Healthy Carrot Spice Muffins
Healthy carrot spice muffins make a tasty snack and they’re perfect for kids. Sugar free, dairy free and easy to take with you on the go.
If you ask my daughter what she wants to eat throughout the day, you’ll get one of two answers: energy balls or muffins. She. Is. A. Fiend. One of her favorite muffins are these chocolate zucchini ones (actually they’re one of my favorites too!) but she’ll eat almost any. Which is why my freezer quite literally ALWAYS has muffins on hand- and this sugar free muffin recipe have been a recent but frequent addition!
If kids could determine food groups I’m pretty sure muffins would make the cut 😀 and why not? They’re an easy way to sneak in veggies, they taste good and you can make them bulk. It’s a win all around.
For our household personally, I prefer that our muffins not have any processed sugar in them. Thus, I’ve come up with some pretty unique ways to sweeten them up (like using dried fruit in these paleo morning glory muffins)
Why I Opt Out Of Sugar
While sugar is definitely an easier way to go, organic sugar is still sugar. And it still has the same effects. Since I have postponed introducing many sugars to my babes (they both even had a healthy cupcake for her first birthdays!) I like to keep our muffins sugar free- and these carrot spice muffins are no exception.
On top of that, the majority of the time, kids have zero NEED for sugar (we moms don’t need it either!). It winds them up, changes their tastes buds and provides no actual fuel.
You want to avoid added sugars especially when using muffins as a breakfast option. Sugar in the morning causes a lack of focus and an inevitable crash- not exactly what you want sending them off to school!
How To Sweeten Naturally
When you begin to start experimenting with more natural, food based sweeteners you learn a few things. One is that: dates are effing amazing.
It’s a possibility my household goes through an alarming amount of dates (here’s one brand I like). Dates are naturally very sweet and you can work them into almost anything.
So, adding them into recipes like carrot spice muffins, bars and energy balls is a no-brainer. Side note: they’ve also been shown to help immensely in the later stages of pregnancy- so win!
Dates are definitely still sugar based but they’re not processed so I’ll take it as a win. Plus, the other ingredients in this dairy free muffins recipe help stabilize that sugar.
So they’re sweet, but not sugary.
The other secret sweetener in this recipe is of course, bananas! Bananas are another great way to add a bit of sweetness to sugar free muffin recipes because they bake so well.
And while I am totally a maple syrup addict (which is what I frequently use to sweeten), it is nice switching it up every so often.
And lastly, carrots. Carrots themselves are actually pretty sweet (ever made carrot beet juice?). Which means you don’t need to add a lot to them to make them extra sweet. Keep it simple and you’ll keep it healthier.
These healthy carrot spice muffins are easy to make and lovely to eat. While my hubby is a sugar addict he still enjoyed these muffins. He’s always my taste tester because mine and the girls palate are so accustomed to natural sugars that we never know if “regular people” will enjoy them haha but these ones were a win!
How The Muffins Are Fueling
The other awesome ingredient in this sugar free muffin recipe is of course almond meal- which I use in just about everything. Almonds are a great source of healthy fats and calcium and make baked goods not only lighter but slightly decadent.
I love the stuff. I prefer using Bob’s Red Mill flours as they’re a brand I trust. And I truly do buy this stuff in bulk!
One thing to consider though is switching up your flours and nut flours. Not because they’re bad but because the more variety you use the more nutrients you take it <– just a fun fact.
Walnut, hazelnut etc are all tasty options too!
Finally, these carrot spice muffins are dairy free. I’m personally dairy free (here’s tips on how to rock a dairy free diet) but my girls are not, they do consume some. However, I like to be able to snack on the muffins too!
These healthy carrot spice muffins are simple, tasty and make a great snack. They have a nice balance of healthy fats and carbohydrates. Plus, they contain carrots! And rule number one of parenting is sneaking veggies in where you can 😀
Ingredients In The Healthy Carrot Spice Muffins
- 2 large, very ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 6 dates
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon all spice
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 5 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 3 tablespoons chopped almonds for topping (optional)
Note: all of these health boosting ingredients can be purchased through my favorite retailer Well.ca– and the best part is that they offer free shipping!
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How To Make Carrot Spice Muffins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a powerful blender, combine the first 8 ingredients. Blend until combined and creamy.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, meal, powder and soda.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix.
Stir in the carrot until everything is combined.
Prep a muffin tray with liners and portion out the batter evenly.
Top each muffin with chopped almonds.
Bake for fifteen minutes, rotate the tray and bake another 5-6 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let sit in the tray until fully cooled.
Makes 12 carrot spice muffins.
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Healthy Carrot Spice Muffins
These dairy free, naturally sweetened carrot spice muffins make a tasty and healthy snack for moms and kids. They’re easy to make, contain no added sugar and also have some hidden vegetables! Make a big batch, freeze them and take them with you as you run out the door.