carrot raisin muffins in basket with napkin.

Amazing Spiced Carrot Raisin Muffins (Vegan)

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These spiced carrot raisin muffins are easy to make. They have a delicious flavor that reminds me of my great aunt’s carrot cake…tender and fluffy. Just right to pack in your lunch, for an after-school snack, coffee break, or a light breakfast!

Why You Will Enjoy These Muffins

These carrot raisin muffins are tasty 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.

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 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Let this sit for a few minutes and then stir until combined. Choose unsweetened or homemade applesauce to limit added sugar.
  • 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.
  • Plant-Based Milk -soy or almond are good choices.
  • Brown Sugar: adds moisture, color, and flavor,
  • Oil: I have made these with both light olive oil and canola oil and both worked great: they are both high in monounsaturated fats,
  • Spices: cinnamon, ground cloves, and ginger. If you don’t have ground cloves, use allspice or pumpkin pie spice instead,
  • Other: baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
carrot raisin muffin ingredients in bowls including flours, brown sugar, soy milk, and spices.
muffin ingredients

Preparation Tips

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place cupcake wrappers in your muffin tin or spray them with nonstick spray. I have had this recipe make 12 – 15 muffins – probably because carrots are different sizes.

For raisin muffins, dried raisins can pull moisture out of the batter. To prevent this, soak them in hot water first so they would be plump and juicy.

Peel and grate the carrot. One medium carrot may work out to a cup once it’s grated, or 2 – 3 smaller ones.

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

In a medium bowl, combine the applesauce, soy milk, water, and oil. Mix this together with a 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 19 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 applesauce replaces some fat and the egg plus adds potassium.

Many recipes for muffins contain butter at about a half of a 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 third of a 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. It is fine to use a different type of plant-based milk, but they generally have much less protein.

carrot raisin muffins in basket with napkin.

Variations

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

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 for up to 3 months.

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closeup of half of a carrot raisin muffin with muffins behind it on plate.

Amazing Carrot Raisin Muffins

Melissa Altman-Traub MS, RDN, LDN
Enjoy these muffins with the flavor of carrot cake: packed with the natural sweetness of carrots and plump raisins. Moist, flavorful, and vegan-friendly, they're a perfect treat or quick breakfast option.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 182 kcal

Equipment

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

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup raisins
  • 6 ounces plant-based milk
  • 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 baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 4 ounces natural applesauce
  • cup light olive oil
  • 2 ounces water

Instructions
 

  • Soak the raisins in a bowl of warm water.
  • Mix the soy milk with the vinegar and stir the together.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray 12 muffin cups with non-stick spray or place a cupcake wrapper in each.
  • Stir the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour through ground cloves) in a large bowl thoroughly with a whisk. Drain the raisins and add them along with the grated carrots. Mix these into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
  • Combine the plant-based 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 ½ cup of batter into each muffin cup. An ice cream scoop works well for this.
  • Bake for 19-21 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 the muffins from the pan and finish cooling them on a baking rack.

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Notes

The nutrition estimate is from Spoonacular, which is based on mainly the USDA database. It uses one-twelfth of the recipe.
Vanilla soy milk was used for the nutrition analysis.
One batch makes 12 – 15 muffins.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 242mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1842IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Carrots, Dairy-free, Muffins, Vegan
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17 thoughts on “Amazing Spiced Carrot Raisin Muffins (Vegan)”

  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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