Monday, April 2, 2012

This Week's Cravings {Easter Cookies & Treats}: Carrot Spice Muffins {Whole Food}

Today's This Week's Cravings theme is Easter Cookies and Treats. I'm sharing one of my all-time favorite muffin recipes: Carrot Spice Muffins. This time, I'm adapting them to use more whole food-appropriate ingredients. So hopefully they'll be just as delicious, and better for us. I opted to go without the cream cheese frosting, but the recipe for that can be found here.

Carrot Spice Muffins
Ingredients for 18 muffins
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat white flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded carrots (about 5 medium)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350.

Mix together eggs, applesauce and honey with electric mixer on low speed. Add all other ingredients except carrots and nuts. Blend together on low speed (batter may still be a bit lumpy). Stir in carrots and nuts. Use an ice cream scoop to fill muffin tin cups about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

The Results
Oh man these are delicious. I loved them the first time and, as far as my memory serves, these are just as delicious.

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    1. Your muffins sound delicious. I always enjoy carrot muffins and I like all the healthy ingredients in yours as well as the spices.

    2. this week's link-up is just perfect for my coffee in the mornings. the muffins look great.