I think I'm going to have to make a post of just muffins. I realize I may have more muffin recipes than anything else on this site. In fact, I may just be a little bit obsessed with muffins. It's either that or muffins are really the only baked good I can't seem to screw up. I tried making cookies last night....way too dry. I won't even bother trying to bake a cake - the thought scares me. And bars? Well, let's just say I can get the batter ready, but trying to turn them into bars ends up being one gloppy (although yummy) mess.
Muffins on the other hand, is something I can tackle with one hand behind my back. Well, maybe not. But it's getting pretty close. If you've been following this blog at all, you know I like to throw in a good, healthy muffin recipe every once in a while. And you would also notice, I like to throw vegetables into my muffin recipes wherever I can.
So here's another one for you. These are whole wheat carrot muffins with raw cacao nibs. Check it out by clicking the title of this post.
I made some coconut carrot muffins a while back, and these are pretty similar, though not exactly the same. These ones have a ton more carrots in them, which make them super moist. I also used some homemade applesauce that I made in the fall and included raw cacao nibs to give it a little bit of a chocolatey crunch.
Have you ever tried raw cacao before?
Raw cacao is the stuff that's made from cold-pressing cocoa beans. It should not be confused with cocoa powder, which is the stuff most of us are familiar with. Unfortunately, cocoa powder, and pretty much most of the chocolate we consume including dark chocolate, has been roasted at high temperatures, zapping out most of its high nutritious value. You know all those scientific claims that chocolate is actually good for you? Most of us probably started jumping up and down with glee when we heard that. (Or was that just me?) Unfortunately, those scientific claims were about chocolate in its raw form, a.k.a. raw cacao, and not the high-roasted stuff we normally consume.
I should mention that I didn't come up with this recipe on my own. I got it from HERE. I pretty much followed the recipe as is, but I doubled the amount of carrots, and added in the cacao nibs.
Whole Wheat Carrot and Cacao Muffins
Makes 12 muffins