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Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins

Super moist and delicious, these Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins featuring Simply Sesame Vanilla w/ Almond Bits, are also dairy free, low FODMAP, and low in added sugar~perfect for a healthy treat!

Super moist and delicious, these Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins featuring Simply Sesame Vanilla Almond Spread, are also dairy free, and low in added sugar~perfect for a healthy treat! #AD

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The other day I told you to eat more vegetables and fruits.

Today, I’m telling you to eat more muffins.

Like these Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins {Dairy Free, Low FODMAP} made with the most scrumptious Simply Sesame Vanilla with Almond Bits Spread.

Super moist and delicious, these Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins featuring Simply Sesame Vanilla Almond Spread, are also dairy free, and low in added sugar~perfect for a healthy treat! #AD

Made with simple ingredients {hulled & roasted sesame seeds, pure cane sugar, sesame powder, and sesame oil} the Pure Roasted Sesame Spread is delicious on it’s own.

Throw in A) Diced Almonds and Vanilla {Simply Sesame Vanilla with Almond Bits} or B) Diced Pistachios and Cardamom {Simply Sesame Pistachio Morsels & Hint of Cardamom} and you have a seriously decadent AND healthy treat.

My first several tastings consisted of eating it straight off the spoon, and, honestly, I would have been 100% happy with that.

Simply Sesame Spreads are a healthy treat! Made from simple wholesome ingredients and low in added sugar, enjoy straight off the spoon for a healthy snack, or enjoy in baked goods, smoothies and more! #AD

BUT.

That surely wouldn’t win me any prizes, now, would it? Ha!

So, armed with enough carrots to feed any army {leftover from my pre- Christmas dinner purchase at Costco}, oat flour {from my mama after she cleaned out her freezer}, a large bag of almond flour {another Costco purchase}, and various other kitchen staples, I set out to make you these muffins.

Because, as I mentioned earlier, not only should we all eat more vegetables and fruits, we should also eat more muffins, especially when they’re as nourishing as these Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins with Simply Sesame Vanilla with Almond Bits.

Don’t you think?!

Super moist and delicious, these Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins featuring Simply Sesame Vanilla Almond Spread, are also dairy free, and low in added sugar~perfect for a healthy treat! #AD

Let’s talk about the health benefits of sesame seeds…

  1. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, and a good source of manganese, zinc, and calcium & magnesium-nutrients important for bone health. Note: Although they still contain calcium, hulled sesame seeds contain ~60% less calcium than non-hulled seeds.
  2. Sesame seeds contain sesamin and sesamolin, a type of fiber called lignans. Health benefits of sesamin and sesamolin may include: cholesterol-lowering in humans, prevention of high blood pressure in animals, and protection from oxidative damage in the liver.
  3. Plain sesame seeds & sesame seed spreads can be a tasty alternative for someone with peanut or other nut allergies.
  4. In addition to the healthy fats, sesame seeds contain 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup, making them a good choice for a satisfying and filling snack.

Super moist and delicious, these Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins featuring Simply Sesame Vanilla Almond Spread, are also dairy free, and low in added sugar~perfect for a healthy treat! #AD
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Super moist and delicious, these Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins featuring Simply Sesame Vanilla Almond Spread, are also dairy free, and low in added sugar~perfect for a healthy treat! #AD

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins

Super moist and delicious, these Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins featuring Simply Sesame Vanilla Almond Spread, are also dairy free, and low in added sugar~perfect for a nourishing treat!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup super fine almond flour
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Simply Sesame Vanilla w/ Almond Bits
  • 1/3 cup almond, or other dairy free milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots {about 2 large carrots}
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, optional
  • Additional Simply Sesame Vanilla w/ Almond Bits OR Simply Sesame Pistachio Morsels and a hint of Cardamom, optional for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake/muffin liners in a muffin baking pan, and set aside.
  • Combine almond flour, oat flour, spices, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk or fork until well combined.
  • Add egg, Simply Sesame Vanilla with Almond Bits, almond milk, and maple syrup to dry ingredients, and stir well with a fork or hand mixer to combine well. Stir in shredded carrots.
  • Spoon batter into muffin liners, and bake for 10 minutes. Top with sliced almonds, if using, then bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until muffins are done. Remove muffin pan from oven, and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve with additional Simply Sesame spread if desired.

Notes

No Simply Sesame Spread? Substitute with tahini and add additional maple syrup to desired sweetness.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2695IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1.4mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Muffins, Snack
Cuisine American, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Vegetarian
Keyword carrot cake muffins, healthy muffins, low fodmap muffins
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  1. Have you tried Simply Sesame Spreads yet?
  2. Which flavor would you most like to try?
  3. Did you learn anything new about the healthy benefits of sesame seeds?
  4. What’s your favorite muffin flavor? Do you agree that we should all eat more muffins?!!!

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6 thoughts on “Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins”

  1. I agree- more muffins for all! I think these sound fabulous and I am going to have to keep my eye out for these spreads– heading to their website to see where I can look for them! Hope you win!

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