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

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.

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!

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Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 muffins
A small batch recipe for moist applesauce carrot cake muffins. A healthy and flavorful breakfast or snack!


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with six paper liners. 
  • Finely shred carrots and chop well to eliminate any large pieces. 
  • 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. 
  • Divide mixture evenly between prepared paper liners, adding 1 heaping large cookie scoop per liner. Liners should be nearly full. 
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. 
  • Cool in pan for several minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Store in an airtight container for up to several days. 


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel


Calories: 178kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 228mg, Potassium: 106mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 2717IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most accurate data, use your preferred nutrition calculator with the actual ingredients you used to make this recipe.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Muffin

Moist applesauce carrot cake muffin recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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