It’s true. I don’t know what to call these muffins.
Besides delicious, that is!
Sorry, that was awful, even for me. But truth be told, there is so much goodness in them, that there is no suitable name. However, I’m pretty sure if you ever come back to our site and want to find back these muffins, you will not search “delicious muffins”. Even though, if you did, it would be true. They are super healthy, and oh-so-tasty, I’ve already made two more batches since my initial try last week.
I’ve changed them to be extra healthy, cutting half the oil and replacing with unsweetened apple sauce, and they, my friends, are winners.
Oh, and also, you get to meet my Christmas tree today. It is sparkling so nicely behind the muffins. It’s true, we had to remove furniture to make room for the tree, and we have to bend the top because it brushes the ceiling, but I love it all the same. Who needs space, when you can have twinkly lights? :)
But anyhoo. Enjoy these muffins at any time of the day! I know I will :).
- 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour (or all purpose gluten free flour + ½ tsp xantham gum)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 apple, cored, peeled and diced
- ½ cup grated carrots
- 3 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons dried flaked unsweetened coconut, divided
- Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla, then add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Add apples, raisins, carrots and ¼ cup of the coconut and stir gently until well combined.
- Spoon batter into 12 paper-lined muffin tins, filling each about ¾ full. Top evenly with remaining 4 teaspoons coconut and bake for 15 minutes, or until tops are firm and toothpick comes out clean.
Just made these for the first time and we gobbled them up. They’re so yummy, you’d never guess they were healthy too! :)
Alicia Louwerse says
These are delicious! Just pulled a batch from the oven.
What are chia seeds? I need substitute for coconut – daughter is fructose intolerant and can’t have coconut or honey for that matter.
Chia seeds are a type of super-seed that have all sorts of health benefits, tons and tons of nutrients, omega3’s, that type of thing. They’re not meant to be used as a substitute for something like coconut, since they have no flavour, they simply make a great addition to something like muffins because of all their health benefits, while not adding any flavour or texture that is unwanted. Try googling to find out more if you want to learn more about the science of them! :)
These muffins look perfect and they sound delicious. I haven’t made muffins in quite a while. I think I’ll put some on the list for next week. Thanks!
I love the twinkle of the lights in the background too. :)
Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says
Cute picture by the tree! You’re inspiring me to get my tree up…
These are really yummy. I didn’t have chia seeds so I omitted them but you can’t tell something’s missing. Also, I had to bake them about 20 min. Thanks for the recipe!
looks delicious and filling-so handy for on-the-go mornings! Thanks for all your lovely recipes ladies!
jennifer @ peanut butter and peppers says
These look fab! I love subing applesauce for oil. I love all the healthy ingrediants. Will definitly give this recipe a try. Thanks!!
Do you have a favourite GF flour? Or have you tried mixing your own? Thanks!
Alanna, for muffins and such, I love Bob Mills Gluten free flour, and the back of the bag says how much xantham gum to add, depending on what you’re making. It’s super versatile for quick breads, muffins and baking :).