January 23, 2007

Carrot Spice Muffins

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

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?