Healthy Carrot Muffins with Applesauce

I do a lot of healthy baking, often using whole wheat flour and oats or substituting things like vegetable oil with applesauce or sugar for honey. I especially like to bake with vegetables, carrots and zucchinis being a particular favorite. Here is a recipe I found for some rather delicious carrot muffins using applesauce and just a tiny bit of oil. (You could probably even do without the oil at all.) They turned out moist, just sweet enough and delicious! I keep some on hand for a quick afternoon snack and freeze the rest as the recipe makes around 20 muffins!
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats + a couple extra tablespoons for topping
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1.5 T  vegetable oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups carrot, grated
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 375 F (190C). Prepare muffin pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk just until all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in the carrots.
  • Put the mixture evenly into the muffin pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

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