Mar
12
2014

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Muffins

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These touch of cinnamon and carrot cake infused muffins are a healthier choice for the family.

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Muffins

So excited to share my Cinnamon Carrot Cake Muffins with you today!  I’ve partnered with Green Giant® and their new Veggie Blend -Ins™.  They are little pouches of 100% pureed vegetables to use for your favorite recipes.  There is carrot, butternut squash and spinach.  You can find them available on Amazon HERE.  It’s definitely not easy to fit in all of the fruits and vegetables we need everyday and this is such a fun way to add more vegetables to our diets!  GG Veggie Blend-Ins FP Logo_alt

My boys are usually less than thrilled to eat their vegetables.  It’s definitely a daily struggle if they are not fans of the vegetables we are having for dinner.  We are always looking for new ways to incorporate more vegetables, and lately we’ve been starting the day with fruit smoothies–with Cullen (my husband) trying to sneak in vegetables with the fruit.

So, Cullen and I were eager to see what the boys thought of our healthier carrot muffins.  They came home from school and were excited to see the muffins on the counter.  They both grabbed one and loved it!! Even after we told them what was in them :)  Yes, there was an “Oh really” comment, but it didn’t stop them from wanting seconds.  The Veggie Blend-Ins pouches could not be more simple to use.  I’m already planning what I want to add them in next….and of course, our morning smoothie is a shoe-in to receive a pouch of love.

Green Giant® VeggieBlend-Ins™ have partnered with Jessica Seinfield to launch the 100% vegetable purees.  In her book, Deceptively Delicious, she writes about  making her family’s favorite meals better for them by adding homemade vegetable purees.  LOVE this idea of having the pouches ready to go.

I chose to use the pureed carrot pouch for my muffins.   Such a simple and healthier muffin perfect for after school snacking.

prep

Grab your favorite mixing bowl and start adding your wet ingredients along with granulated sugar.

Carrot puree

Add your Green Giant Veggie Blend-Ins™ Carrot pouch.

Dry ingredients

Add your dry ingredients next!

spices

Ground cinnamon and ginger for just the right spices.

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Perfect!  Ready for a good mix.

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I like to use a medium sized cookie scoop to fill the cupcake liners.   A spoon works fine too.

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Fill em’ up, about 3/4 full.

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I sprinkled the tops with cinnamon and turbinado sugar.

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Muffins

Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes clean from the center.  Let cool and enjoy!

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Muffins

Cinnamon Carrot Cake Muffins

Cinnamon Carrot Cake MuffinsPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 25 min | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup raw virgin coconut oil (extra virgin is the same as virgin)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Green Giant® Veggie Blend-Ins™ carrot pouch
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar for sprinkling tops of muffins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 16 cupcake cups from a cupcake pan with foil or paper liners (I used foil liners).
  2. Place eggs, Green Giant® Veggie Blend-Ins™ carrot pouch, greek yogurt, sugar and grated carrots into a large mixing bowl.  Heat coconut oil in the microwave to soften to liquid or near liquid and place into mixing bowl being careful not to allow the coconut to harden.  Mix to combine.  Add flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda and baking powder, stirring to combine.
  3. Fill each liner 3/4 full with batter. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon and turbinado sugar if desired. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from center. Remove and let cool.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 16 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Green Giant Veggie Blend-Ins however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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  1. 1

    These muffins look delicious. I especially love the colour of the batter before they go in. Since they have veggies, they must count as one of your five a day?

  2. 2

    What pretty, soft, fluffy lovely muffins, Jenny! Love carrot cake – pinned!

  3. 3

    I have not seen this veggie add ins. Definitely will check these out. Love these muffins.

  4. 4

    My boys would LOVE these healthy muffins!! I’ll have to keep my eye out for these add ins!

  5. 5

    Oooo the flavors of cinnamon and carrot together in a muffin sound so so good!!

  6. 6
    Maria says:

    I love carrot cake so I know I will love these muffins!

  7. 7

    These look so great, and they are pretty much healthy with all those carrots, right!?

  8. 8

    I’m on board with carrot cake anything. These look great!

  9. 9
    Teresa Young says:

    These muffins look delicious, and the veggie pouches are such a good idea!

  10. 10

    What a brilliant idea! It makes that extra step so much easier. I’m sure there’s added flavor as well as added health benefits :)

  11. 11
    marla says:

    I adore carrot cake, in love with this in muffin form!

  12. 12
    Sues says:

    Whoa, those veggie blend-ins are such a good idea! Especially for making things like muffins :)

  13. 13

    YUM!! I love that you not only used the Green Giant pureed carrot pouch but also used freshly grated carrots in these muffins as well!

  14. 14

    It is like having a mini carrot cake that you do not have to share with anyone else! ;) Love the carrots that are in these muffins! Pinning!

  15. 15

    Yum!! I’d love these as an after school snack too!

  16. 16
    gaby says:

    What a fantastic muffin, so gorgeous!

  17. 17
    Tieghan says:

    Such a great muffin! I can’t wait to try carrots and cinnamon!!

  18. 18

    Can’t wait to try this with gluten-free flour. Thanks!

  19. 19
    Ellen Young says:

    These look/sound amazing! Can’t wait to make them. How much is in one package of the purée packs? When I add ‘sneak’ veggies to recipes I just use jarred baby food. Always has worked well.

    • 19.1
      Jenny says:

      There are 9 pouches in a box (3 each of carrot, butternut squash, and spinach). So, three pouches equals 1-1/4 cup of vegetables or each pouch is about .41 of a cup. Cullen

  20. 20

    I’m a huge fan of carrot cake, so I’m sure these muffins are right up my alley! I have never heard of this product before. It sounds intersting.

  21. 21
    Lynne says:

    Looks really good, can’t wait to try these! Thanks Jenny – you always come up with good recipes!

  22. 22

    I am so going to get some of those veggie mix-ins!!

  23. 23

    Love these healthy muffins – haven’t seen these veggie mix-ins, but what a great idea for sneaking in some veggies!

  24. 24

    […] Cinnamon Carrot Cake Muffins–> Ya’ll know I love me some carrot cake. […]

  25. 25
    tracy says:

    Can I use vegetable oil or butter instead of coconut oil? How much?
    Thanks

  26. 26
    Emily @ Life on Food says:

    I love carrot cake. It just screams Springtime. These look fabulous. If only we could eat all of our veggies as cake.

  27. 27
    laly says:

    easy and brilliant way for making good foods

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    rekha says:

    i would like the make the pureed carrots as this is not available in india WHATqty?should I use

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