Apr 21, 2014

Healthy Applesauce Carrot Muffins

I don't know if there is such a thing as having too many muffins recipes on your food blog, but if there is, I definitely qualify for it.  To quote my 3.5-year-old, "I just love them."  And that should be reason enough to add another one to the repertoire.

These muffins are great in so many ways: they only dirty one bowl, use whole grains, are easily converted to be dairy free, taste amazing, are chock full of carrots, and use honey as a sweetener.  They also freeze beautifully which is high, high, high on my lists of musts for muffins.  I love being able to pull out exactly as many as I need, quickly microwave them, then have them for a fast breakfast or a snack.  Because they are so great from the freezer, I always double the recipe and that's what is posted below.

Healthy Applesauce Carrot Muffins
barely adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, originally from 100 Days of Real Food
Printable Version

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. coconut oil (or unsalted butter), melted and slightly cooled
1 cup honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 ½ cups finely shredded carrots (about 3-5 medium carrots)

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and line 2 12-cup muffins tins with liners. Lightly spray liners with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Whisk to combine.
3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add in coconut oil, honey, eggs, vanilla, and applesauce. Combine ingredients only until a few flour streaks remain. Add in carrots and stir gently.
4. Divide evenly between lined muffins tins and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of a muffins comes out clean. Let cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Once cool, freeze in a freezer bag or store in an airtight container on the counter.


ellysaysopa said...

I made these after you suggested them and we really liked them. I haven't had a chance to blog them after all these months! They remind me a lot of the morning glory muffins in my blog, too, which we also adore.

goodthymes said...

I'm glad you guys liked them! I was thinking yesterday that they really are like a simplified morning glory muffin, which is probably my most favorite muffin ever.

Carol at Wild Goose Tea said...

This looks too good to be healthy. Lol. Put some butter on these babies and we completely get rid of the 'healthy'. Sorry, they just look so good my imagination went wild with them hot out of the oven and the butter melting between all the delicious little crumbs. With the applesauce and the carrots I am guessing we have one moist muffin, which get a mighty big plus from me.

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