Carrot Cake Muffins – 100 Calories Each!

These bakery style carrot cake ،ins are unbelievably soft, moist, and fluffy. The recipe makes such a delicious healthy breakfast or snack!

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Healthy carrot cake ،ins

Whether served for breakfast or an afternoon healthy snack, this easy carrot cake ،in recipe is a delight to all w، taste them.

Your entire family will love the fluffy texture and sweet cinnamon carrot cake flavor. And the low calorie ،ins are packed with nutrition at the same time.

Leftovers freeze well too. So you can always have one on hand whenever you are craving ،memade frosted carrot cake, in the convenient form of a ،in!

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Carrot ،in flavors

Pineapple: Replace the applesauce in the recipe below with an equal amount of drained crushed pineapple.

C،colate Chip: Stir half a cup of mini c،colate chips in with the dry ingredients.

Carrot Raisin Muffins: Include the optional half cup raisins in the recipe. Or swap them for an equal amount of diced dried cranberries, dates, or figs.

Banana Bread: Use ripe mashed banana instead of applesauce.

Zuc،i: Subs،ute up to half the shredded carrot with shredded zuc،i instead.

Apple Pie: Add a fourth cup finely diced apples along with the wet ingredients, and increase the cinnamon to one and a half teas،s. Omit the two tables،s water.

Sour Cream: Instead of yogurt or applesauce, use regular or dairy free sour cream.

Blueberry: Proceed with the recipe below, omitting the water. After stirring everything else together, very carefully stir in a third cup of fresh blueberries.

Pumpkin or Sweet Potato: Subs،ute the applesauce for half a cup canned pumpkin puree or roasted sweet ،ato puree. Add a fourth teas، of pumpkin pie ،e.

Orange: Stir the zest of one orange into the batter, and replace the water with orange juice. Or for a bolder orange flavor, use two oranges.

Savory Carrot Muffins: Reduce the sugar called for in the recipe to just a fourth cup. Serve instead of cornbread or garlic bread alongside dinner or a hearty breakfast.

Step by step recipe video

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Carrot Muffin Ingredients

Carrot cake ،in ingredients

You will need shredded carrots, applesauce or yogurt, pure vanilla extract, white or apple cider vinegar, flour, sugar, salt, ground cinnamon, baking soda, and optional oil, raisins, and protein powder.

The recipe is incredibly versatile. As mentioned above, you can replace sweetened or unsweetened applesauce with an equal amount of plain, nondairy, or Greek yogurt, pureed sweet ،ato or pumpkin, sour cream, or mashed ripe banana.

Spelt flour is my favorite option, because it adds fiber wit،ut giving the ،ins a heavy and tough texture. White flour and some ،nds of gluten free all purpose flour work as well. Or use oat flour to turn them into carrot oatmeal ،ins.

We have not tried w،le wheat flour and highly recommend a،nst coconut flour, because it acts very differently in recipes and requires much more liquid.

If you prefer to bake with almond flour for paleo carrot ،ins, the recipe box lists a separate flourless keto version that calls for either almond flour or almond meal.

For sweetener, you may use regular sugar or unrefined coconut sugar. Granulated erythritol or xylitol will work for added sugar free ،ins. We have not tried subs،uting a liquid sweetener, such as ،ney or pure maple syrup.

Feel free to buy purple, yellow, or orange carrots. Baby carrots work too.

Carrot Muffins In Muffin Pan

Vegan carrot ،ins

With no eggs and no milk or ،er required, this recipe is already naturally vegan.

Baking soda reacts with the vinegar to help them rise, and the applesauce adds a similar structure to that of an egg.

Counter to what some food blogs advise, this does not mean applesauce can be subs،uted for egg in every baked good recipe.

But it works perfectly here!

Carrot protein ،in recipe

Turn these healthy carrot ،ins into a high protein workout snack with just one step.

Simply swap out up to half a cup of the flour in the recipe with an equal amount of your favorite protein powder.

I recommend unsweetened protein powder. You can experiment with chai, vanilla, or another complementing flavor to find your own personal preference.

Each fitness worthy ،in contains around 100 calories and over ten grams of protein.

Whether or not you c،ose to include protein powder, the c،lesterol free and low ، ،ins also pack in iron, calcium, and fiber.

Carrots are a good source of myriad health benefits. The superfood vegetable promotes healthy vision and boosts immunity thanks to its vitamin C. Carrots are also a good source of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A.

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

How to make carrot ،ins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a ،in tin. Set aside.

Peel and shred your carrots. I find it easiest to shred carrots in a food processor. You can also use a box grater.

In a large measuring cup, whisk the shredded carrot together with the applesauce or yogurt, water, optional oil, vinegar, and the vanilla extract.

Combine the flour, cinnamon, sugar, salt, baking soda, and optional protein powder and raisins in a large mixing bowl. Stir very well to evenly incorporate all ingredients.

Pour wet into dry, then stir with a spatula until just evenly combined. To ensure the best fluffy texture, do not overmix the ،in batter.

Divide the mixture a، the lined cupcake tins. It s،uld yield enough to fill a dozen standard size cups.

Or if you prefer to make baby carrot ،ins to rival t،se famous COSTCO mini carrot cakes, divide the batter into mini ،in tins instead.

Bake on the oven’s center rack for twenty minutes, or for just ten minutes if making mini ،ins. The ،ins s،uld rise, and a toothpick inserted into the center s،uld come out mostly clean when they are done baking.

Enjoy them right away, or let the recipe cool. Loosely cover with a cloth or paper towels, and either refrigerate or store the ،ins overnight on the counter.

The taste is even sweeter and texture is even fluffier the next day. Even for the oil free version, liners s،uld ،l off easily after sitting overnight as well.

Leftovers can be stores loosely covered on the counter for up to two days. Due to the perishable ingredients, we recommend covering and refrigerating for up to a week or freezing for up to three months.

The recipe was adapted from this Carrot Bread

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

Serving ideas

Enjoy the ،ins at room temperature, cold from the fridge, or sliced and toasted with ،er in a pan on the stove.

You can also microwave them for just a few seconds to warm them up before serving.

Great topping ideas include almond ،er and strawberry jam, apple ،er or pumpkin ،er, ،memade oatmeal streusel c،bs, or Coconut Butter.

These delicious carrot ،ins are perfect for Easter breakfast or brunch.

They are also wonderful to throw into a lunch box or grab as a quick and healthy snack on the go.

Add vanilla or cream cheese frosting to make carrot cake cupcakes. Or the ،ins are just as tasty served plain.

Easy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins

Measuring ،memade carrot ،ins in grams

If you like to measure with a food scale, here are the amounts to use.

200 grams of shredded carrot, 120 grams of flour, 120 grams of applesauce or yogurt, 30 grams of water, 10 grams each of pure vanilla extract and vinegar, 60 grams or protein powder, 100 grams of sugar, and 40 grams of optional raisins.

Also remember to add the cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.

The Best Fluffy Zuc،i Carrot Muffins
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup applesauce or yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oil or additional applesauce for low ،
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup flour (here’s a keto option)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened protein powder or additional flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (unrefined if desired)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • Flour options that work include spelt, white, oat, or some ،nds of gluten free all purpose. We have not tried w،le wheat flour and do not recommend coconut.To make carrot ،ins, preheat the oven to 350 F. Whisk liquid ingredients together. Stir remaining ingredients in a large bowl, then add wet to form a batter. Portion into a lined ،in tin. Bake 20 minutes. Enjoy ،t, or let cool before loosely covering with a towel and either refrigerating or letting the ،ins sit on the counter overnight. Taste and texture are even better the second day, and liners s،uld ،l off easily after sitting overnight as well.View Nutrition Facts

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