Sweet Potato, Carrot & Fig Muffins
GF | DF | Refined Sugar Free | Paleo
In university, I am ashamed to say that I ate a Tim Horton's Fruit Explosion muffin almost on a daily basis. I knew it wasn't great for me, but I didn't think it was that bad. It was only in my 4th year when I was in a debate with a friend (we were arguing what was worse: a Big Mac or a Fruit Explosion muffin) that she challenged me to actually look into the nutritional breakdown of my old faithful. As it turns out, they are f*#&$@! terrible for you. And well, I haven't had one since. (Thank you, Emily, for that rude awakening.)
But here's the thing. I still love a good muffin! They are super portable, which is IDEAL for busy people, they're easy to make and, if made with the right ingredients, they can be the perfect mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack that keep you satisfied for hours.
Enter these bad boys.
The combination of Sweet Potato, Apple and Carrot make these a nutritious, powerhouse of a snack. The natural sweetness from the fig, sweet potato and raisins are perfect to fulfill that sugar craving, and the remaining ingredients make these a jam-packed, super filling snack. And as an added bonus, the beautiful orange colour will guarantee to cheer you up, even during these dark, winter months.
Not usually a traditional ingredient you see in muffins, but a super versatile veggie that people are starting to realize can be used in savory and sweet recipes alike. These beauties are high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and, due to their orange colour, are super high in carotenoids (an anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory phytonutrient).
Just like a freakin' delicious carrot cake, carrots provide a surprising sweetness to any baked treat. And, when not coated in cream cheese icing (ugh, so good!), carrots also add a nutritious kick to these bite-sized beauties. Just like their fellow ginger friend, the sweet potato, carrots are a particularly good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants. They have also been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health. (Gotta look after those peepers.)
When was the last time you had a fig? You probably can't remember, but they are awesome! Figs are super high in fiber and a good source of magnesium, copper and potassium, as well as vitamins K and B6. In addition, figs are a great source of calcium and a kick-ass antioxidant. Plus, they're hella delicious!
I made some tweaks to this Carrots & Cake recipe, and loved how they added to this awesome little snack, so I hope you love them too. Enjoy!
Comment below and let me know what you think!