Hearty Spiced Carrot Muffins

With whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, and lots of shredded carrots, these muffins are hearty, toothsome, and healthy.


Total Time: 25 minutes

This is one of those recipes that I threw together on a whim, not knowing it would become an instant favorite in our house.

It’s kind of the big-man-on-campus of muffins, I think. Which I totally know is a weird way to describe a muffin (though a big man on campus is likely a stud muffin, so there is that).

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Anyway! With whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, and lots of shredded carrots, they’re hearty, toothsome, and filling. We consider it a perfectly acceptable breakfast in and of itself, which is something you can’t really say about a lot of muffins.

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Those oats, whole-wheat flour, and carrots make these muffins a nice, healthy option. And the applesauce that replaces a good portion of the oil just adds to that equation.

Here’s where I would say “winning!” – if that word wasn’t way past its 15 minutes of fame … not to mention utterly obnoxious.

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Oh, and the spices. Mmmm, the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.Β They’re like a hug in a cupcake wrapper.

I love them, my guy thinks they’re great, and our toddler devours hers all Tasmanian-devil style.

So yeah, it’s pretty much the ideal muffin recipe, I think – it’s got it all. Total stud muffins.

Make a double batch and freeze a bunch in a freezer bag. They make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast for those frenzied mornings.

Hearty Spiced Carrot Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

With whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, and lots of shredded carrots, these muffins are hearty, toothsome, and healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats + a couple extra tablespoons for topping
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups carrot, grated

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or place cupcake wrappers in a standard-size, 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, 1 cup oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and whisk just until all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in the carrots.
  5. Divide the mixture between the muffin cups. Cups should be filled just about to the top.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until muffin tops spring back when poked and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool for 5 - 10 minutes before removing from the muffin tin. Serve plain with butter and honey, if desired.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 - 3 days, or freeze.

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

97 Responses to “Hearty Spiced Carrot Muffins”

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  2. Thanks for the recipe! Just made these to bring to my relatives tomorrow. I tasted it hot from the oven and it wasn’t too sweet at all (though my brother said it was tasteless but I think he has a palate for sweeter stuff). I didn’t have enough applesauce though, so I wonder if it would have been better with it. Otherwise, it was really moist! I did without nutmeg and clove, so again don’t know if it’d be better with it. Added raisins, walnuts and topped it with five grains toppings to make it more wholesome. Hopefully my relatives will like it tomorrow πŸ˜€

    Will do with more applesauce next time to see how it turns out!(:

  3. Thanks for the recipe! Just made these to bring to my relatives tomorrow. I tasted it hot from the oven and it wasn’t too sweet at all (though my brother said it was tasteless but I think he has a palate for sweeter stuff). I didn’t have enough applesauce though, so I wonder if it would have been better with it. Otherwise, it was really moist! I did without nutmeg and clove, so again don’t know if it’d be better with it. Added raisins, walnuts and topped it with five grains toppings to make it more wholesome. Hopefully my relatives will like it tomorrow πŸ˜€

    Will do with more applesauce next time to see how it turns out!(: the muffin stuck to the wrapper though, but perhaps it’s because I tried it before it properly cooled, so hopefully it won’t stick tmr!

  4. Thanks for the recipe!

    Made these just to bring to my relatives tomorrow. They weren’t too sweet (though my brother said it was tasteless but well I think that’s because he’s used to a sweeter palate). I didn’t have enough apple sauce though, and didn’t include nutmeg and cloves as well so I wonder if it would be even better (it is still good now xD) if I had those! Unknowns aside, the muffins turned out really moist and I liked its wholesomeness- added raisins, walnuts and topped it with five grains toppings. Replaced some milk with soy milk too! The muffin stuck to the wrapper though, but that may be because I tried it too soon before it cooled down properly, so hopefully it won’t stick to the muffin wrapper tomorrow!

    Will try the recipe again with sufficient applesauce next time! Hopefully it will be well received tomorrow πŸ˜€

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  6. This recipe was great! I used the carrot pulp from my juicer and stirred in my leftover cranberry/pineapple/pecan relish from thanksgiving. Sooo good!

  7. Is the applesauce sweetened or unsweetened?

    • Hi Kari, I tend to use sweetened applesauce as that’s what I have on hand. But really I’ve noticed very little different using unsweetened. So, short answer: use what you want! πŸ™‚

  8. I love these muffins, and have made them several times in two months since I discovered this recipe. LOVE. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Love these! Can you tell me how many calories in a muffin? I made 12, like the recipe said. I am using the app “My fitness Pal” to start off the new year, and I always have trouble logging my homemade items. If I could get a calorie count, I could choose a similar carrot muffin from the list and use that for my count. Thanks for your help! Will definitely spray the papers next time too..otherwise, they are perfectly yummy!

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  12. Do you think I could use almond milk instead?

    • Hi Rea, sure, I think that should work. I haven’t tried it personally, though (though I am on a huge almond kick right now!) If you try it, please come back and let us know how it turned out!

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  14. These are lovely muffins! Thanks for the recipe. πŸ™‚ I made these and added chia seeds & chopped pecans and they were fantastic. I’ve got a batch in the oven right now in which I substituted beets for the carrots. *fingers crossed*

  15. Thanks a lot for the inspiration!
    I made these muffins without any egg (substited with mashed banana) and mashed carrots together with apples as well. They were lovely, I’d recommend to enjoy muffins a few hours after baking, so they set properly. Yum.

  16. This is an excellent recipe. Don’t stint on the spices and sweeteners. I substituted maple syrup for brown sugar and it was great. Also added raisins which was fun.

  17. Just made 4 dozen of these and they are SO good! I followed what other reviewers said and sprayed the muffin tin liners, only used half a cup of brown sugar and substituted 1/4 cup plane yogurt for the oil. They taste great! Sweet enough to satisfy a craving, yet healthy enough so you don’t feel guilty eating more than one. I’m freezing about 2 dozen and leaving the rest out for the family to enjoy. Thanks so much for such an awesome recipe!

  18. thank you for this healthier muffin recipe. I’ve made them a couple of times and while there is so taste substitute for butter, these are yummy and most important my 6 year old likes them, they are not loaded with sugar and I can pack them in her lunch and know that she will eat them and not be cranky because she didn’t eat anything all day. so thank you!

  19. Not sure where I’m going wrong, but made those for the second time tonight and it was a fail – just like the first time I made them (pretty much the only baking fail I’ve had so far πŸ™ ). They took nearly an hour and are still unpleasantly soggy on the inside πŸ™ Do you squeeze the water out of the carrots? And the only thing I changed this time was that I used yoghurt instead of the applesauce.Β 

  20. This is a WONDERFUL muffin recipe! Nothing is better than a good, healthy carrot muffin πŸ˜‰ I also found that it was very versatile — I added black sesame, sunflower seeds, and golden raisins. YUM! thanks for sharing!

  21. I made these last night and they were delicious, I think cutting the sugar in half would be better though. It seems like most baked goods have entirely too much sugar in them.Β 

  22. These muffins are so, so great! I even used a little less sugar and they turned out fantastic!Β 

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