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Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins are a nourishing spin on a springtime classic and have all the flavors you love in carrot cake (raisins, nuts, carrots), plus you can get away with having them for breakfast. And that's just a win-win.

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x

Description

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins are a nourishing spin on a springtime classic and have all the flavors you love in carrot cake (raisins, nuts, carrots), plus you can get away with having them for breakfast. And that’s just a win-win.


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or melted butter or oil)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts, if you prefer)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add the coconut oil, honey, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Stir until just combined.
  4. Gently fold in the carrot, raisins, and pecans.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 cups of the muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 18 to 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let the muffins rest in the pan for 5 minutes, and then remove and let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
  8. Eat warm or at room temperature. These muffins freeze great and will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.

Notes

  • Not a fan of nuts or raisins? Leave them out! But they are SO good in this recipe that I think you should try it.
  • Bob’s Red Mill traditional whole wheat flour (comes in a tan bag) will also work well in this recipe.
  • Category: breakfast, muffin
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: carrot cake, muffin, healthy muffin, carrot, whole wheat flour