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Carrot Muffins for Muffin Monday

By Kalamitykelli @venuscorpiogirl
Carrot Muffins for Muffin Monday

Carrot, Golden Raisin, and Pecan Muffins

This month’s Muffin Monday challenge was to work with an ingredient you’ve never worked with before so I made Carrot Muffins.  I chose “healthy” – I know it’s kind of funny but I have never really worked on a purely healthy recipe before but I had several incentives:  First, Mr. Picky Eater’s new boss lady brought him some shredded carrots and I wanted to do something nice for her.  Second, several of the ladies at Mr. Picky Eater’s new office have some dietary challenges and I wanted to remain within the parameters of that as well.  I got to work on a plain muffin recipe that could handle some carrots as well as other goodies like a replacement for the oil generally used in them.  I came up with a good recipe on the very first try!  One of the ladies said they really liked them and would be happy to eat any more that I would care to make – I feel like that’s a good sign and it also keeps Mr. Picky Eater popular with his co-workers!


1 1/2 cups carrots, peeled and finely grated

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all – Purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon or nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Line a muffin tin with liners – spray lightly with non stick spray
  3. In a bowl, mix the pineapple juice, carrots, walnuts and raisins together allowing to soak for about 30 minutes.
  4. In another bowl, mix the sugar and applesauce until well blended.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated.
  6. Add the vanilla and continue mixing for about 30 seconds.
  7. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  8. Add the wet ingredients to the flour and stir until combined.
  9. Drain the juice and add the carrots, nuts and raisins to the mixture stirring to combine.
  10. Fill each muffin liner about 3/4 full and bake approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I and the folks at Mr. Picky Eater’s office did – and they are good for you!  I enjoyed using healthy ingredients.  I might do it more often now.  Enjoy!  Now check out everyone else’s muffins for Muffin Monday!

Carrot Muffins for Muffin Monday

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