Friday, February 3, 2012

Apples and Carrots



Yesterday I made apple/carrot muffins with a couple of my girls (daycare kiddos). Everyone LOVED the muffins. My only complaint is that they get eaten too quickly. Next time I will double the recipe. I found the recipe on motherearthnews.com

My helpers. Look at those cute little toes!
Carrot Apple Muffins
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (although I would have loved the nut, I left them out)
2 cups raw carrots (about 2 or 3 carrots)
1 large apple
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar (brown, white or a combination - I used organic)
3/4 tsp baking soda
11⁄2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp pure vanilla extract 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease muffin cups or insert liners, if using. Peel and finely grate the carrots and apple, setting aside for later.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Stir in the nuts. Set aside. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, ginger and vanilla extract. Fold the wet ingredients and the grated carrot and apple into the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Makes 12 muffins.

While I was grating my carrots and apples with my handy dandy Salad Shooter, I was thinking about juicing apple and carrots in the Ninja blender that I've had my eye on for sometime. Yes, I dream of such things. During this thought process I decided to give "juicing" a whirl in my Oster blender. Instead of shredding my produce, I decided to put the Oster to the ultimate test by plopping in a handful of baby carrots and and quartered an apple.


It WORKED!!! WAHOO! 

Apple-Carrot Smoothie
One Apple
Handful of baby carrots
2 c. milk
1/4 c. yogurt
2 T. Chia Seeds
Cinnamon
Ginger



Needless to say, there will be no Ninja blender in my immediate future. I will wait until my Oster dies. I'm ok with that.

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