huge shoutout to @abv_fitlife for inspo on this EPIC recipe!! I devoured two of these straight out of the oven - couldn't help myself. If you like carrots (𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘴), like cake (𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘬𝘦), like chocolate (𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦), are vegan (𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘷𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘯), you'll like these, I pinky swear.
preheat oven to 350, and spray muffin tray with avocado oil.
make flax egg by combining 2 tbs flax meal with 6 tbs water. let it sit while you grate carrots in a medium bowl. (𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦: 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘱)
mix all of the wet ingredients (flax eggs, apple sauce almond butter, coconut sugar, vanilla extra) in with the carrots. stir well (and sample of course).
in a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (protein powder, almond flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, baking soda) in a small bowl. pour dry mixture into bowl with wet mixture. STIR STIR STIR. fold in chocolate chips.
pour delish batter into ~10 muffins tins (about 1/2 - 3/4 way full). sprinkle remaining carrot shreds, chocolate chips, and pumpkin seeds (optional!) on top.
IF USING PLANT-BASED PROTEIN POWDER (more dense than whey): bake 14 minutes
IF USING NON-VEGAN / WHEY PROTEIN POWDER: bake 16-18 minutes