Easy and Healthy Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Easy and Healthy Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Soft and full of flavor, these apple carrot oatmeal muffins {a.k.a. morning glory muffins} feature whole wheat goodness to start your day.

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins | Soft and full of flavor, these apple carrot oatmeal muffins {a.k.a. morning glory muffins} feature whole wheat goodness to start your day.

Packed with moisture, these apple carrot muffins feature Honeycrisp apples and sweet grated carrot and a surprise of tangy dried cranberries.

Mornings are busy in my house.

And we don’t always have time to sit down to a nicely prepared breakfast.

These healthy muffins are great for a quick breakfast, an afternoon snack and even a school snack.

A baking tin of 12 muffins.

I’m always creating new favorite muffin recipes to feed my family that are healthy and guilt-free.

These morning glory muffins, also known as sunshine muffins, pack a nutritious punch of fresh fruits and vegetables in each bite.

Any way I can sneak fruits and vegetables into my kids I do!

A hand holding half a muffin.

My entire family are big fans of my double chocolate zucchini muffins which also feature sweet carrots and a whole wheat flour mixture.

Because I was out of zucchini and the kids were asking for healthy breakfast muffins, I had to get creative in the kitchen.

I had plenty of apples and carrots in the fridge and hence this apple carrot muffin recipe was born.

The trick to making these wholesome muffins super moist is being generous with the shredded carrots and grated sweet apple.

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins on a white plate with half an apple.

The hardest part is grating the carrots and making sure your fingers stay intact.

I used a steel box grater but a food processor would also work well.

And it’s easier on the fingers!

These carrot apple muffins would also be delicious with pecans sprinkled on top.

And while I kept this original recipe simple, a half teaspoon of cinnamon and allspice would add warm spices to these delicious muffins and be ideal for fall.

How to make these apple oatmeal muffins healthy

To make these muffins healthy, it’s important to use the right ingredients.

I am always a fan of using both white flour and regular whole wheat flour in my recipes.

You can not tell a difference in the taste and you get the benefit of the dietary fiber you need with the combination of apple and carrots in the mix.

Can you reduce the amount of sugar in these muffins

You can reduce half the sugar with unsweetened applesauce, which has a one-to-one ratio with sugar.

The more you reduce sugar, the drier and more crumbly these muffins will be.

Similar to cake, the texture and volume of the muffins will be affected by the reduction of sugar.

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins on a wooden counter.

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Easy and Healthy Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Ali Randall
Soft and full of flavor, these apple carrot oatmeal muffins {a.k.a. morning glory muffins} feature whole wheat goodness to start your day.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dried cranberry


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 12-cup muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • Start with the wet ingredients. Using a mixer beat the eggs, sugars, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl making sure there are no lumps from the brown sugar.
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients including the flour, oats salt, baking soda and baking powder until well mixed.
  • Add in the dried cranberries, grated apple and grated carrots until just combined.
  • Pour the mixture into greased 12 muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool before removing them from the tins and on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • The muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a week.
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16 thoughts on “Easy and Healthy Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins”

  • These muffins look perfect! I love that you included both grated carrot and apples… oats are fab too. These will be great for a quick breakfast. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • What a delicious flavor combination! I love muffins like this for breakfast – kind of like a treat to start the day!

  • These are perfectly healthy snacks for a quick breakfast or after school snack. Love the flavour combinations in these too.

    • Oh No … the secret to this recipe is being generous with the apple and carrot. You don’t have to be precise so added fruit and veg is a bonus. You could also add a half a cup of applesauce and increase the oil a table spoon at a time to this recipe. Let me know if you try this again and how they turn out.

  • 2 stars
    I’ve made this recipe a couple times. Thought I made a mistake the first time because after adding the flour it was thick and pasty like play dough and no amount of grates carrots and apple was going to make it even remotely pourable. Adding multiple cups of apple sauce was the only way I could make the batter less pasty. This second time around was no different.

    • Hi Christy…sorry you experienced this. A few tips: use a mixer for the wet ingredients then mix in the dry ingredients gently or even fold in by hand. You don’t want to overmix and over create gluten; be precise with the oil and if you add applesauce don’t add to much. You’ll want to also increase the oil if your batter is too thick, adding a tablespoon at a time until the consistency is right. Good luck 🙂

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