Carrot Muffins – Healthy Options

Sweet crunchy carrots and fall spices make these delicious carrot muffins perfect anytime snacks and breakfast picks.

The Backstory: There’s just nothing like the smell of carrot muffins baking in the oven. The warm autumn aromas of ginger, cinnamon, orange zest and the sweet carrots are truly a delight for the senses, but that is nothing compared to how delicious these muffins taste. These are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or anytime you feel like a healthy snack that’s big on flavor. They’re also perfect for gift giving at the holidays (imagine a big basket of beautifully-hued muffins tied with a ribbon), or served on a holiday buffet table. Any way you serve them, this easy recipe is certain to become one of your go-to favorites. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Carrot Muffins - Healthy Options

Moist, sweet, and with a hint of orange, ginger, and cinnamon, these delicious muffins bake up in only 20 minutes. They're big on flavor and low on calories (less than 200 per muffin) --another reason why they'll become one of your go-to, favorite recipes.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cup carrots, raw, finely shredded
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. grated raw orange peel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Combine first seven ingredients. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk egg, then stir in milk, carrots, oil, grated orange peel, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir gently to combine until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over-mix.
  3. Spoon equal portions of muffin batter into 12 non-stick muffin cups (or ones sprayed with non-stick spray).
  4. Bake in a 375 degree oven until the surface of the muffins are golden and spring back when lightly pressed and center is cooked through--about 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  160
Total Fat: 3.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates: 29g
Sodium: 250mg
Fiber: 3g

…The Backstory continues: You can find many delicious recipes like this one in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Orange Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes to Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Spirals — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!

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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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