Carrot Cake Muffins with Greek Yogurt Frosting

I love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Who doesn’t? Actually, a lot of people don’t, my husband included. So, never mind that.

Anyways, I like the classic orange cake so much that I want to be able to eat it for breakfast. Is that so wrong? Carrot cake is actually pretty easy to healthify / muffinize. It is made primarily of vegetables, after all. I used a modest amount of evaporated cane juice, apple sauce, raisins, and minimal oil to create a hearty, yet still light, version of the classic. Since no cupcake is complete without frosting, I made my own with Greek yogurt. Ok, so yogurt is no frosting, you won’t be fooled, but it adds the creamy sweetness you’re looking for. Plus, it boasts loads of protein and calcium.

The bonus? Ross actually liked them! Maybe he really isn’t a carrot cake hater after all. Who could be?

You don’t need to use YumBots (thanks to my friend Megan for these) for your mold, a muffin tray will do just fine. Seasonal sprinkles are also not a requirement, just a fun touch.

Carrot Cake Muffins with Greek Yogurt Frosting
*makes 12 muffins

For muffins:
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup evaporated cane juice (or white sugar)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch salt
2 eggs
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 medium carrots, grated
1/4 cup raisins
cooking spray

For frosting:
1/2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. powdered sugar (sweeten to your liking)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1.) Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray your muffin tray with cooking spray liberally (or use liners).

2.) Combine the flour with the evaporated cane juice, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl whisk the egg, then add the vegetable oil, apple sauce and vanilla extract.

3.) Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Stir in the carrots and raisins.

4.) Distribute evenly among the muffin tins. Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Remove the muffins to a cooling rack.

5.) While the muffins are cooling, combine the yogurt with the powdered sugar and vanilla. When the muffins are totally cool top with the frosting, and maybe some sprinkles if you’re feeling feisty.

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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4 Responses to Carrot Cake Muffins with Greek Yogurt Frosting

  1. Shannon says:

    “You don’t need to use yumbots…” I disagree… those are totally the most adorable things ever! Where can I get my hands on some?!

  2. Lisa says:

    these look fantastic!!! im trying to make more, so these are going on my list!!!

  3. Lisa says:

    and by make i meant bake. ive had a glass of wine ;)

  4. Melanie says:

    I love these!

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