"Dirty Eating" Apple & Carrot Muffins
I love baking and have a large collection of cookery books. And I'm always on the lookout for new ideas.
I bought Clean Eating Alice's book Eat Well Every Day a while ago. I'm not a follower of clean eating, but her book has lots of great healthy ideas if you're looking for inspiration.
So today I was looking for cake inspiration and came across her Apple & Carrot Muffins.
This is a retro adaptation of her recipe, with wheat flour (shock) and granulated sugar (horror), so really not Alices' version of good food at all! But since I'm not celiac I'm sticking with regular flour, but if you are her version uses spelt flour. And I'm not in the honey is better than beet sugar brigade either .. still sugar once it hits your gut and the white stuff is so much cheeper.
So here is my bastardised version of a clean eating muffin. They were delicious!
Pre heat your oven to 200C and line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.
Sift 200g of wholemeal self-raising flour, 150g sugar, 1tsp baking powder, 1tsp cinnamon, pinch of salt and a good grating of nutmeg into a large mixing bowl.
Melt 30g of butter in a small bowl (in the microwave) and mix into the dry ingredients with 1 tsp vanilla essence.
Core 3 apples (about 300g) and peel two carrots (about 150g) and grate using a food processor.
Lightly whisk 2 eggs and add them to the bowl and give everything a good mix.
Finally add in the apple and carrot and mix everything to combine, before spooning the mixture into the muffin tins.
Top each muffin with a pecan nut and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Once cooked, cool on a wire rack before tucking in!