I can't Review this yet but it's something I'll be trying tomorrow. It sounds tasty! On a side note: Unless you follow the recipe exactly as the OP states I see no reason to give bad reviews! I find it unnecessary and unhelpful. It doesn't make sense to Review a recipe if you don't follow instructions! Rant over...happy cooking :-)
These are very versatile, moist and flavorful The recipe makes a lot! I ended up with 15 large & 30 mini muffins.
I had been wanting to use up some coconut oil I had on hand, so in place of the shortening I did so with great results. If you haven't tried coconut oil in baking, you should. At room temperature it's liquid; around 70 and below, it's a solid which creams beautifully with sugar in baked goods. If you're worried about the coconut flavor taking over your baked goods, it really doesn't. It's a heart healthier option than shortening, vegetable or corn oils.
I went with the shredded carrot option, which was a breeze to do in the food processor grating attachment. Lastly, I subbed 1 c. of whole wheat flour for one of the cups of AP flour called for. I also added 1 t. ground cinnamon, 1/2 t. ground nutmeg and a dash of ground cloves. The house smelled amazing while they baked.
While the first 2 pans were baking, I played around with the remaining batter and added some raisins and topped the last pan of muffins with some finely chopped praline pecans.
I froze about 2/3 of the muffins so we can pull them out the night before and have "fresh" muffins for breakfast, it works...try it!
Thanks for sharing, we'll be making these again!
I give this one 5 stars, this is absolutely FABULOUS. I have been trying to find a use for my shredded carrots (I'm not really one for eating carrots) and saw this online, at first it sounded gross & I almost passed it by. SO glad I didn't! I agree with the Veganista, you can't very well make a whole bunch of changes to this recipe and then give it a low rating-you're kind of going by your own recipe, try the OP's recipe before you knock it. Just saying. However, I decided to be brave and make a couple of changes myself, knowing I could have ruined this spectacular recipe. I used one of the little applesauce cups in place of the orange juice, since I didn't have any. I also added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp vanilla for a little extra flavor (I LOVE cinnamon and vanilla!), as well as butter since I had no Crisco. The smell of these in the oven had me drooling, and they came out PERFECTLY. I have no doubt that even without my changes these would have been just as wonderful. This one has been shared with everyone that I know, I'll be making these frequently for my little boy! :) Thank you so much for sharing!
Unfortunately, I only give this recipe 2 stars and that's with making a lot of changes. I used apple sauce and olive oil in place of the shortning, added cinnamon and nutmeg and used freesh carrots that I cooked in the microwave. These did rise but they were just okay.
These are very tasty and moist. The carrot is very subtle but gives it a little earthy boost, a little sweetness. I only give out 5 stars if they make me drool, but these are very good.
We made this and like most others substituted the shortening with butter, and instead of orange juice we used carrot juice, making them banana-carrot muffins i guess.
Used butter instead of shortening and fresh grated carrots (why would you use canned-yech) and these were excellent. Shared with coworkers and friends and got rave reviews.
I have to say I was disappointed in these muffins. I read the reviews before baking which is what made me want to try them. These muffins were dry, they did have a banana taste and with shaved carrots you could taste them. But over all, they did rise and looked yummy...but I like a moist muffin, and these were far from moist. Sorry. Thanks for sharing your recipe though. Cheers
These are so good! My kids just gobbled them up. Next time I will be really careful to mash the carrots really, really well. Every now and then I take a bite, and it's all canned carrot tasting. Not delicious. But other than my own carelessness, there is not one single thing wrong with this recipe. I made as written except subbed margarine. Next time I will do half margarine and half applesauce. I think I will also try with half whole wheat flour next time as well. Thanks for a really great recipe I will make again and again!