Super-Easy Carrot Cake Muffin Recipe

I’m finally out of flour. How did that happen? Well, the story all started…wait a sec.

How are you? Are you having a good week? Yeah? Good deal.

Okay, back to what I was saying. What was I saying…

Yes. Flour. I’m out. I’m NEVER out of flour. At least, not often…in fact, I cannot remember the last time I ran out of flour….probably months ago, which explains my lack of memory (or it could be that this naturally blonde girl has mama brain, which is far more likely).carrot cake mini muffins

How Does A Girl Run Out Of Flour?

Moving on. So, this whole flour shortage started when I got a 5 pound bag of carrots at the coop. A 5 pound bag of carrots. Now, I like carrots as much as the next person…but really?! I absolutely hate to waste good organic food, so I got creative.

And I made…carrot-applesauce. Carrot chips, carrot cake oatmeal, green salad, roasted root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, and beets), and…carrot cake muffins. O.M.G. They are so good.

Did you catch that? I’ll repeat myself just in case. THEY.ARE.SO.GOOD.

Smalls loves them, Ish loves them, I love them…it’s good all around.

AND, they have a vegetable in them, which is good, since Smalls has been a bit picky about what he’s willing to eat lately. I know it’s a phase, and I keep trying, but WOW is it frustrating.

Any tips or recipes that have helped you get your toddler off their picky streaks?

carrot cake mini muffins

Carrot Cake Muffin Recipe

Recipe adapted from fANNEtastic Food. 

  • 1 1/2 cups Granny Smith applesauce (you could use unsweetened, if you like)
  • 2 carrots, grated or shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your mini muffin tin. Put the carrots and apple sauce into a mixing bowl and incorporate. Add the dry ingredients, in the order listed, to the bowl. Stir until just combined.

Spoon the mixture into your muffin tin. Bake for 15 minutes, removed from the oven, and cool for 10 minutes. Remove from the muffin tin and allow to cool the rest of the way.

Then, enjoy! I dare you to try and make these last (though they do freeze well)! 🙂

What fun things do you make your kids? Share with us!

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  1. Dogvills on July 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    The carrot cake muffin sounds delicious. Some muffins tend to get dry, but I love that you used applesauce. It helps add moisture to the cake.

    • Brea on July 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      It definitely does! We love using applesauce when we bake.

  2. Dawn McAlexander on July 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I like that you made them into muffins instead of a cake. They are more portable that way and it’s easier to portion control, too.

    • Brea on July 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm


  3. Chubskulit Rose on July 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    TThanks a lot for sharing this recipe. MY daughter is celebrating her birthday in two days and she wants a carrot cake. I will try to make this.

    • Brea on July 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      You are so welcome! They’re really easy to make. I hope she has a wonderful birthday!

  4. Echo on July 5, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I love carrot cake and don’t get to have it often at all. This would be a really fun and healthy way to have some carrot cake! Thank you for posting this recipe!

    • Brea on July 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      You’re welcome!

  5. Joanne T Ferguson on July 6, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I love carrot cake muffins and what’s not to enjoy! They used to be my favorite from childhood! In fact, I wish I had one so I could dunk in my coffee right now!

    • Brea on July 6, 2015 at 7:32 am

      They are pretty awesome.

  6. Rosey on July 6, 2015 at 4:27 am

    My son’s mother-in-law was just telling me about carrot cake muffins. I haven’t heard of them until then and now I’ve heard of them twice in a very short time. 🙂

    • Brea on July 6, 2015 at 7:32 am

      You need to make some!

  7. Fi Ní Neachtáin on July 6, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Carrot cake is one of my favourite treats. I like to think I’m being healthy eating a cake full of carrots, but really it’s so yummy 🙂

    • Brea on July 6, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Me too!

  8. CourtneyLynne on July 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Oooo this sounds so very tasty!!!! Going to be giving this a pin so I can try it out myself 🙂

    • Brea on July 6, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Awesome! Let me know what you think!

  9. Krystal on July 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    My husband LOVES carrot cake so I will have to try this variation. What a healthy dish!

    • Brea on July 6, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Mine, too. He loves these. I have to hide them if I want to enjoy any!

  10. Yona Williams on July 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    It’s such a draining feeling when you run out of an ingredient that you need, or think you have something in the cupboard when you really don’t. I don’t think I’ve ever made a baked good with carrot in it before.

    • Brea on July 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      You’re missing out! Carrot cake is DELICIOUS!

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