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Carrot Walnut Breakfast Bites + An Exciting Milestone for the Honour System!

by Sharon on April 3, 2014

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yes? I would venture to say that we all love our sleep too, which is why so many people are guilty of skipping this oh-so-crucial meal. A good strategy to ensure you aren’t missing out on significant fuel for your day is to bake up some wholesome goodness ahead of time, then you are prepared to just grab and go on those busy mornings.

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My inspiration for these delightful little breakfast bites was a bountiful gift box from my new best friends at North Coast Naturals. They generously sent me a number of their products to sample and the first up was this fibre packed blend of flax, psyllium seed, and probiotics called Ultimate Daily Cleanse.

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Truth be told, considering I just finished my Master Cleanse, anything with the word cleanse in it makes me shudder slightly, but I’m just so excited to be enjoying food again I let it pass. 🙂

I mixed up the dry ingredients, the Daily Cleanse, some ground flax, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

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Combined it with the wet ingredients and let them sit for ten minutes. This was a great tip I learned from Cindy at Pick Fresh Foods. Blogs are such wonderful resources! I learn new stuff all the time.

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I had a little too much batter for my mini muffin tin, so I poured the rest into a wee heart tin that I had kicking around for ages. Joe and I split the heart cake for dessert after my first post cleanse meal. Awwwww. <3

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They came out perfectly. A nice balance of hearty goodness with a hint of sweetness and touch of crunch from the walnuts. I like the mini muffin size so I can pop one into my gullet before the gym and have energy without feeling full. Have two or three for a full breakfast.

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Keep reading after the recipe for the milestone news I want to share with you and a great giveaway from North Coast Naturals!

Yields 15 mini muffins

Carrot Walnut Breakfast Bites
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • ¼ cup Daily Cleanse (or ground flax)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 12 mini muffin tin very well
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together, and in a separate bowl the wet ingredients
  3. Stir them together and let stand for 10 minutes
  4. Using a small scoop, fill the muffin cavities and bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  5. Let cool for 15 minutes then loosen the muffins from the sides of the tin and transfer to a wire rack
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I’m not one for celebrating birthdays buuuuuut, The Honour System turned the big one year old this past week! The time has simply flown by. I knew I was going to enjoy writing this blog but I did not expect it to become the passion that it has. My mind is constantly occupied with recipe ideas, photo set-ups, and generally anything I think the wonderful people that click on my site would be interested in.

I’ve learned a lot over the past year, like the above tip about letting your muffin batter sit, honey is in fact not vegan (oops!), and having one of your recipes featured on Buzzfeed will get you a ton of traffic.

I’ve realised how supportive and encouraging my love, Joe is. He looks at hundreds of photos, telling me which he likes best, tolerates my endless hours on the laptop and often tells me how impressed he is with my little site. He also suffers through many, many taste tests. #sarcasm

But the number one thanks goes to YOU. The ones who click on my site, leave lovely comments, and share or pin my recipes. Some of you I know personally, some through the magic of social media, and of course, my fellow bloggers. I can’t express to you all my gratitude for making this website a true labour of love and igniting my fire to keep creating delicious, healthy recipes for all of us to enjoy. My deepest, most sincere thanks to all of you!

To celebrate my milestone, my friends at North Coast Naturals are generously offering an excellent variety of their products to one lucky Canadian reader. You have until midnight on Sunday to enter. Check out the rafflecopter below for details.

For you beautiful creatures in countries other than my beloved Canada, don’t feel ignored! I have another great giveaway planned for the start of summer, so stay tuned!

Much love to you all! xxoo 
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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Shauna April 4, 2014 at 9:00 am
Sharon April 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

Great pick, Shauna! That’s a personal favourite of my other half. 🙂

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Tara April 4, 2014 at 9:22 am

Happy Anniversary, Honor System!!
Sharon, I enjoy reading your blog as much as I enjoy tasting your recipes!
Congratulations on a blog well done 😉
xx

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Sharon April 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

Aw shucks Tara! Thank you so much! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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Karen @ Kama Fitness April 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

I’ve seen this daily cleanse in stores before but never really opted to try it. Love this recipe – I’m sending it to my friend who is obsessed with those “two bite brownies” maybe this well help her get away from those! lol!

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Sharon April 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Yes! Get her away from those things! 😉 Have a great weekend Karen!

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Julie April 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

Hi Sharon! Congratulations on your first year! An exciting milestone !!! I have enjoyed reading your blog and trying out your new recipes. Knowing each recipe is nutritious, simple to make, and organic has made this blog my ‘go to’ for many meals to feed my family. My favorite recipe is the fritatta with goat cheese and caramelized onion. Thank-you for sharing your healthy lifestyle with us! Your blog is a treat for the eyes and the belly!

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Sharon April 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Thanks Julie! You’ve been my biggest cheerleader and I’m so lucky and grateful to have you as a best friend. You recipe pick shows how long you’ve been around because I think that was one of my very first recipes!! Love you lots and can’t wait to see you this summer! 🙂

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Tina April 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

Lentil marinara with Spaghetti squash sounds great. I have to try the coconut bacon recipe too!

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Sharon April 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Great picks, Tina! I love spaghetti squash so much I’ve contemplated changing my facebook status to ‘in a relationship’ with spaghetti squash! 😉

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Julia April 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Happy first birthdaaaaay! You should be so proud of everything you built here! I would have thought you had been blogging for much longer than a year – you’re running laps around where I was at year one!! Your Carrot Walnut Breakfast bites look so tasty and healthful! Love these, lady!

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Sharon April 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Wow thanks, Julia! Coming from you that is quite the compliment. I’m having one of these delightful little bites right now with a pat of butter and a piping hot cup of tea. Perfect for a cloudy afternoon. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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Melissa April 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Happy Birthday to The Honour System 🙂 It’s amazing what you’ve accomplished in just one year. Your passion really shines through. Congrats!

ps. I really don’t have a fav recipe as I think they’re all yummy, healthy and inspiring, however I lovvvved your coco-oat squares so much that I made my own variation. Thanks for that!

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Sharon April 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Thanks Melissa! Very sweet. 🙂 Almost as sweet as those squares! I have to make more of those…

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Carla B April 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Congratulations on one year! Your recipes have definitely made a difference in our life. Our absolute favourite is the Almond Chocolate Butter Bars – love these! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful recipes

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Sharon April 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Wow Carla! What a wonderful thing to say. Very touching. I really appreciate it! It’s truly my pleasure to share my passion for healthy, homemade cooking.

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Celeste April 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

These carrot walnut breakfast bites look delicious and simple to make 🙂

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Sharon April 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

They are both delicious and simple! You hit the nail on the head. 🙂 Thanks Celeste. 🙂

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Toronto Girl West April 5, 2014 at 11:48 am

First of all a massive congratulations on your Blogaversary!!! Yours is one of the loveliest places on the blogosphere and you should be justifiably proud! 🙂

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Sharon April 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm

You’re the best Karen! Thanks so much! 🙂

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Toronto Girl West April 5, 2014 at 11:49 am

Oh and my favourite of your latest blog posts is the fudge oat squares one! 🙂

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Sharon April 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm

They are ah-mazing! Maybe I’ll whip some up for our Downton Abbey dinner this summer! 🙂

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Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods April 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Happy Blogaversary Sharon!! I love your blog and your recipes. I always looks forward to seeing you up have to share. Thanks for mentioning me and Pick Fresh Foods 😀 Letting the fiber soak really makes a huge difference. Pinning!!

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Sharon April 5, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Thanks Cindy! My blog twin. 😉 The feeling is mutual.

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M Grantham April 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Happy BDay! First time visitor to this here blog. I think I will have to try the recipies above. Its the pictures that captured my heart (and stomach) – you make everything look so delish!

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Sharon April 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Well, thanks so much! I’m glad to have you. 🙂 Can I say I love your name is Grantham? Just like the characters from Downton Abbey! I hope you visit often. 🙂

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Christine Sachse April 6, 2014 at 10:01 am

Congrats Sharon! You are an absolute inspiration and I love, love, love your recipes! I have one if your no bake oat bars in my fridge right now! Happy Anniversary!

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Sharon April 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

Thank you Christine! YOU are the inspiration. If it wasn’t for that detox I did with you all those years ago none of this would have happened. I have you to thank for the big shift in how I eat and cook and I’m so grateful. Also, I think I now love yoga! Great class last week. I’ll be back for sure. 🙂

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stacey h April 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

i’m going to try the Probiotic Kombucha Smoothie, i really like kombucha and can’t believe i never thought of adding it to a smoothie, which i also drink each day!

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Sharon April 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Great pick! A super refreshing smoothie for the springtime weather. 🙂

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Dearna @tohercore April 7, 2014 at 2:39 am

One year – woohoo! That’s so exciting! Your site is one of my favs and I’m predicting big things coming your way 🙂
These muffins look delicious by the way – esp the little heart one, awww!

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Sharon April 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

Cheers Dearna! The heart one was our favourite, too! 😉

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dinvikt April 7, 2014 at 4:25 am

Looks amazing!

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Sharon April 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

Thanks so much! 🙂

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EyeCandyPopper April 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Sorry I missed the official anniversary 🙁 But congrats anyway! It is quite amazing! Keep it up!

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Sharon April 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Thanks buddy! 🙂

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