Best Healthy Homemade Banana Carrot Muffins

Looking for the best healthy homemade banana carrot muffins recipe?

You can prepare our easy banana carrot muffins at home in less than one hour.

Our recipe has modified the classic carrot raisin muffins so they are more healthy and moist. We’ve reduced the sugar and fat content without sacrificing the desired crunchy exterior and moist interior. The recipe include nutritious eggs, whole wheat flour, flax, oats, banana, raisins, carrot and milk.

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Muffin History

A muffin is an individual-sized, baked product most commonly associated with morning mealtime. It’s one of the most popular on-the-go breakfasts that can easily be made ahead and stored in the freezer to enjoy later.

Muffins can refer to two distinct baked goods, a part-raised unsweetened flatbread that is baked and then cooked on a griddle, and a cupcake-like sweet or savoury quickbread that is leavened with baking powder and baked in a mold.

While the most common quickbread muffins are sweetened (such as lemon blueberry muffins, mincemeat muffins and morning glory muffins), there are also savoury varieties such as jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins.

The flatbread “English Muffin” variety is of British origin, and dates from at least the early 18th century, while the quickbread originated in Canada and America during the 19th century.

One 19th century source suggests that muffins may be related to the Greek bread maphula, a cake baked on a hearth or griddle. Culinary historians also look to the Old French mou-pain, meaning soft bread, which may have been corrupted into “mouffin.”

The word is first found in print in 1703, spelled moofin; it is of uncertain origin but possibly derived from the Low German Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake. The expression muffin-man, meaning a street seller of muffins, is attested in a 1754 poem, which includes the line: “Hark! the shrill Muffin-Man his Carol plies…”

One of Canada’s top selling cookbooks of the 1980s was Muffin Mania, which helped popularize muffin making from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Homemade muffins were originally prepared as a healthy breakfast option, high-fibre mid-afternoon snack or low calorie dessert.

In 1997, muffins were popularized once again in Seinfeld’s now famous “The Muffin Tops,” episode. Like many muffin lovers, Elaine shared her love for only eating muffin tops. She hilariously talks about the fact that muffin stumps are not worthy of consumption as they don’t have the desirable crunchy texture. She shares the idea of opening a store that sells just muffin tops with her ex-boss and is outraged when he steals her idea.

When he offers her 30% of the profits to help his struggling business, they initially give the unused stumps to a homeless shelter. But after they get complaints about the missing muffin tops by a charity worker, they have to get rid of them elsewhere. Newman eventually takes the muffin stumps off their hands, smiling with glee!

Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Banana Carrot Muffins.
Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Banana Carrot Muffins.

My Family Loves Banana Carrot Muffins

One of my fondest memories growing up as a kid was waking up in the morning at our family cottage in Muskoka and smelling freshly baked muffins.

My family’s two favourite recipes were Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Lemon Blueberry Muffins. In the summer we’d forage for wild blueberries and incorporate them into out favourite baked goods.

For these Banana Carrot Muffins I’ve combined the best qualities of two of the world’s most famous muffin recipes. The final product tastes most like a Carrot Raisin Muffin but enjoys the additional moisture from a mashed ripe banana.

Prepare wet and dry ingredients in separate mixing bowls.
Prepare wet and dry ingredients in separate mixing bowls.

Buying VS Making Homemade Muffins

Today, muffins are often sold at grocery stores, McDonald’s cafes and coffee shops like Starbucks and Tim Horton’s. Unfortunately most commercially prepared muffins are simply cupcakes without the icing.

Read the ingredients list and you’ll find store bought muffins are full of sugar, fat and “flavourings” rather than real fresh fruit. The excessive sugar, salt, fat and additives in commercial muffin recipes allow the grocery stores and coffee shops to extend the shelf life so they don’t go stale as quickly as a homemade muffin would.

The best way to enjoy healthy muffins is by preparing them at home, allowing you to control the proportion of ingredients. We suggest eating muffins fresh the day they are prepared. If you have any leftovers muffins pack 3-4 in a ziplock bag in your fridge and simply warm them up the next day in the oven.

Any remaining Banana Carrot Muffins should be stored in the freezer and can keep for 2-3 months. We like to double our muffin recipes when we prepare them so we have a storage of yummy muffins in the freezer that we can easily enjoy several weeks later.

Banana Carrot Muffins ready to bake in the oven.
Banana Carrot Muffins ready to bake in the oven.

Best Banana Carrot Muffins Recipe

There’s no better comfort food than a steaming and moist carrot raisin bread loaf hot out of the oven.

We prefer to prepare Banana Carrot Muffins as they are individual portions and don’t require slicing. Homemade muffins can be easily stored in the freezer to extend their shelf life and are a great on-the-go breakfast snack.

So what qualities make the best banana carrot muffins? The perfect muffin must be crunchy on the outside, well leavened so the muffin cap holds its shape and doesn’t shrink when cooled and feature a moist and light interior.

Looking to prepare healthy Banana Carrot Muffins? Baking is a science so you can’t just lower a muffin recipe’s fat and sugar content or you will bite into a chewy, hard and unappetizing product.

We have spent years substituting ingredients to find the perfect balance. Texture and flavour have not been compromised while fat and sugar has been lowered significantly.

Banana Carrot Muffins hot out of the oven.
Banana Carrot Muffins hot out of the oven.

Banana Carrot Muffins Tips

When making muffins with banana it is important to think ahead, as you can not just run to the grocery store. The best banana carrot muffins are prepared with ripe fruit. You want to purchase bananas in advance so you can let them darken, enriching their flavour.

Bananas from the grocery store are often yellow or even green, meaning they are still full of starch and natural sugars have not yet developed in the fruit. We make these muffins so often that we store ripe bananas in the freezer so we always have them on hand when overcome with cravings!

The one tip I give all muffin making beginners is to avoid over-mixing the batter. Light and fluffy muffins are made by reducing the amount of gluten in the batter. If you whip muffin batter with a beater the final product will be as hard as a hockey puck.

For best results, form a well in the dry ingredients and pour your wet ingredients inside. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The finished batter should be fully incorporated, so be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so you don’t find unmixed flour. The most important rule to muffin making: when mixing, less is more!

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Banana Carrot Muffins resting on a cooling rack.
Banana Carrot Muffins resting on a cooling rack.

Banana Carrot Muffins Substitutions

Our Banana Carrot Muffins feature less oil and sugar than a classic recipe. We’ve maintained the structure and texture of the perfect muffin by adding whole wheat flour, raisins, ground flax seed and rolled oats soaked in milk.

By adding a ripe banana to this carrot muffin recipe you’re able to ensure the muffin is moist. The muffin does not have an overpowering banana flavour. It tastes more like a traditional carrot muffin. We add the ripe banana to the recipe to add pectin and moisture to the final product.

If you’re looking to prepare Banana Carrot Muffins on a whim and are missing a few ingredients at home don’t worry! You can easily substitute all-purpose flour for whole wheat and ground flax. If you’ve got some yogurt resting in the fridge feel free to add a few spoonfuls instead of all that milk (split them half and half).

Feel free to leave out the raisins if you’re not a fan. Roasted pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, craisins, dried cherries and currants add an additional crunchy and chewy texture.

Enjoy Banana Carrot Muffins slathered in ricotta cheese or butter.
Enjoy Banana Carrot Muffins slathered in ricotta cheese or butter.

Homemade Banana Carrot Muffins

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Banana Carrot Muffins Recipe

Looking for the best healthy homemade banana carrot muffins recipe? Our easy nutritous muffins feature eggs, flax, oats, banana, raisins, carrot and milk.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 343kcal

Equipment

  • oven
  • mixing bowl
  • muffin tin
  • spatula
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • cheese grater

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ripe banana mashed
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • Beat sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl with a whisk.
  • Dissolve baking soda in water and add to egg mixture, along with vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add flour, oats, flax, salt, baking powder and mix well until moistened.
  • Stir in raisons, grated carrots and mashed banana. Add milk to moisten.
  • Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.5g | Protein: 4.7g | Fat: 16.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 25.9g | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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