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Feeding the kids: Carrot muffins

Carrot Muffins from "Tate's Bake Shop Baking With

Carrot Muffins from "Tate's Bake Shop Baking With Kids," by Kathleen King (Priddy Books; $12.99) Credit: Handout

Maggie has a sweet tooth -- already. If she sees my husband, Jason, or I with a cookie or dessert she says “yum, yum.” She definitely takes after me, but I'm not sure I want to get her into the habit of having a sweet dessert every day -- even if it's only a few small pieces.

Also, now that she loves fruit, she's dismissing veggies almost completely. She'll still eat peas and sometimes spinach, when it's combined with something else, like in an omelet or tossed with pasta. When I came across a carrot muffin recipe in “Tate's Bake Shop Baking With Kids” cookbook by Kathleen King (Priddy Books; $12.99) I knew I wanted to try them.

I gave these muffins to Maggie after dinner the other night, and she loved them. I thought it was a great way to sneak in veggies while satisfying her sweet tooth. The recipe calls for pecans, which I left out since Maggie hasn't tried nuts yet. The next time I make these I may use one of the mini-muffin tins, so they're easier for her to eat.

Here's the recipe to try with your kids. Let me know what they think and be sure to check back next Wednesday for another healthy recipe.

Carrot Muffins
(Makes 10 muffins)

Ingredients:
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking soda
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-3/4 cup sugar
-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-3 large eggs
-2 cups carrots, grated
-1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
-1/2 cup pecans
-1/2 cup raisins
-2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease or line 10 3 x 1 1/2-inch muffin cups.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil and eggs. Mix until they are well combined. Stir in the carrots, apple, pecans, raisins and vanilla. Fold in the flour mixture.
4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin cups. The muffin cups should be filled to the top.
5. Bake them for 20 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of one muffin comes out clean. Carefully remove them to a wire rack to cool.

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