =)
    I have used Brewer’s Yeast before!! When AJ was about 7 months old, my milk supply started to decrease…some friends recommended I try Brewer’s Yeast – it totally worked. I was overflowing for weeks! LOL. The best part was that I would use it in the AM with my yogurt and granola and my son being the “I want to try everything my mom and dad is eating” guy that he is, tried it when he was around 8 months – and LOVED it. I was so happy b/c it really is so healthy !!! =)
    In the days leading up to a shopping trip, my meal concoctions become very funny – I want to use up everything that will expire so often meals don’t even really seem to go together. Oh well. It’s all in the name of saving some $ =)

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Ditto on the PB. We’re twins you know.
      I forgot about the whole breast feeding/brewer’s yeast thing. Cool that it worked Michele. I’ll have to try sprinkling it on things like yogurt for the boys. You’re so smart. 🙂 Did you put it on anything else?

      • I’m trying to think if I did, but I honestly can’t remember putting it on anything else. I wasn’t crazy about the taste and didn’t want to “ruin” any other meal that I was having! So I sprinkled like 2 tablespoons with my yogurt each day!!

  2. 2
    Miz says:

    thats it
    the one place we diverge
    who knew??
    It is the tops of the vita.
    you may eat mine 🙂

  3. 3
    Kristi Rogers says:

    I prefer Adams all natural peanut buttee room air, it’s extra gooey that way. So does my 4ring yr old, its easier to lick off the bread

  4. 4
    Victoria says:

    I am going to have to try that protein muffin! Seems simple enough. And room temp always for my nut butters 🙂

  5. 5
    Kim Lee says:

    Try these protein bars. They’re really yummy…. almost like cake!


  6. 6

    I always keep my nut butters in the pantry instead of the fridge for those same reasons–though it would taste better cold it’s much easier to spread when it’s at room temperature……this last spring I bought brewer’s yeast thinking it was the same thing as nutritional yeast (total newbie mistake. whoops) and it took me a little while to figure out it was different. I was reading on all these blogs how great nutritional yeast was and how the flavor was cheesy–brewer’s definitely isn’t cheesy. If you could share what you figure out is good to sprinkle it on I would love to hear about it because I still don’t know what to use mine on!

  7. 7

    I started ordering the PB2 in the bulk bags! It’s not as convenient b/c once you open you have to transfer to something else, but it’s cheaper (I think) and you get a heck of a lot at once 😉

    • 7.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I need to do that next time. The problem is I always have to share with others so the jars make it easier. Maybe if I buy in bulk I can keep more for myself. LOL.

  8. 8
    Sara says:

    Target has Vitatops if you want to get a small box to keep as a special treat! That’s what I do (when they’re on sale.) Fiber One’s brownies are good too. 90 cals. You know I’m hooked on Good Earth. I drink it every morning 🙂 You can buy a six-pack from Amazon (maybe that’s what you do?) But it’s $2.99 at our local Target. Yay! Now I’m hungry. I better eat my yogurt! Yippee! Oh and I found some popcorn called “Skinny Pop.” 100 cals per bag and all-natural, no gluten, etc. etc.

    • 8.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I saw them at Target last night, but I couldn’t shell out more than $4 for a 4 pack. Good Earth tea is the best isn’t it? Oh man, now I’m hungry too (and I jsut finished my breakfast). 🙂

  9. 9
    Missy says:

    This reminded me of a post I saw awhile ago and wanted to try, but never have. It’s a Vitatop “copycat” that is supposed to be really good. So for what it’s worth, here’s the link!


    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      YOU just made my morning. Seriously I just woke up and was thinknig that I might have to cave and order more or come up with a copycat version to freeze myself. THANKS!

      • Missy says:

        Yay!!! Like I said, I have not made them but they looked good! Please do a post on them when you make them! (and keep Kitty away when you do – I only like my veggies roasted/burned. We don’t need Krispy Kitty!!! I laughed when I saw on Instagram!!
        Anyway so glad to “make your day” 🙂 !!!

  10. 10

    I’m sorry your running low on goods, but I’m happy it forced you to create this darling recipe for us. 🙂 It looks great! I’m a big fan of mug muffins/cakes/brownies/anythingwithchocolate.

  11. 11

    I hate when I walk into the pantry and EVERYTHING is gone. Then half the time the fiance or my Dad always forget “my food” and then I am foodless.

    Those chocolate muffins look awesome!

  12. 12

    doesn’t it always seem like you run out of everything at once?! ugh i hate when that happens! and i just realized i haven’t had one of your microwave mug muffins in forever – that definitely needs to change pronto! i still haven’t seen that hershey’s DARK chocolate cocoa… i’ve been dying to try it out!

    • 12.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yes. It’s like a downward spiral once you run out of one of your favorite things. LOL. What???? YOu have never tried the Hershey’s dark cocoa??? That is NOT okay. Want me to send you some? Seriously, I’m going to stock up in the next few days. Let me know. I can send a Flat Kitty too. Ha!

  13. 13
    Samantha says:

    I will admit, all my nut butters are in the pantry, and I know you aren’t supposed to do that with the natural ones but I haven’t got sick yet and they are easy to work with.

    I also once made the Brewer’s yeast mistake and actually I didn’t mind it at all. I did eventually miss the large flake however and overall prefer the large flake nutritional yeast.

    I do love another single serving microwave option! I will try this one tonight (and I liked the spinach one). 🙂

    • 13.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Samantha- I don’t mind the brewer’s yeast either. It’s different, but still good. 🙂 Different yeast flakes for different thing I guess. Ha.

  14. 14

    Your posts always crack me up. The chocolate muffin looks amazing and I’m definitely in need of some chocolate today. Thanks. I’m trying so hard to convince my husband I need to sign up for the Big Sur Marathon next April. I used my birthday, the day before the marathon, as a reason, but it didn’t work. If you figure out a convincing reason that works, please let me know.

    • 14.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Well, let’s do the Big Sur together. When is it? Are they havign sign us already? Tell him I’m making you. LOL. I’ll tell Andrew the same. I’ve heard that race is awesome.

  15. 15
    jennifer says:

    Why is it I run out of everything at once? I am out of grapes -and which is my staple fruit, cauliflower, starwberries,spinach, and egg whites! Maybe if I went to the store more often this wouldn’t happen. So I am trying other fruit instead! I am looking for a healthy peach crsip dessert using oatmeal. Any ideas??

    • 15.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I’ve never made a heathly peach crisp, but I’ve heard that you can use yellow cake mix and butter on top and bake it and it’s delicious. I saw it on a show and have always wanted to try it. You could sprinkle some oatmeal on there too maybe. 🙂

  16. 16

    First, love your blog. Second, that microwaved chocolage brownie/cake/cupcake looks amazing. I can’t wait to try this. Seems so easy to throw all together. I love vitatops, too, but they get so expensive! As for nut butters, I don’t like them refridgerated. I like them smooth and melty at room temp. anyway, can’t wait to make those chocolate muffins 🙂

  17. 17

    Any company with a brain should sponsor you! You are a machine!!! That muffin looks amazing! I NEED to do that now! Also, I can’t say I have a preference on wether I like my nut butters chilled or room temp, but I LOVE it over ice cream too! That is perfection!

  18. 18
    randi says:

    i just bought that HG special on the Vitatops and then saw at my local Walmart that they have them cheaper!! less than a dollar a top at Walmart v dollar a top with the HG special…like Sara, i eat Fiber One Brownies and honestly think i like better although they are a bit smaller…

    thank you for this new muffin recipe minus spinach – making it next week for my travels!!

    oh and did not have success with the ice cream 🙁 it was like eating almond milk ice 🙁

    • 18.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yeah, Fiber One brownies didn’t do it for me. Too small for my big appetite. Ha. But…. for the price I may have to revisit them. If you add a banana or some coconut milk (the canned kind) it might help the ice cream. Chocolate COvered Katie has good ideas on her blog.

  19. 19
    sarah says:

    Given your love for searing your own tastebuds, TOUGH workouts, aaaand giving birth to 2 babies at a time- I’m going to assume you enjoy pain.

    What.a.delicious.post. Seeing as I can’t actually get vita muffins I really appreciate recipes like this<3. Have you ever tried peanut flour(as opposed to pb2)?, I think its cheaper, and its dang tasty:).

    Good luck to finding a sponsor!( I'd totally sponsor you but I'm a 19 year old broke-as-a-joke student- no hard feelings eh?). I'm sure you'll charm the Hubs into letting you run it anywayz;).

    • 19.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I haven’t tried peanut flour yet, but yeah I think it’s pretty much the same thing. I’m all about saving a buck or two so I better check it out. Ha.

  20. 20

    I love Better N PB! TJs carries the low sodium one (it’s blue) so pretty sure you got that one at Target. I am a PB stalker. All my PBs need to be kept in the fridge but I usually only mix them with cold things anyway, like yogurt, so I suppose it doesn’t matter to me. Uck, Brewer’s Yeast is not nooch! It does have great benefits too but give me nooch or give me death!

    • 20.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Ha! DO you really think there is a big difference between them? 🙂 I haven’t used it enough I guess.
      I thought I got that one from Target. Which reminds me I went to a different Target last night adn their prices were so darn high. Weird.

  21. 21

    I’ll take my PB either way (room/chilled), but I keep mine at room.

    Sorry, nothing funny or humorous to say this time… but good luck on finding a way up here to SFM. If you are up for running 52 miles and can raise $1500, I know a way you can do it for free. 🙂

  22. 22
    Lisa says:

    Even when your running out of food you manage to make everything look delicious! I’ve run out of a lot of favourites lately, but am too lazy to go and restock since I’m feeling sick. So, I have to make due, which I’m not liking at all haha. Yum on the chocolate “cake”, I’ve never tried vita tops! We don’t have them in our stores so I just figure I might as well not order online and get addicted to another expensive product 😉

  23. 23
    Charissa says:

    After reading this post, I think I need to go shopping and pick up these lovely groceries! 🙂

  24. 24
    Tracey says:

    Love the grocery list, always in need of new ideas!

  25. 25

    Hey there stuftmama! Once again, I love your post & once again, I am tempted to drive out west just so I can meet your precious kids! They are little gems. You’ll have to give me tips when it is my turn 😉

    I really like cold pb… normally because I put it on warm things (my version of a protein muffin, oatmeal, pancakes, etc.) so it becomes all melty, yet cold at the same time… I’m weird.

    With regard to the stomach issues… I have PLENTY. One thing I have recently done is cut out all the crappy processed aftificial sweeteners (sorbitol, malitol, xythoil… the list goes on) and have only used real sugar & stevia. It has been AWESOME! The “crap” made me feel like crap, made my stomach bloated as crap, and well, made me crap, hehe! Give it a try for a couple weeks and see if you improve!

    • 25.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I’ve actually cut out dairy because of tummy problems and things are sooooo much better. I’ve got things under control thank goodness. 🙂 Thanks so much for the tips though. 🙂 Yeah, processed artificial sweeteners are no buneo for tummies. Ha ha. Glad you’re feeling better too!!!

  26. 26
    Jen says:

    I hate it when I run out of everything at once!!! I love nut butters of all types. I’m not picky at all but I am a huge fan of the PB2. LOVE!

  27. 27
    Gwen says:

    I just ordered some PB2 (the kind with cocoa). I LOVE peanut butter but can get carried away with it. I love it on bananas, in plain yogurt, on steak…ok so not steak but I really love peanut butter. I prefer it cold but i find that sometimes its hard to spread (sometimes I dump off some of the oil before mixing which I am sure contributes to it cement like texture). I am offended when people say they hate peanut butter and just assume they are lying. What’s not to love about peanut butter?!

    • 27.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh…… I hear you on getting carried away with peanut butter. That’s why PB2 is so good, yes? PS- Those PB hating people are definitely lying. 🙂

  28. 28
    Yaara says:

    Hey Stuft Mama!
    I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and finally thought I’d comment! We are seriously food twins! I’m obsessed with the Torani Sugar-free syrups; and looove my roasted broccoli on the burnt side. I’ve also been addicted lately to frozen chocolate frosting!! OMG–I do about 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder; lots of cocoa flavored stevia; some water–then make into a paste and freeze–OMG–it tastes like a Hershey’s Bar.
    PS: Your boys are absolutely adorable!! What a sweet family you have! Look forward to reading more!
    PPS: How is it that you started working out with Bob?? That’s so cool!–I have his Inside Out Method Cardio DVD(Killer!).

    • 28.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Hi food twin! 🙂 Um… cocoa flavored Stevia? What? I’ve got to get some of that. Love frozen chocolate paste!!!! 🙂 He he. Bob- it was just being on Facebook and sending an email at the right time to the right person. 🙂
      Welcome to our crazy life. Can’t wait to have mroe “twin” moments with you. He he.

  29. 29

    That looks so good!!! I’m making it tonight! 🙂 Have you gotten anything in the mail yet??

  30. 30
    Michele says:

    As for your chocolate muffins – they are amazing! Along with the “Mighty Green Muffin” – I have eaten one of these everyday for breakfast this week with PB on top!! THANK YOU!!!


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