Apple and Carrot Muffins

These Apple and Carrot Muffins from Annabel Karmel's Family Cookbook are a perfect healthy after-school snack. Easy to make, they are guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family.

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Here is a healthy and deliciously moist muffin that’s bound to become a family favourite. These muffins are very easy to make and will keep well for up to five days.

Makes 12 muffins


150g (5 oz) plain wholemeal flour
50g (2 oz) granulated sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
½tsp ground cinnamon
¼tsp salt
¼tsp ground ginger
125 ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil
60 ml (2¼ fl oz) honey
60 ml (2¼ fl oz) maple syrup
2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
½tsp vanilla extract
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
75 g (3 oz) carrots, peeled and grated
65 g (2½ oz) raisins

Essential kit

You will need a 12-hole muffin tray.


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cups.

2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and ginger in a mixing bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, honey, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla. Beat lightly with a wire whisk until blended. Add the grated apple, carrots and raisins to the liquid mixture and stir well.

4. Fold in the dry ingredients until just combined but don’t overmix or the muffins will become heavy.

5. Fill the muffin cups with the batter until two-thirds full. Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes. Leave the muffins to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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