We are on week 4 of the 80 Day Obsession test group, almost finished with Phase One! I was really blown away at my 2 and 3 week results. I honestly can’t believe that with eating 2,000 calories I am losing inches and seeing the physical changes that I am. When I get the green light to eat MORE, you better believe I’m ALL IN.
When meal planning, I’ve been trying to get creative so I am not eating the same foods over and over. The pre-workout meal seems to be the hardest for me to put together. It has to be premade and quick, since I am eating it at 5:00am before my 5:30am workout. Weeks 1 through 3 I was eating a combination eggs, spinach/greens, sweet potato and toast. This week I was ready for something SWEET as opposed to savory. That’s why I created these yummy carrot cake muffins.
Carrot Cake Muffins
Serving Size: 2 muffins
80 Day Obsession/21 Day Fix: 1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow 1 tsp
- 3 cups shredded carrots
- 1.5 cup rolled oats
- 12 eggs, slightly beaten
- 4.5 tsp baking powder
- 6 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 3 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line muffin pan with tins or spray with cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, then take 3/4 of the batter and pulse in a blender until smooth. If you like a chunkier muffin, blend less. Return the blended portion to the bowl and mix well.
- Pour equal amounts into 12 muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Add 1 tsp of nut butter or butter to 2 muffins (1 tsp).
- Keep refrigerated up to one week.
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39 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Muffins”
I got 24 muffins out of this recipe. Is that correct?
Hi Julie! I ended up with 12 muffins. I ate 2 for a serving. My muffins were really big!
I noticed you have the yellow container count as 1 per serving. Wouldn’t these count as half a yellow since 2 muffins would end up having 1/4 cup of oatmeal? Just want to make sure I’m counting my containers correctly. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Carrie! Yes, so one muffin is 1/2 a yellow container, so a serving size is 2 muffins. Does that help?
12 eggs = 6 reds. 3 c carrots = 3 greens. 1-1/2 c oatmeal = 3 yellows. I cut eggs down to 6 eggs and left all other ingredients the same. I got 12 muffins, so 4= 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow, right?
I do the container system as well, but I am a calorie counter also… These muffins are 122.5 calories each 🙂 The breakdown is…. each muffin contains 1 egg at 75 calories, 1/8 c oatmeal at 37.5 calories, and approximately 1/3 of a carrot at 10 calories. So a serving of 2 muffins would have 245 calories.
Thank you for sharing that!
I agree with you Carrie, I think this would only be 1/2 yellow per serving (if you eat 1/6 of the recipe)..
yellow = 1/2 cup of COOKED oatmeal, or 1/4 cup of DRY oatmeal.
Dry oatmeal 🙂
I got 18 muffins. How many calories would you say is in just one?
Hey Serene! I made big muffins, all of the batter fit in 12. 🙂 I honestly don’t know the calorie count, I don’t count calories. I use the portion control system. Are you familiar?
ladies do these freeze well? mine also madr more than 12 so i would like to freeze for next week if they still taste good
Hey Sarah! I haven’t tried freezing them. Worth a try, and I’d love to hear if they turned out okay. 🙂
Yes they freeze great!
They look amazing is there any way to make them vegan???
Hi Ashley! I’ve used flax eggs before in baking/cooking. I’m not sure how this recipe would turn out, since you need 12 eggs…that’s a lot! You could try it! To make a flax egg, mix one tablespoon ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Mix together, and let sit in your fridge for 15 minutes to set up and thicken. There are other vegan egg substitutes out there, like applesauce, bananas, etc. but that would change the flavor of the recipe a lot, is my guess. If you are following the 80 Day Obsession or 21 Day Fix, it would also change the container counts.
Didn’t this recipe used to have 6 cups carrots? Otherwise there wouldn’t be a full green container in each serving. Did you decide to change it for some reason? I LOVE these!
YES! But people were getting way more than 12 muffins out of it, so using 3 cups will keep it to 12 muffins. You would be slightly short a green, but you can make that up somewhere else for sure. 🙂 Glad you like them! The other option is to keep it to 6 cups and make it in a bread pan. You would get 6 servings out of a bread pan to keep the containers the way they are. I’m going to try this way next week using 6 cups carrots. Does that make sense?
Ok, thanks for clarifying! I kept it at 6 cups carrots and yes, it made 24 muffins and I just eat 4 per serving to get 1 of each color container. Does that make sense? I’m happy I get to eat 4 🙂
Yeah that’s exactly what you should do. Many people thought eating 4 before a workout was too much. I’m on the same page as you, the more food the merrier!!
Hey girl! Yes I changed it because people were saying they were getting way more than 12 muffins. For some reason. It throws off the container counts. You could keep it to 6 cups and use a bread pan, then cut into 6 slices, one slice is a serving. That is on my agenda in one of the upcoming weeks. 🙂
I’m being such a math nerd, but I just realized while making these again today (I keep it at 6 cups carrots) that if I get 6 servings out of the recipe, then it only counts as 1/2 yellow. It would have to have 3 cups oats for it to be 1 full yellow. Crazy! I think I’ll just keep making the the same… 🤔
Think I could use egg whites?
Yes I think that would work too. I would follow these guidelines though https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/egg-substitutions-in-baking/
Just made these and added about 1/3 cup maple syrup for sweetness. Thanks for the awesome quick pre workout recipe!
Oh yummy, that’s a great idea!!
could I add flax seed into this to get my orange in?
Sure, if that fits your meal plan! That’s a great way to use an orange plus some extra fiber. Let me know how they turn out!
I made these and was sadly disappointed. Did I do something wrong? Are they supposed to be a spongey texture? Very bland. I really wanted to like them. ☹️
Hmmm, not sure. They definitely aren’t overly sweet on purpose. Sugar is not a part of my clean eating meal plan. They are a bit spongy due to the water in the carrots.
I just started phase 2 of 80 day obsession and eat these as my pre-workout meal. Problem is they have no taste. I tried adding a few packs of stevia which didn’t help. Have you tried making them with pure maple syrup? Wondering what the container count would be if I added 1/8 cup or a 1/4 cup maple syrup and only 1 cup oats instead of 1.5 cups. I’d love your thoughts on this.
They aren’t necessarily meant to be a “sweet treat” but more for fueling your workouts. Any sweeteners you add will obviously add calories. Not sure on container counts for adjusting it….that takes some math 🙂
Hi! I was just looking over the recipe to use a pre-workout meal. Do you think that the lack of salt in the recipe may be the culprit of the lack of flavor? I’m thinking of adding 1/4tsp salt to the mix.
You definitely could consider adding more salt 🙂
These are a great fast pre-workout food, I have used them for the past 3weeks. The problem I am running into is they stick to my paper wrappers. Do you have any suggestions to prevent this or would it be better to not use wrappers?
I found the same issue. Wonder if spraying a bit of cooking spray in them would help. They are just a really moist muffin.
I just made these and they’re in the oven 🙂 I use the silicone re-usable muffin liners! That would probably help!
Yes, great idea!!