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Healthy Carrot Love Muffins

written by Head Health Nutter February 13, 2010

It’s a little weird, I know. You don’t normally associate carrot muffins with Valentine’s Day. BUT, there is a special ingredient in this healthy recipe that IS tied to this celebration of love.

I’ll give you one guess as to what this secret love ingredient is… It usually comes in a heart-shaped box at this time of year…

That’s right – chocolate!

Not only does dark chocolate have a whack of antioxidants and other health benefits, it also contains substances which affect our brain chemistry in a very good way:

  • Releases feel-good endorphins, our natural opiates which reduce pain and decrease stress.
  • Produces serotonin, neurotransmitters that act as our natural anti-depressants.
  • Contains phenylethylamine which increases blood pressure and affects blood-sugar, causing excitement and alertness, similar to what we experience as love.
  • Has anandamide, a chemical which works on our dopamine receptors leading to feelings of well-being. It resembles the active ingredient in marijuana (THC) and stimulates the feeling of euphoria.
  • Includes theobromine, another chemical which mimics caffeine and stimulates the nervous system. It also has properties that can lead to mental and physical relaxation.

Chocolate Carrot Love Muffins

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Serves: 12 Prep Time: Cooking Time:

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp all spice (nutmeg, ground ginger, cloves)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 organic, free-range egg
  • 1/2 cup rice milk (plain)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In separate bowl, cream together honey and olive oil, whisk in egg and milk until well-blended.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and spices.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry all at once, then carrots, nuts, chocolate chips.
  5. Stir until just moistened.
  6. Spoon into paper-lined muffin pan.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops are firm to the touch.
  8. Enjoy with a loved one!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone! May you all enjoy love in your own special ways.

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Fitting Fitness & Healthy Eating In | Live Lighter July 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm

[…] of healthier treats to freeze and have handy when you’re hungry. Here’s a recipe for my healthy carrot love muffins and Hannah Keeley’s black bean brownies (which taste BETTER than traditional brownies, if you […]

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