Time for some rainy day baking. We had a storm hit the Maryland area, so I took it as an opportunity to try out another way to bake with vegetables. My last recipe was Zucchini Bread which was a total success so I am confident I can incorporate another veggie: carrots.
I found a great recipe for fully loaded muffins. This is a great way to have some vegetables available on the go that will still be delicious in the morning.
Loaded Carrot Muffins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 apple – peeled and shredded
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups of carrots worked out to be 4 medium sized carrots. I grated them by hand which took about 20 minutes. If you have a food processor, I would recommend using it. You can also purchase pre-shredded carrots if time is an issue. The apple was much easier to grate and only took a few moments.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease muffin tin or line with baking cups.
- Peel and grate carrots and apple into a bowl. Add raisins, walnuts, and coconut.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Combine the two bowls, mixing thoroughly,
- In another bowl, beat together the eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla. Add to other mixture and stir evenly.
- Pour into tins and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing.
Nutritional Facts: Makes 16 servings. Calories: 314, Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 289mg, Potassium: 150mg, Carbohydrate: 35.5g, Fiber: 1.8g, Sugar: 20.7g, Protein: 3.6g, Vitamin A: 34%, Vitamin E: 15.5%, Folate: 10%, Manganese: 17%, Thiamin: 10.4%
These are definitely not a low calorie muffin. Because there are so many different add-ins, they have a lot of nutritional value (fiber, protein, vitamin A, E, and Folate) but that also means they have a solid amount of calories. I would have this as a breakfast by itself or with a piece of fruit. If your running late, this would work well to eat in the car. They turned out really well. Nice and moist with good flavor. They have a density to them that makes me think they wont get crumby and make a mess. And because they contain fat, carbs and protein, they are pretty filling and satisfying.