Thursday, August 25, 2011

Vegan Carrot Muffins with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Fall is on it's way! About time honestly, I'm ready for some cold weather. Apple cider, bundling up, the changing colors of leaves, and lots of orange things I can make tasty things with. Such as pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, AND carrots. I bake with these all year round, but during Fall I can go crazy with it, which is fine with me!

Carrot cake is one of my favorites, but I really wanted something not as sweet as the cake itself. I tried something new with these muffins, and I'm really happy with how they turned out. The carrot flavor is distinct and the sweetness of the glaze isn't overpowering. They are Vegan, but no one would ever know the difference, Jason and his friends ate some and had no complaints.

Vegan Carrot Muffins with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

1 C almond milk
1 1/2 TS apple cider vinegar
2 C flour
1 TS baking powder
1 TS baking soda
1 1/2 C finely grated carrots (I used 4 medium carrots)
3/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C canola oil
2 TB pure maple syrup
2 TS pure vanilla extract
1 TS ground cinnamon
1 TS salt

Cinnamon Maple Glaze

1/2 C organic powdered sugar
2 TB pure maple syrup
2 TB almond milk
Ground Cinnamon (As little or as much as you like deepening on flavor, I use a lot of cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with wrappers, or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk together almond milk and vinegar, set aside to curdle - about 10 minutes. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. In another bowl whisk together brown sugar, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

Pour wet mixture into dry, gently whisk to combine, and fold in carrots. Fill tins and bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

To make the glaze just whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and using a pastry brush cover the tops of cooled muffins completely.

Makes 12-15 muffins, or you could easily do mini muffins also. They are great without the glaze, I had one last night. But I have to say I do prefer with the glaze.


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