Baking Muffins in the Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System

The Ninja says you can bake it in. So I had to try. The results were not so good.

I am not sure if it was my fault or the Ninjas – probably a combination of both.

I started with this recipe for Blueberry Pancake Muffins. This recipe is apparently designed for the Ninja Cooking System.
Ninja Blueberry Pancake Muffins

I didn’t have blueberries so I used frozen Strawberries instead. I also added a package of instant oatmeal, used skim milk instead of buttermilk and egg whites instead of an egg. Maybe those were my mistakes.

I was attempting to be creative and make Strawberry Oatmeal Ninja Muffins.

baking muffins in the ninja

Regardless my muffins cooked. If you could call it cooked; they really didn’t rise. It was like eating a poached (read boiled) muffin. The first two were hard to get out of the pan but the rest came out okay. It tasted alright but the textured was all wrong and I don’t think that was my fault. Like I said, imagine eating a cooked but soft soggy muffin. Muffins are supposed to have the nice crispy top and be golden brown and delicious all over. Let’s face it, that is never going to happen in an appliance that STEAM BAKES.

And I mean really – all this to save 20 calories a muffin? Sure you can bake with half the fat but half the fat split up over a recipe is not worth it. Trust me on this.

strawberry oatmeal ninja muffins
YUCK!

I threw all these poor muffins in the trash (minus the bite I took to taste them). Even my dog didn’t want to eat them. But really, look at them. Do you blame her?

I don’t think baking in my Ninja will ever happen again and not just because of this mess.

Before I even made these I had already come up with a few more reasons why baking in the Ninja Cooking System was just not worth it. You can only cook (notice how I didn’t say bake?) 6 muffins at a time; most recipes out there are for 12. Trying to reduce a recipe is a pain, especially when it calls for one egg. How do you half an egg? All this hassle just to save a few calories a muffin is not worth it. Not to mention the horrid texture. The extra cleaning time. No muffin liners. No crispy tops. Do I need to go on?

Do yourself a favour, make your muffins in a oven. Save your self time and make a regular size batch of muffins (or whatever). Bonus: they turn out properly and you won’t be embarrassed to offer one to your guests. You can also use paper muffin liners and make your clean up a breeze. Another bonus: you don’t need to spend tons of money buy baking pans that fit inside the Ninja (huge bonus in my books!).

In can be argued that making 6 muffins at a time will save your waist line. In that case just throw half your muffins out. Because you are going to end up doing that anyway if you cook them in the Ninja.

This is just my experience cooking muffins but I am pretty sure results will be the same or at least similar with all baked goods. Slimy cupcakes anyone?

EDIT – I was just browsing the Ninja Facebook Page and it seems a lot of people are baking with good results but I found a post talking about the Blueberry Pancake Muffin Recipe. That person threw theirs away too and they followed the recipe. Perhaps it is just a fail recipe. After seeing that I might consider baking something again…

New Cookbook: The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podlesk

Words can’t even describe how extremely excited I am about this cookbook. I absolutely adore Janet and Greta Podlesk other three cookbooks and this one is their best yet.

When I am on plan I cook at least once a week from their other book Eat, Shrink and Be Merry. Having a new book to cook from is extra exciting and should help me stay on plan easier. I haven’t had much of a chance to really go through it yet but at a quick glance it does have a lot of their popular recipes and some new ones too.

I pre-ordered my copy of The Looneyspoons Collections almost two months ago! The wait almost killed me.

You can order your copy here at Chapters.cause promo code OLNOV11 to save $5 during the month of November.

Since you need $25 to get free shipping you should book up their other cookbooks, they are all fantastic. I really can’t say enough good things about these books – if you can’t tell. I just love that their recipes are low calorie but don’t taste it. I also really like that they use ingredients I can find in Canada, since they are Canadian too.

I am sure there will be many more posts once I start cooking. But first I must look at it!

Low Calorie Pepperoni and Cheese Scones Recipe

I love scones, cheese and pepperoni; so I put them all together yesterday and made delicious scones for breakfast. In the end they were medium size and around 160 calories each – not too bad! I love making scones and playing with ingredients to make different kinds (dill and feta is another favourite of mine.) These ones turned out so yummy I just had to post the recipe for them.

Low Calorie Pepperoni and Cheese Scones Recipe
    makes 8 scones

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powered
1 tsp baking soda
couple shakes of cayenne pepper
3 turkey pepperonis, chopped
1/2 cup low fat cheese
2 tbsp light margerine
1 cup skim milk

Directions

1. Preheat over to 425.

2. Mix together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and cayenne pepper. Mix in chopped pepperonis and cheese.

3. Blend in 2 tbsp of margarine with a fork.

4. Stir in milk until dough forms.

5. Form into 8 balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for 13 mintues at 425.

Low Calorie Pepperoni and Cheese Scones – Nutritional Information
    1 medium scone
      157.8    calories
      2.5        grams of fat
      23.9      carbohydrates
      2.2        grams of fiber
      1.5        grams of sugar
      8.7        grams of protein

Delicious 100 Calorie Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes

I found this recipe for Low Calorie Lemon Riccotta Muffins. I found it on the same site as the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe I made on Friday. Again though, I found their calorie information to be incorrect; this time it was too high!

I followed her recipe almost exactly and it made 12 delicious 100 calorie muffins but I am calling them cupcakes. To me, these seemed much more like cupcakes and I love the word cupcake! I used all white flour for mine; maybe that’s why. Like a comment mentioned on her post, the cupcake/muffins were fantastic with some jam; I used Strawberry (jam icing!).

I will be making these again and again. Next time I am going to add more lemon and vanilla extract though, I did find these to be a tad bit bland. Also, I wouldn’t try muffin wrappers – they are VERY hard to get off these muffins, after a day they need to be cut off; just grease your muffin tray well.

And there weren’t little tiny half cupcakes either, my muffin pan was over-flowing with cupcake good-ness.

Once I get the recipe how I like it; I will post it here. Below is the calorie information for her recipe (all white flour).

100 Calorie Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes – Nutritional Information
    1 cupcake
      96.3    calories
      2.6      grams of fat
      13.4    carbohydrates
      0.4      grams of fiber
      3.5      grams of sugar
      4.7      grams of protein

Banana Bread: Sweet Home Alabanana

This Banana bread comes from the cookbook Eat Shrink and Be Merry. It contains delicious bananas (obviously), oat brand, pecans and mini chocolate chips.

It turned out fantastic and it was the first banana bread I have ever made. I am actually not normally a big banana bread lover; but, the boyfriend requested banana bread, and banana bread he got. (plus it was a good excuse to try a new recipe)

There was a downside to this fantastic looking banana bread. It was delicious and the recipe made two loaves. Being on a ‘diet’ with two wonderful loaves of banana bread sitting around… well enough said. At least it came from a healthy cookbook; right? 😀

Warm banana bread, mmmmm….

Would you like a slice?

The calories in the Sweet Home Alabanana actually were not too bad.

Sweet Home Alabanana; Banana Bread – Nutritional Information
  per slice, 1/8 of a loaf (a fair size slice)
    173     calories
    6.4      grams of fat
    28       carbohydrates
    1.9      grams of fiber
    4         grams of protein