One of the most popular posts on my blog is a recipe for Hearty Spiced Carrot Muffins. I love these things, and—yay!—readers do, too. A nice dose of vitamin-rich veggies to kick-start your day? That’s a win right there.
But can I leave well enough alone? Of course not! The original recipe contains milk and eggs, and because I’ve really been enjoying vegan baking lately, I decided to create a vegan version.
“Vegan-izing” a muffin recipe is actually easier—and the results are tastier—than you might imagine. Dry, tasteless hockey pucks these are not. Just a few simple swaps, and you’ve still got a moist, tender, delicious muffin on your hands.
Vegan Baking Swaps
The swaps I make when I adapt a muffin recipe to make it vegan are pretty simple.
- Eggs: Instead of chicken eggs, I use flax “eggs”—flax meal mixed with water and allowed to sit for a few minutes to create a slightly gel-like consistency
- Milk: If a recipe calls for cow’s milk, I generally opt for almond milk.
- Oil/butter: The original recipe called for already-vegan vegetable oil, but I’ve happily jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon, so these muffins have coconut oil instead. (Coconut oil also makes a fine substitute for butter.)
- Banana/applesauce: And although I didn’t include either of these in this particular recipe, I might also add a mashed banana or some applesauce (or both!) for moistness and sweetness without added sugar.
Really, the only significant difference I’ve found between vegan muffins and non-vegan is that the vegan version tends to be more dense. But when we’re talking about a hearty muffin to begin with, I find I like that. One of these Vegan Spiced Carrot Muffins—along with a fresh, hot mug of coffee—makes for a satisfying little breakfast.
So go ahead—go forth and vegan-ize! I’d be willing to bet you (and your taste buds) will be pleasantly surprised.
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats plus 2 tbsp for topping
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups grated carrots about 3 medium carrots
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease the cups of a 12-cup, standard-size muffin tin.
- In a small bowl, add the flaxseed meal and water. Stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
- Place the coconut oil in a microwave-safe, medium-size bowl. Microwave at 50% power in 20-second increments until just melted. Remove from the microwave and stir in the carrots, almond, milk, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Add the flaxseed mix; stir to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined.
- Divide the batter between muffin tins; just over 1/3 cup per tin (I use a trigger-handle ice cream scoop). Top with the remaining 2 tablespoons oats.
- Bake the muffins until the tops bounce back when lightly poked and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15–18 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then carefully remove them from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.