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Category: Batch Cooking

Carrot Banana Muffins

 In my attempt to make my kids lunches less routine and boring I have been experimenting with different ways to incorporate a good balance of fruit and veggies.

I wanted to make a muffin that was easy to put together, freezes well and hearty enough to handle my kids lunchtime hunger.

If you have followed my blog you know my favorite juice is carrot juice and being a person that hates to waste I freeze the pulp so I can use it in pancakes, muffins, and other dishes.  I decided to try a combination of banana bread and carrot bread.  The end result was a hearty muffin that is perfectly sweetened with banana, carrot and a bit of brown sugar.


Carrots make the muffins a rich source of beta-carotene which is perfect for supporting strong vision.

Carrots make the muffins a rich source of beta-carotene which is perfect for supporting strong vision. Click To Tweet

The combination of the banana and carrots gives the muffins a natural sweetness so I used a fraction of the sugar normally used in quick bread.

The combination of the banana and carrots gives the muffins a natural sweetness so I used a fraction of the sugar normally used in quick bread. Click To Tweet

 I used wheat germ to give the muffins an added boost of fiber, but the wheat germ also offers folate, healthy fatty acids, vitamin E as well as minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, selenium, and manganese.

They turned out perfectly and we have all enjoyed them for breakfast and lunch. This is a big batch recipe.  This recipe makes 48 muffins.  They freeze and thaw well.  So make a batch for now and later.

 Ingredients

1 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup coconut oil

6 eggs

2 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 5-6)

2 cups shredded carrot

1 cup coconut milk

4 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups wheat germ

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

 Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Prep muffin tins with oil or liners

Combine brown sugar, coconut oil, and  eggs. Mix well with blender.

Add in banana, carrots, and milk. Mix well and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Whisk together.

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix till moist.

Use a 1/4 cup cookie scoop to fill muffin pans.

Bake for 22 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

To freeze, let muffins completely cool and place in freezer safe container.

 

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Carrot Banana Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 48
 
A hearty muffin that is perfect for breakfast and lunch
Ingredients
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 2½ cup mashed ripe bananas (about 5-6)
  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups wheat germ
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Prep muffin tins with oil or liners
  3. Combine brown sugar, coconut oil, and eggs. Mix well with blender.
  4. Add in banana, carrots, and milk. Mix well and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl combine flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.

Easy Pumpkin Nut Butter Waffles

Todays feature recipe for the Pumpkin and Pinterest series is Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles from Cats to Cooking. Swing over and show her some love for an excellent, pinnable recipe.

I was so excited to see this pin because I am a bit of a waffle snob. I love waffles, but they need to be cooked just right. Crispy on the outside and nice and moist in the middle.

This recipe had a short ingredient list and was gluten-free so I was excited to try them.


I am always looking for ways to switch thing up for school lunches and when I was preparing to make these beauties I decided to try it a little different.

Instead of using almond flour I used almond butter.

I took out the cashew milk.

I made the waffles with my daughters babycakes mini waffle maker. The batter is pretty thick so I used my little piping tool to pipe these into the little griddles. A spoon and spatula would have worked well also. Just spoon in and smooth. 

  
    
They turned out perfect for little hands. They actually turned out perfect for my big hands too.

   
 I let the boys sample them with a side of pumpkin yogurt.

The house smelled like there were thousands of nut butter fairies playing in the air around me.

  
I decide to make a big batch of these after the initial batch. Partially because the boys ate half of the first go around and partially because I loved the idea of packing these in the kids lunches for the week.

  
This recipe made about 52 mini waffles.

1 cup pumpkin purée

2 cups almond butter

5 eggs

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

Coconut oil for greasing waffle iron

Instructions

Plug in and preheat waffle iron on low setting.

Put all ingredients in blender.

Blend until smooth.

Spray or brush oil onto waffle iron 

Pipe or spoon mixture onto waffle iron and smooth. 

Close the waffle iron and let cook about 5 minutes. If the waffle iron is still steaming, let cook a bit longer.

Open waffle iron, remove waffles with rubber spatula. 

Have you been following the Pumpkin and Pinterest series?  What are your favorites so far?

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Muffins (Big Batch)

Day 7 of the 31 days of Pumpkin and Pinterest series features Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Muffins.

I love making these baked oatmeal muffins. They are so versatile and you add just about anything to them and they taste fantastic.  It was no surprise to my kids when they saw me adding pumpkin to the muffins a few years ago.  Thankfully they are all like me and love pumpkin. Pumpkin and Oatmeal.  Truly it is a great combination.

Today I made them in the regular size muffin tin.  This size works best for us because the kids like to take them for lunch, especially the boys.  The oatmeal pairs well with yogurt and the triplets would eat yogurt all day every day if I let them.


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The main ingredient is the oatmeal.  Nine cups!!!!!  That is nine cups of fiber.

Fiber and its Many Benefits

 

  • Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are considered fiber-rich high carbohydrate foods.
  • Research shows that fiber-rich carbohydrates help us stay healthy and may aid in the prevention of many digestive and chronic diseases.
  • May reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • May help with hemorrhoids, constipation, and other intestinal problems
  • Reduces the likelihood of diverticulosis.
  • May decrease the risk of heart disease
  • May enhance weight loss. Eating a high-fiber diet cause the feeling of satiety to last longer.
  • May lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

 

It is recommended that daily fiber intake be at least 25 grams. 

If you are looking for ways to get more fiber into your diet her is a chart of high-fiber foods from the Mayo Clinic.

Prebiotics

Have you heard of prebiotics?  Prebiotics are nondigestible fibers in foods that are metabolized or fermented by beneficial bacteria that live in our guts. These prebiotics alter the balance of gut flora in a beneficial way and promotes the health of the immune system.

This is another reason to include oats in your diet during the cold season.

Oats contain the prebiotic called beta-glucans.  

 

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Benefits of Pumpkin & Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene)

  • Pumpkin provides a powerful dose of vitamin A (Beta-Carotene, which supports overall vision and eye health.
  • Beta-Carotene helps to remedy skin problems such as acne and helped tremendously with my Discoid Lupus.
  • It enhances immunity.
  • Important in the formation of bones and teeth.
  • Aids in fat storage, and protects against cancer and other diseases.
  • Shown to slow the aging process.
  • Protein cannot be utilized by the body without this vitamin.

 

Other great sources of vitamin A

For more in-depth sources of whole foods that provide vitamin A. Click Here

 

  • Alfalfa
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Swiss Chard
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Fish Liver Oil & Liver
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Spirulina
  • Pumpkin
  • Yellow Squash
  • Turnip Greens

Note: Vitamin A should not be taken in large amounts in pill form or as cod liver oil. It is best absorbed by the body when ingested in whole foods. 

 

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins

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Well, that was a mouth full. Pun intended.  Day 8 of the Pumpkins and Pinterest series brings the deliciously moist and filling Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins.  Believe me, they deserve such a big name.  Once again I had to stick some in the freezer to keep them from being devoured on the spot.

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I made these Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins from Once a Month Meals pretty close to the original recipe.  My only changes were:

  • Reduced 3/4 cup of brown sugar to 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • Added 2 tablespoons of Wheat Germ

That’s it, folks.  This is for sure a recipe I would feel comfortable giving my family for breakfast, lunch and snack. The are delicious and have three great grains.

Nutri-licious Benefits

  • Quinoa
    • High in protein (8 g per cup)
    • High in fiber (5 g per cup)
    • Excellent source of Quercetin (anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-cancer, anti-depressant effects.
    • Contains significant amounts of flavonoids.
    • Great for those with gluten intolerance
    • Low glycemic index.
  • Dark Chocolate:
    • The cocoa bean contains flavonoids, magnesium and iron for protection from heart disease
    • The chocolate making process provides procyanidins that have an anti-inflammatory action.
    • Contains caffeine and 3 1/2 oz bar of dark chocolate equal to cup of coffee
    • Relatively low-fat, a high source of fiber and minerals.
    • High in antioxidants

I also appreciated that the recipe gave freezing directions and serving day directions.  I can work with that.

 

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups Flour, Whole Wheat
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ¾ cups Quinoa
  • 2 individual Egg
  • ¾ cups Pumpkin, Canned
  • ½ cups Milk
  • ¼ cups Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cups Chocolate Chips, Mini
Instructions
  1. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add the quinoa, stirring with a fork to separate. Add the eggs, pumpkin, milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir until just incorporated, then gently fold in the chocolate chips. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

 

 

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