Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins

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These healthy, delicious whole wheat carrot cake muffins are a delicious whole-grain snack for when you’re on the go. They’re great for breakfast, too.

These healthy whole wheat carrot cake muffins are a delicious whole-grain snack for when you're on the go. They're great for breakfast, too.

There’s nothing like the smell of cinnamon coming from the oven. No matter what challenges I’m dealing with on a given day, this smell always boosts my spirits.

Everyone in my family likes raw carrots, so I don’t feel the need to sneak this vegetable into a muffin to get my children to eat it. However, this classic muffin is such a delicious treat that I like to occasionally dip into my carrot supply and make a batch.

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffin Tips

These whole wheat carrot cake muffins are made with white whole wheat flour, but you can substitute gluten-free flour with equally delicious results. Be sure to take these muffins out of the oven as soon as they’re done cooking so they don’t get dry. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, or freeze for later.

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins

Healthy whole wheat carrot cake muffins
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots about 3 medium carrots


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12-muffin pan.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the wet ingredients (everything except the carrots) until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Fold in the carrots.
  • Transfer the batter to the muffin pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2713IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 196kcal
Cost: $.33 per serving

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Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins Price Breakdown

This batch of muffins costs $3.97 to make, or $.33 per muffin.  These delicious, fragrant carrot cake muffins are the perfect grab-and-go snack for a busy day.


  1. I’m making these today and am curious about the maple syrup. (Some of my family doesn’t like the taste) Does this make the muffin taste to maplely or is it just a sweet taste?

    1. It’s just a sweet taste. I don’t think you’ll notice the maple syrup flavor. If you’d prefer, you can substitute white sugar and add an extra tablespoon of liquid. I like to use maple syrup because it’s less processed than white sugar, but the muffins will taste great either way!

  2. I’ve made these muffins three or four times now and they are hands down the best homemade muffins I’ve ever come across. Carrot flavor is present but still subtle. I’ll eat one in the morning for breakfast or after dinner with a little bit of cream cheese as a dessert. Either way they are amazing! thanks for an awesome recipe.

    1. Thanks so much, Liz! I’m happy to hear the feedback. I just ate one of these out of the freezer for a snack this morning (okay, maybe it was two). I agree that they’re a yummy treat. 🙂

    1. Kerri, I don’t do calorie breakdowns for my recipes. I find that eating a variety of real, unprocessed food puts me at a healthy weight. If you’re interested in learning the calorie count for any of my recipes, I believe there are online tools where you can plug in the ingredients and get the nutritional information.

  3. These look tasty. I love carrot cake.

    Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday. Hope to see you there again tonight/tomorrow.

  4. I’m always looking for a healthy idea for the girl’s lunchpails. Thanks for this one. I haven’t done much baking yet with coconut oil – does it always work as a substitute for any oil in baking?

    1. It’s a good substitution for other oils. If a recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, I usually put in 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup applesauce or mashed banana. Some coconut oils add a coconut flavor to recipes, and some don’t. I love coconut so it doesn’t bother me, but if you don’t like the taste of coconut you may have to experiment with different brands.

  5. If I don’t have coconut oil, what can I substitute? These look really good, and I love carrots baked into anything.

    1. Melted butter or ghee would be another real food fat option in these. Alternately, you could do an additional 1/2 cup of applesauce or 1/2 cup mashed banana.

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