Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Carrot Apple Coconut Muffins

Another Snack Day approaches for Nessa tomorrow and I decided to make Carrot Apple Coconut Muffins from Weelicious.  It is such a great resource for healthy snacks and meals for toddlers, babies and the whole family.   

To make life easier, I used my Cuisinart food processor to grate the carrots and apple.  Earlier today, I used it to make some roasted garlic and sundried tomato hummus.  

This recipe makes 30 mini-muffins but I made 24 mini muffins (as per my mini muffin pan) and 6 regular sized muffins. After filling my mini muffin pan, I used the remaining batter to fill 6 regular sized muffins in 4 oz custard ramekins lined with paper muffin liners.  

Carrot Apple Coconut Muffins
makes 24 mini muffins + 6 regular sized muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
  •  (I used 1 cup whole wheat flour + 1/3 cup wheat germ + 2 Tbsp flaxseed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used 1/3 cup sour cream)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 carrots, peeled & grated, about 1 cup
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated, about 1/2 cup (gala, fuji, pink lady or red delicious are good choices)  (I forgot to peel my apple.  I ended up with 1 cup grated apple with great results)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir to combine.  
  2. Mix in the grated carrots, apple and coconut.   Place 1 tbsp of batter into greased mini muffin tins.  Bake mini muffins for 10-15 minute.  Regular sized muffins for 15-18 min for until toothpick comes clean.  Serve.

- Adapted from Weelicious:  Carrot Apple Coconut Muffins

My youngest couldn't wait to get her hands on one!  It was a hit!!  Hubby and the kids approved of this recipe (even when I used a blend whole wheat flour/wheat germ/ground flaxseed instead of all purpose flour).  The kiddies ate 2 mini muffins each and wanted more.  I had to hide the rest to bring for Snack Day tomorrow! 

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