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Monday, August 22, 2011

SRC - Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

SRC, my how we've grown! Those of you who haven't heard of it, The Secret Recipe Club or SRC as it is now fondly called, was started by Amanda of Amanda's Cooking. With the number of participants growing each month, the Club now has it's own website. Its a really fun Club. Each month you are assigned a blog from which you need to pick out a recipe and recreate it and blog about it. You get to know so many wonderful people who you would have never interacted with otherwise. If you want to join in on the fun, click here.

This month, I was assigned Louisa's blog, Living Lou. She's just 18, but you'd never have guessed that looking at her work. She has some wonderful recipes which made picking one very challenging. I can't wait to try some of her other goodies like her version of Cheese Garlic Bread, Spicy Chicken Skewers, Spicy Broccoli and so many more. Do stop by her space and check it out. You will definitely find some stuff you'll want to make. For this month's SRC submission, I decided to try out one of the many muffins she has posted on her site, the whole wheat carrot muffins. I made a few changes to the recipe, not because they were needed, but simply because I didn't have a few ingredients on hand even though I'd planned to make these muffins and didn't really feel upto going to a store to pick up the 2 things I replaced. **smiles sheepishly** That's me, lazy ol' me. 

Back to food. The batter is really simple to put together and you'll have a kitchen that smells delightful for hours after you're done baking them. The muffins themselves are moist. I've tried a savory muffin in the past and didn't have much luck with them. But these are nothing like that. They taste lovely - not too sweet, you get a delicate hint of cinnamon which is just divine. The nuts lend a nice bite and I managed to get a light little crunch on the top. I'd like to think of them as really healthy too, since this recipe calls for whole wheat flour and oats, which makes them perfect for breakfast. I am really pleased with the way these turned out. So thank you, Lou, for a delightful recipe and keep up the great job. I can't wait to try out the other recipes that I've bookmarked. 




Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins
Adapted from: Living Lou
Yield - 12 muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup natural unflavored yogurt (The original recipe calls for 1 cup milk)
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 carrot, grated
1/2 cup cashew nuts, chopped (The original recipe uses walnuts)

Preheat the oven to 170ÂșC.

Grease a muffin tray or line with paper liners.

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix gently until just combined.

Once combined, gently stir in the grated carrot and the nuts.

Don't overwork your batter, or you'll be stuck with some not so soft muffins.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake for about 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean.

Let it cool down a little before you try it. Trust me this will be hard to do based on how your kitchen smells at the moment.

Look at how moist the muffins are on the inside.



Enjoy!

Don't forget to spend a while and check on what the other participants have whipped up this month.





41 comments:

  1. Those sound great. I really love carrot muffins.

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  2. nice recipe, I like that you used the yogurt!
    thanks for being part of the SRC!
    -Heather at http://itsyummytomytummy.blogspot.com/

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  3. They look really tasty and super healthy - perfect for breakfast! Another great recipe from SRC!

    Heather @ www.joinuspullupachair.blogspot.com

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  4. Yum! These look great! Nice to find your blog!

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  5. Nice recipe....this is something different what i have been baking ..

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  6. Oohhh. I just had a crappy store-bought muffin for breakfast and now I'm looking at the real thing. I'm jealous.

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  7. Thanks Deepa!

    Thanks for stopping by Dan, and I feel for you, I know how disappointing some store bought stuff can be!

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  8. Trisha, these look terrific! Always looking for great breakfast muffins here! Love finding new blogs to follow from the SRC!

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  9. Yes, these do sound perfect for breakfast. Adding to my to-do list!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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  10. These look great, Trisha. I love the addition of oats to this mix.

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  11. Yum, these would be a hit at my house! I can't wait to try them!

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  12. Thanks Andrea, Amy, Mary and Amanda!

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  13. Sounds wonderful and I love the substitutions you've made. If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A" ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  14. Like the whole wheat in the muffins! Fun being with you in SRC.

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  15. That's a muffin done right..no guilt in eating one(or 2) for a snack. Great combination with the carrot, cinnamon and cashews!

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  16. Healthy muffins, they look good. andi

    thewednesdaybaker.blogspot.com

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  17. I just might have to try these. We love Sweet Potato Muffins, so why not carrot muffins too!

    Thanks again for being a part of SRC, I enjoyed being your host! I finished linky everyone and organizing and now I get to visit everyone's blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

    Come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/cucumber-salad-secret-recipe-club.html

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  18. Mmmm! I love carrot muffins! And I love how you added yogurt! Double yum!
    Jo-Anna

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  19. I haven't had carrot cake/muffins in a long time - definitely going to have to try these =)

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  20. I love that you switched the nuts for cashews. Those muffins sound like a perfect breakfast.

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  21. Yay! I'm so glad you decided to make a muffin recipe - they are my favourite. I'm so glad that you enjoyed them :) I love the changes you made as well, great idea to use the yogurt - I'll have to give that a try!

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  22. You just can't have too many muffin recipes - I love them! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I think I will add these to my freezer cooking recipes and make a big batch to have on hand for Quick and Easy Breakfasts.

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  24. Great choice! They look delcious!!!

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  25. Thank you Tadka Pasta, Andi, Debbi, Tina, Jo-Anna, Peggy, Kristen, Louisa, Beth and Glenda. I'm honored to be in such good company!

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  26. These look fantastic especially with the lower sugar count and the addition of yogurt for richness. Nice choice for SRC!

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  27. These look so delicious. Love your version. What a great recipe pick for SRC.

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  28. Looks great! SRC is turning out to be so much fun -- lots of new recipes to try!

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  29. I love carrot everything. These muffins look awesome!
    Stopping by from group C. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my link for August, would love if you stopped by to say *hi* http://su.pr/1Sizv9

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