by Olena

Healthy Carrot Muffins

by Olena

4.8 from 10 reviews

Delicious Healthy Carrot Muffins served with a glass of milk

Oatmeal Carrot Muffins

Healthy carrot muffins that are naturally sweetened, moist and fluffy. With no added sugar, loaded with nuts and raisins these carrot muffins make healthy breakfast on-the-go. Or imagine one with a glass of cold milk?!

I froze zero carrot oatmeal muffins because we ate them all. I should triple the recipe next time. Your kids an entire family will love these whole wheat carrot muffins too!

Carrots are Amazing!

Carrots are amazing in baked goods! They make muffins sweet and moist with no need to add a cup of refined sugar and oil. Carrots are affordable and widely available. These days I cook with organic ingredients I purchased at a reasonable price rather than a recipe idea out of the blue. Eating seasonal makes eating organic on a budget possible. And you can’t beat a 2 lbs bag of carrots for $2, can you?! Even Walmart carries organic carrots.

Since I always have bags and bags of organic carrots on hand, this recipe was “no special grocery store trip recipe”.

Squeeze or Not to Squeeze?

Carrot raisin muffins come out moist due to moist carrots. Think of carrot juice sold in stores. That’s how much water carrots contain. And that is exactly why carrot muffin recipe exists. And if you add applesauce in addition to all of that bright and happy carrot juice, you definitely don’t need to add any oil to this healthy carrot muffin recipe.

So please make sure you don’t squeeze shredded carrots.

What Makes These Carrot Muffins Healthy?

  • Carrot oatmeal muffins with applesauce instead of oil.
  • Whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour that is stripped of essential vitamins and nutrients and causes spikes in blood sugar levels.
  • Oat bran or oats add extra fiber. Our bodies digest it slower and keep us full longer.
  • Honey or maple syrup instead of refined sugar which can never be a bad thing – to eat less sugar.

These carrot applesauce muffins are a nutrition power house! Not to mention even my kids can make them.

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How to Make Carrot Muffins

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs and whisk for 15 seconds. Add applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk well to combine.How to make Carrot Muffins step by step
  2. Now it’s time to incorporate dry ingredients one by one. Add carrots and stir a few times.
  3. Add oat bran or oats and whole wheat flour; gently mix until combined. Do not over mix. Stir in raisins and nuts.How to bake healthy carrot muffins step by step
  4. Distribute batter evenly between 12 openings of a tin (I used regular ice cream scoop) and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  5. Let carrot bran muffins cool for a few minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely. Enjoy!

Can I Freeze Muffins?

Healthy carrot muffins will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 1 week. I keep them on a counter for a few days and if any left at that point (which to be honest probably happened once), into the fridge they go to prevent dry and stale carrot muffins.

You can freeze carrot muffins. Let me let you on a secret – you can freeze any muffins. Any. Veggie, egg muffins or sweet muffins. Bake, completely cool and freeze in any air tight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter for 3-4 hours or overnight.

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Healthy Carrot Muffins

4.8 from 10 reviews

Carrot Muffins made healthy with applesauce, oats or bran, whole wheat flour and honey. Your family will love them!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder, aluminum free
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots, packed
  • 1 cup oat bran or quick/rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup raisins or chopped dates (not packed)
  • 1/3 cup nuts, coarsely chopped (walnuts (I used cheaper pieces rather than whole), pecans, hazelnuts)
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray non-stick 12 muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs and whisk for 15 seconds. Add applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt and whisk well to combine. Add carrots and stir a few times. Add oat bran or oats and whole wheat flour; gently mix until combined. Do not over mix. Stir in raisins and nuts.
  3. Distribute batter evenly between 12 openings of a tin (I used regular ice cream scoop) and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let muffins cool for a few minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely.

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. These are terrific! Though not as sweet as I had hoped, they are perfect (to me) with a little bit of cream cheese. I highly recommend for a healthy snack!

  2. I just made these but instead of making large muffins I used my mini muffin tin for my mini 🙂 cooked for 10 mins. Will let you know once they cool.how they turned out

    1. They turned out pretty good! Will have to test them on my LO when she gets home. Next time I think I’ll add a bit more cinnamon and seeing as I’m making mini muffins I may use a smaller grate of carrots 🙂
      Thanks for this simple and healthy muffin!

  3. super delicious…thanks so much, been looking for a good hearty fat free dairy free bundle of yummy like this for a long time. I didn’t have enough applesauce, so mushed up some pineapple and added 1/4 cup of that to make up to 3/4 cum

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