So two nights ago husband asked me to make 24 muffins for him to bring to work the next day. Which normally is no problem. But this time, he asked at 9pm, just after I got the kitchen all cleaned up and was headed toward bed. I wasn’t about to go to the store, so I had to think quick and whip up something with ingredients on hand. As I was scrolling through my muffin recipes, I remembered these gems. And miraculously had all the ingredients. I’ve probably made these 15 times in the past, and am not sure why I haven’t posted them yet. They are one of my very favorite, if not my absolute favorite grain-free baked item. Actually, that’s a lie. This chocolate lava cake surpasses all, but these carrot guys are a distant close second. They are slightly time-consuming. Not difficult, but just lots of steps. I think it will be worth your efforts however – they are delicious. Allegedly, husband’s coworkers scarfed those muffins down and had no idea they didn’t contain flour, sugar, or vegetable oil. Gross. PS, if you are wondering why we use the ingredients we do, read here. And lastly, I think I’ve finally found the best white frosting recipe on the earth without using powdered sugar or dairy. So while you are at it, make this (dairy-free, processed sugar-free, vegan) frosting too and spread it on your muffins! Enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup pureed dates (if your dates are too dry to puree on their own, let them soak in hot water for 10 minutes, drain off water, and then puree in food processor)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 325F.
2. Get all your ingredients ready – shred carrots (in food processor or with a cheese grater), puree dates, and chop pecans.
3. Combine dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut sugar, salt, baking soda and spices) in a large bowl and set aside.
4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs and melted coconut oil.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry, and stir to combine.
6. Mix in pureed dates and carrots.
7. Fold in pecans.
8. Divide evenly among 12 muffin liners, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out clean.
9. Allow to cool completely, then top with this frosting!