Here’s one way to get your kids to eat their vegetables: Bake them into muffins (the vegetables, that is, not the kids!) I baked these muffins over the weekend, and my daughter E. didn’t even bat an eye at the shreds of carrot in them, despite the fact that she’s never even had carrot cake, as far as I know. They turned out very dense, slightly sweet, moist and tender and gently spiced. Best of all, since I used white whole wheat flour and only a bit of sugar, they’re healthier than most muffins, even fat-free ones.
Carrot Spice Muffins
- 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour (or a mixture of whole wheat and unbleached flours)
- 1/4 cup natural sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 cup soy yogurt (see note)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup shredded carrots (about 3)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Optional topping: Vanilla sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray or use muffin liners. (I used silicone muffin pans.)
- Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the liquid ingredients. Add the liquid to the dry and mix just long enough to combine. Add the carrots and raisins and stir to combine.
- Spoon the batter into the muffin cups–it will be very thick. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar, if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Note: People sensitive to soy may try substituting rice milk or other non-dairy milk.
Total time (duration): 30 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 12 muffins
Makes 12 muffins. Each contains: 132 Calories (kcal); 1 g Total Fat; (4% calories from fat); 3 g Protein; 30 g Carbohydrate; 0 mg Cholesterol; 244 mg Sodium; 3 g Fiber