Sunbutter + Banana + Carrot Muffins! (a recipe)

This easy recipe has quickly become a packed lunch staple in our house. I love them because they're super easy to whip up; loaded with hearty ingredients, protein and veggies; and mostly because Otto loooooves them. New on the scene: he's even been helping me bake. Craziness! Anyways...

You'll Need...
carrot mush

- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sunbutter (smooth or crunchy is fine)
- 1/2 cup carrot mush*
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup plus 1 Tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice*

* Making carrot mush is super easy, just put about 3/4 cup cut or baby carrots in a microwave safe dish, cover with water, and microwave about 4 minutes until they're soft. Once soft, remove water and use a fork to shred/mush the carrot then measure out 1/2 cup. ps. the lemon juice is optional but without it the carrots + baking soda may turn greeny which is fine to eat but looks a little offputting.

Step 2: Mix everything together really fast.
 What You Do...

1. Preheat oven to 350'
2. Mix everything together really fast
3. Pour into a greased (or cupcake holdered) muffin pan
4. Bake 15-20 minutes (until a fork comes out clean when stuck in)

Note: This is a reworked recipe from Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious *wink* cookbook (I love said book) and the original recipe says it makes 12 muffins but lordy no, no weenie muffins at my house! It makes 9... Nine not too big but not too small muffins that taste awesome and are healthy and they freeze well too.


Otto has been helping in the kitchen a lot lately. I NEED one of those Guidecraft Kitchen Helpers (like stat!) but so far I never seem to catch them on Craigslist in time. Grrrrr! Anyways, for now he drags a chair over from the table (really cute), climbs up (really cute), and (ok it's all really cute) helps choose eggs, measure, stir, and even (as shown above) samples a little. That smudge on his chin was a spoonful of whole wheat flour: that's right, yummmm.

Not really yum. But I remember learning the whole "we don't eat flour with a spoon" thing the hard way too.

Here we have Otto modeling the goods. All business. Now THAT is how you eat a muffin!

For reals guys, these muffins are so easy and yummy I hope you give them a try. Now I'm off to watch Jersey Shore with the hubs. Have good weekends!



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