Vegan Carrot Muffins – Loving It Vegan


These vegan carrot muffins are the best you’ve ever tasted! They’re moist, full of flavor and easy to make. Perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Vegan carrot muffins topped with chopped walnuts.

One of my favorite things about muffins is that they’re basically dessert that you can eat for breakfast.

Having one of these vegan carrot muffins for breakfast is like having carrot cake for breakfast. And you’ll love every bite of it.

They’re soft, moist, perfectly spiced and so flavorful!

And if you love the combo of carrots + baked goods then you’ll also love our vegan carrot cake and our vegan carrot cake cupcakes.

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make These Muffins:

Photo of the ingredients needed to make vegan carrot muffins.

Ingredient Notes

  • Carrots – your carrots should be freshly grated/shredded for these muffins. Don’t use pre-shredded carrots as they will be too dry. You need to do it up fresh yourself. The best way to do it is in the food processor. A box grater will also work but will just take longer.
  • Walnuts – are entirely optional. But some chopped walnuts in the batter and a few on top (for looks) is delicious. Pecans also work great.
  • Flax eggs – this recipe uses 2 flax eggs which is a mix of ground flaxseeds with hot water. If you need a substitute for this then you can use 6 tablespoons of applesauce.
  • All purpose flour – should be measured correctly. Ideally weigh it out on a food scale. Otherwise spoon and level it. Spoon the flour into a measuring cup and then level off the top with a knife.
  • Canola oil – can be replaced with vegetable oil or melted coconut oil. If you use melted coconut oil the batter will be even thicker and a bit more difficult to handle.
Vegan carrot muffin lying on its side.

How To Make Vegan Carrot Muffins

You will find full instructions and measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a summary of the process to go along with the process photos.

  • Sift all purpose flour into a mixing bowl and add light brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Mix together.
Two photo collage showing dry ingredients added to mixing bowl and mixed.
  • Prepare your flax eggs by mixing 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds with 6 tablespoons of hot water. Let it sit for a minute to become gloopy.
  • Add the flax eggs, grated carrot, canola oil, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar. Mix into a thick batter. If you have any difficulty with the batter coming together then just step away from the bowl for a couple of minutes, which will give the carrots time to release more moisture into the bowl. When you come back you’ll be able to mix it into a thick batter.
Two photo collage showing wet ingredients added to mixing bowl and mixed.
  • Add chopped walnuts and mix in.
Two photo collage showing chopped walnuts added to mixing bowl and mixed in.
  • Divide the batter between 12 muffin liners in a muffin tray.
  • Bake at 350°F for 22-25 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins. It should come out clean.
Two photo collage showing carrot muffins in a muffin tray before and after baking.
  • Transfer the muffins to a wire cooling rack to cool and then enjoy!
Two photo collage showing muffins on a wire cooling rack and then ready to serve.

Recipe Tips

The batter is thick. The batter is very thick, but it does come together. If you’re having any issues with mixing it, just step away from the bowl for a couple of minutes, this will give the carrots time to release more water into the batter and then it will all come together.

Muffin liners. I usually don’t use liners when making muffins as you don’t get the classic ‘muffin top’ that you like to see with muffins! But these muffins are so moist that they can stick, so I tend to prefer them with liners. If you do choose to omit liners make sure you spray your muffin tray well with non-stick spray.

Make them gluten-free. To make these vegan carrot muffins gluten-free you can use a gluten-free all purpose baking blend in the same quantity as the regular flour.

Vegan carrot muffins topped with chopped walnuts.

Storing and Freezing

They are absolutely at peak deliciousness on the day of baking. So eat as many as you can. Haha! But if you have leftovers then keep them stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to a week. Let them come to room temperature before serving.

They are also freezer friendly for up to 3 months. Let them cool completely and then freeze them on the day of baking so they are at their freshest. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

Vegan carrot muffin cut in half.

More Vegan Muffins

  1. Vegan Zucchini Muffins
  2. Vegan Bran Muffins
  3. Vegan Banana Bread Muffins
  4. Vegan Blueberry Muffins
  5. Vegan Chocolate Muffins
  6. Vegan Banana Muffins

Did you make this recipe? Be sure to leave a comment and rating below!

Vegan carrot muffins in orange liners and topped with chopped walnuts.

Vegan Carrot Muffins

These vegan carrot muffins are the best you’ve ever tasted! They’re moist, full of flavor and easy to make. Perfect for breakfast or a snack.

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Course: Breakfast, Dessert

Cuisine: American, Vegan

Diet: Vegan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 12

Calories: 292kcal

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a muffin tray with muffin liners.

  • Sift all purpose flour into a mixing bowl and add light brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Mix together.

  • Prepare your flax eggs by mixing 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds with 6 tablespoons of hot water. Let it sit for a minute to become gloopy.

  • Add the flax eggs, grated carrot, canola oil, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar. Mix into a thick batter. If you have any difficulty with the batter coming together then just step away from the bowl for a couple of minutes, which will give the carrots time to release more moisture into the bowl. When you come back you’ll be able to mix it into a thick batter.

  • Add chopped walnuts and mix in.

  • Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin liners in the muffin tray.

  • Bake for 22-25 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins. It should come out clean.

  • Transfer the muffins to a wire cooling rack to cool and then enjoy!

Notes

  1. All purpose flour – should be measured correctly. Ideally weigh it out on a food scale. Otherwise spoon and level it. Spoon the flour into a measuring cup and then level off the top with a knife.
  2. Flax eggs – this recipe uses 2 flax eggs which is a mix of ground flaxseeds with hot water. If you need a substitute for this then you can use 6 tablespoons of applesauce.
  3. Carrots – your carrots should be freshly grated/shredded for these muffins. Don’t use pre-shredded carrots as they will be too dry. You need to do it up fresh yourself. The best way to do it is in the food processor. A box grater will also work but will just take longer.
  4. Walnuts – are entirely optional. But some chopped walnuts in the batter and a few on top (for looks) is delicious. Pecans also work great.
  5. Make them gluten-free. To make these vegan carrot muffins gluten-free you can use a gluten-free all purpose baking blend in the same quantity as the regular flour.
  6. Storing: Keep them stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to a week. Let them come to room temperature before serving. They are also freezer friendly for up to 3 months. Let them cool completely and then freeze them on the day of baking so they are at their freshest. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serve | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 3121IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

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