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Carrot Oatmeal Muffins - A Low-Fat Breakfast

Updated on October 26, 2015
Carrot Oatmeal Muffins
Carrot Oatmeal Muffins | Source

Besides being yummy and conveniently portable, there are many other reasons that make muffins such a perfect breakfast. For example, they're pretty filling, pair well with coffee and don't require any utensils. One downside of most store-bought muffins, however, is that they tend to be quite fatty and sugary. That doesn't mean healthy breakfast muffins don't exist, though! The carrot oatmeal muffins I'm making today are quite nutritious. The carrot and oats offer a good amount of fiber and nutrients. Plus, the sugar content is not too high. And instead of using artery-clogging butter, this recipe achieves its richness in texture by utilizing low-fat yogurt and heart-friendly canola oil. These low-fat morning treats will unlikely pave your way to obesity and type 2 diabetes. As long as you have a pretty good sense of portion control, you should be able to enjoy them guilt-free. To help you figure out your appropriate portion sizes, there is calorie and nutrition information for these healthy breakfast muffins at the end of the recipe!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 6 muffins

Ingredient Options

  • Bleached flour will also work just fine for this recipe. The unbleached version is better for your health, though.
  • Low-fat sour cream is a good substitute for yogurt. However, fat-free yogurt will NOT be okay; it will turn the texture all wonky!
  • If you don't have canola oil, vegetable oil is a great substitute.
  • These carrot oatmeal muffins are not super sweet. A good way to make them sweeter is to add 2 - 3 tablespoons of raisins to the batter instead of using more refined sugar. (Raisins contain fiber and some vitamins, whereas refined sugar doesn't.)

Carrot Oatmeal Muffins - Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda (Yep, soda not powder. It works better with an acidic ingredient such as yogurt!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • a dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup grated or finely shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsps old-fashioned oats
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Carrot Oatmeal Muffin Batter
Carrot Oatmeal Muffin Batter | Source
Batter in Muffin Cups
Batter in Muffin Cups | Source
My Breakfast Muffins - Right Off the Oven
My Breakfast Muffins - Right Off the Oven | Source

How to Make These Low-Fat Carrot Muffins

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line your muffin tins with paper cups.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Add sugar, oats and grated carrot. Stir together until combined. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, lightly whisk together egg, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Once the egg mixture is well blended, add it to the dry mixture.
  6. Use a fork or a rubber spatula to gently combine the two mixtures together until the batter is blended enough. It's okay if the batter is slightly clumpy. Don't vigorously beat or over-mix the batter.
  7. Fill about 2/3 of each muffin cup with your carrot muffin batter.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 - 20 minutes or until your carrot oatmeal muffins turn golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and muffin tins, then allow your healthy breakfast muffins to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Ideally, you should serve them when they're still warm and freshly baked. Yet, you can also let them cool completely, keep refrigerated for up to a few days in an airtight container, then reheat these carrot oatmeal muffins when you want to enjoy them.
Carrot Oatmeal Muffins Cooling on a Wire Rack
Carrot Oatmeal Muffins Cooling on a Wire Rack | Source

Let's See How Nutritious These Breakfast Muffins Are

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 muffin
Calories 175
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Sugar 18 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 36 mg12%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Tweaking This Breakfast Muffin Recipe for Certain Diet Restrictions

  • This breakfast muffin recipe can easily be adapted for vegans. All you need are an egg substitute and vegan yogurt. The other ingredients are already vegan-friendly.
  • Although these carrot oatmeal muffins don't contain an overwhelming amount of sugar, I'm not sure if they're diabetic-friendly enough. So for diabetics, I'd suggest that you use only 1/4 cup of sugar, and add a little more grated carrot and oats to increase the fiber content. Also, make sure you stick to unbleached flour, because bleached flour contains alloxan, a chemical that can harm your pancreas and jeopardize your insulin production.

A Carrot Muffin Faux Pas that Could Happen

Sometimes when I made these low-fat carrot muffins, I would find a few pieces of grated carrot turn green right after baking! Although it's not at all abundant or ominous-looking like the mold on stale bread, those green specks do appear slightly off-putting. What could have gone wrong? Well, according to Harold McGee, the author of On Food and Cooking, this is likely a chemical reaction between carrot and baking soda, especially if the baking soda is not well sifted or evenly dispersed into the muffin batter. These tiny green pieces of carrot, although not very appetizing, are perfectly safe to eat and don't have any odd taste. To prevent this "green miracle" from happening, just make sure you properly mix the baking soda with the other ingredients. It's helpful to stir all the dry ingredients together very well with a whisk before adding the egg mixture, so that there will be no lumps of flour and everything will blend together more evenly.

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    Om Paramapoonya 2 years ago

    Wow, HOTD! Really? hehehe Well, thank you, Hubpages! And thanks everyone for your comments. I haven't been hubbing for a while and I've got to say I miss it quite a bit :)

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    Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I just came across this again and this time will pin it although I actually wrote out your recipe. Think I will surprise my hubby with this in the morning. Congrats on the HOTD. I'll be adding Greek yogurt to our muffins because that is what we regularly have in the house. Glad I saw this again in the feed. :)

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    Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

    Those muffins look good enough to eat.

    No really, carrot and oatmeal has to be awesome!

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    Stephanie Bradberry 2 years ago from New Jersey

    Congratulations on your Hub of the Day!!!

    These muffins look super yummy, delicious and healthy.

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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    Congrats on your HOTD. Well deserved!! Much love,

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    mySuccess8 2 years ago

    Carrot and oatmeal are some of my favorites, and they make this carrot oatmeal muffin look so delicious. The health benefits of oatmeal, being rich in fiber, are plenty, and this makes it even more tempting. A great recipe which I would love to try out, and I like your inclusion of the calorie and nutrition information in the Hub. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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    Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

    I can almost smell these muffins after looking at your great photos! Congrats on HOTD! I love to make muffins; in fact, I seldom make a cake anymore. I like to make a recipe of muffins instead. My family likes to grab one and run!

    I know they will love your recipe, voted UP and shared. Also Pinned to my recipe board.

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    Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Congrats on the HOTD Om. This sounds like a delicious and yummy recipe to try. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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    poetryman6969 2 years ago

    I look forward to seeing the green carrots!

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    Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

    Pinning this one to make very soon. My husband would love it with raisins added. Congratulations on Hub of the Day honors!

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    RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

    Back to say congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this fabulous recipe. Glad to see it highlighted again for spring! I would love to make these for my grandchildren, making sure the carrots turned green. :) They would love it!

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    Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    It comes as no surprise (except for the delay of 2 years!) that this has been chosen as the HOTD! Now if I had only made these yesterday, I could be enjoying one or two right now!

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    Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

    Hi Om. Haven't seen any new hubs from you lately. This HOTD for the delicious muffins will hopefully bring you back to write more at HP. Congrats on the HOTD and hope to read more new hubs from you.

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    Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

    Excellent HUB. Well written, informative, and very organised. Your voice really sparkles.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Congratulations for HOTD!

    Excellent low fat, high fiber muffins. I do make carrot cakes but oatmeal is a healthier option.

    Thanks for sharing the details and helpful pictures. Voted up!

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    Eileen 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

    I love making carrot cake so this carrot muffin recipe would be my next attempt - simple , easy and nutritious . Congrats on HOTD

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    Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    What an interesting breakfast food. Sweet or savoury or both? Excellent recipe for those on a diet and for those not on a diet!

    Votes and a share.

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    Yes please. It is way early and not quite breakfast time but I would gladly have one of these. Two of my favorite foods together. YUM

    Congrats on HOTD

    Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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    Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

    @Lizam1 - I hope your daughter enjoys these carrot oatmeal muffins, Liza. And yes, as long as you mix the soda with the other ingredients evenly, there will be no green carrots!

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    Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

    My daughter loves carrot muffins so this is a must do recipe. I will be careful with the soda though and thanks for the tip - she hates "green food":-)

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    Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

    @tebo - You're very welcome. Hope you give these carrot oatmeal muffins a try soon :)

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    tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

    These muffins sound lovely. I'm sure the carrots in them will make them very tasty. I like the way you have pointed out all the health benefits including bleached flour containing alloxan - which I had never heard of - you really know how to make food healthy. Thanks for sharing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

    @RTalloni - Yep, you can certainly use goat's milk yogurt and tweak the recipe to your liking! That's why baking is so much fun.

    @Angelo52 - Thanks! I'm very glad you like the recipe and find the tips helpful.

    @randomcreative - Thanks, Rose. Hope you give this low-fat breakfast a try soon. And yes, I agree with Audrey, too. Who wouldn't like chocolate in their muffins? lol

    @Sweetie1 - Thanks! I hope your nephew will enjoy them.

    @Dontei - You're very welcome. Hope you try this recipe soon. Let me know how it goes.

    @leahlefler - Very cool! I hope the two little guys will like these muffins.

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    Leah Lefler 4 years ago from Western New York

    My mouth is watering, Om! These muffins look DELICIOUS! I also love the health factor - my kids would love these, too. I have to make a batch to have on hand for breakfast tomorrow!

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    Michael 4 years ago

    This is a great recipe. going to be trying it out soon. I enjoy the easy to follow steps as well. Thanks a lot for the great hub. : )

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    sweetie1 4 years ago from India

    The recipe looks tasty and very healthy. We been eating little oily breakfast last few weeks so I am gonna try this and my nephews love muffins and I am sure they are going to enjoy them a lot.

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    Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Thanks for another awesome recipe, Om! Bookmarking this one so I can give it a try in the near future. I have to agree with Audrey that chocolate would be a great addition even if it wouldn't be too healthy.

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    Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Great recipe! I like the addition you made at the end for other methods to make these carrot muffins (like the diabetic tip).

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    RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

    This recipe for 6 perfect muffins looks good enough to try (very soon).

    Thanks for the added tips. I can use goat's milk yoghurt to replace cow's milk products due to allergy, and I might try using some fresh ground sweet leaf.

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    Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

    @akirchner - Hehehe yes, those additions (especially the chocolate and beer) would probably make him enjoy these muffins more.

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    Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

    Maybe slide some chocolate in them or some fattening nuts, maybe even throw a few crumbled chips in for good measure~ Bob only grew up to liking healthier stuff (except tofu....need I say more) when he was an "adult"--I know--throw some beer in too! Seriously though I think anything carrot and oat is marvelous and no matter what age...it's good for you! I know--put some cream cheese icing on top~~~ Bob's fav is carrot cake but he is getting better about less sweet, more fiber and good foods....go figure~

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    Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

    @Peggy W - Adding carrots to smoothies sounds good, actually. I like Greek yogurt, too. I think I'll try it sometime.

    @Au Fait - Thanks so much for voting and sharing. Your feedback is also much appreciated!

    @akirchner - I hope Bob likes them. Steve (my hubby) doesn't really love these. He thinks they're a little dry, which I disagree. Yes, they're on the dense side like bran muffins, but not dry like overbaked muffins. He just doesn't like eating healthy stuff! Grrrrrrrr

    @rsusan - Ah, yes! You can use the juicing pulp for this instead of throwing it away. How resourceful!

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    Rika Susan 4 years ago from South Africa

    Excellent recipe, Om! And it is also perfect for using my juicing pulp! I like to use that as a substitute for grated carrot. Even a bit of apple pulp for a new flavor. Delicious and good for fiber intake.

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    Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

    Oh yum--guess what Bob's getting for breakfast tomorrow~ And NO tofu! Fabulous--I love muffin recipes with yogurt and use it a lot in other foods as well.

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    C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

    Look pretty good and I've been looking for something low on sugar and fat to replace the cereal I usually have for breakfast. Voted up, useful, will share and gave you 5 stars!

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Good idea to add grated carrot to muffins. Believe it or not, I am adding carrots to our fruit smoothies in the morning in which I also use Greek yogurt. Just adds fiber and vitamins and like you said, keeps one full a bit longer. Next time I make muffins...although most of mine are bran...will add some grated carrots to the mix. Thanks! Up and useful votes and will share.