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Jul 3, 2014 09:12 AM

Super low-cal muffins

I stopped in my local bakery today for some iced coffee, and I was surprised to see some super-low cal muffins. And I mean low cal. The ones I bought were said to be 28 calories each. I'm not sure that's even possible, so I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts on how to make these. They were oat bran muffins with raisins.

The sales clerk said that they are made without sugar (they use Splenda) and without eggs. There were not a lot of raisins, and there was a little sprinkling of oats on the top. I'm assuming that maybe applesauce replaced the fat, but there were pretty light and not gummy at all. The muffins were a standard size. But 28 calories? I'm stumped!

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  1. I can only believe that either someone in the bakery has some sort of math deficiency, or they're not engaging in truth-in-advertising.

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      1. re: roxlet

        Just for shits and giggles (mostly giggles), I looked for the most ascetic muffin recipes I could find; none can get even remotely close to a low double-digit calorie count.

        Full disclosure: I wouldn't make any of them. I want my muffins with egg, with sugar, and as moist as I can get 'em.

        No egg, but uses apple juice concentrate (may as well have used sugar)
        208 cal.

        Uses egg, but no sugar (subs Stevia) and uses coconut milk.
        Approx. 200 cal.

        Here's a vegan recipe that breaks the 100 calorie barrier, but (gasp!) it uses sugar:

    1. NO WAY. My guess is that they could be what some folks would call 28 "net" carbs after subtracting fiber. 28 grams of carbs would be 112 calories.

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      1. re: mcf

        The paper liner probably has 28 calories. :)

        1. re: Kris in Beijing

          One. And it's been pretty much stuck in my throat since I ate it!

        2. Even if there were only five raisins in the whole thing, that'd account for 10-12 calories.

          Was the sales clerk a little wooden boy with a growing nose?

            1. re: Kris in Beijing

              2 TBS of coconut flour has 60 calories. Also, I promise you they are loaded with calories from Splenda uncounted because the serving size of 1 tsp is just under 1 gram of carbs so they are allowed to call it zero calorie. But a cup of Splenda has 24 high glycemic grams of carbs from bulking agents unless it's used in the form of generic sucralose liquid. Guarantee you they're not counting a single one.

              1. re: mcf

                I frequently find myself having a "discussion" with someone who thinks that "NO cal" sweetener powders or 0 cal fat substitute sprays will still be calorie free when used in 1C quantities.

              2. re: Kris in Beijing

                This recipe does not specify a single sweetener nor account for its calories, much less its quantity.