Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins

A small batch recipe for moist applesauce carrot cake muffins. A healthy and flavorful breakfast or snack!

Moist applesauce carrot cake muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Every so often when I’ve gone grocery shopping, I’ve wished I brought headphones so I could shop and listen to music. Sure, some stores play music, but it’s not always something I want to listen to…especially if it’s September or October and Christmas music is already playing. Maybe it’s silly to want to listen to my own music. Maybe it seems rude or like shutting out the world. But I think it would make shopping more enjoyable. It’s not like I have conversations with people when I’m out shopping anyway, unless my kids are with me… or the occasional greetings with familiar faces, but nothing drawn out. Have you ever done this? I feel like it needs to become a thing.

Also, I keep going through phases where I have a favorite song. Something new (to me) or random will come on one of my Pandora stations and then that’s all I want to listen to. Of course that means seeing if Amazon Prime or YouTube has it so I can get my fix. Yes, I realize I could switch music service apps, but I’m content with what I have for the most part. So anyway… my latest song obsession is “Stand by You” by Rachel Platten, who also sings “Fight Song.” Such a fun song and I just realized that the entire album is free to stream with Amazon Prime. Yay! Pretty sure this needs to be the music for my next grocery trip.

Moist applesauce carrot cake muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’ve been craving Spring food since the start of the year. I know it’s kind of crazy since I’m jumping straight over the rest of January, February and part of March to get to something we’d see closer to Easter, but I had a craving and couldn’t resist it any longer. Plus, since these are loaded with carrots, they’re basically good for you so they should be allowed all year long… especially when you’re trying to eat healthier… right? Right.

This small batch recipe for moist and flavorful applesauce carrot cake muffins is an absolute must make. They’re the perfect breakfast or mid-morning snack. And you’ll likely want to make a double batch since they’ll disappear so fast! They’re that good! My family gobbled these up and I’m sure yours will too!

Moist applesauce carrot cake muffins perfect for the entire family! Be sure to add these to your weekly baking plans!

Moist applesauce carrot cake muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 6 muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins

A small batch recipe for moist applesauce carrot cake muffins. A healthy and flavorful breakfast or snack!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4C applesauce
  • 1/2Tb vegetable oil
  • 1/4C granulated sugar
  • 1/4C light brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4C carrots, finely shredded
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1C all purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with six paper liners. 
  2. Finely shred carrots and chop well to eliminate any large pieces. 
  3. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together applesauce, vegetable oil and sugars until fully combined. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by carrots. Scrape the bowl as needed. Add remaining dry ingredients, mixing well until no streaks remain. 
  4. Divide mixture evenly between prepared paper liners, adding 1 heaping large cookie scoop per liner. Liners should be nearly full. 
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. 
  6. Cool in pan for several minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to several days. 

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Moist applesauce carrot cake muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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26 Responses to “Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 18, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I LOVE rachel platten! i always forget about Amazon Prime streaming..I need to take advantage. I want a whole batch of these muffins! They seem so fluffy and moist and full of flavor!

    • Rachel — January 19th, 2016 @ 7:21 am

      She’s so fun and yes, you need to remember to use it more!

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    Liz — January 18, 2016 at 7:31 am

    You’ve just combined two of my favorite baked good flavors—apple and carrot cake! And for breakfast. Hooray!

    • Rachel — January 19th, 2016 @ 7:21 am

      Thanks Liz!

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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom — January 18, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for bringing a bit of spring my way–I love these flavors and am ready for warmer weather (already!)

    • Rachel — January 19th, 2016 @ 7:21 am

      Me too, Kristen! I’m ready for Spring in a big way!

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    Marye — January 18, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Oh yum, these muffins sound wonderful! I would love one for breakfast!

    • Rachel — January 19th, 2016 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks Marye!

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    Ramona W — January 18, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    What a lovely muffin… I can almost see how tender the cake is from the photos! :)

    • Rachel — January 19th, 2016 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks Ramona!

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    Cassie — January 18, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Rachel! For the carrots, is it 3/4 c after shredded? If not, about how many carrots would be 3/4 cup? Thank you!

    • Rachel — January 19th, 2016 @ 7:22 am

      3/4 finely shredded carrots. The number of carrots will vary depending on their size, so be sure to still measure, but it should be roughly 3 carrots.

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    Heather @ Boston Girl Bakes — January 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    You’re right! Headphones would be great– I do love grocery shopping but sometimes i wish I had the whole store to myself! These muffins look awesome and applesauce always makes me feel less guilty! :)

    • Rachel — January 20th, 2016 @ 7:27 am

      Thanks so much Heather! And yes having the whole store to ourselves would be fantastic. So much quieter.

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    Alida // Alida's Kitchen — January 20, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Carrot cake is my favorite…love this healthier version made into a breakfast treat!

    • Rachel — January 21st, 2016 @ 9:54 am

      Thanks Alida!

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    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — January 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I have been craving spring flavors too!! Lemon all the things! These muffins are so going to happen in my house, I know my kids (and I) will devour them!

    • Rachel — January 22nd, 2016 @ 7:14 am

      I hope everyone enjoys them! :)

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    Janet — January 22, 2016 at 9:47 am

    These look delicious! A couple of questions before I make these – is the applesauce unsweetened, and is the brown sugar packed or not? Thanks!

    • Rachel — January 23rd, 2016 @ 7:56 am

      Lightly packed brown sugar is fine. Feel free to use whatever applesauce you have on hand.

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    Kailey M — April 7, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Just whipped up a batch of these and they are scrumptious!! Amazing recipie! So moist and fluffy, reminiscent of the carrot muffins from my college caf – sans a million calories lol! Will definitely be making these on a regular basis :)
    Thanks for the great recipie Rachel!

    • Rachel — April 8th, 2016 @ 7:07 am

      So glad you enjoyed them so much, Kailey! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    LU — April 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    Would it still work fine if I substituted 1/4 cup maple syrup for the granulated sugar, and dark brown sugar instead of light?

    • Rachel — April 11th, 2016 @ 8:37 am

      If you’re familiar with those substitutions, then you could definitely give it a try. The only issue that you may run into is with the maple syrup, as it’s not a 1:1 substitution and there are already several liquid ingredients. I can’t say for sure that it will work well with this particular recipe.

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    Sandra — August 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Can these be made with whole wheat flour instead?

    • Rachel — August 26th, 2016 @ 7:40 am

      If you’re comfortable with doing so, then I’d say it’s worth a try. If you’re not familiar with how to best substitute flours for each other then I’d recommend sticking with the recipe as written.

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