I followed the recipe exactly. These muffins were a big disappointment because they did not rise, so they were really dense inside. The taste was bland even with the coconut and coconut oil. I think the carrots and excess applesauce affected the consistency and added to the blandness. The topping did not "stick" to the muffins since they did not rise, so when biting into the muffin, coconut and oatmeal dropped everywhere. If I make these again, I will reduce the carrots and applesauce by 25% to see if the muffin turns out a bit lighter.