Friday, October 19, 2012

Hearty Carrot Cranberry Muffins

I've been craving carrot muffins recently. No idea why. I'm not a huge carrot person. I try to eat them every so often, but BLECH. I actually hate them, raw or cooked. I'll eat them if they are mixed in with other stuff, but mainly I don't eat them. So I went on Pinterest in search of a good carrot muffin for breakfast today. I found this great recipe from Two Tarts, but I modified it a little bit, so here's my version:

Hearty Carrot Cranberry Muffins
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp ground pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch kosher salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (ish) of grated carrots (3-4 medium carrots)
3 tbsp flax meal
1 cup cranberries
nuts (optional) - I didn't add any, but I know how you people like your nuts!

Preheat oven to 350
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk oil, eggs, and vanilla together in a medium bowl, then add to dry mixture. Stir until just combined, then add carrots and cranberries & stir until incorporated.

Divide batter evenly into 12 muffin cups and bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes.
(I doubled the recipe because it just isn't worth my time and effort for only 12 muffins!)

These are so yummy! They absolutely accomplished what my body was craving! They don't have a strong carrot flavor, the flax makes them a little hearty, the cranberries add some tartness, the applesauce, brown (not white) sugar and whole wheat flour make them healthier than your average morning muffin, and they are EASY! (I will say, that my right arm is going to be uber sore tomorrow from grating the carrots… pathetic, I know.) The hubs wasn't a fan, but he's kinda crazy anyway! Amelie loved them (and I might have eaten 3 right out of the oven).

Happy Baking!