I wanted a healthy breakfast muffin option that wasn't dry! The carrots give this such a delicious and moist texture. A lot can be added or left out of this recipe depending on taste and personal preference; popular options to include are raisins, ground nuts, or chocolate chips.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

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  • Mix all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, chia seeds, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger together in a large bowl.

  • Beat butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat egg into the butter mixture. Mash banana into the butter mixture until smoothly incorporated. Fold carrot and orange zest into the mixture.

  • Mix flour mixture into the butter mixture about 1/2 cup at a time to make a batter. Fold cranberries into the batter. Divide evenly between prepared muffin cups to fill nearly to the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

216.4 calories; 3.3 g protein; 33.6 g carbohydrates; 34 mg cholesterol; 254 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2013
Chia seeds need to be soaked first before baking. These muffins came out just fine. First of all I soaked my chia seeds in half cup applesauce to make the gel and used this gel instead of the butter called for. (soak for 5 minutes) No white sugar just added half cup brown sugar only. Next time will try honey instead. Carrots and banana give it a moist texture but next time will try different ingredients. Great basic recipe for a healthy muffin. Love those chia seeds! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2020
It's hard to rate this recipe - I could tell the dough was very dry and I had no banana. Added 1.25 cups of OJ doubled the chia seeds and they turned out very well. Of course this means it's not the actual recipe! Read More
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2013
Chia seeds need to be soaked first before baking. These muffins came out just fine. First of all I soaked my chia seeds in half cup applesauce to make the gel and used this gel instead of the butter called for. (soak for 5 minutes) No white sugar just added half cup brown sugar only. Next time will try honey instead. Carrots and banana give it a moist texture but next time will try different ingredients. Great basic recipe for a healthy muffin. Love those chia seeds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2013
Chia seeds need to be soaked first before baking. These muffins came out just fine. First of all I soaked my chia seeds in half cup applesauce to make the gel and used this gel instead of the butter called for. (soak for 5 minutes) No white sugar just added half cup brown sugar only. Next time will try honey instead. Carrots and banana give it a moist texture but next time will try different ingredients. Great basic recipe for a healthy muffin. Love those chia seeds! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
Really really good! My husband loved them too. I used 3/4c honey instead of sugar 1C applesauce instead of banana 1.5C of cranberries and ground them slightly in the food processor. I omitted the orange zest. I made two batches in one week they were so good! The first time I made 12 regular-sized muffins but had enough batter to also make 2 mini loaves. The second time it made 45 mini muffins. BEWARE- the batter is THICK. (like want my husband to stir for me.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2014
I followed this recipe exactly except one tiny change. I used the pulp from juicing (carrot apple and orange) and it turned out incredibly delicious. Took them to work and everyone loved them. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2013
Had to make a few mods... just used whole wheat flour used coconut oil instead of butter only the 1/2 cup of brown sugar used two little snack cups of unsweetened applesauce instead of the banana and had to use grated apple instead of carrot - they turned out great! This is my new fav muffin recipe. And you can definitely play around with adding other stuff too like nuts or seeds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2013
These were delicious! I left out the chia seeds but didn't change anything else. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2013
Very tasty! I thought these would not be moist enough but they're fine. I used spelt flour and honey as the sweetener. Great muffins! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2013
Great recipe. The kids loved them. The batter is very thick but it bakes up quite nicely. Didn't have any bananas so used applesauce instead and also substituted ground flax seeds for chia seeds. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2015
I used a sweet potato instead of a banana and no chia seeds. Muffins turned out yummy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2014
I used coconut oil instead of butter....Love these and making my second batch now Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2020
It's hard to rate this recipe - I could tell the dough was very dry and I had no banana. Added 1.25 cups of OJ doubled the chia seeds and they turned out very well. Of course this means it's not the actual recipe! Read More