Spiced Orange and Carrot Whole Wheat Muffins

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    Incredibly flavorful, moist, and fluffy muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast! Warm spices, orange and carrots make this spiced orange and carrot whole wheat muffin so tender and full of healthy goodness for your mornings!

    If there were ever a time that I was THRILLED about muffins, it would be now. I developed these spiced orange and carrot whole wheat muffins and I cannot stop making them. I think these are Jason and I’s favorite muffins to date.

    They’re PACKED with flavor and all that healthy goodness you would want in an on-the-go breakfast muffin. Also, can I say that they’re SO moist and tender and fluffy? Please give these a try!

    I have a brand new video below so you can watch and see how easy it is to put this together!!

    Incredibly flavorful, moist, and fluffy muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast! Warm spices, orange and carrots make this spiced orange and carrot whole wheat muffin so tender and full of healthy goodness for your mornings!

    I’m sure you’re reading “whole wheat muffins” and thinking, “I bet they are dry like no other.” I’m here to prove you wrong! These are the fluffiest whole wheat muffins I’ve ever developed and look at the dome on them! They rise beautifully and the orange flavor is so prominent.

    Incredibly flavorful, moist, and fluffy muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast! Warm spices, orange and carrots make this spiced orange and carrot whole wheat muffin so tender and full of healthy goodness for your mornings!

    Jason texted me at work one day and said, “these muffins.”

    And I replied, “so fluffy and moist, right?” and he said, “yep.”

    Just LOOK at all those air pockets and the flecks of carrots and oats! I wish you could smell or even taste these. The orange scent is intoxicating.

    Incredibly flavorful, moist, and fluffy muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast! Warm spices, orange and carrots make this spiced orange and carrot whole wheat muffin so tender and full of healthy goodness for your mornings!

     

    Incredibly flavorful, moist, and fluffy muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast! Warm spices, orange and carrots make this spiced orange and carrot whole wheat muffin so tender and full of healthy goodness for your mornings!

    I’m on batch four of these muffins.

    Seriously, it’s going to be a Sunday tradition now to bake them for the week. They’re honest to good the perfect on-the-go breakfast for busy lifestyles!

    I have even had one an hour before working out to keep me energized!

     

    Incredibly flavorful, moist, and fluffy muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast! Warm spices, orange and carrots make this spiced orange and carrot whole wheat muffin so tender and full of healthy goodness for your mornings!
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    Spiced Orange and Carrot Whole Wheat Muffins

    Incredibly flavorful, moist, and fluffy muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast! Warm spices, orange and carrots make these muffins so tender and full of healthy goodness for your mornings!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 dozen
    Calories: 237kcal
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    Ingredients

    • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for topping
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (you may use dark brown sugar)
    • 3/4 cup orange juice , any variety
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • Zest of 1 large orange, about 2 tablespoons
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
    • 1 cup finely grated carrots

    Instructions

    • Line a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin liners and spray muffin liners with coconut oil cooking spray or your preferred cooking spray. This is a must, otherwise, the muffins will stick to the muffin liner. Set aside and preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients: flour, oats, spices, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and coconut sugar.
    • In a large measuring cup, add orange juice, almond milk, orange zest, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk to incorporate.
    • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the coconut oil into the center and gently incorporate until mixture is slightly wet; it doesn't all have to be combined.
    • Pour the measuring cup of liquid ingredients into the batter then using a spatula, mix and fold until everything is incorporated.
    • Add the grated carrots and fold into mixture.
    • Using a large ice cream scoop, fill lined muffin cups with batter. I tend to fill right up to the top, more than 3/4 full.
    • Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Spiced Orange and Carrot Whole Wheat Muffins
    Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
    Calories 237 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 11g17%
    Saturated Fat 8g40%
    Carbohydrates 32g11%
    Fiber 3g12%
    Sugar 14g16%
    Protein 5g10%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Heather Christo says:

    I love the unique flavor combination of these muffins- they look great!

  • Maria says:

    Im loving all the flavor combos!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    These muffins look wonderful!!! Pinned :)

  • Jenny Flake says:

    These look fantastic Julie!! Gorgeous muffins.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What a fabulous breakfast muffin!

  • Jenny | The Baking Skillet says:

    Just wanted to say that I tried your Fluffernutter cookies yesterday, and they were so good! Now I have my eye on these muffins. Love the flavors!

    • Julie says:

      Omg you have to try these muffins! I make them A LOT!!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    I want wake up to these muffins! Perfect way to send the kids off to school with!

  • Jo Maxwell says:

    Hi. The muffins look great. Do you know the carb amount please? I am type 2 and have to keep carbs under 20 per meal.
    Thank you,
    Jo

    • Julie says:

      Unfortunately, no. There are many reasons as to why I don’t post nutritional information on my recipes, one of which is that I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist so for me to give any sort of nutritional information would be incorrect and inaccurate. There are also many differing factors when it comes to nutritional information and since I do not have the knowledge in this, I do not feel comfortable posting this sort of information. If you must have this information, there are many calculators out there (free and paid) that can help you with calculations. A simple Google search would pull up some of these calculators, but again, I’m not endorsing them as I do not know how accurate they may be.

  • Jan says:

    Hi Julie,

    These muffins are absolutely delicious! The flavor is amazing!
    I made a Huge blunder though. As I was putting the spices back in the pantry I discovered instead of cardamom I inadvertently used coriander.
    Great news, the muffins tasted wonderful!
    I love nuts, so chopped pecans were added to the second batch – delish
    Thank you so very much, Julie, for the scrumptious gift.
    Jan Thill

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much Jan!!! :)

  • Tieghan says:

    These muffins sound delicious!1 Love the orange flavors going on! :)

  • kings says:

    hi i just wanted to say that the muffins were really fabulous!! So fluffy and good!! I swapped all the healthy ingredients for the regular ones, like reg milk, vegetable oil etc. Followed the rest to a tee. Came out superb! Thank you!

    • Julie says:

      Wonderful!! So glad you enjoyed them :)

  • Sarah says:

    These look great! I can’t wait to try them. I’m always on the lookout for a good whole grain muffin recipe.

  • K says:

    Is this recipe no longer available? There is nothing to click on to follow through. thnx!

    • Julie says:

      Oh geez, my bad!!! I switched recipe plugins and I forgot to re-insert it. It’s there again!! Thanks for the heads up!!

  • Brianna says:

    I have a coconut allergy, so would butter be ok to substitute in these? They sound amazing!

    • Julie says:

      Yes, definitely!

  • Aps says:

    I tried this recipe out !! It’s just too yummy and so much flavour.. wow ! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe Julie 😊

    • Julie Wampler says:

      So great to hear this! I’m glad you enjoyed!

  • Barbara parker says:

    The ratio of wet to dry ingredients is off:
    Needed to add another 1/3 c of flour and some more oats.
    2 oranges yielded about 1 tbs of zest. You said one orange and 2 tbs – perhaps you meant 2 tsp
    It took almost 2 oranges to yield 3/4 c orange juice
    Spices were great

    • Julie Wampler says:

      hi barbara! appreciate your insight. i have made this muffin recipe countless times with the recipe as written and haven’t had issues, but i’m glad you were able to work around it. baking can differ for everyone, especially since we don’t do them here by weight. the way you scoop your flour, etc. can affect how your batter turns out, which is why you probably needed more flour and some more oats. additionally, i had LARGE oranges here in the summer when i developed this recipe so i definitely got 2 tbsp. of zest! but glad you were able to tweak/figure it out. as for the orange juice you speak of…you don’t actually squeeze the orange for the orange juice. you just use the zest from it. the 3/4 of orange juice in the recipe means the actual orange juice you get from the carton.

  • Anna says:

    I have just finished baking these muffins and everyone agrees they smell and taste amazing. I have just discovered your site and am excited to try many more recipes.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Thank you! These are one of my favorite muffins. The smell is incredible!

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