Sep 26 2011

#MuffinMonday: Carrot Spice Muffins

Another week, another muffin. This time, we’re eating Carrot Spice Muffins, which, while they may sound like dessert for breakfast, are packed full of healthy ingredients. Whole wheat flour, honey, carrots, raisins, coconut oil… being healthy has never been so tasty!

Carrot Spice Muffins

Don’t expect this to be a morning version of carrot cake, like I did at first; it’s definitely nowhere near as sweet. You could try increasing the honey to 1/2 a cup and see how it goes, but I wouldn’t add more than that. Then you get into problems with throwing off the ratios of wet to dry and your muffins may just blow up. Alright, they won’t blow up. But they probably won’t be too pretty. (Then again, they’re not exactly winning any beauty contest right now, are they?)

Carrot Spice Muffins

You could toil over a box grater with your carrots, but I’m far too busy for that nonsense. I threw them into my mini food processor, gave it a whirl, and voila! Good enough for me! Don’t invite any nitpickers over for brunch and you’ll be just fine.

Out of the muffins I’ve made so far for Muffin Monday, this is, surprisingly, my 4-year-old’s favorite. He immediately asked for a second helping before he even finished his first–and was just fine with it being a good portion of his dinner for the night, if he had it. He graciously accepted the offer. Score!

Carrot Spice Muffins

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Carrot Spice Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups grated carrots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dessicated coconut (shredded, unsweetened coconut)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or line with paper cups a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Add the carrots, raisins, and coconut.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix until just moistened.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, portion out the batter equally between the 12 muffin cups.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Leave muffins in tin for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
*Save yourself time and chop the carrots in a mini food processor. *The salt is listed as optional. I added it and I think next time, I'd omit it. This isn't a sweet recipe to begin with and it seemed to have tipped the scales too close to salty for my tastes. *Normally, I would have included ½ cup walnuts, but I am out of them currently, so I substituted ½ cup dessicated coconut.

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About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.


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  1. kalie

    hey those look yummy!

  2. Stay-At-Home-Chef

    Hahaha…I ‘cheated’ as well and used my mini food processor for the carrots ;) Great recipe this week, wasn’t it?!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      With my luck, I’d probably shred my hand off anyway if I did it with the box grater. ;) Fantastic recipe this week!

  3. dudut @mytwistedrecipe

    this looks soo yummy!

  4. Baker Street

    Your 4 yr old loves this! WOW! The recipe was definitely a hit then!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Our muffins didn’t even make it to Monday, he loved them so much!

  5. Cathy @ Savory Notes

    Lately I’ve been using carrots a lot more than usual… and these will be another carrot delight added to my list :)

  6. Jessica @ bake me away!

    Mmm, I bet these are so tasty! I don’t think it’s cheating using a food processor, by the way. It just makes life easier!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Amen! Why toil when we don’t need to?! :)

  7. Maya

    My kids loved these too, surprisingly because they contained a vegetable! I think the proportions are just nice and while I added the walnuts, I really do like the idea of extra coconut in the batter. These muffins aren’t pretty but they sure are tasty!

  8. Anita Menon

    How sweet, that your little one loved it. I missed out on this healthy treat this time. Next week should be different.

    Love your version!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Hope to have you back next week!

  9. Kate @ Food Babbles

    LOVE the addition of coconut! YUM!

  10. Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves

    Exploding muffins! Wooo! As fun as that may be, the cleanup wouldn’t. These weren’t the prettiest muffins in the series but I think they’re supposed to be more on that homemade looking side. They don’t look so bad to me though.

  11. Aimée @ Food: Je t'Aimée

    Aw. Love that your 4-year-old loved these! Deceitful-looking little things, these muffins! Like your addition of coconut oil. I have a jar in my cupboard I’m dying to use, but I’m afraid! Haha. Do you use the exact ratio when replacing something with it?

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Yes, I replace butter and other oils 1:1 with coconut oil. So tasty!

  12. Barbie

    Now I’m curious how these taste with coconut. I bet they’d be lovely!

  13. Elizabeth @Mango_Queen

    Love your Muffins! It’s the perfect thing to start the week ! Glad to bake with you this week on MM !

  14. carolineadobo

    I keep forgetting to buy coconut oil, would have love to use it for these muffins. My kids loved this, too. Another winning Muffin Monday recipe.

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      This is a keeper! You need to get that coconut oil. :)

  15. Marla Meridith

    These carrot muffins sound amazing. I want them in all of my lunch boxes :)

  16. Marla Meridith

    btw: Agreed the coconut oil is a must have!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      I use coconut oil so much now–definitely a must-have!

  17. Whitney @ Jewhungry

    I love any recipe that sneaks veggies into my kid’s diet. Love this!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Anything to get more in them, right?!

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