Healthier Carrot Cake Muffins Made with Love
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As many of you know, I love to cook and more specifically bake. Baking is such a relaxing pastime for me. I love taking a bunch of ingredients and making them into something tasty that my family can enjoy. Lately, my children have been becoming more interested in helping me bake so today I am sharing these Healthier Carrot Cake Muffins Made with Love.
My son is just about 5 years old and will be starting school this September. It is pretty heartbreaking to realize that my baby will be off to school soon.
He is my last child and only boy so it is a little more tough with him. Lately, we have been finding ways to spend more quality time together to make memories. Baking is one of the activities we have be enjoying together.
When I was younger, I would constantly hover around my mother in the kitchen. I probably got in her way more than I helped, but I did learn a great deal about cooking, and baking from her. I cherish the memories and hope to continue to make them with my children.
The only thing that I do find kind of tolling with baking or cooking is the fact that there is lots of hand-washing and cleanup involved.
Constantly washing my hands in-between mixing things, cracking open eggs, and documenting the process via pictures is a constant battle.
I cannot just rely on dish soap to wash my hands because it can make my hands feel dry! Brands like SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ are amazing!
Available in three scents, which include: Shea & Cocoa Butter, Aloe Water & Lime, and Orchid & Coconut Milk. Each formulation smells fabulous and leaves hands feeling clean and soft. Why? Well this is the only hand wash made with a touch of lotion! I keep one in each of my two bathrooms, and one at the Kitchen sink! Now, when I wash my hands in-between baking steps they will stay hydrated and soft!
Now back to these Healthier Carrot Cake Muffins-don’t they look so good?
My son not only loved making them, but eating them might have been more fun!
Healthier Carrot Cake Muffins *makes 15 muffins
- 1 1/2 cups of Ivory wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 tsp of ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or paste
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 3 medium carrots grated or chopped
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 1/4 cup of black walnuts
Pre-heat oven to 350
Line your muffin tins with 15 liners
In a large mixing bowl, add all your dry ingredients and stir well.
Add in your honey, vanilla, egg, applesauce and melted butter- stir
Fold in your carrot, and raisins until just combined
Scoop batter into muffins tins
Sprinkle each with walnuts
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until fully cooked.
These Healthier Carrot Cake Muffins are perfectly sweet and contain much less calories verses a traditional carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
When you are trying to make smarter choices, these muffins are for you!
Ready to start your baking journey?
Be sure to head to Target to find all of your ingredients, and SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™.
What are your favorite ways to use your hands?