I came up with this recipe one day when I realized I had carrots I needed to use up. I had also been wanting to try my GF Banana Bread recipe as muffins. With that, I decided to try my banana bread recipe but substitute the bananas for shredded carrots.
I use vanilla extract in my banana bread, however, I was out of vanilla at home, so I scrounged with almond extract and decide to make these, carrot almond muffins! That's the beauty of a Scrounge, by getting creative with what you have on hand instead of going to the store to get the exact ingredients for a recipe, you may end up creating something even better :)
I also made some other adjustments to my banana bread recipe like adding all spice and ginger to make these muffins taste even more delicious! I already know these are going to stick around for the fall and be one of my go to fall recipes. I absolutely love eating these muffins with almond butter on top! Try it out, I know you'll love it too!
1/2 cup olive oil
Half of 1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup plain or vanilla Greek or Icelandic yogurt
1 tsp almond extract
1 c shredded carrots
1 3/4 c almond flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp all spice
¼ tsp ginger powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2-3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 325° and spray muffin pan (I sprayed mine with coconut oil)
In medium bowl whisk dry ingredients: cinnamon, all spice, ginger, flour, baking soda and salt - make sure to mix all ingredients evenly otherwise the baking soda will turn some of the carrots green, they are 100% safe to still eat, they just don’t look as appetizing :)
In a large bowl beat wet ingredients: eggs, oil, maple syrup, yogurt and almond extract. Then add in shredded carrots, almonds and flour mixture
Pour batter into muffin pan, filling each section about ¾ of the way to the top as the muffins will rise,
Before putting in oven, sprinkle a few pumpkin seeds on top of each muffin
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
Let cool before eating, about 15-20 mins.
I love eating these with some almond butter spread on top
Store in fridge for up to 7 days
If you don't have these exact ingredients, Scrounge with the things you have at home! For example, if you don't have Greek yogurt or you're dairy-free – use a dairy free greek style yogurt. If you don't have carrots – use bananas and make banana almond muffins. If you don't have almond extract – use vanilla extract. If you don't have maple syrup – use honey. You may create something even better!