Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot cake is such a lovely dessert because it typically is not too sweet.  This recipe stands out because there is so much substance in the actual muffin, with oats, pecans, walnuts and cinnamon giving it a delicious taste reminiscent of fall. I have been working with cashews for the past couple weeks, and I was unsure if I would be able to get a creamy thick icing consistency but it turned out perfect. The maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, lemon and a touch of vegan butter make the taste of this cashew icing resemble cream cheese icing very closely. See for yourself, and have fun!

This recipe makes a perfect tray of 12 iced carrot cake muffins.

Ingredients:

Muffins:

2 cups of flour

1/3 cup of coconut sugar

1 cup of almond milk

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/3 cup of rolled oats

2 flax eggs

1 cup of shredded carrots

1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon of chopped pecans

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of apple sauce

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Cashew Icing:

1/2 juice of a lemon

1 cup of cashews

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 tablespoon of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of vegan butter

1/4 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of water

a small handful of coconut sugar

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Begin by whisking your dry ingredients (flour, coconut sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon) in a medium sized mixing bowl.

Mix your wet ingredients in a smaller mixing bowl (almond milk, apple sauce, vanilla extract, veggie oil, flax eggs).

Slowly mix your wet ingredients into your flour mixture. Add next your crushed nuts, shredded carrots and rolled oats.

Spoonful your mixture 2/3 of the way into muffin cups in your muffin tray.

Bake your muffins for 15-18 minutes, you will know they are done when your toothpick comes out clean.

Make your cashew icing, by mixing all ingredients in a blender or a magic bullet/nutribullet. If you have a bullet blender vs. a normal non high end blender I would recommend the bullet. For some reason, my bullet always thickens smoothies and sauces a little more than my blender does. You can choose to add more chopped nuts, coconut sugar or cinnamon on top of your icing when complete. I chose to sprinkle a little cinnamon.

Enjoy!