Carrot raisin “everything” muffins

carrot raisin muffins

These muffins seem to be mimicking my life right now. There’s pretty much everything under the sun in them and that’s exactly what it feels like I have to accomplish between now and next Monday when I leave for Italy.

Wondering why my posts have been sporadic? Yeah, that’s why. Except you’re probably not because you have a life and didn’t even notice.

This weekend I ran around like a lunatic dropping off 12 bags of clothes at goodwill (so now I obviously need to go shopping), attempting to get my bridesmaid dress for my brother’s wedding altered (but got there 10 minutes after the store closed), getting my hair cut (and being told that only one gray hair was spotted!) and spending almost 2 hours getting my wedding rings appraised in order to renew insurance on them before leaving the country. At this rate, it’s looking like I’ll be traveling abroad as a single woman. And even with all that, there are still 11 big “to-do’s” on my list and none of them even touch the subjects of my real job work or all the blog prep that needs to get done this week. Vacations really shouldn’t be this hard.

Wah wah wah… I know. I’m complaining about a trip to Italy and you probably want to punch me.

I’m sorry.

How about we talk muffins and forget about it?

These were a test of my willpower. I had a can of pumpkin on the counter when I was making them and about 98.7% of my being wanted to break it open and use it. Initially, I really wanted to make these sweet potato muffins, but then we ate them all for dinner instead. The next best thing seemed to be pumpkin but I swore to you I was resisting until October so I held strong, put it back in the pantry and grated some carrots instead.

I’m not gonna say the pumpkin wouldn’t have been a good idea, but these are pretty stellar without it.

If there were to exist a perfect breakfast muffin, I’m deeming these it. They’re healthy but with the perfect amount of sweetness from the raisins and honey and they’re hearty with all the seeds and nuts going on.

They’re also the perfect 10pm distraction from that lingering to-do list.

Carrot raisin”everything” muffins
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Healthy carrot, raisin muffins with walnuts, pumpkin seeds and coconut. Perfect for breakfast or a quick snack.
Recipe type: muffins
Serves: 7 muffins
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ half mashed banana
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin or line with baking cups.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (almond flour through salt) in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together remaining wet ingredients.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix together.
  5. Scoop mixture into muffin tins filling almost all the way (muffins will not rise a lot).
  6. Sprinkle the top with more coconut flakes if desired.
  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.


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  1. 1

    I’m totally proud of you for not caving to the pumpkin yet! I’m trying to hold off as well… give apple the spotlight and all ;) I could totally go for a muffin this morning!

  2. 2

    Italy!! You are so lucky!! But I’m pretty lucky because you left the recipe to these muffins!! They sound fantastic!!! I’m going to whip up these bad boys this week!! I love a nice healthy muffin!!! Though I may sneak some pumpkin into them. ;)

  3. 3

    There’s nothing wrong with an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ muffin! Some of my bested baking creations are ones that use loads of different things, yum! Good luck in preparing for Italy, so exciting and worth all the running around and hectic afternoons trying to get everything done.

  4. 4

    So jealous of your upcoming adventure! These muffins look wonderful. Would be a real shame if they ended up in my oven today.

  5. 5

    I have been crazy busy so I feel your pain. But Italy! How exciting. I can’t wait to see your photos! The muffins sound wonderful.

  6. 6

    Great looking muffins. Totally jealous of your trip to Italy!

  7. 7

    Tell us more about your trip– it’s one of my favorite place to travel!!

  8. 8

    Three words: om nom nom.
    Ten more words: We loved Italy! Can’t wait to see all your pics!
    Four more words: When are you going?
    (har har har)

  9. 10

    WOW! Those look amazing! Pinning now! And I can’t wait to read about Italy!!!

  10. 11

    I bet the coconut tastes amazing in these muffins. Nice job. I have everything to make them, except for the coconut products. Will need to make a dash to the store, for sure.

  11. 12

    YUM – those sound amazing. They would definitely motivate me to wake up for my early classes!!

  12. 13

    Those look and sound great. I love muffins full of yummy things! If you do make pumpkin muffins, try to find fresh sugar pumpkins and grate them into the batter instead of using canned puree. Baked goods made with grated pumpkin are some of my favorites of all time.

  13. 14

    Mmmm….these look delicious! The best part, I have all of the ingredients in my pantry/fridge. These are so happening this week. :) Enjoy your trip to Italy!!

  14. 15

    Ha, I’m literally typing up my new post (pumpkin!) right now – I caved! But I love carrot muffins, and these look incredible!

  15. 16

    They look and sound awesome! I made some carrot-raisin everything bread while I was in Aruba & havent posted about it yet. I made it BECAUSE I couldnt get my hands on pumpkin (or sweet potatoes!) and carrots were the closest thing. I hear you on holding off or wanting to til Oct 1 but my first pumpkin post is going out tomorrow. Can’t wait any longer!

  16. 17

    I haven’t been able to resist pumpkin….you had some good willpower missus! Muffins look yum! What sort of size do they end up being?

    • 18
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I’m resisting it on the blog only. I just had a pumpkin smoothie for breakfast ;)

    • 19
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Oh and size wise, they’re made in a regular muffin tin so they’re pretty normal size. They just don’t rise a ton.

  17. 20

    Carrot cake/muffin/baked into whatever junkie right here!
    I just did the same Goodwill the hell out of my life maneuver and it was so cathartic. Until I realized I gave away half of my clothes too. Win/Win?

  18. 21

    These look delicious! Carrot cake anything is right up my alley!

    Blogging question: How do you get the easy to print recipe box?

  19. 23

    please please pretty please take me to Italy with you?

  20. 24

    it’s good to get some breathing room so the sporadic posts (which i haven’t even noticed the sporadic-ness, i still feel as if you post every day) are ok! can you stuff me in your suitcase? like, that’d be awesome..and throw some of these muffins in there for me so i can live for several hours while i’m suffocating in that suitcase hahah

  21. 25

    These look great Gina!

    Have a blast in Italy. :)

  22. 26

    Did you know it’s Muffin Monday?

  23. 27

    Wow I need this for breakfast ! Yum ! Thank you for the recipe !

  24. 28

    Vacations are so much work to get ready for, and then so much work to get back from. It is a good thing they are so much fun, relaxing etc. to actually go on!
    Love the muffins, I kind of have a thing for muffins :)

  25. 29

    Made these yesterday! Yum.

  26. 30

    Yum, yum, yum. I want these. With a big hunk of butter melted on them. That sounds just about perfect!

  27. 31

    These look great Gina! I love hearty, healthy muffins! Something I can actually feel good about eating in the morning. I wish I had your willpower to resist the pumpkin craze! ;)

  28. 32

    At first when I saw “everything” I thought of seedy everything bagels, but hey, this is way more awesome!

  29. 33

    Talking about the perfect breakfast muffin: this one has to be IT! Just finishing off my carrot cake bars and than making a batch of these as a perfect snack-to-go and breakfast-to-grab.

  30. 34

    I hope you get the chance to relax a bit before your trip…but I always feel like I enjoy the trip more when it is my down time. These muffins look fantastic! I’ve definitely already caved to pumpkin, but the carrots in here make me happy too :)

  31. 35

    When I was a kid my mom used to pack shredded carrot/raisin/peanut butter sandwiches in my lunchbox. I thought the were hideous…until she actually bought bologna, THAT was hideous:) These muffins totally make me nostalgic for the school lunch room. I think I’ll make a batch for my mom!

  32. 36

    I really love the idea of this muffin! I’m dieting hard and I could use a few of these. I wish you could ship a batch over to me in Western Mass!


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