These healthy carrot cake muffins include good-for-you ingredient swaps like whole wheat flour, maple syrup, greek yogurt, and coconut oil!
Has the fall mood finally got to me? Potentially…
This weekend during my usual meal plan brainstorming for the week I decided I needed some good grab-and-go options. It’s officially my LAST WEEK OF GRAD SCHOOL (AHHHHHH!!!!!) and it’s completely necessary to have portable, healthy snacks when your day is from 7:30 am- 9:30 pm and like 3 of those hours are spent in a moving vehicle.
Usually my go-to is this recipe for Clean & Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Blender Muffins but I needed to switch it up a little. After a little Googling, I found this yummy looking recipe from Cookie & Kate for healthy carrot cake muffins and I was sold.
Now the only question is: cream cheese icing or no?
Who needs a manicure? I need a manicure.
- 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups peeled and grated carrots* (that’s potentially a lot of carrots—about 3 large or up to 6 small/medium)
- ½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
- ½ cup raisins (I like golden raisins), tossed in 1 teaspoon flour
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs, preferably at room temperature
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar (also called raw sugar), for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. If necessary, grease all 12 cups on your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Blend well with a whisk.
- In a separate, small bowl, toss the raisins with 1 teaspoon flour so they don’t stick together.
- Add the grated carrots, chopped walnuts and floured raisins to the other ingredients in the large bowl and stir to combine.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil and maple syrup and beat together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then add the yogurt and vanilla and mix well. (If the coconut oil solidifies in contact with cold ingredients, gently warm the mixture in the microwave in 30 second bursts.)
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a big spoon, just until combined (a few lumps are ok).
- Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with turbinado sugar.
- Bake muffins for 13 minutes, or until the muffins are golden on top and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
- Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. If you have leftover muffins, store them, covered, at room temperature for two days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze leftover muffins for up to 3 months.