Clean Eating Carrot Ginger Oatmeal Muffins are the perfect healthy portable breakfast. Made with collagen, hidden veggies, and no refined sugar. They’re going to be your new favorite breakfast! This post is sponsored by our friends at Vital Proteins.
I’ve been dreaming of these muffins for a while now. Years ago I got hooked on these muffins that Trader Joe’s has. They make these jumbo, bakery-style Carrot Ginger muffins and they are seriously amazing. It started off fine – I was just eating the serving size (1/2 a muffin) but then I wanted to eat an entire muffin.. and then I wanted to have another half (you see where I’m going here).
Now – I’m a big proponent for following the 80/20 rule (which means indulging in whatever you want as long as you’re eating mostly healthy). This is how I eat, and it just makes me feel my best! However, I’m also a proponent for eating nutrient dense foods. This carrot ginger muffin had around 60g of carbs per muffin, 18g of sugar, and only 6g of protein. AKA, regardless of how delicious they are – they spiked my blood sugar, sent me into a carb shock, and didn’t leave me feeling full at all.
Over time, I’ve found that eating super high carb breakfasts or snacks only makes me hungrier. I definitely don’t stray away from carbs, but I make sure that I balance them out with some protein + healthy fats to help keep me satiated throughout the day. Otherwise I get hangry.. and that’s no fun.
Long story short, I just stopped eating the muffins all together. I had started to do a Whole30, which grains and sugar aren’t allowed on, and then after that I never bought them again because I just found I’d wind up eating them all and feeling like junk.
The other day when I was in Trader Joes I needed tortillas and they were conveniently placed right next to those muffins! I was tempted to get them, but after looking at how simple the ingredients were – I figured I’d try my hand at making Copycat Trader Joe’s Carrot Ginger Muffins that were healthy and more nutrient dense!
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My secret for adding a little nutritional boost to just about anything is always Vital Proteins. I put their collagen peptides in basically EVERYTHING! At a minimum, I always add them to my coffee, but I’ve also made so many recipes with them. They have no flavor and blend into things super easily, so they were perfect for adding to Snickerdoodle Pancakes or these Healthy Peppermint Mocha Muffins. I also love their Vanilla Coconut Water Collagen Peptides (they give this Tropical Baked Oatmeal SO much flavor!) So when they came out with this Collagen Veggie Blend, I knew I had to try it. Turns out it was the PERFECT addition to these muffins!
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend
- ⅓ cup pecans, chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large bowl combine eggs, greek yogurt + honey.
- Add in all spices + dry ingredients.
- Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Pour batter into greased muffin tins
- Bake at 350 for 25- 30 minutes
Things we used for this recipe: Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend, honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda, old fashioned oats, whole wheat pastry flour
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The muffins turned out beyond delicious and dare I say better than Trader Joe’s? The combo of the fresh carrots, spicy ginger + the extra punch of veggies from the Collagen Veggie Blend made them SO tasty! I’m all about getting creative + making healthier, homemade versions of your favorite things. While it’s nice to have pre-made options at stores, there’s just nothing better than taking a bite out of a freshly baked treat that you made your self!
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