Use this healthy gluten free carrot muffins recipe to enjoy the health benefits of carrots at any time of the day. They are simple to make and taste delicious.
Carrots are a very common vegetable that can add great flavor to many different types of dishes – from stews and soups, to coleslaw, to breads and muffins.
This recipe for gluten-free muffins is easy to make and the muffins keep well in the freezer. This can be very convenient in a gluten-free home when company drops by, and conventional baked goods are not to be found.
Health Benefits of Carrots
According to the Readerís Digest book Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal carrots have the following health benefits:
Good source of dietary fiber and potassium
Excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A)
Aids in preventing night blindness
May aid in lowering blood cholesterol levels and protecting against cancer
Healthy Gluten free Carrot Muffin Recipe
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Grease 12 medium muffin cups.
2 cups gluten-free flour (preferably whole-grain gluten-free flour)
1 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum ( if not using a pre-packaged mix that has it included)
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
3 and 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (regular or sea salt)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar (1/2 cup for a sweeter dessert muffin)
1 and 1/4 cup milk (or rice milk)
1/4 cup olive oil (or a preferred lighter tasting oil)
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir only until combined. Batter will be lumpy.
Fold in 1 cup of grated carrot. (If you want to make it very simple, you can use a jar of carrot baby food.) Folding in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans is optional.
Fill muffin cups two thirds full. Slightly more for paper cups. Bake for 20 minutes.You may need to adjust the temperature and time for your own oven.
Alternative Ingredients for Apple Muffins
To create gluten-free apple muffins: substitute 1 cup of chopped apple or 1 jar of apple baby food for the carrot or carrot baby food. Apples have the health benefit of being high in soluble fiber.
Gluten free Muffins For The Kids
If you have a child with a gluten allergy, serve these muffins with baby carrots or carrot sticks for a healthy snack. Children often enjoy gluten-free foods and products just as much as the more conventional choices.