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Quinoa Carrot Cake Muffins

Quinoa Carrot Cake Muffins

Quinoa Carrot Cake Muffins

These mini quinoa carrot cake muffins make a great light snack. They’re delicately spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, plus they’re full of grated carrot, making them a healthier version of a regular carrot cake muffin. With no refined sugar, they’re so good you could even eat two. The quinoa also makes them slightly dense and wonderfully moist with a great texture.

Being a nutritious complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids, and being high in fiber, the quinoa gives loads of added health benefits to these mini quinoa muffins.

I always try to add in as many vegetables as I can to every meal (see my blog Veggie Desserts!), so for these muffins I’ve grated in a carrot. It makes them extra moist so they last for days and don’t dry out. They’re perfect for making on a Sunday and taking to work all week long.

Quinoa Carrot Cake Muffins

I love using quinoa as oatmeal in the morning or to add into a salad. It keeps me full for longer and I love its delicately nutty flavor. Plus, it’s so easy to make. Just simmer it one part quinoa to 2 parts water for 15 minutes and it’s ready!

If you ever have any plain quinoa left over, then save it in the fridge. Leftover quinoa is perfect for these mini muffins. They’re also a great way to use up carrots.

Quinoa Carrot Cake Muffins

Quinoa Carrot Cake Muffins

Quinoa Carrot Cake Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins


  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil plus extra for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa made from ¾ cup uncooked
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and grated (makes ½ cup grated)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin tin with oil or butter.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the banana, maple syrup, egg, oil and vanilla together for a few minutes until smooth.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and spices, then use a spatula to gently combine by hand. Add the quinoa and grated carrot and gently mix.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.


Quinoa adds bulk and texture, while carrots and spices add flavor to these healthy carrot cake muffins.
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  • Reply
    Bonnie Krebs
    October 24, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Can you turn the muffin recipe into a cake ? Is so, what are the instructions? It sounds very delicious AND healthy! Many thanks!

    • Reply
      Katie Trant
      October 24, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Hi Bonnie, although we haven’t tested baking this recipe as a cake, usually muffins can become loaves or single-layer cakes simply by increasing the baking time. If you test this out, please let us know how it turns out!

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    Bonnie Krebs
    October 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I will give it a try. Thanks!

  • Reply
    October 30, 2017 at 11:02 am

    This recipe sounds great. Does it make mini muffins or do I use a regular sized muffin tin?

    • Reply
      Katie Trant
      October 31, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Hey Karrie! Just a regular-sized muffin tin is fine for these babies!

  • Reply
    October 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Hi just discovered your website. I wondered if you publish nutrtion information along with the recipe and I’m just missing it.

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      Katie Trant
      October 31, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Hey Cynthia, we don’t publish nutrition information at this time, but we’re looking into making the switch. In the mean time, there are lots of great online nutrition calculators you can just paste the recipe URL into to get the info you need, like this one for example:

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    December 14, 2017 at 7:49 am

    These muffins sound delish! I’d like to make mini muffins. What temperature and time in the oven?

    • Reply
      Katie Trant
      December 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Hey Kay, we haven’t tested them as mini muffins so can’t say for sure. I’d keep the temperature the same and reduce the baking time by half, but watch them carefully. If you try this, let us know how it turned out.

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    Sue Cee
    July 14, 2018 at 4:32 am

    3 stars
    I made these and cooked them as per recipe. They were very moist ( a bit runny) in the middle but quite tasty when straight out of the oven. They were browning too much on top other wise could of left them in for longer ( 25mins).
    I didn’t have any ginger so used ground spice to substitute. I served them with a dob of Greek yogurt.

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    April 10, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    These are so flipping good! This recipe is exactly what I was looking for. I had quinoa and carrots left over from a recipe I was not excited about anymore. These muffins came together so quickly. I added a few twists of salt and 1/4 c chopped pecans. Baked for the full 25 mins. They satisfied my sweet tooth and are pretty filling, too.

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