Fix Approved Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling (Gluten Free)

My husband loves carrot cake, and I wanted to try to make a clean version.  A typical carrot cake is loaded with fat and calories.  It seemed like I ought to be able to make it healthy.  Carrot cake has a ton of carrots in it after all!  In the 21 Day Fix Fixate cookbook, there is recipe for a pumpkin muffin with cream cheese filling.  I realized that I could use the same concept for a carrot cake muffin.  These turned out so good!  (With only 84 calories per muffin!)

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Servings:  5 (2 muffins per serving)

Muffin Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (make sure the container says gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup baking stevia or 3 tablespoons stevia
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar baking Truvia
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of carrots
  • 20 pecan halves

Muffin Filling:

  • 2 oz fat free cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

21 Day Fix Containers (per single serving):

  • 1/2 yellow
  • 1/2 green
  • 1/2 blue
  • 1/2 teaspoon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare muffin tins with cooking spray, paper cups, or silicon cups
  3. Put all filling ingredients in a small bowl and whip with fork until blended, set aside
  4. Put all muffin ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
  5. Fill 10 muffin cups halfway with muffin batter
  6. Spoon one teaspoon of cream cheese mixture in center of each muffin cup
  7. Spoon remainder of batter evenly over each muffin cup
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean!

Nutritional Information:  Calories 168, Fat 5 g, Cholesterol 84.4 mg, Sodium 406 mg, Potassium 166 mg, Carbs 36.6 g, Protein 6.6 g, Vitamin A 53.2%, Vitamin C 4.6%, Calcium 5.6%, Iron 8.2%

If you have any questions about 21 Day Fix, I would love to answer them.  Feel free to contact me in the comments below.  Check out my story here.

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