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Sweet Potato Bites: Carrot banana muffins

Posted on December 13 2012

If you are knee-deep in cookies and holiday sweets and want a snack that isn’t covered in chocolate, then how about some homemade carrot banana muffins? This recipe was adapted from the "True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple Pure" cookbook (featuring recipes at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach) and is the perfect snack or breakfast on the go. These muffins are gluten-free and made with hearty ingredients including almonds, carrots and bananas. If you really want to get some more omega-3s in there, add some flaxseed or walnuts to the recipe. So take a break from the sweets and enjoy these muffins to get your day started off on the right foot. Carrot banana muffins (adapted from the "True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple Pure" cookbook) Makes 12 Muffins Ingredients: 2 cups almond flour 2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 3 mashed bananas 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened) 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 medium shredded carrots 3/4 cup slivered almonds Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan or fill with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix your dry ingredients – almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a smaller bowl, mash your banana, then add your eggs, butter and maple syrup. Whisk well and fold into your dry ingredients. Add your carrots and almonds and continue to mix until everything is blended together.
  3. Pour your mixture into the muffin tins and bake for 40 minutes (or until golden brown). Cool in the pan for five to 10 minutes, and then slide muffins onto a cooling rack or plate.

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Photo credit: Marquee image by Flickr user imallergic. Used with permission through Creative Commons. Allison Hecht is an Orange County native who is passionate about good food and healthy living. She's the local expert when it comes to which OC restaurants reign supreme in locally grown dining and will provide recommendations on the best things to do and eat when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. In addition to writing for Trailer Boutique, Allison writes and maintains the blog SweetPotatoBites.com, which focuses on good eats and fun recipes, and is a regular contributor to OCmenus.com. When she's not writing about food, Allison is getting her workout on and having a good time while doing it! Most days you can find her taking classes at Pure Barre (her current favorite), running outside or getting her om on in a yoga studio. Follow her on Twitter @socaliallie to find out where she is going next.

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