Healthy Loaded Carrot and Apple Muffins

So, I’m sure you’ve heard of loaded baked potatoes, but what about a loaded muffin?  Oh. My. Gosh. Guys!  This muffin is SO SO yummy, and it is beyond loaded with gobs and gobs of good-for-you ingredients that make it into a perfect way to start your day.

Seriously, when I say it’s loaded, I am so serious!  Of course, there are the apples and carrots (yep, carrots, I was even able to sneak a veggie in there), and these two ingredients alone provide tons of nutrition and are loaded with health benefits.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLES

  • Maintains a healthy heart
  • Helps relieve constipation
  • Rich in helpful prebiotics (food for good bacteria), such as pectin and polyphenols, that help reactivate good gut bacteria
  • May help to remove toxins from the body
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • May help protect against osteoporosis
  • Good for cancer prevention

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARROTS

  • Great for good skin
  • Improves digestion and kidney function
  • May help reduce the incidence of stroke
  • Maintains a healthy heart
  • Great for healthy liver function
  • Antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • Excellent for eye health and preventing eye related diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Cancer preventive properties

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!  These guys also have walnuts, raisins, coconut flakes, coconut oil…see?  When I say loaded, I mean LOADED with goodies!  Another bonus?  They are super easy to make, and they make your house smell fabulous while they are baking!  Oh, and did I mention that they are gluten free?  Whaaaaat?  Um, yeah, so what are we waiting for?  Let’s get to the recipe!

LOADED CARROT AND APPLE MUFFINS

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups oat flour (gluten free)
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1 apple shredded
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and grease a 12 muffin muffin tin with coconut oil.  In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and sea salt.

2.) Add the honey, applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla, and shredded apple.  Stir to mix well.

3.) Fold in the carrots, raisins, coconut flakes, and walnuts.  Stir to mix well.

4.) Fill the prepared muffin tin evenly with the batter.  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

5.) Allow to cool in the muffin tin for about 5 minutes, then remove the muffins and allow to cool to desired temperature before serving.

So yummy and loaded with nutrition!  Seriously makes for the perfect breakfast!

Enjoy! 🙂

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