Naturally Sweetened & Gluten-free Carrot and Apple Muffins Recipe & Exaggerated sugar intake problem

by Lucia

I am very happy to share today this recipe. It’s absolutely delicious, sweet in the right way and so moist inside. Let me tell you more about these Naturally Sweetened & Gluten-free Carrot & Apple Muffins.

A few years ago I had no idea how delicious desserts you can create without sugar. It was normal for me to accept that sugar is a part of our lives and it is absolutely fine to use it daily. However, since I started searching more information about a healthier life, creating better balance on my plate, taking care of my body, I started noticing how much sugar in reality we eat.

So, I wanted to find solutions to avoid sugar intake every day. I stopped using white sugar, and I use light brown cane sugar very rarely. Most of my recipes are made with raw cane dark sugar. This is not so processed as the light brown or white one. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweets and creating desserts is one of my most favourite part of recipe creation process. But, I found out how I can better avoid consuming sugar. And, I am so excited to show you today, that you can create something absolutely delicious and naturally sweetened.

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Naturally sweetened

This recipe is naturally sweetened. There is no sugar at all, except the fructose in fruits – carrots, apple, cashews and dry dates. I love using dry dates, they are full of antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and vitamins. Plus they have such a delicious taste. Try to add them eventually into smoothies too, super yummy.

Sugar Problem. Start read labels. You get surprised

It’s incredible how we get dependent on sugar. If you start reading the labels of products in supermarkets, you find added sugar almost everywhere. The last time I bought a gluten-free flour, where guess what, there was so much sugar inside. I ended up using a tea sieve to separate sugar, because a flour sieve had too big holes so it didn’t work.

You can find sugar not only in fruit drinks, cereals, yogurts etc, but also in products, you wouldn’t expect. Bread, soups, some cured meat or in ketchup and many other products. When I think about it, it makes me so angry. By consuming too much sugar, we risk our health. We risk an increase of cardiovascular diseases, weight, diabetes, acne/skin problems, raise blood pressure and increase chronic inflammation. There are so many articles writing about this topic. If you are interested in reading more about it, click here.

My solutions to avoid sugar

It’s really hard to avoid sugar, as it is added to almost every product out there. For this reason I do not buy any processed products. I prepare meat and everything else by myself. Regarding bread, we never eat it, however if necessary, I go to the local small bakery. Or those few times I make it at home. After I noticed added sugar in a gluten-free flour, I stopped buying prepared mix of flour and I rather use classic rice or buckwheat flour.

I starting to do everything by myself, combining different flours and I cook all from scratch (meat, soups, sauces…) When preparing desserts, I use raw cane sugar or lately I use a lot of natural ingredients, such as dry dates.

I know it’s time and energy consuming but I see results. We feel better, have a lot of energy, and we are fit. Even if honestly said, I don’t do much sport in the last months (because of very little time I have).

Personally, since I consume minimum sugar, my skin has improved a lot and I am able to maintain my weight for the 3rd year already. (Considering I stopped actively exercise months ago) Also, I always had some akne problem in the past, even at the age of 25 or so, but since I changed my diet, I do not face this problem anymore. I can’t say it was only because of sugar but more as a result of my wrong eating habits.

This gluten-free Carrot & Apple Muffins are:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Great for breakfast, snack or when having guests
  • Diary/lactose-free
  • Soy-free (if using rice milk)
  • Super delicious

Looking for more inspiration?

You can check some of my other recipes too. If you are interested in more naturally sweetened recipes, you can check this White Beans & Coconut cake. If you prefer some savoury meals, I just recently posted my first video recipe for Gluten-free Flatbreads, made with chickpea and buckwheat flour.  They work perfectly with the Thyme hummus, find the recipe here. Or, see all my recipes here.

If you love my images and portfolio and you would like me to make photos also for you on your blog or other marketing purposes, please, do not hesitate to ask! I’ll be happy to hear your ideas and thoughts about our collaboration. You can contact me through my contact page.

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Recipe for these Naturally Sweetened Gluten-free Carrot & Apple Muffins

Naturally sweetened Gluten-free Carrot Apple Muffins | Healthy Goodies by Lucia Marecak-0221

Recipe for gluten-free Carrot & Apple Muffins

I am very happy to share today this recipe. It’s absolutely delicious, sweet in the right way and so moist inside. Let… All Recipes gluten-free buckwheat muffins cake European Print
Serves: 12 muffins Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

  • 140 g carrots, peeled and finely grated
  • 150 g apple, peeled and roughly grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 85 g dry dates, pitted
  • 90 g cashews
  • 160 g plant based milk
  • 60 g plant based oil
  • 80 g buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and place the baking paper cups into the cupcake tray.
  2. Place dry dates (pitted) and cashews into a food processor and blend it until you get a consistency that is between flour and butter. It doesn't need to be smooth. Important is that dates become very tiny, so they can melt completely while baking. Put aside.
  3. By using a hand mixer, beat 2 whole eggs into a perfect airy foam. Add milk, oil, dry dates&cashew batter and continue beating (at minimum speed) until all well combined.
  4. Add finely grated carrots and roughly grated apple and stir it into the batter.
  5. Add buckwheat flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Incorporate it well and gently into the batter by using a large spatula – fold from the bottom up to the sides. Do not stir or mix the batter quickly and do not over-work it.
  6. Then, pour the batter into prepared paper cups. The amount of the batter is exactly for 12 muffins.
  7. Bake it in oven for 180 degrees for the 30 minutes or until the muffins are baked through. Then, remove them from oven and put aside to cool down to a room temperature. 

Notes

This recipe is gluten-free, diary-free and naturally sweetened

Let me know if you tried these Gluten-free Carrot & Apple Muffins here in a comment or on instagram! Tag  #healthygoodiesbylucia on instagram and I will be very happy to see and share your photo in my stories! 

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Author: Lucia Marecak
Author: Lucia Marecak

Hi there! My name is Lucia, a recipe developer and food photographer behind this blog. I love eating healthy and nutrient eats, it helps me to stay fit, have a lot of energy and feel great. And for this reason I share with you all my favourite recipes. My goal is to inspire you to eat in a better and healthier way and show you how amazing legumes are!

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