Walnut carrot cake muffins

Recipe Corner: Walnut Carrot Cake Muffins


The California Walnut Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. The Board is funded by mandatory assessments of the handlers. The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers. The California Walnut Board and California Walnut Commission represent the California walnut industry, made up of 4,000 growers and approximately 75 handlers. California walnuts comprise more than 99 percent of U.S. production of English walnuts and approximately half of the world trade.

California-grown walnuts are not genetically modified. The California walnut industry understands consumer concerns regarding genetically modified foods. Therefore, they work closely with the University of California’s walnut breeding program to release new walnut varieties for planting that have been developed through conventional breeding methods. The California Walnut Board does not anticipate production of genetically modified walnuts in California in the foreseeable future.

Walnuts are naturally a gluten-free food. If you have Celiac Disease or are sensitive to gluten, please check the packaging to ensure that the product was not processed in a facility with products that contain gluten. Walnuts are the only nut significantly high in omega-3 ALA. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids critical to various body processes.

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet–known at the DASH diet–is an eating program that was developed through research sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) that is aimed at reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. It includes eating fruits and vegetables, low-fat or non-fat dairy, nuts (including walnuts), and whole grains. It includes high fiber and low to moderate fat, and is rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. Recent DASH studies have shown benefits of lowering sodium intake on blood pressure. Not only have studies shown that eating walnuts is associated with improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels, walnuts are naturally sodium-free and thus are a perfect food for those following the DASH diet guidelines.

These moist and delicious muffins are perfect for breakfast, a holiday   brunch, or as a light snack.


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2 cups firmly packed finely grated carrots

Juice of 1 large orange

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup light olive oil

1 cup honey, liquefied in microwave (30 sec.)

1/2 cup crushed or chopped pineapple, drained

1 cup unbleached white flour

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 cup California walnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, stir together the carrots, orange juice, vanilla, olive oil, honey, and pineapple until well blended.

In another bowl, stir together the flours, baking soda, and spices. Mix in the walnuts. Blend the dry ingredients into the carrot mixture, stirring until just mixed.

Pour the batter into a 12-cup muffin pan lined with paper liners. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Note: You can also pour the batter into a nonstick 8-inch-square baking pan and bake for 45-60 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, cut into 12 pieces, and serve.

For this recipe, go to: https://walnuts.org/recipe/walnut-carrot-cake-muffins/

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The walnut was first cultivated in California by the Franciscan Fathers in the late 1700s. The earliest walnuts to enter California were known as “mission” walnuts. Unlike today’s walnuts, these first entries were small with hard shells. The trees flourished in the Mediterranean-like climate zones of California, and by the 1870s modern walnut production had begun with orchard plantings in southern California, near Santa Barbara. In the next 70 years the center of California’s walnut production shifted with successful plantings in the central and northern parts of the state. Many of today’s improved cultivars are descendants of early plantings. Luther Burbank is credited with early research in California walnut cultivation.

California walnuts are produced in a wide variety of sizes, color grades and combinations of sizes and colors to meet the specifications of any industrial formulation. Commercial product meets the same high standards of quality as those sold directly to the consumer. Follow California Walnuts on social for menu inspiration, tips and tricks, restaurant and industry trends, special foodservice events, health and nutrition information and more:






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