Easy Carrot Muffins

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Carrot muffins are a delicious and healthy treat that are perfect for breakfast or as a snack on-the-go. Made with grated carrots, whole wheat flour, and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, these muffins are a great way to sneak in some veggies while satisfying your sweet tooth.

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Healthy Baked Carrot Muffins

They are easy to make and can be customized with your favorite mix-ins like raisins, walnuts, or chocolate chips. Perfect for meal prep, a quick breakfast, or a snack, these carrot muffins are sure to become a staple in your kitchen!

Carrot muffins are a healthy and delicious treat that are perfect for any time of day. These muffins are packed with grated carrots, which provide an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber, while also adding a touch of sweetness to the recipe. They are often made with whole wheat flour, which adds extra fiber and nutrients to the mix. Compared to traditional muffins, carrot muffins are a great option for those who want to enjoy a tasty treat while still maintaining a healthy diet.

Not only are carrot muffins healthy, but they are also incredibly delicious. The combination of grated carrots, warm spices, and a touch of sweetness from the sugar and honey makes for a flavorful and satisfying snack. These muffins are also versatile and can be customized with different add-ins like nuts, raisins, or even chocolate chips for a little extra indulgence.

Carrot muffins are a great snack or breakfast option, perfect for meal prep, or an on-the-go snack. They can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea for a cozy morning treat, or as a quick snack during the day to tide you over until your next meal. They are also a great option for Easter brunch or breakfast, as the grated carrots give a nod to the Easter bunny while still being a tasty and healthy option for the whole family.

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How to Make Carrot Muffins

To make these delicious carrot muffins, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Self-rising flour: The self-rising flour is important because it contains baking powder and salt, which helps the muffins to rise and have a light texture. The sea salt also enhances the flavor of the muffins and balances out the sweetness.
  • Light brown sugar: The light brown sugar brings sweetness to the muffins, while also adding a slightly caramel-like flavor.
  • Grated Carrots: The freshly grated carrots are the star of the show, providing natural sweetness and a subtle earthy flavor that complements the spices.
  • Melted Butter or Vegetable oil: The melted butter or vegetable oil adds moisture to the muffins and helps to keep them tender and fluffy. I prefer the flavor of melted butter, but some prefer the light, clean flavor of vegetable oil.
  • Eggs: The eggs act as a binder, helping to hold the muffins together, and also contribute to their texture and flavor.
  • Vanilla extract: The pure vanilla extract adds a subtle sweetness and enhances the overall flavor of the muffins.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following process:

  • Prep. Prep a 12-muffin tray with greased liners, and preheat oven to 350F degrees, while you start the muffin mix. In a medium bowl whisk dry ingredients and brown sugar together and set aside. Be sure to break apart any brown sugar clumps. In the bowl of a stand mixer add vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, shredded carrots and mix just until combined with the paddle attachment (about 60 seconds). Slowly add in dry ingredients on low.
  • Bake. Fill muffin tray with muffin mix using a 3-tablespoon scoop and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out moist but not wet.
  • Cool. Place tray on a cooling rack for about 10-15 minutes before removing muffins to allow them to cool.
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Tips and Tricks to Perfect Carrot Muffins

Use freshly grated carrots: Grate the carrots just before you make the batter to ensure that they are fresh and moist. This will help to keep the muffins tender and flavorful.

Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing the batter can lead to tough and dry muffins. Mix the batter until just combined, and then stop.

Use room temperature ingredients: This helps to ensure that all the ingredients mix together evenly and results in a smoother batter.

Use the right amount of leavening agents: Be sure to measure out the self-rising flour correctly, as too much or too little can affect the texture of the muffins.

Adjust spices to your liking: Feel free to adjust the spices to your personal taste. If you like your muffins spicier, add more cinnamon or nutmeg.

Use a muffin pan with liners: This will help to ensure that the muffins come out of the pan easily and will also make for easy cleanup.

Let them cool completely: Allow the muffins to cool completely in the pan before removing them. This will help them to set properly and retain their shape.

FAQs

Can I make carrot muffins without self rising flour?

Yes, you can substitute self-rising flour with all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. For every cup of self-rising flour, use 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

How do I store carrot muffins?

You can store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you want to keep them fresh for longer, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I add nuts to the batter?

Yes, you can add chopped nuts, raisins, or other dried fruits to the batter. This can add more texture and flavor to the muffins

Can I use a different type of oil other than vegetable oil?

Yes, you can use other types of oil such as canola oil or coconut oil. Just be aware that it may affect the flavor and texture of the muffins.

Can I make carrot muffins vegan?

Yes, you can substitute the eggs with flax eggs or applesauce. You can also use a non-dairy milk such as almond milk, and substitute the butter with vegan margarine or coconut oil.

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Carrot Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Carrot muffins are a delightful and nutritious treat, combining the natural sweetness of carrots with warm spices, often finished with a tender, moist crumb that makes them a favorite for breakfast or snacks.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups self-rising flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ¼ cups freshly grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Prep a 12-muffin tray with greased liners, and preheat oven to 350F degrees, while you start the muffin mix.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk dry ingredients and brown sugar together and set aside. Be sure to break apart any brown sugar clumps.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer add vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, shredded carrots and mix just until combined with the paddle attachment (about 60 seconds).
  4. Slowly add in dry ingredients on low.
  5. Fill muffin tray with muffin mix using a 3-tablespoon scoop and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out moist but not wet.
  6. Place tray on a cooling rack for about 10-15 minutes before removing muffins to allow them to cool.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 146Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 31mgSodium 265mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 2g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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2 Comments

  1. Great muffins! I left out the sugar and added a handful of raisins (plenty of natural sweetness from the carrots and raisins without needing sugar) and a few herbs. These delicious muffins are a great way to consume carrots.

    1. Thank you for sharing! So glad you liked them, and I love the addition of raisins. I expect they will be even better tomorrow since carrot loves having time to relax and release its flavor and moisture. Enjoy!