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Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

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My Apple Spice Carrot Muffins are the perfect after school or morning snack.
Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

How’s everyone doing with their New Year’s Resolutions?!  It’s always nice to start the New Year off right with some healthier recipe options.  I’m all about moderation and balance.  I don’t like to cut anything completely out of my diet because it seems that it’s those things I want the most.  My goals this year are focusing on eating more greens, fruits and grains.   I’m also starting yoga again this year!  Before we moved from California I was practicing at a studio I loved almost everyday.  I miss it so much.  Looking forward to more of that goodness in my life.  Those are just a few of my goals, looking forward to making more throughout the year.

You are going to love these soft, not overly sweet apple spice muffins with shredded carrots throughout.  Hope you enjoy!

Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

I used Kroger’s Unsweetened Apple Sauce Pouches.  So excited partnering with Kroger this month to bring you “healthier” recipes!

Kroger is encouraging everyone to reach their goals and attain these ‘little victories’ in 2015 to help keep your healthy-lifestyle-healthy-eating New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that nearly 90% of people giving up on their goals well before the year is even really started? That’s because they make resolutions that are sometimes too hard to keep up with, too hard to follow, or resolutions they never had any intent of keeping in the first place.

Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

Start by creaming your butter and honey.

Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

Add your egg.

Apple Spice Carrot Muffins


Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

Shredded carrot.

Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

Dry ingredients up next.

Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

Add some bran, fill cupcake liners and bake!

Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

Soft, hearty and perfect.  Try them chilled too.

Apple Spice Carrot Muffins
So happy to be working with Kroger this month to celebrate Little Victories and healthy lifestyles. Kroger is encouraging everyone to reach their New Year’s goals and celebrate Little Victories along the way.  Do you have Little Victories in mind this year?  More veggies, drink more water, exercise more? Here’s to lots of Little Victories this year! Be sure to use the widget below to enter a great giveaway!


Apple Spice Carrot Muffins

Apple Spice Carrot MuffinsPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Kroger Unsweetened Applesauce, I used three 3.2 ounce squeeze packets
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup bran
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 9 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Place butter, sugar and honey into stand mixer, beat until well combined. Add egg, Kroger Applesauce, vanilla and carrots. Beat until combined. Slowly add flour, bran, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Beat until just combined. Scoop into cupcake liners, 3/4 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until baked through. Let cool then serve room temperature or chilled.

Makes 9 Servings

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  1. 1

    These look so delicious! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  2. 2
    Amanda says:

    My little victory is to drink more water and work out 4 to 5 times a week 🙂

  3. 3

    Oh I’m excited for you to get back to yoga!!! I try to go once a week and whenever I miss a week I seriously crave the yoga. It’s addictive! Love these muffins too! 🙂

  4. 4
    Meredith says:

    Yum – a healthy,easy snack!

  5. 5

    I am sure my kids would love these after school. Great way to sneak some carrots into their diets!

  6. 6
    Lauren Bryant says:

    This looks very good and healthy!

  7. 7
    Debbie says:

    these look delicious! can’t wait to try them. Thank you!

  8. 8
    Kristen says:

    I still managed to get in a workout and keep up with my healthy eats despite snow and freezing temps yesterday. I typically treat snow days like vacation.

  9. 9
    Kim McCallie says:

    Completed the morning school run to two different schools. Always a victory!

  10. 10
    AnnMarie Johnson says:

    Going to Zumba class with my SIL.

  11. 11
    Katie says:

    These muffins look great!

  12. 12
    Katie says:

    Got a workout class and a short run in before work this morning 🙂

  13. 13
    VictoriaDoubleU says:

    I ran outside in 19 degree weather!

  14. 14
    Amanda says:

    Love these muffins! Would love to grab one of these on the go 🙂 xoxo

  15. 15
    Pamela Shank says:

    The muffins look delicious. I am retiring from my job next month so I have a lot of new goals for the year and becoming more physically fit will be a big start of it.

  16. 16

    I love how healthy and easy these muffins are!

  17. 17

    I really miss yoga, too!! Definitely need to add it back to the schedule as well as this apple spice carrot muffins!!

  18. 18
    Sheena says:

    I want to start doing yoga in the mornings before diving into my inbox.

  19. 19
    Heather F says:

    I started drinking water first thing this morning! I need to work on staying more hydrated!

  20. 20
    Nina says:

    Drinking more water is my main goal. So many benefits to that.
    I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  21. 21
    Michelle says:

    I ran early this morning!

  22. 22

    There’s so much goodness in these muffins! My kids would love these as after school snacks, and I’d happily eat them throughout the day.

  23. 23

    All of my favorite flavors! Love these Jenny 🙂

  24. 24
    Gwyn says:

    I got up and went to the gym.

  25. 25
    Tanya says:

    My boys woke up in a good mood!

  26. 26

    These look super tasty! My little victory for today is to drink more water!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  27. 27
    mandi Jones says:

    Those look yummy, and so does the kroger giveaway!

  28. 28
    mandi Jones says:

    Those look yummy! My little victory is remembering to take my vitamins each day for the past week! Fingers crossed for the kroger giveaway!

  29. 29
    Alex says:

    Love this giveaway and that recipe…yummy!

  30. 30
    Christa says:

    I worked out for the first time in months!

  31. 31
    Sarah R says:

    My little victory for today is a BIG victory! I decided to make myself a fancy little omelette for breakfast (Western-style)…and as I was eating, I got a call that I was selected for a position I recently interviewed for! YAY FOR EMPLOYMENT!

  32. 32
    Janie palin says:

    My little victory is spending more time with my daughter in disneyland this weekend!

  33. 33
    Pam says:

    I went for a long walk after a long time off. Felt wonderful!

  34. 34
    Beth M says:

    Snow day = board games with the kids!

  35. 35
    Michelle LM says:

    These sound wonderful….thanks for sharing!

  36. 36
    Ali Jones says:

    Nice long walk this morning.

  37. 37
    Asarel says:

    these look great!

  38. 38
    Caroline says:

    I want to keep up my workouts early in the morning before class!

  39. 39
    Shanan says:

    I am trying to take my dogs out for regular walks. Everytime I manage it I am pleased. Thanks for the chance to win free groceries!

  40. 40

    These look awesome! I learned some new Pilates moves this week! I hope to continue getting more into Pilates this year!

  41. 41
    Heather Montgomery says:

    These muffins look so delicious & healthy! Thank you!

  42. 42
    Amanda says:

    I still have some carrots in my garden to pull up. I will definitely use them in this recipe!

  43. 43
    Ashley says:

    Great giveaway and those muffins look delish!

  44. 44
    Gaby says:

    These look great to have on hand for a snack! Great muffin!

  45. 45
    Katie W. says:

    How delicious! Trying very hard to drink more water everyday!! What a wonderful giveaway!

  46. 46
    Meg Rudd says:

    Looks delish! Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. 47
    Danielle Hardy says:

    Sounds really yummy!

  48. 48
    Sarah Hughes says:

    Can’t wait to make these muffins for my 17 month old!

  49. 49

    starting zumba this year finally. need to lose some inches. hope i win lol

  50. 50
    Carmen says:

    I forewent the coffee and had a healthy fruit smoothie! A new regimen has commenced.

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