Healthy Carrot Muffins

Harvest of Carrots

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please read my Disclosure for more information.

What do you do when your husband harvests your carrot crop for the year?  You make up a batch of these tasty and healthy carrot muffins, that’s what!  I was thrilled when Owen brought in our carrot harvest the other day.  He said I should make a carrot cake, so I promptly got online to search for a carrot cake recipe.  What I ended up finding was a delicious and healthy carrot cake recipe, which I revised to create these Healthy Carrot Muffins!

Healthy Carrot Muffins


*This recipe has been gently adapted from BODYROCK’s Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe on www.bodyrock.tv.*

Holiday Season Healthy

Generally speaking, we eat pretty healthy foods in our house.  Of course, we all like the occasional sweet treat.  The holiday season tends to get us off-course for eating healthy every year.  Owen and I both LOVE ham, so that is a no-brainer that we are going to have during the holidays that throws us off.  We all also like cookies, candy, and the like.  So, when he harvested our carrots the other day and suggested I make some carrot cake, these healthy carrot muffins were a great choice to stay in our normal healthy guidelines.

Sweet Treat Fix

Even though these muffins do not have any sugar, they have the honey and applesauce, giving them just the right amount of sweetness to curb your sweet tooth.  They certainly did the trick for us, and we have had some major sweet tooth lately, LOL!  If you are craving a sweet treat and still want to stay on track this early in the holiday season I REALLY recommend these healthy carrot cupcakes.


Versatile

You could adapt these muffins in many different ways and still have a healthy and tasty treat.  You could use half whole wheat flour and half regular flour.  You could add some flax or chia seeds.  You could use pecans or almost any kind of nut that you prefer.  You could add raisins to the mix.  You could use some mandarin oranges and some pineapple, or even some apricots.  The possibilities are pretty endless.

Your Carrot Muffins

If you make these muffins as I have shared them or adapted the recipe and made them, I would LOVE to see and hear about your experience.  We really liked these, so I’ll be making them again for sure.  I may have to break down and do the frosting next time though.  Owen really likes frosting!  So does Joy.  I could do without it all together most of the time.  Please comment with your creations including pictures!  Happy Healthy Baking!

Print Recipe
Healthy Carrot Muffins
I adapted this recipe a little from the carrot cake recipe I found at BODYROCK to create these TASTY healthy carrot muffins.
Healthy Carrot Muffins
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Healthy Carrot Muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
    Dry Ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk vigorously to combine.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture is combined. Do NOT over-mix, as this will cause the cake to be tough.
  5. Add carrots, walnuts (optional), and mandarin oranges (or pineapple) and stir until combined. Again, do NOT over-mix.
    Carrots & Manderin Oranges
  6. Pour the batter into cupcake lined pans about 2/3 of the way full.
    Add batter to pans
  7. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
    Finished Cupcakes
  8. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.
  9. ENJOY!
Recipe Notes

The original recipe calls for frosting for the carrot cake.  I did not make or use any frosting with these.  I would try one for sure, but these did not need any frosting to be VERY delicious.  You could certainly use raisins or a number of other fruits instead of the mandarin oranges or pineapple.

Share this Recipe

2 thoughts on “Healthy Carrot Muffins

    • We do too! Oh, that sounds like it would be so tasty! Do you have a recipe for that “frosting”? Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope to see you again soon! Blessings, Sara

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *