Writers: Alayna Flighty

Alayna Flighty

Alayna lives in Pukerua Bay with her husband and two beautiful children, where she runs Laynescreative.com. She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for the arts. Alayna believes when children engage with the arts they develop their language, fine motor and problem-solving skills, and improve their overall confidence.

Carrot Muffins

Carrot muffins

Carrot muffins are a really tasty treat that you and your kids can enjoy. They are so simple to make, which makes them, a great recipe to bake with your kids.

If your are allergic to eggs like me instead of using 3 eggs simple use an egg replacer here is a link to the one I use.

Carrot Muffins

Easy Carrot muffins that the whole family can enjoy. 

Course Snack
Keyword snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12


wet ingredients

  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 3 eggs Or use an egg replacer
  • 75 g butter melted
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • ¬Ĺ cup sultanas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp apricot jam

Dry ingredients

  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ¬ĺ cups flour


  1. Oil your muffin tins and turn the oven onto 220¬įC

  2. Mix all wet ingredients together in a bowl. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet. 

  3. Mix together and place in oiled muffin tins. The recipe makes 12 good-sized muffins. 

  4. Bake 15-20 min at 220¬įC or until nicely risen and firm to the touch.

  5. Cool in tins for 5 to 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool.

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