Carrot Muffins

Because the baby is quickly turning into a toddler and wants only grown-up food.

Because yesterday I just realized that Soledad’s nail is coming off. All the way off.

Because Bella is a sweet angel who often gets caught in the destructive misfire of her siblings shenanigans.

Because Shelbi is growing up so fast, that I want to stop and just freeze this moment.

Because Warwick is a little bossy, but probably gets as good as he gives.

And because, I’m hoping today I won’t completely lose it and go running down the street in my underwear, wild hair flying in the wind, screaming “STOP SAYING MY NAME!!!”  It could happen.  I’ve thought about it.
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I think food is God’s way to say, “Let’s take a time out”.  Time to eat and nourish ourselves, enjoy the lovely colors on our plates, to be silent and absorb all the beauty that surrounds us.

Whenever it gets a little crazy around here, which you might have guessed is often, I try to bake or make some type of food that will bring us all together.  Today it was Muffins.  Sweet. Soft. Comforting.

These are so good, you can have them for breakfast, dessert, or a snack.  And with the added carrots and applesauce, you can feel good about eating them too.

Healthy, Delicious Carrot Muffins
makes about 24 muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 carrtots, grated
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup lemon juice or zest and Juice of 2 lemons
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup canola oil
4 eggs, beaten

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line muffin pans with paper liners.
2. In a medium sized bowl combine carrots, lemon juice, peel, and applesauce.  Mix, and set aside.
3. In another medium sized bowl, stir together, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Next, add the oil and eggs and stir until there are no visible lumps.
4. Add carrot mixture to batter, and stir to combine.
5. Pour batter into muffin liners and bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 24 minutes.
6. Cool muffins on wire racks. Eat!!!!!!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14081014479371326650 Belly Charms

    Yummy! I am following you back. Have a great weekend.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08241019391236666673 Eastlyn and co.

    We are huge muffin fans around here (well, maybe not Alisa so much). This one sounds like a winner. Think I have everything I need to make ‘em. I’ll let you know how they go

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05965414164281498109 Nicki Woo

    E-

    They are so yummy, and almost gone and I just made them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17218519474695662328 ModernMom

    Those muffins sound amazing!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15804837485084424212 Desertflower

    They sound delish1 Gotta try them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13939129224685018944 Kel

    Those sound fabulous! I will definitely be trying these. Thanks for joining us for our first Spotlight Saturday Blog Hop. I’m a new follower! Have a great weekend!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09149588819195027978 Jules

    Hooray! I’m so happy I stopped in- what a great (and appetizing!) blog! I started Following before I even finished reading the first post. :)
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    ohhh! Because I can never find good recipes with ingredients I already have in the house and because I have just spent the last 20 min looking at your blog I have to come back! So glad I ran across your blog someone spotlighted! :) Now, I’m hooked! you can check me out if you like shhmoments.com

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    yum…I left drool on my pc keyboard…giggle….I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18097848458815362441 Carol

    Mmm, carrot muffins, sounds yummy!
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14858582175771158200 Charity

    YUMMY!! Thanks for stopping by. I’m following you back!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10740026350805700767 Shelli

    Mmmmmm… Going to have to try this recipe!! Love, love, love baking! It’s my job..my passion!!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03157526840833438033 smashbravo

    This looks so wonderful, my girls are not big fans of anything healthy and we never have carrot anything here. Last time that I bought the pre-packed box of carrot muffins it mysteriously disappeared, probably into the trash. Funny how the chocolate chip muffins never get thrown out.

    Have a great weekend.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01427085574473513923 Menopausal New Mom

    Fabulous recipe! I love muffins and good healthy muffin recipes are hard to find.

    Thanks for posting.

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    Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08189511628224481541 Marie

    Hi there, I’m your newest follower from Spotlight Saturday. Loving your blog. Look forward to reading more. Hoping you’ll drop me a visit sometime.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15162405142568070732 Cakeblast

    Great recipe; thanks :) I am a new follower from Friendly Friday! http://cakeblast.com