Carrot, Apple, and Oatmeal Muffins

by katerina on April 18, 2011

Muffins, quite simply are both a creative outlet and a recycling program. These muffins are unique for their use of ground whole oats as their base, the high fiber content, and their ability to use up a bunch of soggy carrots good for little else.

Now, this muffin recipe uses a food processor. I generally have a rule that if I have to use the cuisinart, then I must try and use it as much as possible. It has it’s purpose but I loathe washing that ugly thing, plus it takes up the whole dishwasher and I feel like I am treading heavily on the planet. Crazy I know.

For this carrot muffin recipe I also used the food processor to beat the eggs and wet ingredients before adding them to the dry. Saving a bowl, and making up for the extra dirty appliance.

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Carrot, Apple, and Oatmeal Muffins

(12 muffins)

2 cups oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup raisins
1 small bunch carrots, peeled and grated (about 1 cup grated
1 apple, peeled and grated

Turn oven on to 400F. Prepare a muffin tin by greasing it and lining with muffin cups.

In a food processor pulverize the oats for 1 minute. It should ressemble rough cornmeal. Transfer the oats to a big bowl and add flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger. Whisk together and set aside.

Beat the eggs until fluffy and then beat in the sugar and oil, this can be done in the bowl of your food processor. Pour over the dry ingredients and fold in. When adequately combined also fold in the carrots, apple and raisins.

Divide the batter amongst the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean. Cool on a rack.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 25 minutes | Total Time:35 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 200

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Krista April 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

Well, you’ve made me crave freshly baked wholesome muffins today, so mission accomplished! I’ve learned to love my food processor and all the wonderful things it can do for me… and washing it by hand might solve your dishwasher-hogging and energy-sucking dilemmas. :)


Maureen April 18, 2011 at 6:16 am

These look yummy. I hate cleaning the Cuisinart too but I wouldn’t have a kitchen without it. (unless I win the lottery and can get a Thermomix)

Nice healthy muffins. I’ll try them soon.


Belinda @zomppa April 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

Totally awesome muffins…so chock full of goodies!


katerina April 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

Maureen – I am not convinced on the whole Thermomix thing. I have seen a long demo, but it just didn’t quite do it for me.

Belinda – thats the idea!


Katie April 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

I have a food processor – not a cuisinart… Never use it. Hate to get it out, set it up, then wash it. I don’t use any appliances… too lazy LOL
But I can still make these wonderful muffins….


Elle April 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Oh, I love these! Great way to use up some veggies and have a fun snack, too. I’m willing to use my Cuisinart, but my rule is-I have to wash it right away. It’s a pain, but worth it.


katerina April 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Katie – I go through phases between using tech, and enjoying doing it all by hand. Sickly, I love beating egg whites by hand.

Krista – I worry it won’t get as clean as the dishwasher can (plus that is how it suggests you wash it)

Elle – thats my rule too. hmm, suddenly remembering the dirty blender in my sink at home.


Jenni April 26, 2011 at 4:32 am

These look delicious! I’m going to try them out on my muffin-loving little boys this week.


katerina April 29, 2011 at 10:15 am

Jenni – let me know if you do and they work out!


sofia May 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I didn’t have any ginger, so I replaced it for cardamom + vanilla. Absolutely amazing.


katerina May 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

I am so glad sofia and that sounds great!!


Laura March 7, 2012 at 5:34 am

I made these the other day (with the help of my Thermomix :) and they were quick and delicious! Thank you :-)


Amy March 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

These are fantastic! I only used 1/4 of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of oil and they are great. I also added 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp of vanilla. These are very healthy, but you wouldn’t know it from how wonderful they taste! Thanks for the recipe.


katerina March 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

Awesome Amy, glad you liked them.


Abi May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

These muffins are a piece of cake to make (pun intended) and out of this world delicious. From the first time I made up these muffins they’ve been an instant hit with family and friends. Definitively a step up from the bland, over-sweet, under apple-y, store apple cakes


katerina May 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I feel that way about storebought muffins too!


Tracy October 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

These are good! I added 1/4 cup millet to one batch for crunch…liked them both ways and so did the kids.

Thanks for the recipe!


Carrie December 28, 2012 at 1:57 am

These were delicious and were gobbled up quickly by family (I mean, minutes out of the oven – they couldn’t even wait for them to cool all the way!). I used my food processor for both the oat pulverizing and also the grating of apples and carrots. Dual usage = washing justified! Thanks for the recipe!


katerina December 29, 2012 at 4:46 am

Total agree on the double usage, thats how I decide to use mine too!


Brandy Miller January 1, 2013 at 2:28 am

Made these tonight for my super picky 3 year old. He loved them! I upped the cinnamon, and instead of ginger I used nutmeg and I added a tsp of vanilla. He ravaged them.


katerina January 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm



Em January 27, 2015 at 2:54 am

these came out very very crumbly. Was thrown by no added liquid (I.e. Milk or oj or even water)


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