Healthy Carrot and Date Muffins

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:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

[if !supportLists]· [endif]2 tbsp. maple syrup

[if !supportLists]· [endif]1 tsp. baking powder

[if !supportLists]· [endif]1 tsp. baking soda

[if !supportLists]· [endif]¼ tsp. salt

[if !supportLists]· [endif]¼ cup ground flaxseed

[if !supportLists]· [endif]2 tsp. cinnamon

[if !supportLists]· [endif]2 eggs

[if !supportLists]· [endif]¼ cup vegetable oil

[if !supportLists]· [endif]½ cup plain Greek or Skyr yogurt

[if !supportLists]· [endif]2 cups shredded carrots

[if !supportLists]· [endif]1 cup dates, finely chopped

[if !supportLists]· [endif]½ cup chopped pecans (optional – leave out if using these for school lunches)

Directions:

[if !supportLists]1. [endif]Shred carrots with a cheese grater or chop in food processor.

[if !supportLists]2. [endif]Preheat oven to 350 F and grease muffin pan.

[if !supportLists]3. [endif]In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, ground flaxseed, and salt.

[if !supportLists]4. [endif]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.

[if !supportLists]5. [endif]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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