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Carrot Muffins

These carrot muffins are loaded with bits of carrots and cozy spices. They are super moist and perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Carrot muffins in white paper liners on a black wire rack.

Seriously, these muffins taste just like carrot cake! We might as well call them carrot cake muffins. They are loaded with warm, cozy spices which make them a comforting snack option.

I love eating one with a cup of coffee in the mornings.

The recipe starts with my basic muffin recipe using the muffin method for mixing. This method is my go-to for quick bread and muffins.

I tweaked the recipe to create the most tender and moist carrot muffins with a ridiculous amount of flavor.

Why this carrot muffin recipe works:

  • The recipe follows the muffin method. This is the simplest and quickest way to make muffins and it yields the very best texture.
  • A combination of oil and butter is used for flavor and moisture.
  • The muffins bake up dense yet tender and moist.
A stack of carrot muffins and one has a bite taken out.

The ingredients you need

Homemade carrot muffins require basic ingredients. You probably have most of them on hand but if not, they are relatively inexpensive to purchase.

  • Flour: All-purpose flour is what I used for this recipe. Any brand is fine but I always use Bob's Red Mill.
  • Sugar: Regular granulated sugar is used. Brown sugar would also go well with this recipe.
  • Baking soda: This is used for leavening.
  • Spices: A mix of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt is used for added flavor.
  • Carrots: Use a box grated to finely shred carrots. Avoid using the packaged carrots that come.pre-shredded. Those are too dry.
  • Eggs: Three large eggs are used for binding.
  • Oil and butter: A combination of oil and unsalted butter is used. The recipe calls for vegetable or canola oil but you can use any flavorless oil you prefer.
  • Vanilla extract: As always, use a good quality pure vanilla extract. Homemade vanilla is also a wonderful option.

You can add ¾ cup of raisins or walnuts if you want some added texture.

A bite taken out of carrot cake muffin.

How to make carrot muffins

This recipe is quick and easy to put together. You need two bowls, a whisk, and a spatula. That’s it!

The Batter – The best carrot muffin recipe will dense but soft. The batter is mixed using the muffin method and it's important not to over mix when combining the ingredients.

Before you begin, line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and heat the oven to 375°F. Also, make sure the eggs are at room temperature. They are easier to mix in when they're not cold.

Step 1: Combine the dry ingredients

Place the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt in a large bowl and use a whisk to stir until everything is well combined.

Important note: Make sure you properly measure the flour before you begin.

Add the grated carrots and stir them in with a silicone spatula. If you are adding raisins or walnuts, mix them in with the carrots.

Dry ingredients combined with grated carrots.

Step 2: Combine the wet ingredients

The eggs must be at room temperature. Set them out 30 minutes to 1 hour before you begin making the muffins. If you are in a rush, place the whole egg in a bowl of warm tap water for 5-10 minutes.

Use melted butter that has cooled slightly so it doesn’t scramble the eggs when you mix them together.

In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, butter, and vanilla together until well combined.

Wet ingredients added to dry ingredients.

Step 3: Combine the wet and dry ingredients

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then pour in the wet ingredients. Use a silicone spatula to fold the two mixtures together just until all the flour is moistened.

You want to be extra careful here because over mixing will result in a tough, chewy muffin. Once you no longer see dry flour, stop stirring!

Step 4: Bake

Divide the batter evenly between 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. I like to use a 4-tablespoon sized ice cream scoop to portion the dough.

The cups will be almost completely full to the top. This is perfectly okay!

Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes. They're done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.

Important tip: You don't want to overbake the muffins or they will be too dry. Start checking for doneness at 18 minutes.

Muffin batter in paper lined muffin tin.
Carrot muffins stacked on small wire rack.

Equipment needed

You don't need many tools to make these carrot cake muffins but these are items I find most useful.

Mixing bowls: You need a large mixing bowl and a 2-cup liquid measuring cup.

Silicone spatula: A large silicone spatula is great for stirring the ingredients together.

Whisk: A whisk is needed to mix the dry ingredients together.

Muffin pan: This is my all-time favorite muffin pan.

Scoop: This scoop makes it easy to portion the batter.

Box grater: I highly recommend shredding the carrots using a box grater.


Helpful Tips

  • Properly measure the flour. Using too much flour by accident will cause the muffins to be extra dense, heavy, and dry. Lightly spoon the flour into a measuring cup then level the cup with the back of a knife. Or weigh the flour for best results.
  • Use room temperature ingredients. This applies to the eggs. They simply mix in better when they are at room temperature.
  • Use any oil you wish. While I prefer the results of using vegetable or canola oil, you can use any oil you prefer.
  • Don't buy pre-shredded carrots. Please only use whole carrots that you have shredded yourself using a box grater. Pre-shredded carrots are too dry.

More carrot recipes you'll love

  1. Carrot Cake Scones
  2. Pineapple Carrot Cake
  3. Moist Carrot Cake

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A stack of carrot muffins and one has a bite taken out.

Carrot Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Flavorful carrot muffins made with cozy cinnamon, ginger, and cloves! They're incredibly moist and make a great breakfast or snack option!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour - SEE NOTE 1
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar - SEE NOTE 2
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 ½ cups (248 g) peeled and grated carrots - SEE NOTE 3
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) vegetable or canola oil - SEE NOTE 4
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, salt, and cloves together.
  3. Add the carrots and toss together with a silicone spatula.
  4. In a separate bowl or in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, whisk the eggs, butter, oil, and vanilla together until well combined.
  5. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and stir with a silicone spatula until just combined. Don't overmix the batter or the muffins will be tough.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  1. Make the muffins gluten-free by using Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour.
  2. You can reduce the sugar by half if you want a less sweet muffin.
  3. Grating the carrots with a box grater will give you the best results! Avoid using packaged shredded carrots.
  4. You can use any flavorless oil you prefer.

Make ahead tip

  1. Muffins are best the day they are made but they can be stored for later use. Place the muffins in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  2. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  3. Or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw one or all of the muffins in the refrigerator overnight. Or place a single frozen muffin in the microwave for 40-60 seconds.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 281mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Cal

Sunday 5th of December 2021

Makes 12 in cupcake pan, only makes 6 in muffin pan.

Mike P

Friday 5th of November 2021

Incredible muffins!!!!! Moist, dense and the most amazing flavour. I don't like day old bakes, so I halve the recipe and make fresh for my lovely bride in the morning. BTW I don't even like carrots but love these.

Anne

Thursday 30th of September 2021

I followed your recipe as is and it turned out Delicious!!! Definitely a keeper! Saved!

Jen Sobjack

Friday 1st of October 2021

I'm thrilled you enjoyed the muffins, Anne!

Meghan

Saturday 31st of October 2020

I substituted ground flax seed for eggs, erythritol for 3/4 of the sugar, and applesauce for oil to make these a bit lighter (and vegan), and they still came out absolutely perfect - fragrant, moist on the inside, and a little crunchy on top. I will absolutely be making them again :) Thank you!

Michele

Friday 9th of October 2020

Can I add raisins? If so, how much.

Jen Sobjack

Saturday 10th of October 2020

You add any mix-in you want but I'd keep it to no more than 3/4 cup.

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