Carrot and Chocolate Chip Muffins, a Little Baker, and a Children’s Book!

I was over the moon, when my 9 year old wanted to make my carrot chocolate chip muffins for a school presentation.Β  Not only am I super excited she is getting interested in baking (yay!), but that she wanted to make one of my recipes and tell all her friends about it.Β  πŸ˜€Β  She did a great job, and her and my son ate so many, she had to make another batch.Β  This was a great way to end an awesome week which started with Halloween fun.Β  My son sported a Batman costume, and my daughter was Poison Ivy.

Also, I have been reading a new children’s picture book to my kids that they adore.Β  The illustrations are incredibly beautiful and the story is unique, interesting, and has continued to keep my kids’ interest.Β  The book is Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters and it is written by a good blogger friend of mine, Diana Wallace Peach.Β  Check it out on Amazon if you are looking for a cool and beautiful book to read to your little ones.

Carrot Chocolate Chip Muffins

Serving Size: 12 large muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup grated carrots (about 5 medium carrots)
  • 1 Β½ cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ΒΌ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Β½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Β½ tsp. ground nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)
  • Β½ tsp. salt
  • Β½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • ΒΎ cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Grate the carrots (a cheese grater works well).
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Melt the butter and set aside to cool down.
  • Place paper liners in a muffin tin. If you're not using liners, brush the muffin tin cups with melted butter and evenly sprinkle flour or sugar all around the cups. Shake off excess.
  • Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda together. Add the salt, nutmeg, and sugar, and mix well.
  • Separately mix the wet ingredients together, starting with the egg, and followed by the milk, vanilla, and butter. Whisk until mixed together.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Lightly stir or whisk until combined.
  • Gently fold in the carrots, followed by the chocolate chips.
  • Fill the muffin cups (just below the rim), and bake for 18-20 minutes, until they bounce back when poked or a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Remove and let cool on a wire rack.
  • Notes

    # 1 Freeze the muffins for longer storage. Simply remove and defrost. They hold up very well in the freezer.

    # 2 Serve as part of a brunch when you are entertaining. They are sure to be a hit!

    # 3 Leave the chocolate out for a delicious carrot muffin.

    I am super excited to bring my muffins to Fiesta Friday, and to be co-hosting this week with the lovely Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook!Β  Happy Fiesta Friday!

    26 Responses to“Carrot and Chocolate Chip Muffins, a Little Baker, and a Children’s Book!”

    1. 11/03/2017 at 9:24 am #

      Oh, you are so sweet, Antonia, to give the book a mention. I’m delighted that your children are enjoying it. πŸ˜€ Yay! I love the Halloween photo and the poses – such characters (in and out of costume). And thanks for the recipe – I’m sure it will be a hit at school. I happen to have tons of carrots in my fridge from cleaning out the garden, so your timing is perfect. πŸ˜€ Happy November!

      • Zoale.com
        11/03/2017 at 4:14 pm #

        We are really enjoying it Diana, and you’re welcome! πŸ˜€ You are super talented, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Right, they are so funny, and I love how my daughter gets into posing, lol! Thank you! I hope you get a chance to try it, they are really good and super moist! Have a great weekend Diana! πŸ˜€

        • 11/03/2017 at 5:01 pm #

          Tornado Boy is coming over next weekend. We’ll make them together. πŸ˜€

        • Zoale.com
          11/03/2017 at 5:12 pm #

          Ha ha, have fun! Awesome, I hope you enjoy them!

    2. 11/03/2017 at 9:56 am #

      Yum! I love carrot cake and these muffins look delicious. And how exciting that your daughter’s showing interest in baking! Happy Fiesta Friday!

      • Zoale.com
        11/03/2017 at 4:24 pm #

        Thanks Ai! I know, I am so excited! Happy Fiesta Friday to you as well and have a nice weekend! πŸ˜€

    3. 11/03/2017 at 2:30 pm #

      Isn’t it just too rewarding when your children catch your baking bug? Mine complain all the time about my food, I have to admit, but when pressed, for example by eating at other people’s houses, they’re pretty happy with what they’ve got. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t swap me for Ronald McD or Mr Nando without batting an eyelid …
      Thank you for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week, I hope you’ll enjoy it!
      Ginger x

      • Zoale.com
        11/03/2017 at 4:29 pm #

        It really is, I am super excited! Kids can be silly, can’t they? Happy Fiesta Friday and have a wonderful weekend! πŸ˜€

        • 11/04/2017 at 6:21 am #

          Thank you!

        • Zoale.com
          11/04/2017 at 9:56 pm #

          πŸ˜€

    4. 11/04/2017 at 3:42 am #

      How wonderful your daughter is getting interested in baking πŸ™‚ It will start making your life easier πŸ™‚ I adore muffins and these sound amazing Antonia. The Halloween outfits look lovely, I hope you all had a great Halloween. x

      • Zoale.com
        11/04/2017 at 9:56 pm #

        I know, I am so excited! Thank you so much Lynne! We did, I hope you did as well! Have a wonderful end to your weekend! πŸ˜€

    5. 11/04/2017 at 10:24 am #

      Muffins look delicious (healthy and sweet), your daughter will be the new generation of bakers, wish I still had young ones around as bedtime stories were always a ritual, cute costumes and thanks for co-hosting πŸ™‚

      • Zoale.com
        11/04/2017 at 9:57 pm #

        Thanks Judi, I hope so! It is a fun time for sure! Have a great rest of your weekend! πŸ˜€

    6. 11/05/2017 at 2:47 am #

      Yay! Both of us brought carrot at Fiesta Friday party! Your daughter’s muffins look so good. What an amazing feeling that your daughter likes to bake as well! Your kids are so adorable, Antonia. Thanks for sharing the co-hosting duties with me. I hope you are having a fab weekend! Happy Fiesta Friday!

      • Zoale.com
        11/06/2017 at 6:42 pm #

        I know, very cool, thank you so much! She is starting to enjoy it! It is great to co-host with you as well! Have a wonderful week! πŸ˜€

    7. skd
      11/05/2017 at 4:45 am #

      The muffins look delicious Antonia. And your kids are so adorable in those costumes. Lots of hugs and love to the little onesπŸ’–πŸ’–

      • Zoale.com
        11/06/2017 at 6:43 pm #

        You are so sweet, thank you! πŸ˜€ Have a fantastic week!

    8. 11/05/2017 at 9:38 am #

      I love the idea of using a vegetable and chocolate in a ‘sweet’ recipe! And I really miss reading books to my children, my youngest is 12 but a very mature 12 so book reading is a thing of the past for us unfortunately:(

      • Zoale.com
        11/06/2017 at 6:44 pm #

        It is amazing how well the carrots go with chocolate. I am holding on to it as long as possible! πŸ˜€ Have a great week!

    9. 11/06/2017 at 4:10 am #

      wow that looks absolutely delicious and I am as thrilled when my girls want to help baking. It is so much fun getting kids involved.

      • Zoale.com
        11/06/2017 at 6:46 pm #

        Thank you so much! It is wonderful, isn’t it? I agree, yay! πŸ˜€ Have a wonderful week!

    10. 11/09/2017 at 4:53 pm #

      The muffins look yummy, and your kids are so adorable! I love their outfits!

      • Zoale.com
        11/10/2017 at 8:32 am #

        Thank you so much Kat! Have a great Friday! πŸ˜€

    11. 11/10/2017 at 7:18 am #

      Isn’t it exciting when your kids show interest in what you do?! Your daughter did a great job with these muffins! Bravo mom and daughter! πŸ‘πŸ‘ And thanks for cohosting, Antonia 😘😘

      • Zoale.com
        11/10/2017 at 8:34 am #

        It really is! πŸ˜€ Thank you Angie, you are so sweet! You’re welcome, I had a great time! Have a great long weekend! πŸ˜€

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