Healthy Spiced Carrot Orange Muffins

Monday, February 23, 2015 3 0

This Sunday was the first day in… I can’t remember how long!… that we had no plans, no errands to run, and I could spend it doing whatever I wanted – sleeping in, going for a run, cooking my favourite eggs breakfast, and focusing on the blog. J was at hockey this morning and I had a few hours to myself, and the free time felt glorious. I had almost forgotten what lounging around the house on a weekend felt like! This weekend was honestly amazing. J and I did a few spontaneous things together, that felt like we were back in our early days of dating again! We also spent time with family, we biked to the beach in the [cool] sunshine, and we cooked homemade pasta together for Sunday dinner. (Perhaps a pasta recipe to come!)

Spiced Carrot Orange Muffins

On Sunday morning, I baked these Healthy Spiced Carrot Orange muffins, based on my tried-and-true Orange Cranberry muffins that J loves so much that he won’t let me make anything else. So today I gave him a compromise – I’d keep the base of the Orange muffins, but I’d add some warm spices – cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and some healthy grated carrots. Think a less intensely carrot-y carrot muffin. If you’re looking for a true carrot cake-like muffin, these are not for you. These muffins are a hybrid of carrots and oranges that are spiced and fresh at the same time. They are a great muffin to keep in the freezer and grab and go before work or for snacks.

I hope your weekends were equally as wonderful!

Healthy Spiced Carrot Orange Muffins

Spiced Carrot Orange Muffins
Yields 12
A healthy grab-n-go breakfast.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1/2 orange, with peel on
  2. 3/4 cup orange juice
  3. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 cup grated carrots
  7. 2 cups flour
  8. 1/2 cup brown sugar (plus an extra 1/4 cup if you like your muffins sweeter)
  9. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  11. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  12. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  13. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  14. 1/2 cup raisins
  1. In a blender, add the orange half and orange juice and blend until smooth. Add melted butter and blend, then add eggs and vanilla and blend again until smooth. Pour into a medium-size bowl. Add grated carrots and stir until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and raisins. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just moistened.
  3. Line a muffin tray with liners (or grease instead) and scoop a heaping spoonful of batter into each liner.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F for 17-20 minutes.
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  • Magda Bel
    March 3, 2016

    Thank you so much for this scrumptious recipe, these are, hands down, my favourite muffins! So flavorful and satisfying.

    • thelovely
      March 16, 2016

      Thanks Magda, that’s so wonderful to hear!!

  • Deanna
    May 3, 2016

    I am just after making this fabulous muffins and I am in love :)! They are a really great healthy snack. I made a batch of 26 and at 76 calories per muffin they are the perfect treat

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