Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes


This recipe is both delicious and healthy, and it's a great way for chocoholics to sneak in their veggies! These cupcakes are very muffin-like, but they are fluffy, chocolaty, and moist. They're a healthy twist to your basic chocolate cupcakes, without sacrificing taste or texture. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 cupcakes


  • 2 cups grated carrots

  • 3 eggs

  • cup milk

  • ¼ cup applesauce

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (Optional)

  • ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips, or to taste

  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease or line muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. Whisk carrots, eggs, milk, applesauce, canola oil, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a separate bowl; stir into carrot mixture until just combined into a batter. Fold chocolate chips and cranberries into batter. Spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into each prepared muffin cup.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until cupcakes are fluffy and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

Cook's Note:

These cupcakes would taste great with a cream cheese icing, or, if you want to keep it healthy, try Lite Cool Whip(R)!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
3g Fat
25g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 90mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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