June 6, 2012

Carrot Banana Muffins

I started making a version of these muffins with apple sauce instead of bananas (equally delicious) last fall when Little Smith was at the height of picky eating. Luckily he is now a great eater, but he's still completely obsessed with muffins and a little baking goes a long way to brighten the mood on a gloomy day. Since we were embracing simple pleasures last week-end, muffins were pretty much mandatory!

Carrot Banana Muffins: loosely adapted from 'Banana Nut Muffins' in The Joy of Cooking
  • 2 c flour (or 1c all purpose and 1c wheat)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c orange juice
  • 1/4 c melted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 3 medium carrots, shredded

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with butter. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large bowl.

Beat the egg and add the mashed banana, orange juice, and sugars, beating after each addition.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Fold in the shredded carrots.

Distribute evenly into the muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin. Remove the muffins from the tin and cool on a rack.

These muffins are great for breakfast or a quick snack, they were definitely a hit. That might be an understatement. It was very tough to even get a photo.

Devoured. These even earned some smiles so I guess baked goods trump grumpiness! I'll  be keeping that in mind for tough days in the future.


  1. Oh my goodness! I sooo needed this recipe! Thanks for sharing! Making these tomorrow! I have 2 ripe bananas that cannot go to waste.

  2. I love how little smith's face got so intense while eating (so cute). I adore a good muffin-- definitely trying this recipe out!

  3. Oh sounds so yummy! W seems to approve :) Cute shots of him!

  4. Don't you love The Joy of Cooking?! What a great find. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I love that little hand coming up for more.

  5. I made these last night! Delish! They needed to be a tad bit sweeter for me (since I have a major sweet tooth) but a dab of honey on a warm muffin did the trick! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  6. Ha! Love the look on Little S's face! These sound delish.


  7. I just made these and they are delicious- not too sweet. :)

    1. So glad they worked for you! It's always great to hear that feedback.

  8. I just made these and they are amazing! I altered the recipe a little as I wanted to incorporate walnuts and some oats, and I didn't have any nutmeg so I mixed in a really small quantity of ground ginger and cloves.

    They turned out so good I had to call my mom and tell her :)

  9. Your muffins made it all the way to Spain. First time I baked muffins EVER... and it was a success! My 1 yo is loving them... and her dad has eaten two already :-)