I had all the ladies from my mom's group over yesterday morning for coffee so of course I had to make something to eat too. I settled on a carrot muffin recipe I'd made once before. The muffins themselves are pretty healthy, not a ton of fat, sugar, or flour, so I knew I had to make some cream cheese icing to balance out the healthy factor! They turned out so good I had to share.
Healthy Carrot Muffins
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup oat bran
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk (I actually used soy milk, but any kind will do)
1/4 cup melted butter (or oil)
1 1/2 cups grated carrot
-Mix together all dry ingredients.
-Beat together egg, milk, and butter. Stir in carrots then add to dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened.
-Fill muffins tins approximately 3/4 full and bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.
Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 cup butter
8oz package of cream cheese
3 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice
-Bring butter and cream cheese to room temperature.
-Beat cream cheese until smooth then add butter.
-Beat in the sugar till it's well combined then add vanilla and lemon juice and blend.
*I doubled the muffin recipe and just barely got 2 dozen out of it and have a TON of icing left over so you may want to cut the icing recipe in half yet, especially if you only make 1 dozen muffins.
I also wanted to tell you about an awesome baby gift I received. I know, this isn't something I usually blog about, but seriously, Ara can't get enough of these cards and she's only one month old!! (today!) They are called Art Cards for Baby and they are basically just black and white pictures of animals and bugs on a hard card. One side is black with white contrast and the other white with black contrast. Ara absolutely loves them. I just stand one or two up against the edge of her playpen and she'll stare at it and coo for a good 15 minutes. Anyway, it was a fantastic gift so if you're looking for a different baby gift for someone I'd highly recommend it... and I very rarely find baby "products" recommendable. The only problem I have with them is keeping them out of the boys' hands!
I realize she's not actually looking at the cards here, but she just hadn't noticed them yet. She's now been staring at them the entire time it's taken me to write this post.