Carrot-Orange Muffins

"This is an adopted recipe. I haven't made it yet, but I will soon and will then update it with any necessary changes. >>A healthy, not-too-sweet muffin, so add more honey or some sugar if you prefer your muffins sweeter. You can also substitute 1 cup coarsely grated zucchini for the carrots. (From a cookbook called "Healthy Hometown Favorites".)"
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12-36 muffins




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Coat 12 regular-sized or 36 mini muffin cups with non-stick spray; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the egg whites, orange peel, orange juice, milk, oil, applesauce and honey.
  • Beat with a fork until well-combined.
  • (The mixture will look curdled.) Then stir in the carrots.
  • Add the carrot mixture to the flour mixture.
  • Stir just until moistened.
  • (The batter will be lumpy.) Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each cup about three-quarters full.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes for mini muffins or 20-22 minutes for larger muffins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • (Do not overbake.) Cool the muffins in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  • Then remove the muffins from the pan.
  • Good served warm.

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  1. They are much more like a scone than muffin. I used allspiec rather than cinnamon and twice as much zest as stated however they were still pretty bland. I would add dried cranberries if I made them again.
  2. I just made these are they are pretty good. I used all whole wheat flour, added 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and did a 1/2 cup carrots and a 1/2 cup zucchini. I also sprinkled the top of each muffin with a few pieces of chopped pecans. Definitely not a dessert muffin though. Also, I was a little disappointed that the orange flavor didn't show through more. I will probably up the amount of zest next time around.
  3. I made these as part of the "Pick your Chef" cookathon today. I found these muffins to be not very much on the sweet side, like you said, so, I'll definitely be adding more honey next time I make these. These sure are a healthy snack for children. I'll be glad to make these for my tiny friends;) Thanks for posting!



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