Applesauce, Carrot and Walnut Mini Muffins

| 3/22/2011 10:09:37 AM

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Muffins are typically little sweet cakes disguised as a nutritional breakfast option—but not with this recipe. These mini muffins are loaded with natural and nutritious ingredients to make them the perfect breakfast or snack!

I’m always tinkering with ways to make muffins a little bit healthier while still retaining their moist, sweet deliciousness. I think this recipe is win-win—it’s sweetened with maple syrup, loaded with good-for-you foods like organic applesauce, carrots and walnuts, and kissed with a little cinnamon and nutmeg!

applesauce carrot walnut mini muffins

This recipe can easily be doubled. I love this yield, though; the muffins always get consumed while they are fresh and at their best.

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 organic egg
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup organic applesauce
1/4 cup coconut oil* or olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup organic carrots, shredded
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup organic raisins

For the topping:

1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

* coconut oil is usually solid, I sometimes lightly heat the oil for a couple of seconds in the microwave, but I also sometimes put it in solid and let the mixer break it down, whatever you prefer.