Homemade carrot raisin muffins

Do you love muffins? Looking for a new recipe to try? Then make these homemade carrot raisin muffins. In our home, muffins are one of our favorite items to bake. In fact, part of my weekly baking routine is to make a big batch of muffins, usually around twenty-four. These muffins are great for breakfasts, in school lunches or as snacks between meals. It’s also not uncommon to have them as dessert, we love them that much.

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Homemade carrot raisin muffins

Muffins are an inherently easy item to make. A few basic ingredients plus those few items that make a particular type of muffin, give them a mix, pop them in the oven and before you know it, there are fresh from the oven muffins ready to eat. These carrot raisin muffins are one of our favorites to make. Though admittedly, we love all muffins and rotate through several varieties.

To ramp up the flavor of these muffins, use homegrown carrots. While store-bought carrots can easily be used, they are far less flavorful compared to garden-grown carrots.

The raisins in this recipe can be omitted if you do not like raisins. However, I will say that the flavor and texture of these muffins are greatly improved by them, so I highly recommend that you add them. Other dried fruit could be substituted in place of the raisins. Another option is to add chopped walnut in place of or in addition to the raisins.

This recipe makes 24 muffins. It can easily be doubled or halved if you required more or fewer muffins. These muffins freeze well, so they can be made ahead of time and thawed when needed.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon, optional
  • 1/2-1 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins with silicone muffin liners. Melt butter.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth. Add in the melted butter, milk and carrots. Mix well.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, and powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until batter is smooth.
  4. Fold in the raisins.
  5. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 20 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick and checking if it comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Be sure to give these homemade carrot raisin muffins a try. They are great fresh and can easily be popped into the freezer for the future.

33 Comments

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    These look so good! I might have to try these – minus the raisins. Always easier to get kids to eat veggies when they’re in muffins!

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      I hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try. I agree muffins are a great way to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.

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    These muffins look delicious! I am trying to be more experimental with my baking and this looks like a good recipe to try. I imagine they taste amazing with a cup of tea. Thanks for sharing – I’m seriously craving a muffin right now! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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      That’s great to hear that you are working on trying new things with baking. I am sure they would go well with tea, I know they are great with a cup of hot chocolate. I hope you give them a try to get over that muffin craving.

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    These look and sound amazing. I know not the same but carrot cake is my favourite. Also with a fussy eater that won’t eat vegetables, I think these may be a way to get her to eat some carrots. Thank you for sharing the recipe 😊.

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      We love carrot cake as well, and this muffin kind of reminds me of it but less sweet and obviously missing the icing. Muffins are an excellent way to get more fruits and vegetables into kids, especially fussy eaters. I hope you enjoy them if you do give them a try.

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    These look delicious! They look like they belong in a cafe! I’m not huge on rasins either but if they’re in something they’re much nicer 😌 Thanks for sharing!

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      Thank you! Raisins are better if they are in something. Hope you give them a try!

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    Mmmmn, these look so tasty, and they’re really quite healthy too, win win. I’d probably have to leave out the raisins as my daughter hates them – perhaps some dried cranberries instead. Yum! Lisa x

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      Delicious and healthy for sure. We have tried them with dried cranberries and they work well.

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    These look great! We love muffins for breakfast and snack time!

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      They do make great snacks and breakfasts for sure.

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    Those muffins are so healthy! I would love to try this someday! A must for those fussy kids 🙂

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      I hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try.

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    My husband is a HUGE fan of things like carrot cake. I’m going to have to make these for him – he’ll go crazy!

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      He’ll love these for sure!

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    Oh my gosh! I have been really into making muffins and breads lately! This look delicious! Thanks for the post!

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      I hope you enjoy them if you do give them a try. They are really good and easy to make.

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    I haven’t had muffins in so long, you’ve given me a real craving for them now! I’ve never had carrot cake either but everyone I say that too says it’s amazing, I bet it tastes just as great in a muffin ☺️

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

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      Carrot cake is also great, like an extra moist carrot muffin with icing. I hope you are able to give these a try.

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      I hope you do give them a try, they are really good.

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      They really are delicious.

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    I love carrot muffins! I will definitely be trying these. I’m so curious about raisins and carrots. Thank you for sharing this.

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      I hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try. Personally, they are significantly better with raisins, but even without them these muffins are great.

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    Ahhh…comforting food in these trying times! Think I will use up my current batch of carrots making these today.

    I, too, enjoy muffins at all different times of day, not just for breakfast. Thanks for a new recipe!

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      Muffins make a great comfort food. I hope you enjoy them!

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    These sound so delicious! I’ve actually never made carrot muffins before…huh. Just carrot bread and carrot cake. Now I am craving these and some blueberry muffins. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Carrot muffins are very similar to bread and cake, so if you like those then you will enjoy these muffins. Oh, blueberry muffins are great as well! I need to make some of those again soon.

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    These sound great! I only recently discovered that I actually like carrot cake so think I’ll have to give these a go soon 🙂

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      If you like carrot cake then you will like these muffins. They are very similar in taste but are less sweet and don’t have the icing. Hope you give them a try!

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    Carrots are not a favorite of ours, but we love when you can “hide” them in a recipe! And the fact that this one calls for three full cups…that is awesome! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try and see who we can help get their daily allotment of carrots in! 🙂

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