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Healthy Carrot and Date Muffins

November 26, 2017

The holiday season is officially here and that often means more celebrating (and more eating).  Although I completely think indulging is important, I also think it's important to have healthy options available. I mean who doesn't love a baked good....that's healthy?  

 

Today I enjoyed time decorating my home and spending time with loved ones. I also got to bake, which is one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday. Today I tested these delicious and nutritious carrot and date muffins (and I LOVED them). They are a great source of fibre, protein, and contain very little added sugar (4 grams in one muffin). See nutrition facts below. 

 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

 

 

Makes 12 muffins

 

Ingredients: 

 

·       1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

·       2 tbsp. maple syrup

·       1 tsp. baking powder

·       1 tsp. baking soda

·       ¼ tsp. salt

·       ¼ cup ground flaxseed

·       2 tsp. cinnamon

·       2 eggs

·       ¼ cup vegetable oil

·       ½ cup plain Greek or Skyr yogurt

·       2 cups shredded carrots

·       1 cup dates, finely chopped

·       ½ cup chopped pecans (optional – leave out if using these for school lunches)

 

Directions:

 

1.     Shred carrots with a cheese grater or chop in food processor.

2.     Preheat oven to 350 F and grease muffin pan.

3.     In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, ground flaxseed, and salt.

4.     In a separate bowl mix together eggs, vegetable oil, yogurt, carrots, maple syrup and dates. Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and mix well. Note: the mixture will be a thick batter.

5.     Fold in pecans (optional)

 

Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown

 

Nutrition (per muffin):

140 calories

2 grams of fat

28 grams carbs

4 grams fibre

10 grams sugar (4 comes from added sugars - maple syrup)

5 grams protein 

 

Did you get some holiday decorating done this weekend? I love getting cozy on the couch with my lit tree and a freshly baked healthy treat. I hope you enjoy a cozy Sunday evening, doing whatever you love most. :) 

 

Cheers to happy and healthy eating! 

 

Until next time,

 

Eat Right Feel Right - Angela XO 

 

 

 

 

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