Carrot Cake Muffins – Super Healthy Kids

These carrot cake muffins have the amazing flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger like traditional carrot cake, but with the addition of nutritious ingredients and much less sugar!

Ingredients for Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

There are a lot of muffin recipes out there that use lots of sugar and fat to make them taste delicious. These are some ways I have made a traditional carrot cake into a healthy muffin version:

  • Greek Yogurt – helps add moisture, protein, and vitamins.
  • Coconut Oil – adds moisture to the muffin with less needed than if using butter
  • Carrots – my recipe packs in this healthy veggie!
  • Less sugar – muffins aren’t intended to be a cupcake and still taste delicious with a lot less added sugar. I tried both honey and brown sugar in this recipe and my kids and I all agree that honey is the winner in the taste department.

carrot cake muffins with sugared carrots on top

How to Make Carrot Cake Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or line with muffin baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg.
  3. Add the grated carrots to the flour mixture and stir to coat well.
  4. In a smaller bowl, add the coconut oil, honey, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined.
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir just until combined. Scoop the mixture evenly into your muffin tin. Should fill about 12 of the muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched.
  7. Remove from oven and place individual muffins on a cooling rack. Top with Greek yogurt frosting if desired. ENJOY!!

healthy carrot cake muffins

Tips for Making Moist Carrot Cake Muffins

Here are some of my best tips for making muffins that are light, fluffy, but definitely moist.

Tip#1: Use room temperature ingredients. When eggs, milk, and yogurt are room temp, they form a better emulsion, which traps air and creates lighter, fluffier baked goods.

Tip #2: Use oil rather than butter. Typically oil produces a more tender and moist muffin.

Tip #3: If you want beautiful tall muffins, don’t be afraid of baking powder. Add a heaping teaspoon instead of a level one.

Tip #4: Don’t overmix your batter. We have all heard this before, but is truly the key to a fluffy, moist muffin. As soon as the flour disappears, step away from the spoon.

carrot cake muffins

How Long Do I Bake Carrot Cake Muffins?

These carrot cake muffins bake tween 14 and 16 minutes. This may seem like less time than other muffins, but they cook at a higher temperature than other muffin recipes.

Different ovens cook at slightly different temperatures, and so I also check my baked goods at the lowest recommended time and then add more time if they need it.

moist and healthy carrot cake muffins

Can I Freeze Carrot Cake Muffins?

Yes! These muffins freeze really well for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Just reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds when you want to eat one.

carrot cake muffins with cream cheese frosting

More Favorite Muffin Recipes

  • Healthy Apple Muffins – Made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, applesauce and maple syrup these Healthy Apple Muffins will be your new favorite apple recipe.  
  • Lemon Blueberry Muffins – These muffins are the most moist, cake like muffin on our entire site. Made with fresh blueberries, lemon, creamy yogurt they are also packed with nutrition and less sugar than most other muffins out there!
  • Sweet Spinach Muffins – These kid-favorite spinach muffins are packed with spinach, creamy banana, cinnamon and honey and are so soft, fluffy and moist that they are perfect for babies, toddlers, kids and even adults!

closeup of a carrot cake muffin with a bite taken out

Muffins

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Greek Yogurt Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or line with muffin baking cups.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg.

  • Add the grated carrots to the flour mixture and stir to coat well.

  • In a smaller bowl, add the coconut oil, honey, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined.

  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir just until combined. Scoop the mixture evenly into your muffin tin. Should fill about 12 of the muffin cups.

  • Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched.

  • Remove from oven and place individual muffins on a cooling rack. Top with Greek yogurt frosting if desired. ENJOY!!

Frosting

  • Combine softened cream cheese, greek yogurt, and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and use to frost muffins if desired.

Natalie Monson

I’m a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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