June 20, 2010

Stevia Giveaway with a Muffin Top!

Hey party people, I know it’s been an ice age since I blogged, well, anything, but I’m back today with a GOOD one. To make up for my absence (since the world doesn’t turn when I don’t blog…), I’m hosting another bad-ass stevia giveaway! Those folks over at NuNaturals are too generous for their own good, I tell ya.

Knowing that I’d be posting this giveaway was actually the impetus for me getting back in the kitchen for the first time since my move—I finally bought a bunch of fresh produce so that I could stuff my face full full of veggie goodness…

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Scale: 1/829374939857489th of actual size.

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I think I pretty much cleaned out the kale lady at the farmer’s market. It was glorious.

But I digress. Also part of said shopping were the goods to make a rockin’ recipe that showcases NuNaturals stevia. In this case, the Baking Blend. Behold:

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Banana Chocolate Chip Pecan Muffins
(adapted from the Blendtec recipe book’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins)

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana, broken into 1-inch pieces (I thawed a frozen one and it worked fine)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup milk (non-dairy or otherwise; I used rice milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup NuNaturals baking blend (or 1/3 cup sugar)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. If using a blender, such as a Blendtec, combine egg through vanilla and pulse for 5 seconds. Add stevia/sugar through salt and blend smooth (or select Sauces/Dips cycle). Add chocolate chips and pecans and pulse briefly to incorporate. Pour into a muffin tin and bake 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  3. If no blender, follow the above procedure and simply whisk (vigorously!) by hand. Should be fine!

Makes 12 small muffins

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I recommend trying this in the blender if you have the means—you’ll get a really nice fluff factor as well as a sort of chocolate-flecked effect. I thought they came out with a great texture!

And as much as I enjoyed eating one just plain for lunch dessert, I won’t say these muffins can’t benefit from a lil extra somethin’-somethin’…

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Such as a big bowl of HEAB’s protein ice cream, perhaps?

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That’s my kind of muffin top.

But right, there’s a giveaway involved here.

NuNaturals has generously offered no less than four prizes for this giveaway, so chances are pretty good that you could win yourself a box of NuStevia packets + a bottle of Vanilla Stevia Liquid! I used a packet of NuNaturals stevia to make the protein ice cream above, and I love putting the vanilla liquid in my coffee.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post (USA residents only, sorry!).

For additional entries, you may:

  1. Link back to this giveaway on your own blog. You must leave an additional comment on this post to let me know you’ve done so, or the additional entry will not be counted.

  2. Tweet a link to this giveaway, making sure to include my Twitter handle, @soapnchocolate. Again, you must leave an additional comment here to let me know you’ve done so. You can use the following message: @soapnchocolate is giving away NuNaturals stevia! http://www.soapandchocolate.com/2010/06/stevia-giveaway-with-muffin-top.html

BONUS:

NuNaturals is offering all participants who enter this giveaway a special BONUS promotional offer of a –15% DISCOUNT off of any participant’s future web order placed through their website : www.nunaturals.com . When you check out, enter this code : BLG710 , and you will receive a special –15% discount on your TOTAL ORDER. Don’t forget, you also receive FREE SHIPPING to the Continental 48 U.S. States on all orders totaling a net of $35.00, and over, AFTER this special discount.

I’ll post the winners on Monday, June 28th. READYSETGO!

44 comments:

BroccoliHut said...

Love the looks of that muffin-bedazzled protein ice cream! I'm a big fan of NuNaturals--their vanilla stevia rocks my socks.

neat & nutritious said...

Those muffins look delish! I'm going to have to try that recipe this week.

Erica said...

I love NuNaturals - their packets are the best in coffee!! The muffins look fantastic- especially loving them on top of the protein ice cream. Hope you're having a nice Sunday

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Nice give away. Since i am an addict, i always need MORE NU NATURALS!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

tweeted

Carol said...

I would love to try the Vanilla Stevia Liquid!

Gabriela said...

Great giveaway!! I love those muffins- can you ever go wrong with bananas, nuts and chocolate? Negative. Hope you've had a great weekend!

marie said...

Must...make...muffins...NOW!!

And thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Elliott said...

OMG .... Those muffins look delicious! Nom, nom, nom!

Shannon said...

I have been wanting to try the liquid vanilla stevia forever! Those muffins look great too!

Gaby said...

I love bananas in muffins! And I could use more stevia to perfect my baking with it. The last few times, I have not had nearly enough sweetness.
I think I've also had some variation of protein ice cream every day for the last 3 weeks or more!

CrookedMoonMama said...

Great give-away. I've never tried a liquid stevia...I'm game. I've found that not all stevia powders are created equal and since my little ones eat my stevia plants faster than I can grow them...I might as well use packets. :)
xoxo

Anisha said...

Those muffins look great! Would love to win NuNaturals, I have yet to try stevia!

Jackie (Peaces of Earth) said...

Yum!!! Those muffin tops look fabulous. I never baked with stevia, would like to try it. :)

Gina said...

Woot woot, sweet giveaway! (pun intended)! :)

Kelly @Mama Eats Plants said...

Oh....I've never tried stevia..Would LOVE to win this! Great giveaway!

Kelly @Mama Eats Plants said...

Tweeted!!

Kelly @Mama Eats Plants said...

Just posted this on my blog! http://coconutkelly.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway.html

Randi said...

Hey, I have never commented but I am a huge fan of this blog. Thanks for all you do. Hope I win the contest!

Natalie @ cinnamonbums said...

great giveaway! i definitely want to try this recipe!

*Naomi* said...

that muffin looks So good!! i love nunaturals! i have stevia in my coffee everyday!! what a great giveaway :)

Rachel (tea and chocolate) said...

I'd love to try the muffin and ice cream! I've never had NuNaturals.

Natalie @ cinnamonbums said...

i blogged about your giveaway here http://cinnamonbums.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/fathers-day-meal-flakiest-salmon-ever/

Tomdan said...

Ohhhhh I just love stevia! I'd love to win some especially because I've never tried the vanilla flavor =]

Shannon said...

Can you believe I STILL haven't tried stevia?? I really hope random number generator picks me :) those muffins, on banana soft serve definitely belong in my kitchen!!

Rebecca said...

I would love to try stevia too!

Rebecca said...

Tweeted it, too!
@rrrisible

vanillavivante said...

I've been dying to try this baking blend! Thank you for the sweet (har) giveaway!

Tomdan said...
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Tomdan said...

tweeted it!
@PresentCrisis

Gina; The Candid RD said...

I'm finally running out of my NuNaturals and I don't want to!!! I'm sad, so I would love to win this. Love your recipe. I have been making ice cream with mine!

I tweeted.

I will add this giveaway to my Saturday post :)

MelissaNibbles said...

I've never had NuNaturals.

Love those muffins!

Brittany said...

Your muffins look amazing! I am going to make these asap. I have never tried NuNaturals vanilla stevia.. sounds like a winner!

Mo 'Betta said...

Love muffins, love chocolate! I use stevia and now I really want to try the Vanilla Stevia liquid!

balancejoyanddelicias said...

I love their products, specially in liquid form and that stevia with vanilla, the best! :)

Lindsay L said...

I have read so much about this stevia on blogs and would love to try it!

Alyssa P said...

Those muffin tops look great. The tops are the best part for sure!

Ashley said...

I just found your blog, and I'd love to tru NuNaturals!! Great giveaway!

Ashley said...

I tweeted!! http://twitter.com/cygirl88/status/17130816645

rudzap said...

mmmmmm give me that vanilla stevia ! I've just last week made the switch from Splenda to Stevia and feel healthier already!!

rudzap said...

mmmmm...give me that vanilla stevia! I just made the switch to Stevia and feel wonderfully healthy already!!

whataboutsummer said...

that little muffie looks great!
Katherine

Cheryl C said...

GIRLFRIEND, can I say lady luck is on my side. I just came across your blog today and ♥ it plus your having a giveaway duos kudos.. Well I have ever tried NuNaturals but I so would love to...
p.s I follow you on twitter as well now..

Anonymous said...

I would like to win this so I can try NuNaturals in my coffee. thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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