For those of you on a gluten-free diet and who have high cholesterol or IBS, you’ll especially appreciate these homemade gluten free carrot muffins. It comes to us from Joy Bauer’s Healthy Recipes collection. Joy is the NBC’s Today Show nutritionist! Joy’s site has many healthy recipes, and in this collection, most are gluten-free. She provides us with nutritional information, as well! No need to add xanthan gum or guar gum! And how nutrition – they are made with egg whites, and you’d never know! Look forward to more healthy Joy Bauer recipes. Thank you so much, Joy! Check out the photo below of the muffins I baked with xylitol (natural sugar substitute)! These are so fast and easy to make, and so very moist! Enjoy!
I did not have enough apple sauce so I ended up pureeing some pears to substitute. The pears were so juicy I had to add 2 extra tablespoons of oat flour; and they were so sweet I skipped the prunes. Still fantastic! The best gluten-free muffins I’ve ever had!
I used xylitol as a sugar substitute. It is a natural sweetener found in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. It is similar to refined sugar in consistency and taste, but is lighter in weight, and is touted as having 40% fewer calories than sugar. Studies show that xylitol has no side effects other than a mild laxative effect, but you can introduce it to your body a little at time to avoid this effect. Per my chiropractor, it is the only natural sugar substitute that you can do this with, unlike stevia. In addition, xylitol is known to have a low glycemic effect on the body and does not require insulin to be metabolized. As such, it is great for those with diabetes. Xylitol is also known to reduce the normal acid buildup in your mouth, reducing it up to 90%, thereby preventing cavities and more. It is approved by the FDA, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, as being safe. Of course, it is always best to check with your doctor prior to introduction into your diet. You can use it in equal amounts to sugar.
Please be sure to use gluten-free oat flour. Bob’s Red Mill carries one that is organic, as well.
Please note that I have this recipe listed under “Soy-free”, but it all depends upon the margarine or spread you use.
Gluten Free Carrot ‘N’ Oat Muffins Recipe
Oat flour, raisins, carrots, and prunes provide four hits of soluble fiber! And because they taste so good, my 6-year-old daughter has no idea these muffins are good for her.