Carrot Chia Spelt Muffins

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 30, 2010


It was so beautiful outside last night!

The sky was so clear, but it was –23C last night!

Eric and I sat by the fire all night and watched some shows.


Today is a Very Important Day!

I am taking a day off work today, which has not happened since Dec 28th 2009!!!!! The past week and a half was especially crazy as I made and shipped out over 1600 Glo Bars.

I was up at 6:45am this morning because I was so excited and couldn’t sleep! :mrgreen:

So far my day off has included a wonderful fresh juice and Japanese Sencha Green Tea.


This was followed by another killer Booty Camp Fitness workout!

Today I did the Phase 2 Intermediate session which was 43 minutes long. I am just loving these workout DVDs so much. The girls are so down to earth and do not intimidate me in the way many fitness instructors do. They are goofy and just plain old fun to watch!

Here I am with the No Meat Athlete Tee that Matt sent me! Thanks Matt!


I had some carrot juice pulp to use up so I decided to whip up a new muffin recipe.


Recipe: Carrot Chia Spelt Muffins

By: Angela Liddon

Prep Time:
15 min
Cook Time:
25 min
Total Time:
40 min
9 big or 12 small muffins


  • Dry:
  • 2 cups spelt flour (See note below)
  • 3 T sugar (I used sucanat, but regular works)
  • 1.5 t pumpkin spice (or mix of 1 t cinnamon and 1/4 t. each of nutmeg and ginger)
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 T cacao nibs for crunch and nutrition
  • 3 T raisins
  • Wet:
  • 2 T chia seeds (or 2 T ground flax)
  • 1/2 c + 2 T non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup shredded carrot (I used 1/2 cup juice pulp + 1/2 cup shredded carrot)
  • 1.5 t vanilla
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1 cup sweetened applesauce (or 1 cup mashed banana will work)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and add wet to dry, mixing until combined.
  4. Spoon into greased muffin tin.
  5. Cook for 25 – 27 min.
Note: You can use other types of flour, but you will likely need to take out the extra 2 T of milk.


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chia seeds and Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs:


Into the oven they go…


They rose so well!


One of our favourite things to do on the weekend is look through the flyers! Yes, we are an 80 year old married couple. :mrgreen:


What are your weekend rituals that you love to do?

The rest of the day looks like this:

  • Epsom Salt bath (my bootay is killing me!)
  • Yoga
  • Plan Florida Trip with Eric
  • Indigo book store
  • Lululemon
  • Raw Aura restaurant
  • Movie- we planned on Avatar in Imax but it’s sold out again, so we might see another one- suggestions??

Have a great day!


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OSGMOM January 30, 2010 at 11:44 am

We caught the Blue Moon on our ride home from Sedona. It was amazing. Enjoy your day off and those muffins look amazing. I wish I could have one for breakfast!


Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen January 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

These look amazing! Never enough ways to use my superfoods!


krissy January 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

Enjoy your well deserved DAY OFF Sweets!! :) xoxo


Noelle January 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

If you like post-apocalyptic stories go see Book of Eli with Denzel Washington. Good movie! Great muffin recipe by the way!


Estela @ Weekly Bite January 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I LOVE looking at newspaper flyers!

The carrot muffins looks great!


Mara @ What's for Dinner? January 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Enjoy your day!!! You deserve it!


Kareen January 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Hi Angela, you got a beautiful picture of the moon there. My Husband informs me that you have also captured Mars because it is currently aligned with the Earth!
Enjoy your day off!


Audrey January 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm

That’s awesome! I think I can see it in the picture.


Danielle (Coffee Run) January 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I need to get some more work-out DVDs for days just like this! (Snowed in)
Your muffins look really good. They remind me of carrot cake :)


Jil January 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Enjoy our day off!! It’s WELL DESERVED! You work so hard. Annnd jealous of your Lululemon excursion…I’m going to walk by the one in Boston today — but I know I can’t go in..for fear of impulsive purchases. haha


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Carrot cake is my favorite food in the whole wide world so those muffins look right up my alley!!!

I LIVE for the ads in the paper. I used to read comics with my brother but now it’s all about the Target ad and coupons :)



Heather (Heather's Dish) January 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

oh so jealous you might go see avatar! i can’t get my husband to enjoy sci-fi type movies…so i doubt i’ll see this til it’s on DVD :(

love the muffins, and hope you have a fabulous day off :)


Island Girl Eats January 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

You will have to post what you buy from Lululemon – I have been eyeing a pair of running shorts!

Looks like you have a nice day planned. Hope you enjoy it!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Those muffins look fantastic!

We saw Avatar in iMax 3D last night – it was awesome! Except I had 4 martinis before hand, and I definitely got motion sick. But I would highly suggest seeing it in 3D!! Other than that, Sherlock Holmes was really good.


Ricki January 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

These sound like just my kind of muffin–all ingredients that I love! I wonder if I could adapt this to something for the anti-candida diet. . . hmmm!!


Karla January 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Now that I’ve tried two of your recipes, I feel like I need to try them all this one looks particularly delicious!!
I liked It’s Complicated if you haven’t seen that yet. It’s good for both men and women :)


Sara January 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

the movie “The Book of Eli” is GREAT! you should go see that!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Beatufiul muffins!!! Enjoy your day off– you deserve it!


Tracey January 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Your pictures are so pretty! I live in a city and the one thing I really miss is seeing stars at night.


Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Wowza that’s a lot of bars to bake and ship!! Those muffins look fantastic!


Diana January 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Enjoy your day OFF! Flyers on Saturday are the BEST!


Diana January 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

P.S. When is Eric going to update his blog? I’m dying to see home renos!


EaterNotARunner January 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Those muffins look awesome. Hope you’re having a GREAT day off!


Kelly January 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I love looking at the new flyers as well! The day they come in the paper I throw the paper aside and go straight for the goods! :)

I’m kinda dying to see “When in Rome” with Kristen Bell I think it is and Josh Duhamel (not sure if I spelled that right). Something about it just looks good and I love chick flicks:)


Maureen January 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Raw Aura restaurant is awesome! You are coming to my neck of the woods today enjoy it is beautiful and sunny out.


Gabriela January 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

-23? Brrr! Have a great day off!


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Enjoy your day off, you deserve it! My fiance owns his own business as well, and NEVER takes a day off…everyone needs a break, so enjoy it!


One Vegan Foodie January 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Just curious if you could just order the DVD for the Booty Camp Fitness. I went to the website and it seemed as though the DVD was part of a total fitness package.


Ameena January 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Enjoy your day off! You absolutely deserve it!


jayme January 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm

those muffins look sooooo scrumptious and nutritious. i also really like the photos, detailed and big, just the way i like ’em.
i love flyers too! my boyfriend and i spent like 2 hours going through them last night and getting all worked up when we saw ballin’ deals.
enjoy your day off and resist the urge to do productive things. :)


rachael January 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Looks like you have an awesome day planned!


Heather (Where's the Beach) January 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Enjoy your day! Those muffins look fantastic. I have not cooked with the chia seeds yet. I keep seeing more recipes that call for them though.


[email protected] January 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Have a great day off!

Husband and I call each other grandma and grandpa during our Sunday morning ritual, which is to sit and read the paper while drinking coffee together :) Oh and you know I clip coupons and look at all the ad flyers!


Lynna January 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Those muffins do look wonderful! Did you use white or whole spelt flour with these? I’ve also been wondering, is white spelt flour still a whole grain? Or is it refined and processed like regular white flour?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I always use whole grain, even when recipes call for white Its the only kind I buy so I use it!


Amy January 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Enjoy your special day, Ange – You’ve earned it and then some! I can’t think of a better way to spend it…lulu, hubby, great food, juice, yoga, Mr. Epsom…BLISS! :)

I’ll be making those muffins this weekend! Thanks for another great recipe!


Julie January 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Sounds like an awesome day off Ang! My brother just gave a great review on The Edge Of Darkness, but i say see Avatar if at all possible.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 30, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Sounds like a perfect Saturday! You deserve a day off!

Those muffins sound yummy. There’s been lot of muffins around the blog world lately, I’ve noticed.

Lululemon! How lucky are you!

I enjoy a leisurely breakfast on Saturdays and a good workout. Homework has lately become part of my Saturdays… which is not so fun haha


One Healthy Apple January 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

The muffins look fantastic! I love Saturdays- enjoy your day off!


Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Honestly, your muffins give me hope for vegan baking. I failed once have never been brave enough to try again! I’m a great baker, but vegan baking is hard for me!

Let’s see, I usually have my long run of the week on Saturdays, then a little cleaning, then a lot of cuddling with the hubby. He is gone for the next 3 month though, I have been working on school. I love getting up and making pancakes too!


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin January 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Avatar is really cool in 3-D! I hope you get to see it sometime soon! My husband and I recently saw Sherlock Holmes and Edge of Darkness– both were really great!

Hope you enjoy your day off. :)


[email protected] Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Those muffins look outstanding! I live about an hour from my boyfriend so my favorite weekend ritual is going to happy hour (or having our own glass at home) on a Friday evening and catching up about our week!


Laura Georgina January 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I just saw Avatar yesterday and it was awesome–but I wish I’d seen it in Imax, so definitely worth waiting on that one!

I love (and need) my Saturday sleep-in time. I still end up getting up around 8 or 9, but I never set the alarm….


Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 30, 2010 at 5:09 pm

My Saturday rituals usually include: cooking with my parents, visiting the health food store, and catching up on my favorite DVR’d tv shows! All of which I did today, haha =)


Jolene ( January 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm

It sounds like you have a wonderful day planned!! I loved Avatar!! “Up in the Air” is really good, and “Blindside” is supposed to be awesome.


Audrey January 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm

The moon was so beautiful last night! I thought the same thing when I looked out my window. It was so bright out!

Enjoy your day of. Yeesh! 1600 Glo bars…you deserve it, girl!

I love how fluffy and high your muffins are. The sound delish!

I thought The Blindside was a really good movie. It’s not really your typical sports flick. I think you would really like it.


Katie January 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm

All your muffin recipes look so good!


Jenn @ Livewellfit January 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Enjoy that day off Angela!!! So well deserved. :)

My favorite rituals include staying in my pj’s until noon, eating breakfast in bed or venturing out to our fav brunch place.


Reb January 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Dude, see Avatar in 2-d! Less of a headache.


Paige @ Running Around Normal January 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Oh my gosh that night time picture is awesome. Love it.
Those muffins sound ridiculously good. I make carrot juice all the time, so the next time I make it (tomorrow?!) I’ll def save it for some muffins :)

Wow you work SO hard, Angela. You totally deserve the day off. Get in some rest, too ;)


[email protected] January 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I will be trying those muffins starting tomorrow! They look so irresistible in those pictures! One the weekends I LOVE to curl up and read, maybe go out to a restaurant or two, and I like to take different workout classes too!


Shannon January 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm

That is a well earned day off! Enjoy!

I like to get in a long run on the weekend and do something fun with the hubby! Last weekend was cross country skiing :)


Emily January 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm

you should take two days off :)


Michelle @ Eatingjourney January 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Another thing that I like to do w/ the pulp is simply saute w/ a little vegan spread and/or EVOO w/ s/p and through over a salad or mix with rice/quinoa. I love using leftover pulp. Otherwise it’s SUCH a waste.


Susan January 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm

It’s mega cold here too. I hate that – when the sun is shining and it looks all gorgeous out, then you get whipped by the cold air the second you step outside.

Carrot muffins are my favourite!!! These are definitely being added to the top of my muffin list.

Hope you had a great day off! :)


Mae @ OhhMay January 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Wow, Angela you have me so addicted to loose leaf teas. They’re so much better than bags. My newest love!
The muffins look fantastic, I will be trying them as soon as I have the ingredients on hand.

Have a great day off, you deserve it. My weekend rituals are relaxing breakfasts and time with my friends. Amazing.


Cynthia (It All Changes) January 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm

We love to watch Dr. Who on Saturday nights and watch a movie or go out to exercise on the weekends.


Melinda January 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Happy day off. Impressive that you made that many bars.


Sarah January 31, 2010 at 12:07 am

I made these this morning! Delicious, thank you! :-)


Jasmine January 31, 2010 at 12:10 am

Does the T = Tablespoon and t = teaspoon?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2010 at 10:23 am



Erin @ Living and Loving In L.A. January 31, 2010 at 12:40 am

Yum. Carrot muffins! I have a great carrot cake cupcake recipe that is before my vegan days…you’ve just inspired me to re-create it!


Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) January 31, 2010 at 12:56 am

Hold off for Avatar!!!!!! You must.


Sportsgirl January 31, 2010 at 1:13 am

Enjoy your day off Angela!!!


Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 31, 2010 at 2:04 am

I’m so glad you finally took a day off from work! You needed it =) Cute tee – so you.


Heidi January 31, 2010 at 2:15 am

Hey Angela,
I noticed you’re using sucanat in your oh so delicious looking carrot muffins. What’s the taste of sucanat compared to regular sugar?

AND PLEASE PLEASE go see Avatar in 3D someday! You won’t regret the wait!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2010 at 10:23 am

i dont notice a taste difference


[email protected] January 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Perfect Sunday for me is sit in bed and drink my coffee while reading newspaper or internet-walk the puppers, run, grocery shop for week and relax……

Have a great day!


Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful January 31, 2010 at 12:46 pm

All your muffin recipes look outstanding. I must try this one!


Anna February 3, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I am definitely going to try this recipe. I am ALWAYS up for a healthy new muffin recipe.


D July 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I just made this muffins…..and they are PERFECT!!!!! Mrs.Liddon you rock! Thank you!!!


Amari @ Eat Chic September 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

Made these muffins this morning for breakfast! They were so tasty I had to rave about them on my own blog! Thanks for a great recipe Angela!


Tamara November 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

Angela, is that Booty Camp DVD available for purchase, or only to those who are members of the fitness club? The workouts sound great!


yvonne February 3, 2015 at 5:50 am

It is the best recipe among all: not too sweet and feel healthy! – I do keep the fresh applesause rather than banana.


Sue September 11, 2017 at 3:16 pm

I added orange zest from 1 large orange, and sub’d the two tablespoons of ‘milk’ with fresh oj from that orange, and also added toasted walnuts instead of raisins and cacao (kids have something against raisins, and are suspicious of nibs), and topped with walnuts as well.
They turned out really well – and then I realized I forgot the olive oil! Perhaps they’ll be even better next time, when I remember all of the ingredients, lol.


Kelli Lachance October 17, 2017 at 7:16 pm

These were excellent! I used mashed banana instead of applesauce, dairy milk, and left out the 3 tablespoons of sugar. Even without the sugar, they were still lightly sweet and very tasty! My one-year old son also really likes them! Thanks for the great recipe!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed it (and your 1 year old! I will have to make these for my kiddos :)


Kelly April 24, 2020 at 2:05 pm

Delicious muffins! Thank you, I had a very ripe banana and needed to use some carrots!


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