Yummy Carrot Muffins
I'm often trying to find ways to add vegetables to Reaghan's diet when she's not up for eating them plain. I had the idea of making some carrot muffins, sort of like carrot cake, but a lot less sweet and a lot more nutritious!
I love the way these came out - perfectly sweet, with just a little bit of honey and the carrots adding some natural sweetness. I love the way the cardamon tastes in these too! You might not have this spice in your pantry, but if you don't I would highly encourage you to try it. I picked up a bottle last year and have slowly been working my way through it. The smell is almost minty but when added to sweet breads, muffins, cakes and even Indian curries it gives the dish the slightest sweet and spicy flavor. Of course if you don't have any on hand and don't want to try it, you can substitute allspice instead.
Yields: Approx. 10 muffins
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups gluten free oat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bring a small sauce pan of water to a boil. After peeling and chopping carrots, place them in the sauce pan and cook for 15 minutes. Drain the water and throw carrots into a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until the carrots are in tiny pieces.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and ground cardamon in a medium bowl. In a stand mixer, mix eggs and honey until combined. With the motor running on low speed, add the butter or coconut oil in very slowly, then the vanilla. Add the flour mixture slowly, about half a cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.
Line or grease a muffin tin and fill them 3/4 of the way full with batter. Bake for 18 minutes.
Note: If you don't have a stand mixer, you can also use a whisk and a bowl for combining both wet and dry ingredients. If you don't have any ground cardamon, substitute with allspice.
How do you get vegetables into your little one's diet? I'd love to hear!