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These Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins are low-carb, vegan-friendly, and super easy to make. They use one bowl, take only a few minutes to prepare, and always come out fluffy and delicious! 

Healthy carrot cake muffins on a plate with one bite taken

Muffins are perfect for a quick morning bite. They’re simple to make, easy to store for a ready-to-go breakfast, and they give you a little bit of sweetness to start the day.

I especially love these healthy carrot cake muffins! They are the perfect mix of sweet with spice. Even better, they’re vegan, low-carb, and gluten-free!

I often make them for breakfast, but they’re excellent as a healthy version of traditional sweet afternoon-tea muffins. Honestly, there’s no bad time of day to enjoy one.

How to make low-carb carrot cake muffins

Making these muffins is a breeze! The batter comes together in one bowl, and the prep time is only 5 minutes. 

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 F (180°C) and line a muffin tray with paper muffin cups.

Step 2: Add all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together thoroughly, making sure there are no lumps and that the spices are spread evenly. 

Dry ingredients for the muffins in a bowl with a whisk

Step 3: Mix the flax meal with the 1/2 cup of water until it becomes a “flax egg”. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in the coconut oil, flax egg, and vanilla extract. Mix together until a rough dough starts to form, careful to avoid over-mixing.

Step 5: Stir in the mashed bananas and shredded carrots. Mix until just incorporated.

Shredded carrots being added to the muffin batter

Step 6: Spoon the mixture into muffin paper cups until just at the top of the paper. 

Muffin batter in the muffin tray, ready to be baked

Step 7: Bake the muffins for 35 – 40 minutes until baked through. 

Finished muffins still in the muffin tray, as seen from above

Step 8: Allow the muffins to cool in the tray for 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

How easy is that? Now you have delicious carrot cake in muffin form to enjoy any time you like!

Tips for making the batter

These muffins are quite simple to make, but I do have a few tips and tricks to make sure they turn out as perfect as possible!

First, I recommend letting all the ingredients come to room temperature before mixing them together. Anything that is too cold from the refrigerator could interfere with the baking process, which can cause the muffins to collapse in the oven. 

For nice, fluffy muffins, set the ingredients out for a bit before you begin to prep!

Also, when making the batter, you want to fold all of the ingredients together gently. Don’t over mix, as this will make the muffins more compact and stiff. Instead, mix the ingredients until just incorporated.

When it comes to your ingredients, I recommend using the freshest spices you can! These are what give the muffins their kick, so the better the spices taste, the better your muffins will taste.

If you aren’t able to find gluten-free baking powder, regular baking powder is fine. Or, to stay strictly gluten-free, you could add another teaspoon of baking soda instead. The muffins won’t rise quite as much, but they will still taste wonderful.

Finally, the key to knowing when your muffins are done is to wait until the tops have browned and then insert a toothpick in the middle. If the toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are finished baking!

Close-up of a muffin on a plate

Storage

I recommend freezing the muffins in an airtight container. They will keep very well for a few weeks.

If you would rather prep the batter ahead of time but bake the muffins fresh when you’re ready to enjoy them, you can do this easily! Simply mix the dry and wet ingredients, but do NOT add the mashed banana or shredded carrot yet. Freeze the almost-ready batter.

On the day you want to bake them, set the batter out to thaw. Once it’s room temperature, add the mashed banana and shredded carrots, bake, and enjoy fresh carrot cake muffins!

Other healthy sweet recipes

It’s no secret that I like my sweet (but healthy!) foods. From sweet breakfasts to sweet snacks to desserts, these recipes are some of my favorites! I even enjoy them for dinner on occasion 🙂 

You can also check out this roundup I created of low-carb breakfast ideas for diabetics for even more great recipe ideas!

When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

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These healthy carrot cake muffins are low-carb, vegan-friendly, and super easy to make. They use one bowl, take only a few minutes to prepare, and always come out fluffy and delicious!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sweetener of choice, (I used Xylitol)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, (make sure it’s a gluten-free version)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1/2 cup water, (replace the flax meal and water with 2 large eggs if not vegan)
  • 1 medium banana, (overripe and mashed)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 F (180°C) and line a muffin tray with muffin paper cups.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together thoroughly, making sure there are no lumps and that the spices are spread evenly.
  • Mix the flax meal with the 1/2 cup of water until it becomes a “flax egg”. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in the coconut oil, flax egg, and vanilla extract. Mix together until a rough dough starts to form, careful to avoid over-mixing.
  • Stir in the mashed bananas and shredded carrots. Mix until just incorporated. 
  • Spoon the mixture into muffin paper cups until just at the top of the paper.
  • Bake the muffins for 35 – 40 minutes until baked through.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the tray for 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Notes

This recipe is for 8 muffins.
Muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for several weeks.
Allow the batter ingredients to come to room temperature before mixing. This prevents the muffins from collapsing in the oven.
Fold the batter together gently. Over-mixing can cause a stiff batter.
The fresher the spices, the better flavor your muffins will have.
Gluten-free baking powder can be replaced with regular baking powder if not gluten-sensitive. For gluten-free, substitute with an extra teaspoon of baking soda.
Muffins are done when the tops have browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Nutrition Info Per Serving

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins
Serving Size
 
1 muffin
Amount per Serving
Calories
189
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13.9
g
21
%
Saturated Fat
 
8.4
g
42
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1.7
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.9
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
226.5
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
268.7
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
17.3
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3.9
g
16
%
Sugar
 
5.6
g
6
%
Protein
 
3.8
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
9530
IU
191
%
Vitamin C
 
7.5
mg
9
%
Calcium
 
44
mg
4
%
Iron
 
0.5
mg
3
%
Net carbs
 
13.4
g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.