Glistening like sticky buns, these unusual muffins are packed with wholesome ingredients--vegetables, fruit and whole grains--so you can feel good about serving them to your family. If you prefer to make simple carrot muffins for lunchboxes or breakfasts-on-the-go, omit the topping; sprinkle 2 tablespoons chopped nuts over the muffins before baking, if desired.

Patsy Jamieson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

Topping
Muffins

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

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  • To prepare topping: Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar into each muffin cup. Sprinkle nuts, if using, over the sugar. Stack pineapple slices and cut into 6 wedges. Place 2 wedges in each muffin cup.

  • To prepare muffins: Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

  • Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in oil, juice and vanilla. Stir in crushed pineapple. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Stir in carrot, oats, raisins and nuts, if using. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups (they'll be quite full).

  • Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and firm to the touch, 15 to 25 minutes. Immediately loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a baking sheet. Restore any stray pineapple pieces and nuts. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Serve upside-down, either warm or at room temperature.

Tips

Ingredient Note: Baking raisins, moister than regular ones, ensure a better texture. To substitute regular raisins, plump them first: soak in boiling water for 10 minutes; drain well.

DIY Muffin Cups: Make your next batch of muffins or cupcakes the ultimate grab-and-go treat by lining your tin with muffin liners. No liners? No problem. Use 5-inch squares of parchment paper, coat each muffin cup with cooking spray, and push each square into the cups using a small can or bottle, pressing the paper up the sides. (It's OK if some of the paper is sticking out over the rim.) Fill each cup as directed.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 38.8g; dietary fiber 2.8g; sugars 15.4g; fat 6.2g; saturated fat 0.7g; cholesterol 31mg; vitamin a iu 1595.3IU; vitamin c 5.6mg; folate 10.2mcg; calcium 70mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 21.6mg; potassium 218.6mg; sodium 187.3mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 11g.
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Reviews (21)

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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These are good I wish they had more pineapple flavor but none the less they are really good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2014
you don't even know they are a healthy alternative This was delicious I didnt use nuts or raisins so put a little more carrot and crushed pineapple. even hubby enjoyed it will definitely make again no doubt!! Pros: yum and filling Cons: takes a little time to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2014
A bit fussy to make but not overly so and very well received by my family. Did cut sugar in half (plenty of sweet with pineapple and raisins) and substituted allspice (only 1 tsp) for cinnamon as a couple of family members dislike strong spice taste especially cinnamon. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2012
Scrumptious!! Just made these with my five year old and they are delicious!! Lots of ingredients but well worth it. Will make a great grab and go breakfast as we rush off to school. We swapped out the raisins and nuts in the batter for dried cherries and diced dried apricots because that's what my son loves and they are a perfect combination of sweet tart and hearty. Pros: hearty flavorful Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These are really good. The reason I gave them 3 stars instead of 4 is I wish they had more pineapple flavor. But none the less they are really good! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I just made these--the are Exellent!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Really Good I really enjoyed these muffins. They didn't blow my socks off with their awesomeness but they're good. I've added them to my rotation of grab-and-go breakfasts because they really do fill me up and keep me going. That's what I like best about them Pros: moist tasty healthy hearty easy to modify bake beautifully Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very tasty! My co-works raved about these muffins. Quite delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
These muffins are a hit! A healthy recipe that tastes great. They also keep well in the refrigerator and can be reheated in a toaster oven or microwave (on medium-low power). This recipe has become a standard for when I have house guests. They love the unique "upside-down" appearance. Tastes almost like dessert! Read More
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