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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Orange Glow: Yummy Carrot Muffins

One summer day when our daughter was about three years old, we were at the city pool where we met a little girl the same age.  Her mother, Mary, was an editor, like me, and we became fast friends.  The girls played together and trick or treated together even though we lived across town from each other.  Mary introduced me to a natural foods buying group, and we traded recipes and brainstormed ways to get the kids to eat healthy.  Sadly, Mary and I eventually lost touch after my family moved away from that little town.  But I have never lost touch with her carrot muffin recipe.  These muffins have been a hit with my family these twenty years.  They always tasted great, but sometimes turned out a little sad and droopy looking, not the tall, gorgeous muffins that look pretty in addition to tasting great.  I've tweaked the recipe in various ways over the years to reduce the fat and so on, and recently, I finally got it right.  Yessireebob, the muffins still taste wonderful, but now turn out pretty, too.

Muffins, milk, and the newspaper equals one good breakfast, topped with walnuts or plain.  Either way is tasty!



Carrot Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour (1/2 cup of this can be whole wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots

In large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Mix in brown sugar.  Add eggs.  While mixing, slowly add oil.  Beat until smooth.  Mix in nuts and carrots.  If desired, reserve some nuts to sprinkle on top of muffins.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20-30 minutes.


22 comments:

  1. I have a very similar recipe that my friend from Utah gave me, never fails. I sometime do a mix of carrot and courgette(zuchini)which is also good

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  2. I know these muffins have to be great. I can smell the cinnamon all the way here. :-)

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  3. I am copying this recipe over to my files and will try it for the grandkids! Thanks! xo Diana

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  4. Oh I've just printed this and will hopefully make it tomorrow! Looks deelish! :)

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  5. Looks very tasty, my lot will love these. x

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  6. Thanks for sharing these! I love carrot cake so I know I will love these.

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  7. Bookmarked it! My oldest daughter will love these. I will bake them for her early next week during rush. She and her roommate can enjoy them for breakfast when they are in a hurry to get to their sorority house!

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  8. Sounds like a delicious recipe. It is so nice to meet you! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am taking about 2 weeks away while my husband has surgery. Please come back!

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  9. Oh yum, I love muffins and milk for breakfast.

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  10. Ohh, those do look delicious! shh, and healthy...don't tell my grandchildren!

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  11. Wow, these muffins sound delicious and so easy! Thanks for sharing their story with us. It's sweet that you still have this recipe attached to those memories.

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  12. They look lovely!! Great idea with using half whole wheat flour!

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  13. I love the look of these muffins Posy. What a shame you have lost contact with that special friend. I wonder if you could find her or her daughter on Facebook xx

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  14. I know that you already received the "Liebster Blog Award" but I gave you a special mention under my Liebster post: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2012/08/liebster-blog-award.html
    I think your blog is wonderful - you are so talented!
    Thanks
    Angie

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  15. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I might try this. It looks yummy!

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  16. These look yummy. It is tricky getting muffins to rise right and especially if one is doing gluten free ones like I have to cook! But one of my favorite muffins has carrots , but a whole lot more. The recipe is here: http://nannykimsrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/07/morning-glory-muffins-from-inn-at-angel.html

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  17. I will take one with nuts please!!!

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  18. These look fantastic! My hubby is the baker in our house - I'll be sure to show him this recipe. Thanks!

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  19. My family's been on a huge muffin for breakfast kick. I will definitely be making these!

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  20. I love carrot muffins and I'm so happy that you've tweaked the recipe to perfection! I'm a daily newspaper reader, also. Isn't it a great way to start the day?

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