Carrot Chocolate Chip Muffins

I like to break the breakfast routine from time to time, and make something special. It is fun seeing how excited my little ones get at the idea of a breakfast treat. Muffins are especially fun, because they look like cupcakes. When I do make them, I like to add fruits or vegetables, just to make me feel a little better 🙂  I decided to make a muffin with carrots and chocolate, and they turned out delicious. If you like carrot cake and chocolate, you will love these muffins.

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carrot chocolate chips muffins recipe

Yields 12 large muffins.

Melt the butter and set aside to cool down. Crack an egg and lightly beat.  Measure out 1 cup of milk and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. To prepare the muffin tin: melt 1 tbsp of butter and evenly paint the muffin tin cups with a pastry brush, followed by a light coating of sugar (just sprinkle on).  This will give the muffins a great texture on the outside, and of course prevent them from sticking. You can use paper liners if preferred.

carrot chocolate muffins collage 1

Grate 2 large carrots, which should yield around 1 cup of carrots. In a separate bowl sift flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda together. Add the salt, nutmeg, and sugar, and mix well. Separately mix the milk, vanilla, butter, and egg (wet ingredients).  Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and lightly mix with a whisk (do not over mix). Gently fold in the carrots, followed by the  chocolate chips. Fill the muffin cups (just below the rim), and bake for 18-23 minutes, until a cake tester comes clean. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes.

carrot chocolate muffins collage 2

Tips
#1 Make different shapes. See the latest Tips for Tuesday for more information.
#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.

carrot chocolate muffins inside

Printable version is below 🙂

Carrot Chocolate Chip Muffins

Serving Size: 12 large muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup grated carrots (about 5 medium carrots)
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Grate the carrots (I use a cheese grater for this).
  • 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 an egg which should be lightly beaten. Follow the egg with the milk, vanilla, and butter. Whisk until mixed together, and then add the wet ingredients to the dry. Lightly 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 these 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.

    4 Responses to“Carrot Chocolate Chip Muffins”

    1. 03/05/2015 at 2:04 pm #

      Yum, Antonia: these sound and look delicious! I love carrot cake… and chocolate of course (the darker the better)! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        03/05/2015 at 4:56 pm #

        I appreciate the kind words Stefano! It is a tasty combination and goes great with a cup of coffee 🙂 Thank you for visiting!

    2. 03/08/2015 at 12:18 am #

      I agree! They look fantastic! And so so moist!

      • Zoale.com
        03/09/2015 at 8:41 pm #

        Thanks Francesca, you are so sweet 🙂 They are very moist and also have a great texture. So happy you could stop by.

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