Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffin Recipe (gluten free, casein free, sugar free etc.)

These carrot cake muffins are gluten free, casein free, corn free, potato free, egg yolk free, sugar free...well, you get the idea. I actually made them for a friend who is pregnant who was looking for a healthy muffin recipe. Since my son is pretty much the picture of health I thought these would work. Of course, everyone has different ideas of what healthy is--and my idea of what is healthy keeps on changing. But they definitely LOOK healthy!

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffin Recipe

2 cups gluten free flour (1 cup chestnut flour/1 cup finely ground cashews)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup coconut oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten (6 egg whites*)
1 cup agave
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1&1/3 cups pureed cooked carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup crushed pineapple (drain canned or use pureed frozen)

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use palm shortening or coconut oil to grease muffin pans.
2. Cut carrots in small dice size pieces and steam until soft.
3. Combine the dry ingredients.
4. Puree the steamed carrots in food processor, add oil, eggs, vanilla and agave.
4. Then fold in the carrots, walnuts, coconut and pineapple.
5. Pour batter into prepared muffin pans.
6. Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean (about 20 minutes for small muffins and 30 minutes for large muffins.)
7. Cool in muffin tray for 10 minutes then remove and let cool on rack.

Makes 12 large muffins or 24 small ones.


ootyresort said...

WOW!! love them..thank you...and can I have few for my gf!

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Anonymous said...

Made these with slight modifications, and they were just wonderful.
Used sorghum flour, and sugar instead of agave. Can't wait to make them again.

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Neicole Teare said...

Word of caution. Vanilla extract is often not real vanilla and made from wheat starch. Make sure that you are using real vanilla that is gluten free. I got very sick and discovered it was the "vanilla" flavoring also know as vanillin.

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