After School Snack: Carrot-Squash Muffins with Coconut Cream

By: Freshmade NYC
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For the whip cream:

  • 1 can (16 oz) full fat coconut milk (we love the Native Forest brand as their cans are BPA-free)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt

For the muffins:

  • 2 cups (250 g) flour (we used a combination of all purpose flour [1 cup], oat flour [3/4 cup] and millet flour [1/4 cup]
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp all-spice
  • 3/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup (65 g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (8 oz/250 ml) plain greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup (140 g) mashed butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) dried cranberries


For whip cream:

  1. Refrigerate can of coconut milk overnight.
  2. Open can and scoop the thick, creamy white part from the top, leaving the watery part in the can for another use*.
  3. Add the thick cream to a cold bowl and beat on high with a hand mixer.
  4. Add in vanilla and sea salt and continue to beat until firm peaks form.

*Use the remaining coconut liquid in smoothies

For muffins:

  1. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients:  flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, all-spice, cloves, and cinnamon.  Stir in the grated carrots and cranberries.  Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the wet ingredients:  eggs [lightly beaten], yogurt, brown sugar, butternut squash, and vanilla.
  3. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Divide batter among muffin tin (we used a mini muffin tin) and bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy.


Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Servings: 24

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories110
  • Fat5g
  • Saturated Fat4g
  • Cholesterol15mg
  • Sodium140mg
  • Carbohydrates14g
  • Fiber1g
  • Sugars5g
  • Protein 2g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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When Freshmade NYC began it was an idea driven by a question, "How do we make healthier food options appealing and accessible to our children?" Our mission is not only to expose healthy foods to young children, but to also give parents and caregivers ideas of how they can create a love for healthy eating in their children. Today Freshmade NYC has become a full service catering and events company, as well as a cooking and arts program. Our goal continues to be to provide fresh and healthy alternatives to the usual pizza and hotdog world of kids' parties. And now through our cooking and arts classes we aspire to provide an enriching learning experience as well. Our program is designed to make families more aware of healthy lifestyles through creative, hands on classes for children, their parents and caregivers alike. Because we recognize that it is important to nurture the body, as well as the mind, the curriculum for our classes takes into account the developmental milestones and levels of all of our students. Through group activities and family style classes we encourage socialization, independent thinking, and physical fitness. In addition, classes include components of literacy, science, and math according to age appropriate practices. As we strive to be a successful family center to the neighborhood, we hope to help grow healthy bodies and healthy minds.

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