Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

Hearty and moist, these whole wheat carrot muffins make for the perfect breakfast. They’re naturally sweetened and super easy to make!

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When I don’t know what to make for breakfast, I usually make one of two things.

Oatmeal or muffins. As you can imagine, I tend to opt for the latter. You can’t beat the simplicity of oatmeal (or how cheap it is), but you can’t beat the flavor, convenience, and heartiness of muffins.

I’m not gonna lie. I used to think that people only made muffins with whole wheat flour if they wanted to play hockey with ‘em. Obviously, now that I primarily use whole wheat flour for baking and cooking, my views have changed. Because I know how moist, hearty, and filling a muffin made with whole wheat flour can be.

Case in point: these carrot muffins.

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Not only are these babies super moist, they are actually bursting with the flavors of yummy carrots and fall spices. 

I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of muffin maniac. I mean, my idea of an ideal breakfast is muffins with fresh fruit and a smoothie. Does that not sound amazing? It’s also a simple breakfast anyone can make (as long as they’ve got an oven and a blender, but still).

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I’ve adapted this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food. I’ve made Lisa’s recipe probably about 5 times, but, in my opinion, it was missing some much needed flavor and height. It was also super heavy on the butter.

Don’t get me wrong—I love butter as much as the next foodie. But an entire stick for 12 muffins? It seems a little excessive to me. So I’ve decreased it down to 3 tablespoons, which I’ve found to be the perfect amount.

I also added some of my favorite fall spices, like nutmeg and allspice, to give the muffins more flavor. 

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The most time-consuming part of making these whole wheat carrot muffins is shredding the carrots. It isn’t hard, but it does take about 10 minutes unless you’ve got arms of steel. <– which I don’t have…

I also just wanted to point out that it takes a lot less time to make these carrot muffins if you’ve got a helper. It only took my sister and I five minutes to make the batter and put the muffins in the oven (not counting the carrot-shredding time). Seriously.

These carrot muffins freeze extremely well! Simply put the muffins you plan on freezing in a gallon bag, and pop ‘em in the freezer. Just make sure the muffins are fully cooled first. They should last in the freezer for up to three months.

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If you’re a fan of moist, sweet, flavorful muffins, you’re really gonna love these whole wheat carrot muffins! 

Here’s the recipe:

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins
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Yield: about 12 large muffins
  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • ½ cup pure honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup finely shredded carrot (2-3 medium carrots)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper or silicone muffin liners (or grease the pan).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Whisk thoroughly.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, honey, egg, vanilla extract, and applesauce and whisk to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir just until combined.
  4. Fold in the shredded carrots, being careful not to over mix.
  5. Scoop batter into your prepared muffin tin. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool a few minutes before serving.
Recipe adapted from 100 Days of Real Food

Try my Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins next!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com

Or my Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com

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  1. Katherine says

    These look awesome. Just wondering, I usually buy unsalted butter. How much salt would I need to add to compensate for this?



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