Monday, December 5, 2011

Cinnamon Carrot Muffins

I eat a lot of muffins, they are one of my favorite breakfast treats. Muffins are simple and easy to prepare, they don't take long to bake, and they are the perfect package to unwrap and enjoy at breakfast. One thing you do have to be careful about though when making muffins is realizing that some muffins are just cupcakes in disguise. They can be extremely rich and sweet, and if you put some frosting on top no one would know the difference. Personally, I don't have any problem with this and have made many cupcake-like muffins to eat for breakfast. Sometimes however (such as during the holiday season) I feel like making something a little healthier, and that's where these cinnamon carrot muffins come in.

I found this recipe while paging through a Whole Living magazine and decided that I had to try it. Nothing groundbreaking here, it just looked so tasty. I love cinnamon muffins and I also always have carrots in the fridge and knew I could throw this together very quickly . To make these I just pulled out my food processor, grated up the carrots and threw the rest of it together. Twenty minutes later I pulled a dozen golden muffins out of the oven, all the while inhaling the tantalizing aroma of cinnamon which was floating around the kitchen.

Sitting down at the table with a glass of cold milk and a freshly made muffin, my mouth was very happy. These muffins were extremely moist, the carrots definitely did their job well. I was a little worried about the carrots being kind of stringy in the muffins (I've had that with zucchini muffins in the past), so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the carrot was not at all stingy, it just leant a nice orange color to the muffins. I was happy with these muffins, I like that they are both tasty and healthy, two great reasons to make them again.

 Getting everything together, ready to go

 Grated carrots, easy as pie in a food processor

 The carrots and wet ingredients, 
very appetizing, I know

 Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated

 Fill your muffin cups

 Ready for the oven

Fresh and warm

 Perfect for breakfast

Grab and go

Cinnamon Carrot Muffins
From Whole Living
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar 
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots (4-5 carrots) 

Whisk together flours, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. Fold dry ingredients into wet and mix until just combined.

Spoon batter into cups. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.


                        1. Jana,
                          These look so good. I love muffins. Add a little frosting and you've got a dessert! Yum.

                        2. Muffins are a favorite in my house too! I love healthy carrot cake-like muffins and I think these would be similar -- they look amazing!

                        3. Steamed and pureed carrots wasn't sure if the kids would eat it knowing there was carrots. Worked! Thanks for the recipe.

                          1. Great idea to sneak some veggies in! I'm glad it worked out for you!