Vegan Carrot Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

  • 2 cups grated carrots (around 3 medium carrots)

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a muffin tin.

  2. In a small bowl, add flaxseed and water. Stir to combine

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil in increments of 20 seconds, mixing between. To keep the oil from clumping, microwave it a little past melting.

  5. Add the carrots, almond milk, brown sugar, vanilla and flaxseed-water mix to the oil. Mix until combined.

  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Don’t worry if it seems thick, it should be!

  7. Divide the batter into the muffin tin, around 1/3 cup per tin. It doesn’t need to be exact, the more batter in each tin though, the longer it will take to cook.

  8. Bake the muffins for about 15-18 minutes, or until the top bounces back when lightly pressed or a toothpick comes out clean. Let the muffins cool before eating. Enjoy!

This recipe was found at: https://ohmyveggies.com/vegan-spiced-carrot-muffins/

Tips and Tricks:

-When buying staple ingredients for baking (sugar, flour, baking powder), buy in bulk. You’ll find yourself constantly spending on flour if you only get a little bag! Lucky’s Market (located at 2770 N High Street) has many great bulk buy deals.

-Add nuts or dried fruit (even chocolate chips) to your muffins to create your own unique twist on the recipe.

-Pumpkin pie spice is a great alternative to cinnamon, especially during this time of the year!

-Spices are an important aspect to most cooking. Build up your collection over time but be sure to keep an inventory so you don’t buy items you don’t need.

-Off brand spices will do you just as well as the fancy kinds. Always look for deals at your grocery store. And remember, the cheapest doesn’t always mean the worst.

-When should you choose name brand? It is up to you to decide what you think is worth it to pay more! Try things out and find the kind you like best. You never know what could be hiding out there. Aldi has great discounted prices with many off brand items!

Katie Harpham