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Carrot Muffins

Blossom Lady
Mar 25, 2022 05:35 AM
Carrot Muffins

Tender and moist Carrot Muffins are the perfect way to start the day. They are filled with grated carrots, applesauce, and cinnamon, and they can be topped with a smear of cream cheese frosting or served plain – either way, they’re delicious!

Why you’ll love this recipe

Ease: The muffin batter comes together in under 20 minutes without an electric mixer.

Flavor: The classic flavors of carrot cake! Sweet muffins with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Options to add walnuts or orange zest.

Texture: Grated carrots and applesauce help to make these muffins soft and moist.

Versatility: Looking for a slightly healthier muffin? Try the ingredient swaps mentioned below. Want them a bit more indulgent? Top wit our small batch of cream cheese frosting.



  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-½ teaspoons ground cinnamon , increase to 2 teaspoons, if desired
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-½ cups FINELY grated carrots, loosely measured, not packed (about 2 medium-large carrots)


  • 2 ounces cream cheese , softened to cool room temp
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened to cool room temp
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, plus more, if needed
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon, or finely grated zest of ½ a small orange
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts, optional garnish
Prep Time:
20 minutes
Cook Time:
18 minutes
Total Time:
38 minutes
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