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Healthy Carrot Cupcake Muffins + Cream Cheese Frosting! Vegan & Gluten-free!

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These Healthy Carrot Muffins are so soft & fluffy, yet are eggless, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and contain no butter or refined sugar! Turn them into Carrot Cupcakes by topping with this healthy cream cheese icing! They taste even better than traditional carrot muffins – yet they are healthy!

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Sshhh! Do you hear something?

Apparently there are some carrot cake muffins on the loose…disguised as cupcakes!

They were spotted earlier today, sporting a layer of cream cheese frosting in an attempt to conceal their true forms. It has also been reported that they are in fact healthy muffins, pretending to look like unhealthy-muffins-disguised-as-cupcakes. Keep your eyes peeled…

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Carrot cake is my favourite type of cake. I love the warm cinnamon flavour, the soft & fluffy texture, and the combination of carrot cake + cream cheese icing (I am a huge fan of cheesecake, so this could be partly why)! All carrot cakes I’ve had were delicious, but there is a very fine line between a ‘good carrot cake’ and an ‘AMAZING carrot cake’. Sometimes they aren’t cinnamon-y enough, other times they have been topped with fondant icing rather than cream cheese icing😭, sometimes they leave you with a strange dryness where your teeth feel rough – is that just me?

Anyway, there have been a few carrot cakes where I’ve thought: “Wow! This is one of the best cakes I’ve ever eaten!” One of these was made by my auntie, another was at a garden centre, and the other was from our village shop. What made them so delicious was the perfect balance of cinnamon warmth, soft & fluffy texture, sweet carrot-y flavour, and smooth, tangy cream cheese icing.

Summer is pretty much over now, what with Autumn just ahead of us (or Fall, depending on what you call it). That means carrot is on the list of ingredients this season, along with sweet potato, apple, butternut squash, and (obviously) pumpkin. Expect to see a lot of orange…

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Cupcakes Galore:

This morning, I made 3 batches of cupcakes. Two of them were for a friend’s birthday, and the other lot was:

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Why did I make two for my friend’s birthday, you ask? Well, let’s just say it didn’t quite go to plan the first time around. (Read: I ended up with 4 chocolate brownie Yorkshire puddings that tasted like soil… not that I’ve ever eaten soil.)

Healthy Carrot Muffins

(Sorry about the bad quality photo. I took it on my phone, which was probably still recovering from when I dropped it in the toilet on Friday, so you’ve gotta cut it some slack.)

That was the result of attempting to replace an egg with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp baking soda. It was a ‘normal’ cupcake recipe, I just had no eggs left, so tried to use the ACV and baking soda approach as an alternative. All that healthy baking has taken its toll on me – I now can’t make traditional chocolate cupcakes without causing a disaster! When I was making the mixture it looked great, then they just puffed up like balloons in the oven, before deflating. After actually buying some eggs, I then made a batch of chocolate cupcakes (using an egg this time), which worked beautifully! Note to self: Don’t try substituting apple cider vinegar + bicarbonate of soda instead of eggs in baking.

So what did I do after that? I made these Healthy Carrot Muffins, of course! And guess what? I substituted apple cider vinegar + bicarbonate of soda instead of eggs. Remember that old saying? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” 

This time…

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Beautifully soft and fluffy texture…
Warm cinnamon flavour with a hint of orange…
Tangy, sweet cream cheese frosting…

Everything carrot cake should be – and more!

Have you spotted those sneaky carrot cupcake muffins yet?

BREAKING NEWS: The carrot muffin fraudsters have been captured. A taste test has been carried out to determine whether they deserve to be dumped in dustbin jail, or sitting atop an elaborate cake stand…

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THE VERDICT: Exploring deeper into the antics of these cupcake impostors, it has been discovered that they are in fact innocent. They are perfectly normal carrot cake cupcakes that can be eaten as muffins if one prefers them sans-frosting.

😎 They never suspected a thing. Of course those healthy carrot muffins are guilty of replicating normal carrot cake muffins! They are even more like real muffins than real muffins are!

Perfect for someone who doesn’t like baked goods that taste ‘healthy’ (don’t even tell them; they won’t suspect a thing)!

What are the true crimes committed by these healthy carrot muffins, then?

  • Shape-shifting into cupcakes
  • Mimicking the soft, fluffy texture of ‘normal’ muffins
  • Containing no gluten,
  • No butter,
  • No Dairy,
  • Containing no eggs
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Containing carrots and apple
  • Only 100 calories per muffin (!)
  • Yet all while tasting exactly like conventional (unhealthy) carrot muffins!

Now that’s some sneaky baking right there.

Of course, they are guilty of disguising their healthiness so that you can eat them completely guilt-free!

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I added 2 tbsp coconut oil to the carrot muffin mixture, which added more moisture to the texture, and prevents them from sticking to the cupcake liners, which was really useful. If you really don’t want oil in them, just use 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt instead, but I really do recommend using the coconut oil (it has so many good benefits) and there’s only the tiniest amount of it (4 grams) per cake, so not nearly enough to worry about saturated fat intake!

The cream cheese frosting contains no icing sugar – just cream cheese, plain yoghurt, a mere 3 tbsp honey, and a little gluten free flour to thicken if needed!

I can’t get over how soft and fluffy the texture is, or the delicious flavour that makes them so more-ish! These Healthy Carrot Muffins are certainly in the ‘AMAZING carrot cake’ category, and deserve to be atop an elaborate cake stand!

Shall we take a look at that gorgeous texture?

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Or perhaps an even closer look?

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Seriously, it’s SO soft and fluffy!!

This is the only carrot cake muffin/cupcake recipe you’ll ever need – it works for if you need carrot cupcakes OR muffins!! For muffins, leave them as they are, and for cupcakes, top them with the cream cheese icing.

Go ahead and make these right now… you won’t regret it!

Enjoy!

Healthy Carrot Cupcake Muffins + Cream Cheese Frosting! Vegan & Gluten-free!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 7 - 8 muffins

Calories per serving: 116

Fat per serving: 5 grams

Healthy Carrot Cupcake Muffins + Cream Cheese Frosting! Vegan & Gluten-free!

These Healthy Carrot Muffins are so soft & fluffy, yet are eggless, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and contain no butter or refined sugar! Turn them into Carrot Cupcakes by topping with this healthy cream cheese icing! They taste even better than traditional carrot muffins - yet they are healthy!

Ingredients

    For the Carrot Muffins/Cupcakes:
  • •50 g oats (gluten free if required)
  • •50 g gluten free self-raising flour
  • •60 g honey (or maple syrup)
  • •1 tsp cinnamon
  • •50 g plain yoghurt (Or vanilla. Use dairy-free yoghurt if required.)
  • •25 g applesauce
  • •1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • •100 g carrot (about 1 medium-sized carrot)
  • •2 tbsp coconut oil, melted *
  • •3 tbsp milk (dairy-free if required)
  • •1 tsp orange extract (optional, adds more flavour)
  • •1/2 tsp baking soda
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • •100g cream cheese
  • •20g plain yoghurt (or a dairy-free yoghurt if required)
  • •3 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • •2 - 4 tbsp gluten free flour **
  • •Cinnamon, for sprinkling on top

Instructions

    To make the Carrot Muffins/Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F, 160°C fan, gas 4). Place 8 cupcake liners into the cavities of a muffin/cupcake pan.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, flour, honey and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, mix the yoghurt, applesauce and vinegar. Grate the carrot into this mixture. Add the coconut oil, milk and orange extract. Gently stir in the baking soda.
  4. Tip the carrot mixture into the oat mixture, then stir gently until just combined.
  5. Spoon into the cupcake liners, about 3/4 of the way up (depending on how much mixture you put in each case, you should get 7 or 8 muffins). Sprinkle some oats and cinnamon on top, if desired.
  6. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes, until golden. Leave in the pan to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Store in sealed container in fridge for up to 5 days.
  8. To make the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  9. Combine the cream cheese, yoghurt and honey in a small bowl.
  10. If you think it needs to be a bit thicker, add gluten-free flour a tablespoon at a time and stir, until desired consistency is reached.
  11. Spoon on top of the cakes, then sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Notes

*You can use 2 tbsp yoghurt instead, but the coconut oil really adds to the texture as well as preventing them from sticking to the cupcake liners.

**I used buckwheat, which gives it a smooth, thick consistency without a grainy texture. You could use a gluten-free blend (NOT self-raising) or potato starch, but bear in mind that this will give it a slightly powdery texture.

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