Alanna’s “Best Carrot Muffins in Existence”

May 4, 2020

This recipe was submitted by Alanna Miller, first contact volunteer at The AIDS Network as a part of our A Taste at Home campaign.

I always find that carrot-themed desserts are super controversial. People either LOVE them, or HATE them. I happen to be one of the people who LOVE carrot-themed desserts, and I personally guarantee that these are the best carrot muffins in existence. They are moist, flavourful and are equally good ‘naked’ as they are topped with cream cheese icing. And, since the recipe calls for two whole carrots, they must be somewhat healthy too, right?



-1 cup flour

-1/2 tsp. baking soda

-1 tsp. baking powder

-1/4 tsp. salt

-1 tsp. ground cinnamon

-1/4 tsp. nutmeg

-1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

-1/2 cup vegetable oil

-2 eggs

-1 tsp. vanilla extract

-1-1.5 cups shredded carrot (about 2 medium carrots)


Optional Ingredients:

-1/3-1/2 cup shredded coconut

-1/3-1/2 cup chopped walnuts

-1/3-1/2 cup raisins


*makes 12-16 muffins




1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.


3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, and mix in the white and brown sugar. Stir until combined. Then, add in the oil, vanilla extract and stir.


4. Fold in the shredded carrots.


5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.


6. Fold in the Optional Ingredients.


7. Spoon batter into a muffin tin greased with butter or lined with paper cups.


8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted to the centre of the muffin and is clean when removed.


9. Once cooled, enjoy the muffins as-is, or top with your favourite cream cheese icing!


While we may not be able to come together for an evening of great food and supporting our cause, great food can still bring us together, and so we are sharing with you the favourite recipes of our team, volunteers and community partners! Over the next few weeks we will be adding to this virtual cookbook to help inspire you in your own kitchen, and we hope our A Taste at Home campaign bring you the comfort these recipes bring our contributors. While we may be physically distant, we can still come together in a spirit of sharing and giving.

If you are enjoying our recipes and you are able at this time, please consider making a donation to The AIDS Network. Fundraising is a crucial component in our ability to provide programs and services to our most vulnerable clients. Food security programs are especially necessary in this difficult time, and are wholly supported by fundraising dollars. You can make a donation through our Canada Helps page. To find out more about the campaign and to see other recipes, visit www.aidsnetwork.ca/a-taste-at-home