Paleo Pumpkin Carrot Turmeric Muffins + What’s A Food Swap? I Want One!

July 7, 2015
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A couple weeks back, I got the privilege of attending a conference called Eat Write Retreat. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for quite some time, and was so happy to find that it was everything I thought it would be and more. For three days straight, I was entrenched in good food, great ideas and inspiring, creative, foodie food bloggers. I was in health blog heaven.

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There were presentations, food tastings, sponsors, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and one very memorable activity called a Food Swap, run by a fellow Chicago blogger Emily Paster from West of the Loop. What is a Food Swap, you ask?

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A Food Swap is essentially a bake sale in which the only currency is your own food. Each attendee was asked to bring their own homemade products and dress them up in pretty packages. We had 15 minutes or so to peruse everybody else’s goodies. When time was up, we scrambled for our top picks, hoping that the maker would be just as interested in our treat as we were in theirs. No money passes hands. Just food.

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Let me tell you, I cleaned UP. I had so many goodies – half of which I would never take the time to make myself, but I was so so happy to reap the benefits of others’ hard work. By the end of the swap, I walked home with:

And I paid for all of it with these babies:

Paleo Pumpkin Carrot Turmeric Muffins

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Inspired by a recipe from one of my favorite bloggers – NomNomPaleo – this spongy, slightly spicy muffin is a paleo-approved combination of warm comforting ingredients. But I decided to make a few tweaks and add one very important ingredient that not only makes it more exotic, but also adds big health benefits. That’s right, my favorite anti-inflammatory friend – turmeric.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 large eggs at room temperature – huge fan of Vital Farms
  • 4 medium carrots, grated and squeezed of juice (final volume: 1½ cups shredded carrots)
  • 1 cup almond flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ cup coconut flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder + more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin purée – I order this brand by the dozen
  • ½ cup local honey
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower butter – my fav is MaraNatha
  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil + more for greasing muffin cups
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pumpkin seeds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Take your eggs out of the fridge (room temperature eggs = better blending)
  3. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and coat them with coconut oil for extra non-sticking assurance
  4. Grate carrots with food processor or by hand
  5. Place carrots in two sheets of cheese cloth, gather up the sides of the cloth, and squeeze the heck out of the carrots until they’re dry as a bone (I know it’s a pain, but skipping this step might make the muffin fall apart)
  6. In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, pumpkin spice, turmeric spice, baking soda, cream of tartar, ground cinnamon, and sea salt.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix together your room temperature eggs
  8. Add the pumpkin, honey, sunflower butter, and melted coconut oil
  9. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir
  10. Fold in the dry-as-a-bone carrots
  11. Scoop the batter evenly into your greased muffin tins/cups
  12. Toss pumpkin seeds on a sauté pan or put them in the oven for about 5 minutes to toast them
  13. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and turmeric on top for a vibrant orange and green topping
  14. Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the tin halfway through
  15. As soon as you can get a toothpick to come out clean, they are done!
  16. Transfer to a cooling rack and try to hold on as long as you can before you stuff one in your mouth and still burn your tongue (because you definitely did not hold on long enough)

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8 Comments

  • Reply laura sampson July 7, 2015 at 5:14 am

    These were a HUGE hit in my house! So tasty. I never believed in "paleo" baked goods before but now…I might just be down with them!! Wonderful write up and gorgoeus photos.

     

     

    • Reply Stacey Clarke July 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Hahaha! LOVE to hear that. Paleo baked goods are the best actually! It’s not like vegan, so you can use as many eggs as you want (and butter if you’re not strict). And you’d be surprised at how many things you can use to naturally sweeten without ever adding sugar (bananas, dates, honey, applesauce, dark chocolate). Keep up the good work on What’s for Dinner. I’m a fan!

  • Reply Stephanie Weaver, MPH July 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I was so excited to get two of these, and thoroughly appreciated them when sitting at the airport, being able to eat something healthy and paleo. SO great to meet you!!!

    XOXO

    • Reply Stacey Clarke July 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Oh good! I just made them again for my friend who requested them as soon as he saw my post. Even better the second time around because I worked a few kinks out. They always are, right? Really been enjoying following your site. And can’t wait to see what happens with your new book. Keep in touch!

  • Reply Erin@WellPlated July 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I have been dying for this recipe! The muffins were so so yummy, and it was wonderful to meet you. Hope to see you again soon!

    • Reply Stacey Clarke July 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks Erin! You’re voice is still in my head every week reminding me to POST MORE 🙂 I can’t thank you enough for that.

  • Reply Wendy @ Wholistic Woman July 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Those muffins were SO good! So glad to have met you.

    • Reply Stacey Clarke July 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      So glad you liked them! I LOVE your tea. I drink it nearly every day. Very calming. Would actually be interested to know where you get the ingredients from to make it?

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