Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday's Recipe

Last Thursday I found myself with 3 bags of organic carrots from my vegtable coop. I declared it carrot day and Grayson and I started grating and chopping them! We got quite a workout and some very orange fingers. First we threw some in stew in the crockpot and then moved on to some carrot cake bread using a recipe I found on Food Network. It was so delicious that we made another whole batch! Sorry I was too lazy to get the camera out...but here is our recipe...

Healthy Carrot Muffins

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons wheat germ
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch fine salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I used organic coconut oil)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 medium carrots, grated (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
Special equipment: 12 cup muffin tin and paper liners (I put mine in mini loaf pans instead)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line twelve 1/2-cup muffin cups with paper muffin liners.
Whisk the flours with the brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl lightly whisk the egg, then whisk in the vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
Quickly and lightly fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula. Stir in the carrots and pineapple just until evenly moist; the batter will be very thick. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Turn muffins out of the tins and cool on a rack. Serve warm.


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