Saturday, June 16, 2012

Snack Time!

Hey everyone! Rushing today to get out the door for a wedding but here is a quick post with the two snacks that I made yesterday! It was kind of a hectic day and pretty brutal that I had to turn the oven on but I suffered through ;) And it was so worth it! Check out the eats!

How cute are these muffins?! These are Gluten Free Carrot Spice Muffins

I used my recipe for Gluten Free Carrot Spice Oat Bread with a minor tweak. I basically just left out the white sugar. I thought it would be sweet enough with just the maple syrup, bananas, carrots and raisins. I was right! No white sugar necessary so these cuties are naturally sweetened. And the best part? I plugged the recipe in to the Lose It! app and each muffin is less than 200 calories! Gotta love that! Oh and I cut the baking time to 22 minutes :)

Here is the inside! It wasn't too sweet but just sweet enough. The only thing was that they stuck to the paper a little bit. Next time I'll bake them with no paper and just lightly spray the muffin tins. This is the perfect snack to bring along when I'm working weddings! I popped 8 of them in the freezer so I'll have these for a while :)

Here's the amended recipe!

Gluten Free Carrot Spice Muffins!

Dry Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups oat flour
1/2 cup whole oats
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

1/3 cup maple syrup
1 medium banana, mashed
1/2 cup plant milk (I used unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze)
1 tsp vanilla

Add In Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
2. Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Mix wet ingredients together in a separate small bowl. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and stir to combine.
3. Add the carrots, raisins and walnuts and mix entire batter together. It will seem like there are more add-in ingredients than batter but just mix together as best you can.
4. Scoop batter evenly into muffin tins. Bake for about 21-23 minutes until there is a little resistance in the muffins.
5. Remove from oven and cool in muffin pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer muffins from pan onto a cooling rack and let rest until completely cool. 

I finally got around to making my Kale Chips! Not just any kale chips though. These are Cool Ranch Kale Chips!  I used this recipe :)

These are SO DELICIOUS! They are really savory and has really great flavor. The chips are super light and they came out great in the dehydrator. The only thing is that I'll probably puree the onion next time because I feel like it is weird to have chunks of onion on my kale chips. Or at least try to dice them even smaller. Anyway, dehydrator success yet again! I'm on a roll with it now ;)

OK off to work a long ass day again. Have a happy Saturday!


  1. Those muffins look yummy! Mine always stick to the paper too...why? Your kale chips look awesome too.

    Have a great day and thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog. :)

    1. The muffins were so delicious! I think the one I ate stuck to the paper because I couldn't wait and ate it hot out of the oven so it stuck? The one I ate today as my snack at work didn't stick at all! Weird!

      Thanks, the kale chips were tasty!

      Aww of course, that's what blogger buddies are for! You are seriously so inspiring to me!

  2. Cool ranch kale chips - my oh my! Those looks crazy-good!

    I'm also impressed by your muffins because they rose up nicely. A lot of times whole grain baked goods are kind of flat but you've got nice muffin tops - on the baking rack only, of course. ;-)

    Happy Saturday to you.

    1. THe kale chips are delicious! They are so savory and have a lot of flavor.

      I was so surprised by how much they rose! I wasn't expecting it either! They were really delicious too. If you like carrot cake you'd love these!

      Hope you had a great day!

  3. those muffins look fabulous!!! and i love the liner papers..those patterns are cute:) but the carrot and raisin combo sounds delicious! yum! and cool ranch kale chips -- swoon:) looks like you're in the dehydrator groove!

    1. Thanks Caralyn! The muffins were delicious and those are my favorite liners! They are like little healthy carrot cakes :)

      The kale chips are amazing! I feel like you'd be able to eat them? If you can I definitely recommend them! You can bake them if you don't have a dehydrator :)

      Trying to get into the dehydrator groove! Have another experiment planned for tomorrow!

  4. I have so much to say about this post so I'll try to restrain myself lol.

    Those muffins look awesome! I love oat flour- it gives such a great homey feel to baked goods don't you think? And those liners are adorable! I have a problem with buying cute liners so I really appreciate those.

    Ranch kale chips- yes please! Cool Ranch Dorritos were my favourite in my pre-vegan days. Love the idea of a healthy replacement :) Thanks for the link!

    Gabby @ the veggie nook

    1. Aww lol! The muffins are really yummy and I agree with you about the oat flour. It has a nice homey taste and isn't too overpowering. The muffins also have a really nice subtle spice to them. I really recommend trying them! I have a bit of a liner problem too!

      No problem! They are so good! I don't even remember what cool ranch doritos taste like so I can't say how close they are, but they are delicious!

  5. I mentioned this before but you and I seem to have a similar sweet tooth in that we don't like things too sweet! And I tend to find that unless I modify them, recipes for things like muffins tend to be way too sweet. Another thing I've mentioned is how much I want a dehydrator to play with - kale chips are so tasty and like a million dollars premade!

    1. I've come to realize that the cleaner I eat the more sensitive I am to sweet and salt! It's like the flavors are magnified so I try and keep things more mellow with the sweet or salt.

      The dehydrator is the best thing I've gotten in a long time! You are right, kale chips are absurdly expensive in the store, and homemade ones are better! And you can customize your own flavors!

  6. The muffins sound great as do the chips! I've found that most recipes have way too much sugar in them and would have tried leaving out the sugar, too, especially with maple syrup in it already.

    1. Thanks Molly! When I first came up with the recipe with the sugar I remember my first thought being that I could have omitted the sugar. I'm glad that I did this time around because they came out better! The sweetness is really subtle and lovely :)

  7. Are those mini muffins? Or normal sized?
    The kale chips sound awesome too. I've been meaning to make some more...

  8. Are those mini muffins? Or normal sized?
    The kale chips look fantastic too. I've been meaning to make them again soon. Thanks to yr posts I actually finally took down my dehydrator today to try to make something!

    1. Those are normal sized muffins for about 170 calories each! Not bad!

      Thanks! That is so exciting can't wait to see what you make with it! I have something going in my dehydrator too :) It's a good one too ;)

  9. Kale Chips are so expensive in the store, your dehydrator will pay for itself in no time now.

    Pretty muffins! Hope they kept you from getting crabby at the wedding.

    1. I know I was thinking that too! This has definitely been worth the wait, I'm having so much fun experimenting with it!

      Thanks! It definitely helped keep my mood in check ;)

  10. Thanks for the reblog! These are SO yummy! Enjoy.