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Whole Wheat Carrot Banana Muffins

  • Author: Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
  • Total Time: 32 mins
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Whole wheat carrot banana muffins are packed with lots of healthy whole grains as well as fruit and vegetables. An easy recipe to make for snacks or meals.


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1.5 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium bananas)
  • 1 cup prunes (or dates)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrots
  • Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (2 if you like it really sweet)
  • 2 Tablespoons plain yogurt


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Remove pits from the prunes/dates. If they’re a bit firm, be sure to soak them in hot water for about 5 minutes, then puree them in your blender until mostly smooth. You can add up to 2 Tablespoons water to help it blend. Add the mashed bananas and blend again. Add the remaining wet ingredients - eggs, yogurt, vanilla, (and optional molasses) - blend briefly, just until smooth.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients and shredded carrots with the dry ingredients. Stir just until mixed. Divide into 18 silicone-lined muffin cups. Bake on 350ºF for 18-22 minutes. Check with a toothpick and remove from oven to cool.
  4. Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
  5. Leave the cream cheese out to soften at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place in a large bowl and whip vigorously, using a fork or whisk, or if you've got it, an electric mixer. (DO NOT USE BLENDER/PROCESSOR FOR THIS.) Add yogurt and maple syrup and combine until smooth. Scoop into a pastry piping bag or icing decorator and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Pipe onto cooked & cooled muffins and serve at room temperature. (You can also refrigerate it and spread it on with a knife or spatula.) ENJOY.


Optional: 1 Tablespoon molasses - it adds a different richness, which is perfect for dessert. We usually leave it out because we eat these for breakfast, but it's a delicious addition.
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves - I LOVE ground cloves in this recipe, but I couldn't find any here in Japan. I highly recommend it if you've got it in your pantry, but the muffins are still super delicious without it!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 22 mins
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: carrot muffins, banana muffins, carrot banana muffins

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