Apr 11, 2015

Banana Bread Carrot Muffins



Moist, sweet, and tender, Banana Bread Carrot Muffins are everything you want in a muffin. It's just a happy bonus that they're full of good things like whole wheat flour, bananas, carrots, coconut oil, and applesauce. 

They're delicious whether you're trying to eat a little more healthfully or not! 


Kids can't resist the mini muffins. Neither can I.


Banana Bread Carrot Muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup well-mashed banana (about 3 medium, very ripe)
1 cup finely grated carrot (about 3 medium/large)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly whisked
1/3 cup coconut oil, gently melted
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Take one, 12 cup regular muffin pan and one, 12 cup mini muffin pan and spray the tops of the pans lightly with cooking spray (this is so if the muffins rise over the papers and on to the pans a little bit they won't stick). Line cups with paper liners. (Alternatively, this recipe will make 18 regular size muffins or one 9X5" loaf. You will need to adjust baking times for loaf). 
2. In a large bowl, combine flours, soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients and stir to combine very well.
4. Pour the banana mixture into the flour mixture and fold together gently by hand, until just combined. Do not overmix.
5. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. They don't rise a lot, but will round up just over the top of the papers. Bake until tops are dry and a toothpick comes out with a couple of moist crumbs attached, about 15 to 16 minutes for mini muffins, and about 23 to 24 minutes for regular muffins. Do not overbake. 
6. Let pans cool on wire rack for about 5 minutes, then remove muffins to rack to cool completely. Very good the same day, even better the next day. Will keep, tightly covered, for several days. Wrap well and freeze for several weeks.



Notes: 
  • Recipe makes 12 mini muffins and 12 regular size muffins OR 18 regular size muffins OR one 9X5" loaf. 
  • My 3 bananas yielded 1 and 1/4 cups mashed banana, and I went ahead and used all of it. 

You can't taste the carrot or feel it when you're eating (noted for kids or anyone who might not care for carrots), but it looks pretty, helps keep the muffins moist, and you get the carrot-y nutrition. :)


Pass the muffins, please~



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29 comments:

  1. I sure do wish I had one of those to go with my coffee this morning! Thanks Joy!

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  2. I've used applesauce with banana muffins, but I never would have thought to use carrots. These look wonderful, so I'm definitely pinning to try! :)

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  3. These look and sound terrific Joy! Pinned and shared!

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  4. These look so delicious! This would make a tasty and healthy breakfast add on with coffee or a snack during the day.

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  5. Joy,

    I have never had banana and carrot together but would love to try these muffins. I love muffins especially with a cup of coffee. I also enjoy a good banana or a carrot muffin so, I know I would love these too. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Diane

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  6. These sound like the perfect breakfast muffin- and I wish I had some in my kitchen right now! Thank you so much for bringing your project to Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope you'll join us again this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  7. These look and sound DELICIOUS! Came across them on TBT and I can't wait to try them.

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  8. Joy, these look so good! I've got to try. I think I have every ingredient already. Thanks for posting!

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  9. Banana bread and muffins mixed together is simply impossible to resist!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  10. These look amazing!!! Thanks for sharing at the Marvelous Monday Link Party!! YUM! Pinning!!

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  11. These look so mouth-watering, Joy! Pinned!

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  12. Mmmm...these look amazing!! :) Love the healthier swaps--the perfect breakfast muffin!

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  13. these look amazing for breakfast! Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe ♥

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  14. Never thought of pairing bananas with carrots! Sounds super delicious and I bet they are super moist. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

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  15. Bananas Muffins - my favorite .... Carrot Muffins - my husbands favorite ... can we combine these and both be happy?? Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

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  16. yum! might try subbing honey in for the sugar, and something? for eggs since I can't eat them

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  17. Delicious and healthy!!! Perfect breakfast combination for our muffin loving family! Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Joy. Am pinning :)

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  18. Hi Joy,
    These muffins look so good, I can almost taste one. Thanks so much for sharing these muffins with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  19. Hello gorgeous! I love seeing your masterpieces.Thank you for bringing such great things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.. Lou Lou Girls

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  20. Hi Joy, these sound so good, I love banana muffins and carrots sound like a wonderful addition! I love this recipe and it will be one of my features tomorrow at What'd You Do This Weekend? Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you will join us again this Monday morning :)

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  21. Joy, these sound really yummy! I think I have everything to make them. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  22. These look so delicious! I love the flavors of Banana and Carrot together!

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  23. Your Banana Bread Carrot Muffins look so good and I love how wholesome the recipe is, Joy! The mini muffins sound like fun too! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned, tweeted and stumbled :-)

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  24. Thank you for adding this recipe to The Healthy Eating Habit Link Party. I hope you will party with us again!

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  25. I love the idea of using banana and carrot together! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  26. Oh My Yum!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party Joy!! Hope to see you again on Thursday!! Pinned!

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  27. Yum! I've never thought of combining the two, but separately they are amazing. Clearly combining them only means more yum! Thanks for joining us at Idea Box again, you're a rockstar! Can't wait to see what goodies you bring our way this week. :)

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  28. It's almost like a banana bread carrot cake - both yummy, and even better together! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

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