adventures of a s.a.h.a.

April 21, 2011
Stay-at-home-aunt duties today have included but were not limited to...

  • toy-chasing
  • animal sound reproductions
  • stroller-chaffeuring 
  • Pandora dancing (particularly Ingrid Michaelson Radio)
  • couch-jumping-policing
  • too many diaper changes
  • nose-cleaning
  • butterless baking

No butter in the house warranted some serious innovations for baking.  I have a monster-sized bag of carrots and wanted to make some sort of quick bread using them.  I decided to use some applesauce I found in the fridge to replace my missing butter.

Carrot Applesauce Muffins
2 c all purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 c applesauce
1 c buttermilk*
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c canola/vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1 1/2 c shredded carrots

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line 12 standard muffin cups with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk*, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, oil, egg, vanilla, and lemon zest. Add the shredded carrots. 
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and whisk just until the ingredients are well incorporated – avoid overmixing.
  6. Divide batter between the 12 muffin cups.
  7. Sprinkle a few oats on top of each muffin.
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the top of the muffins spring back when poked and a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean.
*Didn't have buttermilk so I just stirred in a teaspoon of white vinegar to my milk.
Now, if you'll please excuse me.  I need to clean muffin crumbs from someone's hair...


Nancy and Vijay said...

Hello Jess, these look delicious :) Is there a story behind the name of your blog?

Junia said...

these look great!!! congrats on top 9!

Jess said...

Thanks Nancy & Vijay... there's is a little story, but nothing huge. It's just always been part of my manifesto (of sorts)... Believing in silly things like fancy aprons, wooden spatulas, and of course, forgiving Martha Stewart! Perhaps I should add something about that to my "About"?? :)

Thanks Junia!! I'm super duper excited!!

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