Sunday, April 1, 2012

Carrot-Raisin Spice Muffins


Spring is the season for Carrot Cake! But what to do?

I am not supposed to have sugar and you can’t have carrot

cake without cream cheese frosting.

Well I came up with this fabulous recipe to satisfy my craving in

a safe and healthy way. Now, those who love their sugar…

DO NOT turn away yet, I have included a very sweet option

for you too!

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2cups flour (I used 1 white and 1 wheat)

1 cup sugar (I used Splenda)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/4 tsp. salt

4 tbs. Honey

2/3 cup milk

3/4 cup apple sauce

3 eggs

2 cups shredded carrots

1/4 cup raisins


4oz. cream cheese (cubed in sm. chunks and

inserted into the center of the muffin)


Topping- cup walnuts chopped

mixed loosely with 1/2 cup brown sugar




Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients except for

the carrots and rains, leaving them for last. When your

batter is evenly mixed, add carrots and raisins then

fill well sprayed muffin cups half way full. Place a cube of

cream cheese in the center. Now, cover the

cream cheese with another layer of batter.

Sprinkle topping over muffins and

bake for 20 minutes.


cream cheese center!

I chose to put a cream cheese center in replacement of

frosting, like a traditional carrot cake. It would still satisfy

the cream cheese element without the need to add sugar.

However, you could always use your favorite cream cheese frosting

in replace of the nut and brown sugar topping.

Now, you may be wondering … “Why would you use brown

sugar in the topping of your sugar free muffins?”

“Why thanks for asking such a great question! I have found that by

adding a small element like brown sugar and nuts to the top

of a muffin or even a 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate chips,

you get the sensation of a full sugar version when you

bite into the muffin with only a 1/4 teaspoons worth of sugar.

No harm no foul, I get  my cake and I eat it too!



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My carrot-raisin spice  muffins are dense, moist and very satisfying.

Whether you make it sugar free or sugar-ful I am sure

you will be very pleased with the results!

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  1. Sounds good to me! Thanks for linking up with Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We're hoping you will join us again next week with more great ideas! - The Sisters