Healthy Carrot Muffins - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting Blog

Healthy Carrot Muffins

The 5 year old and I are still wrestling with the contents of his lunchbox. He is not brilliant with change, so I’ve kept his lunches simple and included only things I know he will eat. Food for school is after all fuel; there is no point in challenging him too much if he’s not going to eat what I put in the box. There is also a healthy eating policy in school. Not that it makes a huge difference to us as chocolate would be off the menu anyway (it’s kept for treats), but the school does encourage home-baked goods in the lunchbox.

In the normal run of things, many home-baked items will contain a lot of sugar. I’ve a mental image of my 5 year old bouncing off the walls in school if he gets a sugar rush. With the wintery weather approaching I’m also trying to sneak more fruit and veg into his diet. These healthy carrot muffins will do for breakfast, lunch or a snack. They have no processed sugar, are whole-wheat, egg and butter free and you don’t need a stand mixer or weighing scales to make them. In fact, all you need is a tablespoon and a medium sized mixing bowl.Healthy Carrot Muffins - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting Blog

I’m aware that many of my readers are controlling sugar intake in their diet. Each muffin contains 7.5ml of honey. For readers who are on a gluten-free diet I’d suggest you substitute the whole-wheat flour with either polenta (cornmeal) or ground almonds.

These muffins are so tasty that I got a request this morning to make enough for the whole school. I realise they’re not the prettiest item on the planet but if the 5 year old eats them with gusto that’s good enough for me. It’s brilliant to have another healthy option in the lunchbox.Healthy Carrot Muffins - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting Blog

Healthy Carrot Muffins (makes exactly 6)


  • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 3 tablespoons sultanas
  • 5 tablespoons coarse wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil


Preheat a (fan) oven to 160 degrees Celcius and line a muffin tin with 6 muffin cases.

Place all your ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Stir well until the carrots are well coated with all the ingredients. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases.

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool before eating.Healthy Carrot Muffins - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting Blog

  • Dr Hows Science Wows

    Oh these look really yum! I have got to try these, thanks for sharing!

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thanks N, I hope you enjoy them!

  • Karen T

    This is brilliant. I have been looking for something home baked for my daughter’s lunchbox. The school also has a healthy eating policy plus one of the other children has a severe egg allergy so this recipe is perfect – thanks for posting :)

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Oh fantastic that’s great Karen. I hope you enjoy them.

  • Lisa

    Couldn’t be that easy could they??! Wow gonna try them – do u think banana could be done the same way?

    • Wholesome Ireland

      I promise they’re that easy Lisa. It doesn’t work as well with banana I’m afraid but you could try it with grated beetroot instead maybe?

  • Una Jordan

    Hi Caitriona. I have these in the oven right now, looking forward to them. Do you think the entire mixture would go into a cake tin, as an exceptionally healthy carrot cake? Bit of cream cheese and orange juice to top it off? Or am I completely silly?

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Hi Una, yes it should. I just find that making it in individual muffins is very lunchbox friendly. Extend the baking time by about 5-7 minutes if in a cake tin!

  • Una Jordan

    They were lovely Caitriona. Thanks!

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Ah great to hear, I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  • Gillian

    These went down brilliantly with all the family. Much nicer than you would expect given they’re “healthy” muffins. :-)

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Hahahaha I love that comment. Thanks Gillian I’m glad you like them!

  • dorothy

    I had extra grated carrot left over, but luckily have seen this post earlier today. my mixture made exactly 11 cups (O.o) lol! still in oven, cannot wait to take a bite!

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Ah great. I hope you enjoy them!

      • dorothy

        Oh yes, very much! but, mixture actually was not as liquid as usually for muffins – it was not necessary to put it in cups – could just make them as cookies. Maybe I made some mistake, but still, very delicious :)

        • Wholesome Ireland

          Making them as cookies sounds good to me as well. Great idea. I’m glad you liked them.

  • Wholesome Ireland

    Absolutely aware of that. I just prefer to use honey for these instead of over-refined white granulated sugar. ;)