Loaded Apple Carrot Muffins

Everyone loves cupcakes.They're sweet, often involve chocolate and are like little personal cakes. Muffins on the other hand? In my opinion, they're highly underrated. I like a sweet dessert just as much as anyone else, but I'm also a fan of a hearty muffin. Actually, I prefer it. Muffins can pack a lot of punch into a small package. These muffins, are packed to the brim with all sorts of good-for-you ingredients and might as well be called a health food.

If you're looking for a muffin to make to get you through breakfast for a week, then these are it. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, despite the healthy additions to these babies, they're sure to take care of that craving. They're so dense there's more mix-ins than muffin - so much so that they're bursting!

Loaded Apple Carrot Muffins 
Makes about 12 large muffins 
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed 
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seed  
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans 
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries 
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut 
  • 2 cups chopped honey crisp apple 
  • 2 cups grated carrots 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/3 cup crushed pineapple 
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons, of pineapple juice (reserved from crushed pineapple) 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/4 cup (scant) cup honey 
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil 
  • Preheat oven to 350° (180°c) and prepare two muffin trays (for six muffins each - use one pan if doing cupcake size). I used coconut baking spray. 
  • Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and seeds together in a bowl and set aside. 
  • In a second bowl combine eggs, brown sugar, oil, and honey and wisk together well. 
  • To wet ingredients, add in remaining items until all combined. 
  • Slowly incorporate dry mix into wet ingredients until fully combined. 
  • Fill muffin pans with mixture and bake for 25 minutes to start, adding time as needed. Muffins are done when a toothpick comes out clean from middle. 
  • Remove from pans and let cool on a cooling rack (or eat while warm and steamy...I won't judge!)

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