Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins

By annh53182 on April 30, 2010

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Ingredients

    1. 1 cup packed brown sugar
    2. 10 tablespoons butter, softened
    3. 1 1/3 cups vanilla yogurt
    4. 2 cups pumpkin puree
    5. 2 large eggs
    6. 4 tablespoons orange juice
    7. 3 teaspoons vanilla
    8. 2 1/2 cups carrots, grated
    9. 2 cups whole wheat flour
    10. 2 cups all-purpose flour
    11. 1/2 cup cold milled flax seed
    12. 2 teaspoons baking powder
    13. 2 teaspoons baking soda
    14. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    15. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
    16. 16 ounces cream cheese
    17. 7 tablespoons powdered sugar
    18. 5 tablespoons orange juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 36 muffin cups with baking liners.
  2. Grate the carrots (I use a box grater and use the second largest sized hole). Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine the carrots, flours, flax, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and allspice. Stir to mix well. Set aside.
  4. Combine the brown sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat using a stand mixer or a hand mixer until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until incorporated. Stir in the yogurt, pumpkin, orange juice, and vanilla.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the sugar/butter/egg mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed, but do not over beat.
  6. Add a scant 1/4 cup of batter to each muffin cup, making about 36 muffins in all. Bake at muffins at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes, or until cooked through when tested with a toothpick. Remove muffins from the pan and cool on a wire rack completely.
  7. To freeze: Place completely cooled muffins into gallon sized freezer zip bags in one layer, about 9 will fit in a bag. Using a straw, remove any excess air and zip the bag. Place in the freezer, it’s ok to stack the bags on top of each other, for up to 2 months (good luck getting them to last that long!).
  8. Remove as many muffins as you need at a time and either thaw at room temperature or heat in the toaster oven or microwave. Frost with the sweetened cream cheese, if desired.
  9. For the sweetened cream cheese: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Alternatively, you can use a bowl and a hand mixer. Cream cheese will store for up to a week in the refrigerator. (I have not tested freezing it.).