Carrot Muffins with Coconut Whip

carrot muffins with coconut whip

Spring is in the air (at least, here in Austin it is), and I’ve been getting non-stop carrots in my Farmhouse Delivery box. Which means one thing to us… carrot cake. This time, in muffin form.

carrot muffins with coconut whip

I topped these with coconut whip lightly sweetened with maple syrup. It’s airy, yet creamy… much less indulgent than a more traditional cream cheese frosting, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for this time. With a dusting of cinnamon on top.

carrot muffins with coconut whip
Serves: makes 10 muffins
  • 8 oz. carrots (chopped and peeled)
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup all purpose gluten free blend (or all purpose flour)
  • ½ cup whole spelt flour (or oat or whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
coconut whip:
  • can of full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • a few tablespoons of maple syrup or sifted powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Place carrots in food processor and pulse a few times until they are grated. Add in the egg, sugar, applesauce, vanilla and coconut oil and blend until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift & mix together together all dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt).
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and gently fold together. Don't over mix.
  5. Scoop batter into the greased muffin tin - approx ⅓ cup batter per muffin.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes, use a toothpick to check for doneness. Don't over bake.
  7. Let cool completely before frosting.
  8. Make the coconut whip by carefully opening the coconut milk can and scooping off the thick solidified part on the top. Don't move or shake the can too much, it's important that the solid and liquid parts stay separate. (save the liquid part for another use). Whisk the solid part vigorously by hand (or in a mixer). Add maple syrup or powdered sugar to make it as sweet as you like. Spoon a dollop on each muffin and sprinkle with a dusting of cinnamon.

or for cream cheese frosting, see this recipeΒ 


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  1. Kathryn from on said:

    It’s felt like spring is in the air here too and it’s definitely worth celebrating. These muffins look like the perfect way to do just that.

  2. JulieD from on said:

    ahhh, these look so cute and I love the coconut whip recipe…must try soon!

  3. rebecca on said:

    YUM! these look so delicious and perfect for the creeping warm weather. Will definitely be making these for the nextime a friend comes to visit πŸ™‚

  4. Dana from on said:

    Spring was in NYC for about 24 hours and now totally gone, but I still would like to make these muffins. Love the idea of a coconut cream icing!

    • Eileen on said:

      Y. These look delicious and I can’t eat apples. Can I just double the coconut oil?

  5. aneelee from on said:

    Yay! I have been looking for a carrot muffin recipe that wasn’t super-duper sweet or too heavy handed with all-spice and cloves and such. This may be it!

  6. Sarah from on said:

    Looks delicious as always! And its great to have a healthy spin on a carrot cake! Springtime, here we come.

    • jeanine from on said:

      Thanks Sarah! Here’s to spring πŸ™‚ In feb…

    • jeanine from on said:

      Thanks Sarah! I try!

  7. tina from on said:

    Wow Jeanine! These carrot muffins look so inciting, and coconut whipped topping! Sounds perfect.

    • jeanine from on said:

      thanks Tina!

  8. Ashley from on said:

    I adore the overhead shot. The coconut whipped frosting looks fabulous plopped on top and I love how they each look slightly different. YUM.

    • jeanine from on said:

      ha, I don’t think I’d be able to make them all look the same even if I tried πŸ™‚ it’s messy “frosting” for sure…

  9. Carrot cake is my FAVORITE. I love that you used the coconut milk as the topping. I like a light whipped topping. This sounds perfect!

    • jeanine from on said:

      It’s our favorite too πŸ™‚

  10. Crista from on said:

    these look tasty…..

  11. Sonja from on said:

    These look so fun! I have seen the idea for coconut whipped cream in a few places and it looks so interesting! We will have to try this πŸ™‚

  12. sarah from on said:

    These look lovely! And, I am terribly jealous of your springtime and non-stop carrots. We are in winter for another 2 months! Alas. Love your photos, as always.

  13. Barb on said:

    Made these muffins today but instead of cinnamon I substituted 1/2 tsp. of grated ginger and 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger. Left off the whipped topping this time as I made them for my work lunches. Next time. Tried one and they are delicious!

  14. Jess from on said:

    I love this combination – Jeanine, and I love that those cupcakes are so petite and pretty. We get loads of carrots in our CSA, but I’ve yet to bake with them – guess we know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

  15. The coconut whip sounds amazing. I love carrot cake – really want to try it with the coconut oil instead of dairy.

  16. Alexandra from on said:

    Spring still seems a long way away at least in Switzerland (it was lightly snowing yesterday) but the muffins look delicious and definitely bring a breeze of spring to the kitchen πŸ™‚

    • Tracen from on said:

      At last! Someone with the insight to solve the prlmoeb!

  17. Sonja from on said:

    These are so cute! I love the coconut whip idea — I’ve seen this a few places lately and would love to try it out. So fun!

  18. erika from on said:

    Yes. This is exactly what I want to make with my 5-lb bag of carrots! And I still have yet to make “whipped cream” from coconut cream, but I’m excited for this since I’ve never liked the heavy cream cheese frosting that normally goes with carrot cake.

    • jeanine from on said:

      I hope you like it, it’s so light… and so easy to whip up in no time.

  19. Leona on said:

    Is it possible to substitute the egg in order to make this a ‘vegan’ friendly recipe?


    • jeanine from on said:

      Hi Leona, do 1 tablespoon flax seed plus 3 tablespoons warm water (mix it in a little bowl first, until it gets gummy, then add it to the wet mix). Depending on what flour you use, they might fall apart a little more. (ie. if you’re using gluten free flours, they’ll be less cohesive).

  20. Marti on said:

    How long will the whipped coconut topping stay firm; can it sit out for an hour or so or travel in a bowl to be used once the food arrives & is set out?

    • jeanine from on said:

      Hi Marti, I’m not exactly sure, it’s pretty light and airy – I’d try to keep it refrigerated and use it as quickly as possible. (Next time I make it I’ll give it a leaving-out/traveling test).

  21. Kathy on said:

    wow these are really easy and super delish….when I first separated the coconut liquids and solids I was definitely skeptical BUT WOW it whips up by hand very quickly and nicely I cant wait for my family to get home from skiing to try these…bonus points for me and THANK YOU LOVE AND LEMONS I have tried a lot of your recipes and love them ALL you make me look like a superstar to all my friends and family…lol

    • jeanine from on said:

      So glad you liked these, thanks!!

  22. Sandra on said:

    I did only the whip for the moment and it is delicious! But i was wondering what do you do with the coconut liquid? And is it oil or water? Thank you!

    • jeanine from on said:

      It’s mostly water (coconut flavored)… the easiest thing is to save it for smoothies, I sometimes incorporate it into coconut soups (with another full can).

  23. Anna on said:

    I made these muffins a few days ago and WOW. They are spectacular. These are seriously the most delicious carrot cake muffins (or any form of carrot cake) I’ve ever had. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • you’re welcome, I’m so glad you liked them!

  24. Mary on said:

    Great recipe! Very moist and tastes great without the whipped cream on top. Thank you!

  25. Lauren on said:

    Does coconut flour work in this recipe? I just bought a 4 lb bag!

  26. Julie on said:

    Hi, these look great, but are not gluten-free. Spelt has gluten.

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