Spiced Carrot Muffins - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipes

Carrot muffins are great for breakfast or a snack.  These spiced carrot muffins go the extra mile by also adding a little vegetable to an otherwise sweet treat.  Just a few basic ingredients, a lot of fun spice, and about 30 minutes will get you a delicious and easy treat that even your kids will love.

Spiced Carrot Muffins - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipes

I made these muffins when I was a member of the Secret Recipe Club when I was assigned the blog Samayalaria.  I was really excited to be assigned a blog that is so different from mine.  And a little worried about converting grams and Gas Marks in to something I knew, but a challenge is fun! I spent a lot of time perusing Samaylaria and found so many different foods that I've never been exposed to.  There is also a slew of eggless recipes if you need to avoid eggs.  I was determined to make something new and exciting!

In the end, I was not adventurous at all. I finally decided to make carrot spice muffins because it was morning and I needed breakfast.  Plus I love sneaking veggies in to “cupcakes” for the kids.  These were so delicious and my kids loved them! I really liked the flavor from all the spices.  These muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast on Easter morning, too.

I did make a few changes to the recipe. I didn't have any yogurt or buttermilk so I used sour cream instead.  I left out cardamom because all I have are whole pods and I didn't feel like pulverizing them.  I've included salt in the recipe, but I'm listing it as optional.  These were almost too salty for me so next time I'd add just a pinch at the very most. Feel free to mix in some add ins – my kids are picky so I just used carrots.


Spiced Carrot Muffins: Secret Recipe Club

Serves 6-8     adjust servings


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional, not recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • a pinch of all spice
  • a pinch of ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (yogurt or buttermilk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Optional add ins: shredded coconut, raisins, nuts


  1. In a small bowl stir together carrots, sugar, oil, sour cream, vanilla, eggs and any mix ins.
  2. In a larger bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and all spice.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Mixture will be very thick.
  4. Fill cups of muffin tin 2/3-3/4 full with batter.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 218kcal Calories from fat 107
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 164mg 7%
Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
Spiced Carrot Muffins - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipes
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13 comments on “Spiced Carrot Muffins

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made it today and they taste wonderful. My only complaint is that they didn’t rise very much. They did get taller, but then they ended up caving in. I followed the recipe exactly. Maybe it needs more flour?

    • Hi Hope! That is often an indication of too much baking powder. The 1/2 teaspoon worked fine for me but maybe try cutting that back to 1/4 teaspoon next time and see if that works.

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  4. I love carrot muffins, carrot cake, carrot anything so I am sure I would love these. Good choice of SRC recipe.

  5. I love carrot cake and spiced cakes so I know I would love these.

  6. Hi Camille, thank you so much for trying out these muffins, these muffins were basically from Bakerstreet.tv, check out her blog she has numerous muffin recipes, my kids too enjoyed it. Hope your children liked it and you people enjoyed it.

  7. What a great choice – I love carrot muffins – delicious and healthy all at the same time.

  8. I was just thinking about finding a go-to carrot muffin! Love the spices, too. I’ll have to give this a go.

  9. Oh I need to make these! I’m always looking for a way to get my daughter to eat more vegetables plus it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve made muffins.

  10. I may need to make these for my kids (and for me) the flavors sound wonderful.

  11. Good Morning Camille,
    I sure would like to have one of these awesome Spiced Carrot Muffins to go with my coffee. This is a great recipe for the SRC, thanks for sharing.
    Miz Helen