Busy, busy us officially started lessons today, so we didn't get around to baking muffins until this afternoon. Better late than never! This recipe is from a book on nutrition and how food impacts each part of bodies called Nutrition 101: Choose Life! We used this excellent text last year in our homeschool co-op and enjoyed trying the different recipes listed at the end of each chapter including today's muffin.
AnnaLynn turned up her nose (carrots?) a bit when I suggested baking these today, but she would be the first to tell you that they're delicious! Hope you'll give them a try and let us know what you think!
Whole Wheat Carrot Apricot Muffins
makes 12 muffins
2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 t. sea salt
1 t. baking powder
1/2 c. raw honey
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 stick butter, softened
2 t. orange juice, fresh squeezed if you have an orange!
1.5 c. shredded carrots (ours were fresh from our garden!)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. chopped organic apricots
Preheat oven to 400F and lightly grease muffin pan using coconut oil.
If your honey has crystallized, spoon some into a stainless steel saucepan and warm over low heat until liquefied. Pour into measuring cup and set aside.
Measure the flour, sea salt, and baking powder into a small mixing bowl.
Stir with a whisk to blend.
Pick and shred your carrots. :)
Slice the apricots using kitchen scissors and chop the walnuts (not pictured).
Using an electric mixer, blend softened butter together with eggs, orange juice, honey, and buttermilk; add flour mixture.
Mix on low just until blended; add chopped walnuts and apricots.
Fold in shredded carrots. Don't over mix your muffin batter!
Fill prepared muffin pan with batter using an ice cream scoop (makes it super easy!).
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until lightly golden.
Remove from pan after about five minutes to finish cooling on a wire rack.
We would love to know if you give any of our muffin recipes a try. Let us know how they turn out or if you put a different spin on them. :)
This is the 37th installment in what will be, Lord willing, our year-long muffin adventure: Muffin Mondays! 52 Mondays, 52 Muffins. There are 14 more to come, stay tuned!
Sharing this week's muffin recipe here: Mouthwatering Monday, 2 Maids a Baking, Real Food Wednesday, This Chick Cooks, Healthy 2day Wednesday, Let's Do Brunch, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, and Feasting in Fellowship Friday