Healthy carrot and orange muffins

I made these this morning with no added sugar as an experiment. They are very quick and easy to prepare. The addition of wholemeal flour makes these muffins a little dense, so they are more like scones than light muffins. You can subsitute plain flour instead if you prefer. I also added a handful of raisins for sweetness. All that aside, they taste good and are healthier for you. I am enjoying one right now with an afternoon cup of tea.  


  • 75g butter, melted
  • 2 oranges, juiced and zested (use unwaxed if you are zesting)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100g carrots , peeled and grated
  • 300g plain or wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g caster sugar (if you can’t resist the sugar fix)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • handful of raisins (optional)
  • Method

    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with squares of baking parchment, pushing them down to make little cases. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl with a pinch of salt. Whisk together the wet ingredients with the carrots then stir this into the dry ingredients, but don’t overmix – it’s better if it’s a bit lumpy.

    Spoon into the muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen.

    (This recipe adapted from BBC GoodFood)



    1. serena said

      I made these this morning and they were delicious

    2. sarahg said

      i made these and i agree they were very good but not sweet enough for my taste buds – i know! i know!….

    3. georgina62 said

      well i made them too and found that the next day they seemed to have miraculously sweetened a bit more – i will definitely be making them again

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