Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

Enjoy carrot cake for breakfast with these spicy, whole-grain Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins. They’re lightly sweetened and topped with a delicate cream cheese drizzle. Bring your home to life with the smell of freshly baked muffins, full of plump raisins, it’s a breakfast-approved twist on one of your all-time favorites.

 A spoon is dropping some tasty frosting on vegan carrot cake muffins. There's a white dish with more frosting in the background and more muffins too.

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You know, I had my fling with the carrot cake a couple of years ago when I made this vegan carrot cake. The thing is, I had been an eater of carrot cakes, but never a maker. Believe it or not, with all my baking experience, I felt intimidated by the idea of making a carrot cake.

Then I finally made one. And here’s what I did. I based it off my of my easy wacky cake recipes. Just add in some shredded carrots and nuts and spices and voila!

And once that barrier was broken down, now I’m thinking of all kinds of way to use my newfound passion for making carrot cake recipes. For example, carrot cake muffins. 🥕 ❤️

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

We’re all looking for healthy ways to start out our days and these vegan carrot cake muffins deliver on both flavor and healthy. Here’s how:

  • I use whole wheat pastry flour to keep add lots of fiber
  • Carrots are naturally healthy and the antioxidants found in carrots (beta carotene) can be converted by the body into Vitamin A which is important for good eyesight
  • This recipe uses applesauce to help keep the fat content down
  • You’ll also find chia seeds as an egg replacer which keeps the cholesterol out and some heart healthy Omega-3s instead.

There’s a lot of reasons to love these healthiness of these vegan carrot cake muffins!

Ingredients from a food processor are being poured into a glass bowl full of the flour ingredients.

Making Moist Muffins

Oftentimes it’s the fat content that makes muffins so moist. However, I used a different approach by adding applesauce to the recipe. I love how applesauce creates a moist muffin while adding a hint of sweetness to it as well.

Now, please note, I used unsweetened applesauce. Any sweetness added to these healthy muffins comes from the natural sweetness of apples. That means I can add a little less processed sweeteners to these muffins which is perfect.

A hand reaches in with a cookie dispenser to add carrot cake muffin batter to an empty compartment of a muffin tin.

Tips for Perfect Muffins…

  • Be sure to have your oven heated and ready to go once you combine the wet and dry ingredients to get fluffy muffins
  • Make sure you don’t over mix the batter — stir until just combined
  • Fill the muffin compartments 3/4 full
  • Use a cookie scoop to help distribute the batter equally among muffin compartments
  • Don’t over process the carrots. Just some quick pulses in the food processor until they’re broken down into smaller bits
  • Wait until the muffins cool before adding the cheesecake drizzle
  • Refrigerate these muffins for up to a week or freeze them for up to 2 months.

There you have it, my tips for making these vegan carrot cake muffins! Look at that creamy cheesecake drizzle!

A vegan carrot cake muffin sits in the foreground with some maple drizzle on the top. There are more muffins int he background.

We are loving this recipe for vegan carrot cake muffins and we hope you will too! If you make a batch, grab your phone and snap a photo! Then head to Instagram and use #namelymarly to share your creation with me. We love seeing your photos!

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A spoon is dropping some tasty frosting on a vegan carrot cake muffin. There's a white dish with more frosting in the background and more muffins too.
Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Enjoy carrot cake for breakfast with these spicy, whole-grain Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins. They're lightly sweetened and topped with a delicate cream cheese drizzle.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Marly
  • cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce , unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Vegan Cream Cheese Drizzle
  • ¼ cup vegan cream cheese , softened
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder
  1. Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a medium bowl; stir to combine. Set aside.

  3. In a food processor, add the carrots. Pulse until broken down into large pieces. Add coconut sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce, chia seeds, vanilla, milk and vinegar. Pulse again until carrots are broken down to grated texture.  

  4. Pour the ingredients from the food processor into the flour mixture. Stir until just combined (be careful not to over mix). Divide batter evenly between muffins containers. 

  5. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes. Insert a tester in the middle of one of the cupcakes to make sure it comes out clean.  When done, remove from oven and cool for 5 - 7 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool some more.

  6. Make cream cheese drizzle by placing vegan cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl with maple syrup. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir the cream cheese and maple syrup together. Add the vanilla and peanut butter powder and stir until you get a spreadable consistency. Drizzle over the top of each muffin.

  7. Store muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. You can freeze these muffins for up to two months.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have coconut sugar, you can use raw sugar or brown sugar. 

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 188mg 8%
Potassium 116mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 36.1%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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