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Amazing Spiced Carrot Raisin Muffins

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These spiced carrot raisin muffins are easy to make, and good for you too! Thanks to some smart ingredient substitutions, they are lower in added sugar and fat than most muffins, and vegan also. They have a delicious flavor that reminds me of my aunt’s carrot cake…tender, tasty, and just right to pack in your lunch, for an after-school snack, coffee break, or a light breakfast!

Carrot raisin muffins on cooling rack
carrot raisin muffins on cooling rack

Ingredients Needed for Spiced Carrot Raisin Muffins

  • Carrots: these can be grated by hand (I prefer a box grater) or with the grating disc of a food processor. I used orange carrots, but rainbow ones would be a fun substitute.
  • Raisins: you can use brown or golden raisins.
  • Applesauce: this is used as a replacement for egg. You could instead use a “flax egg”. To make this, mix 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed with 2 Tbsp. warm water. Let this sit for a few minutes and then stir until combined. Choose unsweetened or homemade applesauce to limit added sugar. I did try substituting banana for this step but it didn’t come out as well: the muffins still tasted great but were too dense.
  • Whole wheat flour and all-purpose unbleached flour: the whole wheat flour adds fiber, magnesium, and phosphorus. But using all whole wheat flour can make the finished product too dense, so I used half all-purpose flour.
  • Sugar: I chose brown sugar for the moisture, color, and flavor
  • Oil: I have made these with both olive and canola oil and both worked great: they are both high in monounsaturated fats
  • Spices: cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. If you don’t have allspice, try ground clovers or pumpkin pie spice instead
  • Other: baking powder, baking soda, and salt
Carrot raisin ingredients in glass bowls
muffin ingredients

Preparation Tips

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and coat 12 muffin tins with nonstick spray.

In raisin muffins, the dried raisins can pull moisture out of the batter. To avoid this issue, I soaked them in hot water first so they would be plump and juicy.

For the carrots, peel them and grate them.

Next, mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl: whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and ground cloves. Stir these well with a whisk. Then add in the raisins and grated carrots and stir well.

In a medium bowl, combine the mashed banana, soy milk, water, and oil. Mix this together with your whisk.

Add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Switch from a whisk to a wooden spoon, and stir just until the ingredients are combined. It is important not to overmix these.

Fill each muffin tin with a half cup of batter. Bake for about 16 minutes.

Cool for 5 – 10 minutes in the pan, and then remove and place on a cooling rack until completely cool.

Nutrition Notes

Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, fiber, and folate. You can learn more about their nutrition, history, and fun facts from this link to the Better Health site from Victoria, Australia.

Raisins add a lot of natural sweetness, along with potassium and fiber. The banana replaces some fat and the egg plus adds potassium.

Many recipes for muffins contain butter at about 1/2 cup for a dozen. I have been able to decrease the fat and switch it to a plant-based source with much less saturated fats and no cholesterol. Eggs are not used either.

The 1/3 cup of sugar in this recipe plus natural sugars in the fruits and vegetables are more than enough to make these muffins sweet. Typical muffin recipes can have about a cup of sugar!

Vanilla soy milk provides calcium, vitamin D, and protein.

Variations

  • Try adding some chopped pineapple, raisins, currants, or dried cranberries
  • Add a few tablespoons of chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts

Storage

These taste great on the first and second day after baking. On the third day, I suggest heating for a few seconds in the microwave or a few minutes in an oven or toaster oven. After that, I suggest freezing them.

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carrot raisin muffins in basket

Amazing Carrot Raisin Muffins

Melissa Altman-Traub
Perfect muffins with the flavors of carrot cake. They are sweet and tasty with warm spices and chewy raisins: yet low in added sugar and fat. Vegan recipe.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 14 mins
Cook Time 19 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 178 kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Muffin tin
  • Box grater
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rubber spatula

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour unbleached
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powdered
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 6 ounces soy milk vanilla
  • 4 ounces applesauce natural
  • cup light olive oil
  • 2 ounces water

Instructions
 

  • Soak the raisins in warm water.
  • Mix the soy milk with vinegar and stir.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray 12 muffin cups with non-stick spray or place a cupcake wrapper in each.
  • Mix the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour through allspice) in a large bowl thoroughly with a whisk. Drain the raisins and add, along with the grated carrots. mix these into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
  • Combine the soy milk with vinegar, applesauce, olive oil, and water in a small bowl with the whisk. Add into the large bowl. Mix the ingredients together just until combined with a wooden spoon.
  • Place 1/2 cup of batter into each muffin cup. An ice cream scoop works well for this.
  • Bake for 19 minutes or until the tops are firm and lightly browned.
  • Cool for 5 – 10 minutes in the pan until the muffins can be handled. Then remove from the pan and finish cool on a baking rack.

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Notes

Nutrition estimate is from VeryWell Fit
Keyword Carrots, Dairy-free, Muffins, Vegan
Nutrition facts label for Carrot Raisin Muffins
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17 thoughts on “Amazing Spiced Carrot Raisin Muffins”

  1. 5 stars
    These muffins look and sound so delicious! I’m sure the raisins and carrots complemented each other so well. I need to try this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Yum, I love carrot cake but I don’t always want a great big cake so these muffins are perfect for single servings.

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