GF Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes


* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour (I use Better Batter) + 1 extra teaspoon
* 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if using Better Batter)
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/4 cup granulated sugar
* 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
* 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 2 cups shredded carrots (about 4 or 5 carrots peeled and shredded)
* 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
* 7 1/2 ounces pure packed pumpkin (one-half a 15 ounce can)
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup raisins (can substitute another small dried fruit, like chopped prunes, or flaked or shredded coconut)
* 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (can substitute semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips)


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin well with unsalted butter and set it aside. You will have enough extra for 2 more muffins. I’m sorry. It’s annoying. But then again, not terribly.
2. In a large bowl, place 1 1/2 cups flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and whisk to combine well (making sure you get out all the lumps in the brown sugar). Add the unsalted butter and the vegetable oil, and mix to combine well. The batter will be pretty dry still. Add the carrots, and stir to combine. Add the eggs, pumpkin and vanilla, and mix to combine well. The mixture should be thick and moist.
3. In a separate small bowl, toss the raisins and white chocolate chips together with the remaining 1 teaspoon flour to coat the raisins and chips in flour. Dump the raisins and chips into the large bowl of batter, and stir to combine until the raisins and chips are evenly distributed throughout.
4. Divide most of the batter evenly between the 12 greased muffin cups, and smooth the tops with wet fingers. Bake the remaining batter in either another muffin tin, or a two single stand-alone muffin cups (if you have ‘em). You really don’t want to try to stuff the remaining batter into the 12 standard cups. You’ll have some exploding cupcake tops on your hands. And in your oven.
5. Place the muffin tin in the center of the preheated oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a middle muffin comes out clean. Rotate once during baking. Allow to cool about 10 minutes in the pan, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
6. Serve at room temperature.

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