Monday, September 23, 2013

Carrot Cupcakes/Muffins

This recipe is YUMMY!!!  It is a cupcake recipe but to me it is too dense for a cupcake so I am going to go ahead and call it a muffin!  ENJOY!

Cooking spray/muffin tin liners
3 large carrots trimmed and peeled
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup maple sugar
1/4 cup safflower oil

1/4 cup low fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup cream cheese (1/3 less fat)
1/4 cup honey
orange zest (to taste)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and put muffin liners/spray the muffin tins.
2. Prepare the carrots and set aside.
3. Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
4. In a different bowl, whisk wet ingredients or use a blender/food processor to do so until smooth.
5. Add the dry ingredients in 3 different batches to the wet ingredients and mix by hand.  Then fold in the carrots.
6. Transfer to the pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean (about 12-18 minutes depending on your oven)  Makes 12 muffins for 175 calories each.

7. In a food processor mix the topping ingredients until smooth.  Spread over the top of each muffin.


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