Sweet 'N Spicy Carrot Muffins

Moist, mouthwatering sweet carrot muffins are simple and easy – also help prevent heart disease with nutritious ingredients, including carrots.  

“Sweet ‘n spicy carrot muffins” add to any heart healthy breakfast or on-the-go snack.  Carrots help lower risk of heart disease due to the high amounts of caroteniods.  Studies have shown when six carrots are eaten in a week, there is less incidents of suffering a stroke.  The carrots along with the yogurt, in this heart healthy muffin recipe, help lower cholesterol due to acid binding characteristics in both ingredients.  Also, the potassium in yogurt helps flush out excess sodium from the body, which may help prevent high blood pressure.  The bananas are naturally fat and cholesterol free – and with the high potassium content (over 400 mg potassium in a one medium-size banana) assisting muscle pumping of the heart.  Bananas being high in potassium and low in salt, also help lower blood pressure, and protect against heart attack and stroke.  Another cholesterol lowering ingredient in these heart healthy carrot muffins is cinnamon.  Cinnamon has so many health benefits along with an anti-clotting effect on the blood - helping the over-all circulatory system.

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Sweet 'N Spicy Carrot Muffins
  Recipe Ingredients:

½ cup carrots, shredded

½ cup raisins

½ cup yogurt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small to medium banana, mashed

¼ cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup oatmeal, crushed

¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain

¾ cup pastry flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup rice milk

Sweet 'N Spicy Carrot Muffins
 Recipe Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 F degrees.  In medium to large mixing bowl, combine yogurt and raisins.  Shred carrots – add to mixture along with olive oil.  On separate plate, mash banana and add to bowl, along with honey and vanilla.  

In separate bowl combine all dry ingredients – next combine these dry ingredients with first bowl of moist ingredients.  Last add rice milk for additional moistness and flavor.  Fill muffin cups with muffin mixture and bake in pre-heated oven for 18-20minutes.  Makes 12 muffins.

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