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Carrot Cake Blender Muffins

  • Author: Beth Hornback | Pass the Plants
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins

Description

Carrot Cake Blender Muffins are deceptively healthy but taste like dessert! Naturally sweetened, gluten-free, vegan, and oil-free, yet moist and delicious!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats (use certified GF oats for gluten-free)
  • 3/4 cup raw pepitas* (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (1/4 tsp. ground cloves, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg))
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded carrot

For Coconut Whipped Topping*

  • 1 can of coconut cream or coconut milk (refrigerated until cream hardens and separates from water**, not lite)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup + 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients except carrot to a blender or food processor and puree until mostly smooth and no large pieces of seeds remain.
  3. Add in shredded carrots and pulse to mix in
  4. Fill 12 muffin liners to the brim with batter (there should be just enough).
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
  6. Remove muffins to a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before enjoying with a pat of vegan butter, coconut whipped topping (see below), or simply plain.

Coconut Whipped Topping

  1. Open the can of coconut cream or coconut milk and scoop off the solidified cream. Reserve the water to use for the muffin batter, if desired.
  2. Blend the maple syrup and cornstarch along with the coconut cream until aerated. Coconut cream will whip up like a sturdy whipped cream, and coconut milk will be less sturdy but equally delicious. Store extra topping in the fridge for 2-3 days, if it lasts that long.

Notes

Nutrition Info does not include frosting.