Thursday, July 19, 2012

carrot muffins

My Dad bought a 5 pound bag of baby carrots that was about to go bad, so I had a lot of fun experimenting with various carrot recipes -- carrot cake Lara bars, carrot cake granola, carrot pancakes... but my carrot-fest would definitely not be complete without a real carrot cake! 
This is the famous, perfected recipe by Grandpa Sam, which has been tested and loved by many
I altered the perfect recipe ever so slightly, adding some cloves, allspice and a bit of freshly ground ginger root.
These are extremely moist, tender and sweet, with a rich, warm, spicy aroma. Simply put, the best carrot muffins I have ever had. Delicious with a big shmear of cream cheese. Oh, and these get even better with age, so pop them in the fridge for a while for an even better treat (if you can wait that long!).
What's the best muffin you've ever eaten?
With love,
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp fresh ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 muffin tins with a paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, allspice and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar, ginger and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
  5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
  6. Pour into muffin tins, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes. Check with toothpick.
  7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. 
Adapted from Sam's Famous Carrot Cake


  1. mmm, they look amazing! and I'm loving the addition of ginger so much! I haven't made any muffins in a while, and I have quite a few carrots in the fridge, and cream cheese...these might just have to happen ;)

    1. You should give it a go! They also make a fabulous carrot cake, and some killer cupcakes!

  2. This sounds (and looks) so yummy! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the versatile blogger award, check out my blog to see the terms for accepting the award :)