Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pineapple and Carrot Muffins

Okay so here is the thing. I am a little overweight and it is really starting to annoy me. So baking cupcakes and topping them with swiss meringue buttercream all the time is definitely not helping my waist line. So I think some changes might be afoot for this little blog of mine. A bit less super indulgent baked goodies and a few more "healthier" treats methinks. Hopefully everyone is okay with that!

So to start off this new trend, may I present to you, shock-horror..... a muffin recipe!


Pineapple and Carrot Muffins (from New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel)
Makes about 13 muffins

100g plain flour
100g wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
175ml vegetable oil
75g caster sugar
2 eggs
125g grated carrots
225g tin crushed pineapple, drained
100g raisins (I used sultanas)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line 2 12-hole muffin trays with paper cases.
  2. Sift together the flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt and mix well.
  3. Beat the oil, sugar and eggs together until well blended. Add the grated carrots, pineapple and raisins.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating just enough to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Spoon the batter into muffin trays and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.


Enjoy!

Rating?

Me - 5/5 - not too sweet and packed full of yummy fruit
Zoe - 5/5 - everytime I get one for her there is a big 'oooooohhhh' :)

34 comments:

Rhianne said...

now this is just what I'm looking for - though quick question - could you make this without the sugar? We've tried making sugar free banana muffins and they were awful...

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Rhianne - personally I wouldn't make it without the sugar - these really aren't very sweet at all, and I think without the sugar they would be almost bitter? And I love sugar :P

melissa said...

Ooh - they sound healthy, but also yummy. I might make some for mothers group tomorrow.

Thanks!

Paris Pastry said...

I'm up for a good muffin any time! I love that they're so easy and quick to make and not as sinful as a cupcake.

Rose said...

Good to have you back Alicia! Im the same, i see all these yummy recipes I have to make and have to try and resist.
Those muffins do look delicious! Easier to transport than cupcakes too :)

Rose

cookies and cups said...

Looks delicious and I take a toddlers opinion as the stamp of truth ;)

Saffron said...

Good for you =D And those muffins look so yummy too!

oneordinaryday said...

You can't beat a good muffin. It's really cake for breakfast, right? Yum. And I'm with you on the weight thing, but until my winter blahs go away, I don't know if I can help it!

Sharnee Torrents said...

YUMMO!! Thanks for sharing some yummy healthy things, my waist line too needs some help!!
Love the pictures of your sweet little girl too, especailly the one of the chalk!! CUTE!
Look forward to more delish recipes!
SMiles Sharnee :0)

krista said...

my waist is begging for help. and i need to start making things that the baby can eat without making me feel like a failure of a mother.
you sort of read my mind and i'm going to the store right now to get pineapple.

Amy said...

Perfect! I was hoping you would post this recipe after reading that you give them to Zoe :)

Yum!

Amanda said...

I love that Zoe popped up as a reviewer! Adorable. :)

Eileen said...

Hi Alicia! ~ ooohhh, I'm with Zoe! :) My mouth is watering just writing this! I'm going to try this recipe, it looks delicious!

Porthos said...

Am off to try them!!! Don't think they'll look as good as yours though ;)

miranda said...

i love your first lines in thus post - aside from the fact that i don't have the deliciousness of swiss meringue buttercream to blame, i'm in that tippy boat too. ;-)

these muffins look yummy! i must try them!

sugar-free muffins are truly pitiful and depressing...

Gala said...

Can I just say that I'm not fine with that at all..???
Well, ok I get your point. But please promise me you'll post super indulgent stuff once in a while....pleeeease...?

Jelli Bean said...

This looks like a recipe I made up for myself a few months ago. Yummy, and healthy! Glad to see you're back and baking!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Gala - once in a while there will be some very naughty food baked by Clive and I ;)

Mel said...

Ooh thanks for sharing! I too am looking to lose a few kgs and have been struggling to find new healthy foods to try for my toddler as well. Definitely going to be trying these!

apparentlyjessy said...

I certainly wont complain about the healthier recipes! Always nice to find new 'good' things to bake in between the cupcakes! ;)

Ash said...

I have to agree with jessy... we need a few 'good for you' treats popped up between all our sweets!
These look delish!

Katie said...

These look yummy and I love the combination of pineapple and carrot. Sound very tropical

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Oh yum! They look and sound delicious!!

Meghan said...

Oh these look incredible! Thanks for the recipe!

emma wallace said...

Those look so delicious! How perfect for breakfast and midnight snacks!

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Chantelle {fat mum slim} said...

Oh I miss your regular blogging!

What can we do to get you back more often?

And I love the idea of healthy recipes. That suits me perfectly. And a little indulgence now and then will work too. xx

Miss Dot said...

How did I miss this post?? Glad to see you back! I forgive you for your muffin recipe. Besides, it looks pretty good. Yay Red Deer's back!!

Shannon @bakeandbloom said...

Gasp! Muffins...the horror! Just kidding, they look fantastic. Good to have you back on the blogosphere

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

These muffins look great, it would be very hard to stop at just one. Just found you via One Ordinary day blog. Michelle is right, your blog is gorgeous!

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oneordinaryday said...

I really enjoy your blog and have passed on a blog award to you. I posted here:
http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/valentine-lollipops-and-an-award/
Have a great day!
~Michelle

Mel said...

Hi Alicia,

Just wanted to say that I've been loving cooking this recipe - its a huge hit in our family! I've been cutting back on the sugar to the point where this week there was none in there, and you know what? I couldn't taste the difference. The pineapple makes them quite sweet (I've been getting pineapple pieces and pureeing them because my family doesn't like the pineapple texture you still get with crushed tins), and I think that knowing there's no sugar and therefore I can eat more of them, is just as good. :)

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