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How to Make Low-Sugar, Diabetic-Friendly Carrot Muffins in Your Air Fryer or Oven

These are really good for "healthy" muffins! The muffins are loaded with "good for you" ingredients like carrots and fiber-rich oats. Rather than from sugar, the muffins get their sweetness from date puree (it's easy to make--barely cover the dates with boiling water, let the mixture cool a little, and mash the dates and water together well). The date puree, in addition to providing sweetness to the muffins, also contributes fiber, vitamins, and minerals. If you're diabetic, the date puree also is less likely than sugar to spike your glucose levels. I like to add raisins to the muffins, which also provide more sweetness, but you can leave them out if you'd prefer. Walnuts add protein and nice crunch to the muffins, and sweet spices complement the carrots and increase the flavor. We like the muffins for breakfast, and they also make great snacks with a cup of coffee or tea. I especially like the muffins with a slice of cheese or a bit of almond butter. Or try the muffins for a simple, not-too-sweet dessert. Enjoy!

How to Make Low-Sugar, Diabetic-Friendly Carrot Muffins in Your Air Fryer or Oven
How to Make Low-Sugar, Diabetic-Friendly Carrot Muffins in Your Air Fryer or Oven

Low-Sugar, Diabetic-Friendly Carrot Muffins -- Makes 12


1 large egg

1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt (fat-free is fine)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/4 teaspoon of butter extract (optional, but good)

1/4 cup of milk

1/4 cup of canola oil

1/2 cup of date puree (barely cover dates with boiling water, let them cool, mash well)

1/2 cup of grated carrots

1 1/4 cup of quick oats

1 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of ginger

1/4 teaspoon of allspice

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of chopped walnuts, plus 1/2 - 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts to top the muffins

1/4 cup of raisins (optional, but good)


Spritz 12 muffin wells/containers with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl whisk together well the egg, yogurt, vanilla, butter extract, milk, canola oil, and date puree. Stir in the carrots. Add to the bowl the oats, baking powder, spices, and salt and stir them into the wet mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and the raisins. Divide the batter among the muffin cups and sprinkle on the remaining walnuts, pressing the nuts into the batter a little.

Air Fryer: Air fry the muffins at 325 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until a pick inserted in a muffin comes out with no wet batter attached.

Oven: Bake the muffins at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a pick inserted in a muffin comes out with no wet batter attached.

Let the muffins cool in their pans/cups for 10 minutes before removing them to cool completely.

How to Make Low-Sugar, Diabetic-Friendly Carrot Muffins in Your Air Fryer or Oven
How to Make Low-Sugar, Diabetic-Friendly Carrot Muffins in Your Air Fryer or Oven

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