Healthy Carrot Muffins are the perfect gluten free treat! Packed with veggies + sweetened only with honey/fruit. They’re moist + delicious! This post is sponsored by my friends at Bob’s Red Mill.
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Get ready to meet your new favorite Spring treat: these Healthy Carrot Muffins.
I’m kinda in love with them for a few reasons…
One: they just taste really delicious. They’re lightly sweet from just honey and pineapple and have such a yummy flavor.
Two: they have veggies in them. More veggies = healthier muffins = you can eat more of them… right?
Three: they’re super easy to make and have the perfect muffin texture. Not too dry, not too moist.. slightly cakey, slightly dense… 100% perfect.
This recipe originally came from my friend Kyle’s Mom. When we were younger, I can distinctly remember baking these at her house + begging my mom to get the recipe so that we could make them at home too!
They almost tasted like carrot cake, but weren’t as sweet – I absolutely loved them (and still do). If you want a healthier cake recipe, try this Healthy Carrot Cake!
The original pineapple carrot muffins recipe had a lot of oil, sugar, and white flour. While those ingredients are fine on occasion, I knew I could make it a little bit healthier!
What makes these Carrot Muffins healthy?
These muffins are actually good for you! Unlike many muffins loaded with sugar and fat – these are delicious and wholesome!
- Heart healthy oils – I subbed the oil for a little less coconut oil, which is more nutritious than vegetable oil.
- Sweetened with honey and fruit – the original recipe had white sugar, which I swapped with honey.
- Veggies – It’s got carrots in it so it’s gotta be healthy, right?!
- Gluten Free Oat Flour – I swapped white flour for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oat Flour. This is one of my favorite gluten free flours to bake with. I find that it easily swaps into pretty much any recipe, and amps up the fiber/protein content.
Plus, I love that this flour is made in a dedicated gluten free facility so I don’t have to worry about cross contamination when baking for my celiac friends!
Ingredients for Healthy Carrot Muffins:
To make healthy carrot cake muffinsyou’ll need:
- shredded or grated carrots
- crushed pineapple
- honey, coconut oil
- GF oat flour
- baking powder, baking soda
- salt, cinnamon, and ground ginger
We love these silicone muffin liners for baking!
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
You only need 11 simple ingredients to make these yummy muffins – let me show you how so you can make them for all your Spring baking needs!
How to make Healthy Carrot Muffins:
Making healthy carrot cake muffins is simple.
- Mix your wet ingredients (oil, eggs, and honey).
- Once those are combined, stir in your grated carrots and crushed pineapple.
- Add in your spices, baking powder/soda + flour.
- The batter should be nice and thick!
- Add the batter to a lined muffin tin + bake.
- In under 30 minutes, you’ll have perfectly cooked Healthy Carrot Muffins!
Substitutions for these Carrot Cake Muffins with Pineapple:
These muffins are pretty versatile. Here are some substitutions for you!
Eggs: I haven’t tried making these muffins with an egg substitute so I’m not sure if it will work.
Pineapple: I haven’t tried making this with fresh pineapple – but I think this would also work as long as you chopped it in VERY fine pieces. For canned pineapple – make sure it is unsweetened and just 100% pure pineapple! Make sure to drain it.
Canned Pineapple: If you don’t have crushed canned pineapple, you could sub applesauce or even mashed bananas, but we don’t recommend it.
Flour: I haven’t tried making these with any other flour, but I think it would work! I love to bake with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and Organic Unbleached All Purpose Flour too! You could also use this DIY Oat Flour.
To make vegan: I have not tried making these vegan. You might be able to sub eggs with flax eggs + add an extra 1/2 tsp baking powder but I do not know if it will work. Try flax eggs at your own risk! Sub honey for maple syrup.
Bread: I haven’t tried making this as a bread or cake but I think it might work. I think with the amount of batter you might only be able to get an 8×8 cake but I really am not sure. If you try it please let me know!
Mini Muffins: These work great as mini-muffins. They’ll need a little less time in the oven – probably around 10-12 minutes total to bake!
Raisins: A 1/2 cup of raisins would be a great addition to this and would make these muffins taste like carrot cake!
Cupcakes: You could turn these muffins into cupcakes, or try these Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes.
These healthy carrot cake muffins are so delicious that I honestly think you could put Healthier Cream Cheese Frosting on them and call them a cupcake. They could totally pass off as carrot cake’s less sweet/heavy cousin, but no matter how you make them I think you’ll love them!
I’m definitely going to be bringing these to my Easter brunch to share with family- you should too!
How to Store Skinny Carrot Muffins:
Storing Skinny Carrot Muffins: You can store these muffins covered on your counter for a few days, but I recommend keeping them in the refrigerator for freshness! The muffin will last up to a week in the refrigerator – but will lose their freshness after about 3 days on the counter.
How to freeze Carrot Muffins: I like to freeze muffins in a reusable Ziploc bag or an air-tight container. It’s best not to stack them on one another when freezing because they may stick together. When you’re ready to serve – pop in the microwave or the toaster oven until they’re warmed through.
Carrot Oatmeal Muffin FAQ
Any muffin that is made with clean ingredients has sneaky veggies, and is low in sugar is healthy for you! These healthy carrot cake muffins are all of that!
Absolutely! Cut back on the sugar, use whole grains, add veggies and you’ll have a healthy muffin!
Room temperature ingredients help make muffins fluffy. If you don’t have enough or have too much baking powder or baking soda it will also impact whether your muffins are fluffy or not.
Butter, oil and eggs can help make muffins moist. Adding in chopped fresh fruit can also help make your muffins moist.
The best way to grate carrots for a cake or muffins is with a cheese grater. Peel carrots and grate them on the thick grate side of a cheese grater.
Other healthy muffin recipes you’ll love:
Healthy Carrot Muffins
- Pour 1/3 cup of batter into greased muffin tin. They should be filled to the top of the liner but not overflowing.
- Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes until muffins are golden brown + toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.
- To make vegan: Sub eggs with flax eggs + extra 1/2 tsp baking powder. Sub honey for maple syrup.
- Sweetener: You can sub honey with maple syrup.
- Flour: I haven’t tried making these with any other flour, but I think it would work! I love to bake with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and their Organic Unbleached All Purpose Flour too!
- Fresh Pineapple: I haven’t tried making this with fresh pineapple – but I think this would also work as long as you chopped it in fine pieces. For canned pineapple – make sure it is unsweetened and just 100% pure pineapple!