Sweet And Healthy
POSTED: 05/28/2013

We’re not going to lie, we think carrots are pretty great, which is why we like to incorporate them into meals, snacks and smoothies. We are always on the lookout for new and fresh recipes that help us feel good and look good, and of course they have to taste good. We tested this one just for you, and these gluten free carrot muffins deliver on all fronts. They taste just like a muffin should – light and fresh and slightly sweet.

We used almond meal flour, but you can also use gluten-free flour, which might be easier to find at your local grocery or health food store. The ripe banana provides that extra bit of natural sweetness, without the added sugar of a regular muffin. You can make a dozen of these babies and then freeze them to have on hand for a quick on-the-go breakfast or for an afternoon snack. They transition nicely from the freezer to the microwave if you want to eat them warm, or you can simply take them out of the freezer and let them defrost.

As many of us are making our way back to natural foods and doing our best to limit sugar, we are always up for finding a healthy sweet treat that doesn’t bring on the guilt. Food shouldn’t make us feel guilty, it should make us feel nourished and satiated, and with that, we are happy to share the recipe for these delicious gluten-free carrot muffins. Let us know how they work for you!

Gluten-Free Carrot Muffins

1 ½ cups almond flour (or gluten-free flour)

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon sea salt

3 eggs

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 ripe banana, mashed

2 tablespoons honey

1 ½ cups grated carrots

½ cup pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. In a separate bowl mix together eggs, oil, mashed banana and honey. Stir carrots and pecans into wet ingredients. Stir wet ingredients into dry. Scoop ¼ cup batter into muffin pan and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fork or toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.

http://www.multiplydelicious.com/thefood/2011/08/gluten-free-carrot-muffins/

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