Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins

These carrot muffins are so moist, easy, kid friendly and they don’t contain any butter or white sugar!
Finally. Finally after spending a lot of time creating this blog, trying to learn how to properly use my camera (and still learning), working part-time and being a busy mommy, I am able to write my first post!

I’ve made these applesauce carrot cake muffins many times before and thought it would be a great recipe to share. What I love about them is that they not only taste like moist carrot cake, they are healthy too! They are super easy to make and contain no butter or white sugar. Not to mention, they fill your kitchen with the comforting aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spices. It actually makes me a little excited for fall time, which is right around the corner. 🙂 I’m trying to think positive thoughts because today in Phoenix we just hit our record high for the year… 114 deg! Yikes.

Apple Sauce Carrot Cake Muffins

Anyhow… the secret ingredients after omitting the butter and white sugar in this recipe are applesauce and honey! Also, using whole-wheat flour, a few tbsp. of flax and shredded carrots increases the fiber content, making it hearty and filling. Add even more fiber, flavor and crunch by mixing in nuts, oats and cranberries.

My daughter Noelle, who is almost 15 months, loves munching on these for breakfast. If she only knew she was eating carrots for breakfast. 🙂

Applesauce Carrot Cake -so moist, easy, kid friendly and they don’t contain any butter or white sugar!

Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins
Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins

Yields 24
So moist, easy, kid friendly and they don’t contain any butter or white sugar!

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Ingredients
3 c. whole wheat flour
3 tbsp. ground flax seed (optional)
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 c. honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 c. shredded carrots
1/2 c. cranberries (optional- or nuts would be good)
oats (to sprinkle on top)
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray oil on two regular-size 12-cup muffin tins or two large 6-cup muffin tins.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, ground flax, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.
Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the honey, eggs, vanilla and applesauce.
Stir the ingredients together until just combined and there are still some spots of flour remaining.
Fold in the shredded carrots and cranberries just until combined (don’t over mix or the muffins will be dense).
Distribute the batter evenly among the muffin tin cups and sprinkle some oats on top.
Bake for 20-24 min for large muffins (mine came out perfect at about 23 min) or 18-20 min. for regular-size muffins, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Remove to a wire rack to cool completely, Enjoy right away or make extra to freeze for a quick snack!
Notes
If you are looking to cut more calories, you could omit the cranberries and flax seed, although they do provide a nutritional benefit and good texture to the muffins!
Nutrition facts for 12 large muffins are double the values of the 24 regular muffins (see below).
By Peas of Cake
Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Serving size: 24 regular size muffins Calories: 121 Fat: 1 Saturated fat: 0 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 27 Sugar: 14 Sodium: 219 Fiber: 3 Protein: 3 Cholesterol: 20

Guest Post by J: Thoughts on Conservatives, Sad Choices, Lady Parts

“So I read women prefer a conservative man in bed,” C said.

“Where the hell did you read that shit?” I said.  

“Let me guess, it was on Breitbart or something.”

“Umm, yeah.  I read it online at the Daily Mail.  It quoted stats from some millionaire survey.  Apparently rich women love conservative men, because we’re more masculine.  We instinctively understand how to take control in the bedroom,” C said.

C was wearing his red Trump shirt with the message, “Make America Great Again.”  He shifted anxiously in frat boots.

“C, have you seriously forgotten our last several interactions?” I said.“Well, you know, all that role play was really more for you than for me,” C said.  

“Plus, I really didn’t want to be Tyrion.  You just wouldn’t let me be Khal Drago.”“You act like Khal Drago is your spirit animal.  Wait.  Is that why you grew the man bun? OMG, I totally get it now,” I said.

“By the way, Khal would for sure be a Republican,” C said. 

“Just so you know, Republican men have got to be the worst in bed.  They have way too many sexual hang ups, and they’re totally fixated on their own dicks.  Seriously, think about it.  Who do you honestly believe would be better in bed, Newt Gingrich or Bill Clinton? Ted Cruz or Cory Booker? Clarence Thomas or Justin Trudeau?  Plus, Republicans are scared to death when it comes to lady parts,” I said.  “That’s why they’re always trying to regulate them.”

“How can you even say that,” C said.  “This is totally not going in the direction I planned.”“What?  Did you think I’d agree with you and say something like, ‘bend me over, Republican daddy,’” I said. “Umm, yeah.  That would have been awesome,” C said.

Part I: BDSM night, finding Dr. B, Drake, and chains

We decide to take an Uber to the S&M ball to find Dr. B.  When the driver pulled up in front of the dorm to pick up up, I watched him do a double take as we climbed into the back seat of his Tahoe.  The driver had a hipster mustache, and seemed confused.“So, where are you girls off to tonight,” the driver said.“We’re going downtown to Elysium, so if you could just take us there, that would be great,” Jxxx said.“So is this for some kind of fraternity party or something,” the driver said.“Why?  Are you interested in going with us?” Jxxx said.“No, I just figured, since you were all dressed up and you’re coming from the dorms that it might be some sort of theme party,” the driver said.“Try not to think too much about it, and just take us there,” Jxxx said.“For what it’s worth, you girls look really nice.  I’m not sure you really want to go to Elysium though, if it’s not for something special.  There’s a lot of crazy shit that goes on at that place,” the driver said.When we arrived in front of Elysium, I could hear the music pulsating, some sort of industrial style techno mixed together with heavy metal.             “Dr. B is supposed to be waiting for us inside.  He said he’d be waiting inside the cage by the bar, waiting for me to release him,” Jxxx said.            “Okay, great,” I said.            I wasn’t really sure what to say to that.  I wondered how long Dr. B had been waiting for us, and why he put himself inside a cage.   The place was filled with subs, doms, gimps, and goths.  Everyone was standing around, as if waiting for something to happen.  We made our way across to the bar, where there was a large cage that looked like something wheeled out of a mailroom.  Dr. B excitedly waved at us.             “I’m so glad you guys could make it tonight.  I really do think it’s going to be a lot of fun.  The theme of the show is ‘school girl night.’  I guess I should have mentioned it, but you both look so beautiful, no need to adhere to the theme” Dr. B said.            Dr. B reached through the cage to touch Jxxx’s bright pink hair.  She whipped his hand with her riding crop.            “I didn’t say you could touch, did I slave?” Jxxx said.            “No, you did not.  My apologies Mistress J,” Dr. B said.            Dr. B was wearing a latex pair of black boxer briefs, his spiked dog collar, and a series of heavy chains that crisscrossed over his shoulders and around his body.  He looked like the Ghost of Christmas Past.  I wondered if this mistress thing between him and Jxxx had become a regular form of interaction.  I figured I’d have to ask her later.            “Dr. B, why do you have all so many little scratches on your back?” Jxxx said.            “Oh, well, it’s kind of a long story.  I was watching music videos on Youtube when I was on my lunch break today, and I saw Drake’s, ‘Chains.’  There were some definite S&M elements in that video, so it occurred to me that adding some large chains might be a cool addition to the dog collar.  I should have gone to a specialty store to find them, but instead I made a quick trip to Home Depot to pick some up after work.  I think these were meant for heavy labor, because not only are they super heavy; they also have all these sharp little edges that are making my skin chafe.”
            Just the idea of Dr. B chafing in his chains grossed me out.  I noticed Jxxx had pulled out Dr. B’s leash and hooked it onto his collar.  He was pretending to be a puppy again, and was wearing his ridiculous faux hawk.  I wondered if anyone he worked with had any idea about the kinds of things Dr. B did and wore on the weekends.