Carrot Cake Muffins, they’re very nearly healthy!

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 28 - 2011

I made these because Leila refuses all vegetables… I don’t see them as a viable, long-term way of increasing her veg count… I just get sick pleasures from knowing that she’s eating quarter of a carrot per muffin.  And loving it.

Because I *was* trying to make them a little healthier… my recipe goes something like this (sorry it’s in cups but I wouldn’t be without my trusty measuring cups nowadays – I hate weighing things!):

1 cup sultanas (they stay juicier than raisins)
2 cups plain flour (if you want to be healthier, substitute 1 cup for wholewheat)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
tiny pinch of salt
2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
4 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup apple sauce (the normal kind you get in a jar for pork roasts!)
3/4 cup brown sugar (next time I’m gonna try Agave Nectar)
3 cups shredded carrots (about 6 medium whole carrots)

1.  Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius and line a tin with paper muffin liners.

2.  In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

3.  In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, oil and brown sugar; beat well.  Combine both wet and dry mixtures and mix briefly just to combine, don’t overmix.

4.  Fold in the carrots (I had previously pulverised them in the food processor) and sultanas before spooning the mixture into the muffin cases.

5.  Bake in a preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

You can ice/frost them if you want but this will obviously KILL the healthy stance!  They’re not the sweetest treat but they’re filling and taste pretty much like carrot cake without the frosting.  Leila eats one along with her yoghurt in the morning.

Once cooled, I pop them in a tupperware box and store in the freezer.  To defrost, I just take one out and zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Perfect!  These would be great to take out of the freezer and pop in your work lunchbox too… defrosted by lunchtime and not horribly unhealthy – whoop!

14 Responses to “Carrot Cake Muffins, they’re very nearly healthy!”

  1. KIM says:

    sounds yummie and healthy!! I will definitely make a batch for my godson (2.5 yrs old) this weekend :)

  2. Tass says:

    I haven’t had lunch yet and I’m salivating just looking at these. I would definitely need a large dollop of cream cheese frosting though xx

  3. Catriona says:


    Apparently you can make brownies with sweet potato in them and they’re yummy and moist…not tried it myself yet though.

  4. Robyn says:

    I never thought to blitz my carrots, I’m always there grating them for ten years and lets face it, one day I’ll just keep going and grate my knuckles off!

  5. Yinnie says:

    You could always try putting fruit into jelly for her 5 a day?

    • She hates Jelly! She eats fruit though without complaint… apples, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries (her fav)… doesn’t go much on mangos and melons though. You can tell I cling to her love for fruit, talk about variety!

  6. Leah says:

    Om nom nom. They look much nicer then the Slimming World carrot cake I used to make. I’ll definitely try these. x

  7. FragrantWitch says:

    These look lovely! For more sneaky veg try the cookbook ‘Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache’. Lots of gorgeous things to bake with very little butter and sugar and lots of veg for sweetness and moisture. The Birthday Cake, Banana Bread and Chocolate Brownies are particularly wonderful! My daughters, 2 and 4.5, love them and notice NO difference. Success! Also ‘Snog- Healthy Treats’ is good as uses agave syrup rather than sugar so no faffing about working out the substitution- this makes me very happy. :-)

  8. Ha! I love those “mum” tricks of hiding stuff you hate in other stuff you like, my lot never get a spag bol or shepherds pie without a ball or two of frozen spinach being lobbed in. That said have yet to find a way of hiding smoked haddock or apricots, both of which are universally loathed round these parts!

  9. Yum! My brother is having the same problem with my nephew so they started sneaking spinach into his grilled cheese sandwiches… seems to have worked!

    My mom says when we were young she used to chop up spinach, carrots, etc. very finely and put it into meatloaf. Possibility?

  10. Along similar lines, I’ve found that there are a few veggies that sneak into fruit smoothies very well! Squash, peas, carrots & sweet potatoes are pretty undetectable amongst some blueberries, strawberries, and some yogurt all blended up!

    Also, I made these veggie kugels for Passover last year and they went over swimmingly- they’re mostly apple, carrot & sweet potato (OK, some butter too, but there’s veg!) I like them because you can add sugar & cinnamon and make them sweet, similar to your carrot muffins, or leave it out & add a bit more salt for a savory version.

    Ah, the things we do for our kids!

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