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Carrot Raisin Bran Muffins

You guys got it again…black-eyed peas are, in fact, a BEAN…not a PEA! And yes, they are good luck to eat on New Years Day! 😀

Carrot Raisin Bran Muffins slightly adapted from Something Good This Way Comes

1 cup wheat bran
1 cup fat-free milk (next time I will do 1/2 cup canola oil + 1/2 cup milk)
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp flaxseed, ground + 2 Tbsp water (or just one egg)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
100 g carrot, grated (3/4 cup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup raisins


Preheat your oven to 350° F.

Mix your flax egg (or regular egg) in a small bowl and set aside for a few minutes.

Mix your milk and wheat bran in another bowl and allow it to absorb.

Mix all dry ingredients (except raisins) and wet ingredients (including carrot and flax egg) in separate bowls.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Do NOT over-mix! Add your wheat bran mix to the batter. Fold in raisins.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Yield: 9 large muffins.

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 137 calories; 1.4 g. fat; 24 mg. cholesterol; 84 mg. sodium; 29.9 g. carbohydrate; 5.1 g. fiber; 3.6 g. protein

Result: These were good, but kinda dense and dry. But the raisins and carrots together were delicious! The nutrition stats are super impressive, too…137 calories, low in sodium, and 5.1 grams of fiber!? I think I might try these again with 1/2 cup of canola oil subbed in for 1/2 cup of the milk…I think that would add some moisture to the muffins.


Last night I got creative with my workout. Mr. P is out of town and yesterday I was gone from 8am to 7pm, leaving Miss Lily in her crate for way longer than I care to even think about 🙁 So, we got in our workout together playing mommy-chases-Lily in the backyard. I totaled 1.9 miles on my Garmin which seems like a lot more than it is when you live on 0.16 acres! Dizzy much? Oh yeah.

Tired Lily…

(Really) Tired Mommy…

Today’s Food Trivia Question: What nation produces 2/3rd of the world’s vanilla?

It has to be trickier…you guys are too smart!! Can you tell I’m having fun with these? 🙂

Check in tomorrow for 10 not-so-healthy “health” foods and a baked falafel recipe I’ve been anxious to try!


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  1. Lena
    September 16, 2010 / 6:05 am

    Cambodia? No idea.

  2. Sushma Mallya
    September 16, 2010 / 6:19 am

    Muffins looks so yum, love the combo used…

  3. The Candid RD
    September 16, 2010 / 7:06 am

    Those muffins look great.
    Did you know that even Giant Eagle sells whole wheat pastry flour?! I almost bought some the other day, until I reminded myself that I no longer bake due to lack of time…..maybe I will again one day. Actually now that I have all this pumpkin I have no choice!

    I have no clue about the trivia question… is it…somewhere in South America??

  4. thehealthyjunky
    September 16, 2010 / 7:32 am

    What a good doggie mom you are! I am heading out with my dogs now as they will be home by themselves for a long time today! I got nothing for that trivia question…darnit ha!

  5. Anna
    September 16, 2010 / 7:39 am

    I love it that you ran almost 2 miles just chasing the dog! I want a backyard so badly!!!

    I love carrot/raisin combo in baked goods. Yum!

  6. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    September 16, 2010 / 7:58 am

    Those muffins look fantastic. And I have no clue on the trivia. If I guessed, I’d have to cheat by using Google.

  7. Tiffany
    September 16, 2010 / 8:27 am

    Those look delicious! Next time if you don’t fill all the muffin tins with yumminess before they go in the oven try putting water in the non-filled cups it helps keep the other items in the pan from drying out due to a lack of moisture content in the others. Works every time for me….or maybe you just ate three before taking a picture. Whose judging with those awesome nutrition stats! YUM!

  8. Tiffany
    September 16, 2010 / 8:28 am

    Oh and the trivia…my guess would have to be Mexico or Madagascar. Can I have two entries? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Food-Fitness-FreshAir
    September 16, 2010 / 8:50 am

    Wow, crazy how there’s no fat component in those muffins. I think I’d probably add the canola oil too, although they look like they turned out great regardless.

    The vanilla..I’m going to go with an out there guess. Colombia maybe?

  10. Mellissa
    September 16, 2010 / 9:11 am

    I would guess Mexico for the vanilla. I always feel guilty when I leave Clifford all day too.

  11. Kara @ MyWellnest
    September 16, 2010 / 10:45 am

    Playing with my dogs is one of my favorite work outs! I love her donut chew toy, we used to have the exact same one!

  12. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    September 16, 2010 / 10:56 am

    Mmmm I love carrots in muffins. What a great way to add veggies to treats!

    Is it Mexico? That one is tricky!

  13. Mo
    September 16, 2010 / 11:27 am

    Oooh, I think I might make those muffins today… Or tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I love your workout! Usually when I can’t do anything, I just run up the stairs. Quite tiring, and my legs always hate me the next day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Madagascar, right? Yeah, it should be. o.O

  14. Grad Skool Girl
    September 16, 2010 / 11:49 am

    I am definitely on board with Madagascar.

    Your dog is adorable!

  15. Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    September 16, 2010 / 12:13 pm

    You’ve got me on the trivia..have no clue.

    Lilly looks like she just loved it! It probably was fun to do a little something different for activity also.

    Let me know if you make the muffins again with the addition of oil. I want to try them out!

  16. Devon
    September 16, 2010 / 1:14 pm

    Do you think these would be good without raisins? I abhor raisins but love carrot muffins. Mm.

  17. kilax
    September 16, 2010 / 1:48 pm

    What a fun idea for a workout! Lily is so cute!

    My husband is usually home all day (works from home) but he hasn’t been home in 3 weeks and I feel so bad that our cat is home by himself all day. ๐Ÿ™ (I thought of this when I read how Lily had to be in the crate all day)

  18. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    September 16, 2010 / 1:52 pm

    Lily is so cute! What a fun workout ! You are such a good mommy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    September 16, 2010 / 2:01 pm

    I used to have workouts like that with my horse! I would chase him around the field and we would play “tag”. Its fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I dont even know where vanilla comes from. I know my Grandma bought some from Arizona, but that doesnt seem like the right answer at all. I feel like it should be somewhere tropical, and the only place I can think of is Mexico.

  20. biz319
    September 16, 2010 / 3:47 pm

    I love your dog!! Our dog is 90 pounds and thinks he’s a lap dog!

  21. thebalancebroad
    September 16, 2010 / 4:05 pm

    You are such a good fur mommy! I think that is a GREAT way to get in a workout, AND spend quality time with Lily. Win/win. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m going to guess Colombia, because they produce a lot of coffee beans, too? (A stretch, I know!)

  22. izzy
    September 16, 2010 / 5:04 pm

    Woot, glad you enjoyed the recipe! I agree that the addition of oil would add to the muffins – I was also thinking blending some silken tofu would add a nicer texture…plus protein : )

    Vanilla trivia – I’m thinking Madagascar? Or a South American country?? Whoever it is that’s producing it, I love ’em for it ’cause I’m a vanilla FIEND! Love the stuff ;P


  23. Faith
    September 16, 2010 / 7:24 pm

    The muffins look great, Nicole! Awww, tired Lily is super cute!

  24. Kasey
    September 16, 2010 / 8:11 pm

    The muffin stats are impressive. They look pretty yummy too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tired Lily is adorable!!!

  25. September 17, 2010 / 3:33 pm

    i definitely need to add carrot raisin muffins on my list of muffin flavors to bake! these are worthy of the word ‘SCRUM-DIDILY-UMPTIOUS” ๐Ÿ˜› hehe

  26. CaSaundra
    September 19, 2010 / 9:38 am

    Oooo I bet your kitchen smelled delish!!

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