Who says vegan baked goods aren’t awesome?
Not me, that’s for sure.
I can’t believe I haven’t posted this recipe yet! When I was first getting into the healthy living realm and learning to cook back in 2006/7, this recipe was one my very first creations. I used to work for a government contractor back before I left to teach English in Prague in 2008, and as a part of the office community service committee, I used to help plan bake sales to raise money for charity. I always made these muffins for the bake sales and everyone loved them — no one could believe they were not only vegan but also healthy! :)
These muffins are really moist, sweet but without much added sugar, and contain lots of nutritional power from the whole wheat pastry flour, walnuts, raisins, carrots, and applesauce. Yum!
Whole Wheat Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins
(makes 12 muffins)
- 1 & 1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour (not regular WW flour)
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1/4 C chopped walnuts
- 1/4 C raisins
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 & 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
- 1 C shredded carrot (about 1 large carrot or 16 baby carrots worth)
Preheat oven to 350. In two separate bowls, mix dry, then wet, and then combine, adding wet to dry and stirring gently until the mixture is uniform-ish. The batter will be pretty wet because of all the applesauce — don’t worry. Spoon the mixture into a non-stick or sprayed muffin pan. Bake 25 minutes — fork check near end to make sure they are done!
If you don’t have any whole wheat pastry flour on hand, I’d recommend you go buy some :) It’s the best because you can go entirely whole wheat without your baked goods being too dense! If you must, you can substitute half regular whole wheat flour and half white flour for the whole wheat pastry flour, but don’t try using entirely regular whole wheat flour — the muffins will be too dense/heavy/gummy.
I ate one immediately, obviously. :)
I really think these are my favorite muffins, ever. And that’s saying a lot if you’ve ever looked at my recipe page ;) Go make them ASAP!
In other news, in between madly studying, working on my take home exam, and writing/finalizing my group paper yesterday, I took a break to go biking with my friends Tim and Lindsey! It’s always good to make time for exercise and fresh air :)
I met Tim and Lindsey when I moved here last fall because they are good college friends with one of my childhood friends! They live a block away and it’s been great having buddies so close nearby, especially since they’re into running, biking, swimming… etc.! Tim and I have gone running together a bunch (he introduced me and Matt to this awesome trail nearby last fall — getting excited to hit it up again once I am finished with my half marathon and not worried about twisting my ankle!) and Lindsey and I just played tennis together earlier this week. Yay!
It was really fun biking with them yesterday — I’m LOVING having a road bike. I just find biking so fun and relaxing! I’m excited to increase my mileage and start biking more on the weekends now that the warm weather is here… Tim and Lindsey gave me some tips on form and gear shifting yesterday since they’re more experienced bikers. :)
We drove out to Maple View Farm land to bike since it’s the best place for biking around here! So pretty and peaceful with all the farms and country roads. It also meant we got to get ice cream when we were done ;) 16 miles of biking later… hello, mint chocolate chip!
p.s. I totally need a cool biking jersey like they have :)
I’m off for a long day of class followed by more studying — wish me luck for my busy week! Here’s what’s on the docket:
- Monday (today): huge group paper due (CHECK!)
- Monday night: STUDY!
- Tuesday morning: Medical Nutrition Therapy closed book exam (eeeek!)
- Tuesday afternoon/evening: hopefully finish & submit Epidemiology take home exam
- Wednesday: study madly for two Thursday tests
- Thursday: Medical Nutrition Therapy open book practical exam; Food Service Management exam
- Thursday night: pack up and depart for DC! National Half Marathon or bust :)
Whew! It’s going to be a crazy week, especially since I have class all those days, too! I have some great guest posts lined up for this week interspersed with regular posts — stay tuned and have a great day!