January 23, 2007

Carrot Spice Muffins



Ingredients:
2 cups shredded carrot
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup oil
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour or line 20 wells in a muffin tin. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, carrots, ginger, allspice, cloves, sugar and mace. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, oil, applesauce, sugar and vanilla. Pour into the dry mixture and mix thoroughly. Fill each well 3/4 of the way full and bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the center muffin comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.


My thoughts:
These are the sort of muffin you can feel virtuous eating. They are just filled with all sorts of things that purport to be good for you: carrots, whole wheat flour, and applesauce replaces much of the oil. Which isn't to say they are exactly health food, but it is nice to have the illusion, isn't it?

8 comments:

  1. It would look even healthier with a nice slathering of cream cheese frosting...I hear all that calcium is good for the bones!

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  2. Well, maybe if the frosting were made with neufatchel cheese...

    Thanks for the recipe; I'm going to try it soon!

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  3. I love this recipe, so many healthful items, I'm sure the muffins taste amazing!

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  4. I wonder if you could go further with the applesauce and less oil? Did you try? (Before I do and screw them up!)

    Applesauce is aMAZing. Isn't it?

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  5. I'm with Kate on this one... the muffins look fantastic, but just imagine them with the yummy cream cheese frosting :)

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  6. Rachel,

    I'm glad you posted this recipe - I tried a carrot muffin recipe once but they turned out so salty it was impossible to eat them.

    Tks for sharing!

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  7. I think you need some cream cheese frosting :)

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  8. I should really try making healthier things like this, rather than my fat-and-sugar laden calorie loaders :/ This looks like it'd be a good place to start!

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