Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins - Quick and Easy Breakfast

This is a guest post by Nelly Osman, Nutritionist, you can find her on Instagram at @nutritionally.stripped

Nelly shares daily nutritious healthy recipes and I had to share one of them with you to enjoy. I tried this healthy muffin recipe for breakfast and it was so moist, delicious and definitely fulfills your breakfast needs.

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins by Baraa El Sabbagh, Dietitian, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist in Dubai

Whether flavored with fruits, chocolate, or veggies, healthy muffins accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea, can make the healthiest & quickest breakfasts to have.

So today, I’m sharing a delicious wholesome muffin recipe that’s made healthier as with no oils or refined sugars yet are crazy moist, nutty and sweet with a crunchy topping. 

These morning glory oat muffins or as I should call them “has-it-all wholesome muffins” are packed with fruits, veggies, natural sweeteners and nutrient dense ingredients that are so beneficial to our health.

 

But first I want to share with you how you can make a muffin or cake healthier! 

Tips for making a healthy yet delicious muffins:

1. Go whole on the grains:

Substitute whole wheat flour with 50% of the main flour in any muffin recipe, this adds fibers and lots of vitamins & minerals to your muffin. 

If you use all whole wheat flour, the muffins will be denser and you will have to adjust the liquids in the recipe; but you can substitute the other 50% with whole grains such as oats, buckwheat flour, corn meal or with almond flour.

2. Cut down the sugar

Or substitute the refined sugars with honey, maple syrup, agave, date paste or coconut sugar;

Also by using sweet fruit purées such as mashed bananas or sweet spices such as cinnamon, can also help with the natural sweetening;

3. Decrease or substitute the oils

While still keeping the muffins tender & moist with healthier options such as fruit purées like applesauce, shredded zucchini, mashed avocados, low fat buttermilk, low fat yogurt, coconut oil, tahini, pumpkin puree, sweet potatoes or nut butters would also work too.

4. Add healthy add-ins to boost nutritional value. 

Chopped fruits, dried fruits, shredded veggies (like carrots or zucchini ), raw nuts and dark chocolate chips.. All add great nutrition to your muffins.

Now let us proceed to these muffin goodness!

 Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins by Baraa El Sabbagh, Dietitian, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist in Dubai

Healthy Carrot Breakfast Muffins:

Makes 12-14 delicious wholesome muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond meal, grind 1 cup of raw almonds into flour in a food processor
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs; or 2 tbsps flax seeds mixed in 5 tbsps water for vegan option
  • 1/4 cup lowfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 ripe mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce*
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots, about two medium carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Topping

  • Easy homemade granola*

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven at 350 F (180 C) and grease a muffin pin or line it with muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together wet ingredients.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ones until well incorporated; and fold in the chopped walnuts.
  5. Divide each 1/4 cup evenly in the prepared muffin pan.
  6. Top with homemade granola*.
  7. Bake for about 28 min.

 Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins by Baraa El Sabbagh, Dietitian, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist in DubaiHealthy Carrot Cake Muffins by Baraa El Sabbagh, Dietitian, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist in DubaiHealthy Carrot Cake Muffins by Baraa El Sabbagh, Dietitian, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist in Dubai

Additional tips*:

You can prepare your own 1/2 cup of the unsweetened applesauce in no time, all you need is: 

  • 1 apple, peeled & chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to boil then reduce heat to low and cover until the apple are soft enough to mash.

Using a potato masher, hand mixer or food processor, mash the soft apple chunks into purée consistency.

Preparing you basic granola at home:

In a large bowl mix together:

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 unsalted brown rice cakes broken into small pieces

In a separate bowl whisk together:

  • 2 large egg whites 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup 

Then pour that over the oat mixture, stir well

Spread the mixture on lined baking pan and bake at 325 F (165 C) for 20 minutes.

Stir them to break up the oat clusters then bake again for an additional 15 minutes.

 

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Guest Author: Nelly Osman, Nutritionist

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For more awesome and easy recipes you can also check out Super Recipes Ebook and get it downloaded straight onto your phone in Arabic or English! 

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