Oat Carrot Cake Muffins

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Moist Oat Carrot Cake Muffins with a secret ingredient. You’ll love this healthy breakfast recipe that’s full of flavor. Great for Easter morning!

So have you ever seen the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

In college I was kinda obsessed with it. I HAD to end the evening with at least one show for the night to be complete. We would go on FRIENDS watching binges and then Mike aided that addiction by buying me all 10 seasons!

One of my favorite characters was Phoebe, because her mind was just all over the place.

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Sometimes I feel like I’m similar. I’ve had conversations with Mike before where I’ve jumped to 4 or 5 different places in a conversation and he looks me in utter confusion.

All I can say is “You don’t want to know what’s going on up here.” 🙂

Wanna know my thought process for making these Oat Carrot Cake Muffins?

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I was thinking of Easter recipes.

My mind went to the Easter Bunny.

What do Bunnies eat?

Carrots.

Enter Carrot Cake Muffins!

Not too crazy, some logic right?

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So these muffins. I had to do some testing on this one, the first batch came out really dry. Like you could still see the flour specks in the muffins after it baked. It was pretty nasty. I was convinced this was a keeper so I added a little more yogurt to the recipe and some coconut oil. Moist muffins here we come!

What I love about these Carrot Cake Muffins is the wide variety of different flavors and textures. It has raisins, carrots, crunchy walnuts.  The oats in this recipe bring fiber to the equation so after one muffin you will be full. Hurray!

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They are not as sweet as a typical carrot cake, the coconut sugar is a little subtly in sweetness, but I like it. It still gives you that same Carrot Cake taste but without being put into a sugar coma or loading up on calories.

These muffins are a great option for an on the go breakfast in the morning or a pick me up snack in the afternoon.

Plus who doesn’t want to have cake in the morning? Yup… go make these!

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Oat Carrot Cake Muffins

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 18 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 23 mins
  • yield Yield: 12-14 muffins 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast, Bread

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of white whole wheat
  • 1 cup of regular oats
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups of plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 3/4 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray muffin tin with Pam.
  3. In a large bowl, add eggs, greek yogurt, melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and grated carrots. Using a hand mixer, mix until combined.
  4. Next add in flour, oats, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Mix until everything is combined and there are no more dry patches.
  6. Fold in raisins and chopped walnuts using a spatula.
  7. Scoop muffin batter into muffin tin filling 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
  9. Remove and let sit to cool off. Eat!

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Krista
Hi! I'm the recipe developer and food photographer behind all these easy healthy recipes! I love food, Jesus, morning lattes, and am obsessed with fantasy football!

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53 Responses
  1. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)

    I’m a huge FRIENDS fan! It just came on Netflix and my husband and I have been binge-watching all the episodes! It’s so fun because he never watched the show and I get to relive all the episodes! Anyways- these muffins look incredible!

    1. Krista

      So fun! I love that you and your hubby are watching it together… best date night EVER! (especially bc he’s seeing it for the first time) 🙂

      Thanks on the muffin props.. you need to try them! 🙂

  2. Liz

    Whoa, does this like one delicious way to start the day! I don’t think I’d even miss the lack of cream cheese frosting 😉

  3. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    Friends was the best! I still love watching reruns. These carrot cake muffins look so healthy and delicious, perfect way to start the morning!

  4. amanda @ fake ginger

    Gorgeous photos! I love a muffin with lots of stuff in it so I LOVE that you have carrots, raisins, and walnuts in there!

  5. Annie @Maebells

    I love Friends! We have all the seasons but now that it is on Netflix we have been binge watching it big time! haha! I love the looks of these muffins, anything carrot cake inspired is a winner in my book!

  6. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    Haha, my mind totally does that too when I’m thinking about food. What should I make. Oooo this, and then that. And this should go in it. Oooo look, shiny. Squirrel. Ugh, where was I?!

    Hahahahaha… these muffins look and sound amazing!! I wish there was a cooling rack full of them in front of me right now!

  7. Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines

    I get accused of changing gears too fast for my husband to keep up with me too. 🙂 I suppose that as long as I understand what I’m talking about, it’s all good though, right? I love these muffins. The combination of nuts, dried fruit and carrot sounds fantastic.

    1. Krista

      haha… exactly. Thats what I think. If I get lost in my thoughts then theres a problem. 🙂

      so excited you liked this muffin recipe Christiane!

  8. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled

    I would LOVE one of these carrot cake muffins for breakfast right now! They look delicious! 🙂

  9. Chicago Jogger

    These sound perfect for spring and look so tasty. I follow your logic on the bunny-Easter connection 🙂 Pinning for later!

  10. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I totally made a carrot cake today which was nowhere near as healthy as your muffins! I have only seen one episode of Friends but I know a ton of people who swear by the show!

  11. Christie

    I think our minds work similarly. Carrot cake totally makes sense to me for Easter for the exact same reason. I definitely don’t want to wait until Easter to make these though. Wish I had one right now.

  12. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I Loved FRIENDS too! And Phoebe. I will forever know her as the lady that invented the Smelly Cat Song!
    And these muffins? Cake for breakfast?! YES PLEASE! If that’s the case, I think I will take 3! Pinned!

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