Last updated on February 16th, 2019
Dairy Free Carrot Spice Muffins
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 these carrot spice muffins have been a recent but frequent addition!
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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!
While sugar is definitely an easier way to go, organic sugar is still sugar. And thus, still has the same effects. Since I have postponed introducing many sugars to baby bear (she even had a healthy cupcake for her first birthday!) I like to keep our muffins sugar free.
It’s a possibility my household goes through an alarming amount of dates (here’s one brand I like). The reason for this is that dates are so so sweet naturally. So adding them into recipes like 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!
The other secret sweetener in this recipe is of course, bananas! Bananas are another great way to add a bit of sweetness to muffins 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.
These 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 baby bears palate is so accustomed to natural sugars that we never know if “regular people” will enjoy them haha but these ones were a win!
The other awesome ingredient in these muffins 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!
Finally, these healthy muffins are dairy free. We don’t avoid dairy too much in this house but I do like to ensure it’s not in every meal we eat.
These carrot spice muffins are simple, healthy and a perfect 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 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)
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How To Make The Dairy Free 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.