Sunshine Muffins Friday, May 3 2013 

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Last year, I was given an old recipe box, with lots of old newspaper clippings, with recipes. This recipe is from one of those clippings, so I don’t know where to give the credit! Of course, I did my own variations anyways. 🙂  We all loved this recipe, and so did our neighbour kids! The 3.5 dozen (double recipe) didn’t last 2 days! Very moist, fresh, and delicious! Definitely will be making it again.

It’s a versatile recipe, feel free to change the add-ins to sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, grated apples instead of the grated carrots, dried fruit, etc.

Sunshine Muffins

2 cups flour (I did 1/2 cup white, 1 1/2 cup spelt)
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp ground flax
2 Tbsp hemp hearts
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds/poppy seeds, etc (optional)
1/3 cup coconut
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 cups grated carrots
1 banana, mashed
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla

Combine flour, baking soda, sugar, and cinnamon together. Stir in sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate chips, carrots and banana.

Beat together eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture until just moistened. Spoon into greased/lined muffin cups and bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes.

Makes 1.5 dozen.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Carrot Muffins Friday, Nov 4 2011 

This recipe is from a lady in our church, and I thought it a perfect muffin to make on a fall morning! I whipped up a batch while my baby was napping, and we ate them all within… I don’t know… two hours? Guess one dozen muffin (and 6 mini muffins) isn’t quite enough for my little family. 🙂

I like how healthy these muffins are. Made with only wheat flour, sweetened with local honey, and filled with pumpkin and carrots!

Pumpkin-Carrot Muffins

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 cup pureed pumpkin (canned, or homemade)
3/4 cup honey (I used 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup oil*
1 cup shredded carrots

In a large bowl, mix the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and baking powder. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, pumpkin, honey, and oil until smooth. Add to the flour mixture, and stir just until combined. Do not overmix. Fold in carrots. Spoon into a muffin pan. Bake at 350F, for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Remove from pan, and cool on a rack. Makes 12 muffins.

* Or use 1 Tbsp oil, and 2 Tbsp applesauce for a healthier substitute.

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