Carrot Spice Muffins

2 cups shredded carrot
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup oil
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour or line 20 wells in a muffin tin. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, carrots, ginger, allspice, cloves, sugar and mace. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, oil, applesauce, sugar and vanilla. Pour into the dry mixture and mix thoroughly. Fill each well 3/4 of the way full and bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the center muffin comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

My thoughts:

These are the sort of muffin you can feel virtuous eating. They are just filled with all sorts of things that purport to be good for you: carrots, whole wheat flour, and applesauce replaces much of the oil. Which isn’t to say they are exactly health food, but it is nice to have the illusion, isn’t it?


  1. It would look even healthier with a nice slathering of cream cheese frosting…I hear all that calcium is good for the bones!

  2. Well, maybe if the frosting were made with neufatchel cheese…

    Thanks for the recipe; I’m going to try it soon!

  3. I love this recipe, so many healthful items, I’m sure the muffins taste amazing!

  4. I wonder if you could go further with the applesauce and less oil? Did you try? (Before I do and screw them up!)

    Applesauce is aMAZing. Isn’t it?

  5. I’m with Kate on this one… the muffins look fantastic, but just imagine them with the yummy cream cheese frosting 🙂

  6. Rachel,

    I’m glad you posted this recipe – I tried a carrot muffin recipe once but they turned out so salty it was impossible to eat them.

    Tks for sharing!

  7. I think you need some cream cheese frosting 🙂

  8. I should really try making healthier things like this, rather than my fat-and-sugar laden calorie loaders :/ This looks like it’d be a good place to start!