Aug 242016
 
There are a great many things I do not care for, misogynists, racists, haters, bigots, narcissists, dividers, religious fanatics of any persuasion and politicians that utter the phrase, “What the American people want.” I’ve never heard this phrase used and actually had it apply to me. Dorks.
What I do care for are things that bring me pleasure, my wife, the taste of sweet clean rainwater, good friends, good red wine, bacon, a gezellig evening, someone intelligent, acoustic guitars played well and warm sweet muffins.
In particular, Chocolate Chip Carrot and Banana Muffins with Pecans and, I know, it’s a bit of a mouthful, no pun intended. Or is it?
This recipe came about due to an Internet search looking for ways to utilize left over carrot pulp after juicing. We’re talking 5 to 10 pounds of left over carrot pulp every couple of weeks as a result of our juicing and smoothie habit.
carrot bulk
It was a horrible waste to toss all that wonderfully healthy carrot pulp into the trash so, I began searching for ways to put that pulp back into our diets.

So far we’ve used the pulp to make latkes (the carrot makes them sweet), as salad toppings, flavor and texture for dressings, added to hearty soups and even sprinkled on veggie pizza, which for the record was really great.
However, so far, my favorite use has been in muffins. The recipe below for Chocolate Chip Carrot and Banana Muffins with Pecans is really good. It started out as a basic muffin recipe with carrots but as we continued to bake these muffins, over a period of time, the recipe evolved.
One day my wife, who by the way, loves anything chocolate, suggested adding the left-over half bag of mini-chocolate chips in the cabinet to the muffin recipe. I did, it was good. Then, sometime later, a couple of over-ripe bananas softening in the fruit bowl called out and, waste not want not, they too went into the recipe and adding the pecans was a no-brainer, most everyone loves toasted pecans.
There is nothing special or exclusive about the recipe. It’s a basic muffin recipe with lots of healthy and tasty additions. While we’re certainly not the first to add carrot pulp to muffins, we do feel we’ve pushed this envelope a tad further with all the tasty additions.
It has become a favorite or ours and if you’re a juice and smoothie fiend too, this recipe will help you put that pulp to great use. Be creative, use ingredients that appeal to you and share your results with us.
Chocolate Chip Carrot and Banana Muffins with Pecans
Prep Time: 10:00
Cooking Time: 40:00
What you need:
12-Cup Muffin Tin
Mixing Bowl
A Fork
A Large Spoon
Ingredients:
1.5 Cups Organic Spelt (wheat is fine)
2 Cups Carrot Pulp (left uncovered a day in the fridge will help remove excess moisture)
1.25 cups of Soy Milk
2 Ripe Bananas
.25 cups Canola Oil
.25 Cups of Turbinado Sugar (brown is fine)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
.5 teaspoons Cinnamon
.5 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
.25 cups Mini-Chocolate Chips (it’s important to use the mini sized chips)
.25 cups Chopped Pecans
Instructions:
Preheat Oven to 375*
While the oven is preheating, oil the muffin tin.
mash banana
With a fork, mash the banana in your mixing bowl.
add carrot
Add the carrot and mix to combine.
flour
Add the flour and mix to combine.
salt cinnamon
Add the baking powder, salt and cinnamon then mix to combine.
sugar
Add the sugar and mix to combine.
chips
Add the chocolate chips and mix to combine.
pecans
Add the pecans and mix to combine.
milk
Pour in the milk and mix to combine, the mixture will be moist and thick.
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Spoon the batter into the oiled muffin tin.
hot muffins
Bake for 40:00, cool 10:00 in the pan then remove to a cooling rack.
beauty shot
These muffins will keep for several days in the fridge and they also freeze well.
Enjoy!

  4 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Carrot and Banana Muffins with Pecans”

  1. Yummy! I’m going to try this recipe right away.

    • Hi Stella, thanks for taking to time to write to us, we appreciate hearing from you. Please let us know how your muffins turn out. Good baking!

  2. The rant of an introduction is hilarious, and I agree 100% 🙂

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