6 Apr 2020 Bake Sweet
These muffins are refined sugar free, using carrots and maple syrup to sweeten instead. Add chopped pecan or walnuts to the mixture also if liked. Sprinkle the tops with desiccated coconut before adding the apricot for additional taste and texture if liked. These are best eaten on the day of baking.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C), 350F, Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Toss the flours, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
Mix the eggs, maple syrup, Greek yoghurt and milk together until well blended. Add this and the carrots to the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined.
Divide evenly between the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, to make the topping, stir the cream cheese and maple syrup together in a small bowl until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
Once cooked, a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin should come out clean. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.
To assemble, spoon a little of the topping onto each muffin and sit a dried apricot in the centre so as to resemble a fried egg. These are best assembled just before serving. Arrange on a cake stand and serve.
Substitue the carrot for the same amount of parsnip, courgette or beetroot for a different muffin flavour. All add a natural sweetness and flavour to the muffins and are a great way to get vegetables into kids unsuspectingly!
200g wholemeal flour
125g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
150ml maple syrup
125ml Greek yoghurt
200g finely grated carrots (from about 2 small)
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g pack low-fat cream cheese
4 tsp maple syrup
12 dried apricots