August 26, 2012

Carrot Orange Muffins

We are back from vacation and settled into the routine of school. For the first time ever we have an actual schoolroom to have our homeschool class. We ended up bunking the boys together and the girls together and that gave us an extra bedroom to finally dedicate to homeschooling. It's wonderful to finally have all of our books, supplies, art stuff and science kits all in one place!! Before, we forever carting things around the house and trying to keep the baby from getting into them. There have been plenty of times when scribble magically appeared on someone's workbook. That baby is so smart, she can already operate my cell phone and the dvd player!

Back to school or back to homeschooling, however you roll in your house, you are gonna need to eat. These are the BEST snack, breakfast or lunchbox muffins going. My kids loved them and I'm sure yours will too. They have lots of good stuff in them including nuts for protein. I used pecans, but you could use walnuts, cashews, whatever you like. 

These freeze well. Do what I do and wrap each one a plastic wrap and then throw them all in a freezer bag. When you need one, just pull it out. They thaw very quickly and it's such a timesaver!

Carrot Orange Muffins

1 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1/3 c grated carrots
3/4 c oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c buttermilk
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 oz roasted nuts, chopped
1/2 c dried apricots, chopped finely
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 lg orange, zest and juice
1 egg
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 c granola cereal

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Mix the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add nuts, carrot, apricots, poppy seeds, oats and orange zest. Mix well.

In a medium sized bowl, mix buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and orange juice. Pour this wet mixture into the dry mixture bowl and stir together lightly with a spoon. Leave lumps. Lumps are good when making muffins or quick (non-yeast) breads.

Spoon mixture into greased or lined muffin pan. Bake for 15 minutes.


  1. I've been making granola so I was glad to see this recipe. It sounds delicious with all the fruit and carrots. Think I will pin this for later. Have a great school year!

  2. Those sound delicious, Aimee! It's all my favorite things combined into one muffin! Hope you are enjoying homeschooling this year! Take care!

    1. Homeschooling is GREAT this year! Miss your smiling face.

  3. Aimee, these sound delightful, what a great thing to have handy in the freezer for snacks. Wish I had some right now!

    1. Those hungry mouths keep me busy :) I guess I really shouldn't complain until they are teenagers, right?

  4. Aimee, these look great! My middle son LOVES muffins and is always begging me to make him some. I'm pinning these. Could you use whole wheat flour or half whole wheat? Not sure what kind of an impact that would have on them.

    1. I'm sure you could sub wheat for some white, no big deal. I often do that for baked goods. Just watch your moisture level and baking time.


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