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Carrot Cake Muffins

This incredible healthy Carrot Cake Muffins recipe come complete with a delicious streusel topping and pepitas for an extra crunch.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake muffins, muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 138kcal


For Streusel Topping

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp butter unsalted, melted

For Muffins


  • Prepare oven and muffin pan: Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and spray each liner with cooking spray. This will ensure paper liners come off smoothly from muffins.
  • Prepare streusel topping: First prepare the streusel topping by combining the 2 tbsp of flour with the tbsp of brown sugar, breaking the sugar with a fork. Add the butter and stir in with a fork, or use your fingers to crumble up the mixture. Set aside.
  • Prepare muffin batter: To prepare the muffin batter, first combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine properly.
  • In another bowl add the eggs, applesauce, buttermilk, the sugars, vanilla extract and whisk well or use your mixer to mix properly. Using a spatula stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the grated carrots.
  • Fill muffin cups with batter: Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter equally among the 12 cups.
  • Top muffins with streusel: Sprinkle each muffin with some of the streusel topping and the pepitas.
  • Bake: Bake for 20 minutes or until muffins are done. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick in the center of a muffin and if it comes out clean the muffins are baked.
  • Cool and serve: Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove and serve.



* Pepitas is a Spanish culinary term for pumpkin seeds.
I used applesauce in this recipe to make the muffins low fat and a bit healthier but you can substitute the applesauce with equal amount vegetable oil.
To make these muffins even healthier you could substitute pure maple syrup for the sugars in equal amount.
Feel free to add nuts or raisins to these muffins as well.
To store muffins for a few days, line the bottom of an airtight container with paper towels. Line up your muffins in the container, then top with another layer of paper towels, then seal with the lid. The paper towels will absorb the extra moisture and your muffins will retain their texture and flavor for up to 4 days.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.42g | Protein: 3.87g | Fat: 2.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.839g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.519g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.676g | Trans Fat: 0.033g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 8.57g | Vitamin A: 6700IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.4mg