These were inspired by Kitchen Treaty’s Hearty Spiced Carrot Muffins, and are delicious toasted and lathered with fresh butter and drizzled with honey.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:35 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes
All-purpose flour – 1 cup
Whole-wheat flour – 1 cup
Oats – 1 cup rolled oats + a couple extra tablespoons for topping
Baking powder – 2 teaspoons
Baking soda – ½ teaspoon
Salt – ½ teaspoon
Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon, ground
Cloves – ¼ teaspoon, ground
Nutmeg – ¼ teaspoon, ground
Ginger – ¼ teaspoon, ground
Cardamom – ¼ teaspoon, ground
Milk – 1 cup
Applesauce – ¾ cup
Brown sugar – ¾ cup packed brown sugar
Vegetable oil – ? cup
Egg – 1 egg
Vanilla extract – 2 teaspoons
Carrot – 2 cups, grated
Papaya – 1/2 cup, dried diced
Nuts or Seeds (optional) – 2/3 cup toasted nuts or seeds: I used 1/3 sunflower seeds and 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, but use what you have, for example almonds and pumpkins seeds
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin tin or place muffin cups in the tin.
In a large bowl, mix together the flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla extract
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together just until the ingredients are incorporated (you don’t want big puffs of dry flour!).
Stir in the grated carrots, papaya and nuts and seeds of your choosing.
Fill the muffin cups to the brim of the cup, and sprinkle with oats. (If you only have one muffin tin as I do, you can let the batter rest until te first batch is done, and then cook off the last four muffins. Or, you can make a mini cake in a cake pan, though it will take a bit longer for the center to cook).
Bake for about 35 minutes (check after 25 minutes, and then again at 30). The muffins are dine with a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow the muffins to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from the muffin tin.
Store your muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or freeze in a Ziplock bag for another morning!