Rainbow Carrot Chocolate Chip Muffins

rainbow carrot muffins

I have been in the breakfast mood ever since I came across the quote I shared on Tuesday.  I went outside and pulled up some rainbow carrots and immediately thought of these muffins.  I originally shared these last year, and thought it was the perfect time to re-share them.   These muffins are one of my family’s favorite treats, and I am happy whenever I can put a vegetable, especially a home-grown organic one, in a baked good.  I always have to make two batches, one with chocolate chips for my daughter, and one without for my son.  This year I made them with rainbow carrots, so they include purple, white, and orange carrots.  It makes them so pretty!  We are actually going to pull all of our carrots up this weekend, to make room for spring and summer veggies.  I will miss the luxury of pulling up carrots as we need them, however, I am looking forward to making many more carrot-inspired dishes, and many more carrot muffins for my little ones 😀  If you enjoy carrot cake, you will love these muffins.  They are lightly sweetened, with the wonderful warm flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg.  You can make them with or without chocolate.  They are delicious anytime of the day, but especially for breakfast with a cup of coffee 😉  I hope you get a chance to try them!

I am excited to take these muffins to Fiesta Friday #116 .  The co-hosts this week are Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Cynthia @ eatmunchlove

rainbow carrots

Carrot Chocolate Chip Muffins

Serving Size: 12 large muffins


  • 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 (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.

    Try my pumpkin spice muffins too 😀

    rainbow carrot muffins

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    65 Responses to“Rainbow Carrot Chocolate Chip Muffins”

    1. 04/21/2016 at 9:50 am #

      Those look really good, wishing I had one to go with my coffee right now!

      • Zoale.com
        04/21/2016 at 9:59 am #

        Thank you Diane! I wish I could give you one 😉

    2. 04/21/2016 at 10:14 am #

      I’m so jealous of your home-grown organic rainbow carrots! Yummy looking muffin Antonia! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/21/2016 at 10:34 am #

        Haha, thanks Sadie 😃 I feel very thankful to have them each year around this time. Rabbits are no longer my friends..lol

    3. 04/21/2016 at 10:31 am #

      I love rainbow carrots – wish I could grow them but shorter varieties do best in my raised beds. I just made a carrot cake that I will post tomorrow. At least when you add carrots to a dish you feel like you are eating healthier, right ? 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/21/2016 at 10:40 am #

        I am always thrilled and thankful when we have a healthy crop! Yes, the carrots justify the treat 😉 Looking forward to your cake 😀

    4. 04/21/2016 at 11:18 am #

      yummy Antonia, these look great!

      • Zoale.com
        04/21/2016 at 11:30 am #

        Thank you Lynn! They went so fast, I barely had enough to photograph 😉

        • 04/21/2016 at 11:59 am #

          Wow wonderful!

        • Zoale.com
          04/21/2016 at 3:00 pm #

          You are so sweet Lynn 😀 Thank you!

        • 04/21/2016 at 3:05 pm #

          I love this idea and I am sure they were GONE!

        • Zoale.com
          04/21/2016 at 3:19 pm #

          They didn’t last long, and my little ones can eat about as much as we can 🙂 Thank you again!

        • 04/21/2016 at 3:25 pm #

          haha yes!

        • Zoale.com
          04/21/2016 at 3:38 pm #


    5. 04/21/2016 at 12:11 pm #

      You’re so lucky to have these wonderful carrots fresh from your garden! I usually roast them, but love the idea of using them in muffins! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/21/2016 at 3:01 pm #

        We are very thankful! I love roasted carrots and was just thinking about them today 😀 Thank you Ronit!

    6. 04/21/2016 at 12:36 pm #

      I just love the idea of making a muffin with multi-colored carrots! It’s like a healthy version of a funfetti muffin 🙂 How nice that you have home-grown produce that you can just add into your recipes. Matt and I are in the process of deciding what we want to plant in our garden for this summer!

      • Zoale.com
        04/21/2016 at 3:05 pm #

        Thank you Heather! I was so happy the purple was so visible 😀 It is wonderful to have organic veggies outside and I especially enjoy our winter garden. Good luck with your summer garden and deciding what to plant! My husband and I are having the same discussion now 😀

    7. 04/21/2016 at 1:47 pm #

      Okay, as I read…and you went out and pulled out the carrots from your garden, it was like ‘stop’ ! I am so jealous 🙂 and they are so gorgeous. Anyway, your muffins sound absolutely divine, I can’t wait to try them 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/21/2016 at 3:09 pm #

        Haha, you are too funny! Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy them! I always feel so fortunate this time of year when I can pick carrots as I need them. Unfortunately, it is getting hotter and we have to pull them all up. We usually get about 3 months of picking as we eat. I get kind of sad when I pull them up!

    8. 04/21/2016 at 2:07 pm #

      So beautiful, Antonia! A rainbow of flavors to go with the rainbow carrots!

      • Zoale.com
        04/21/2016 at 3:17 pm #

        Aww, thank you Lana! 😀

    9. 04/21/2016 at 5:27 pm #

      These are beautiful and I bet they taste delicious! I tried carrot muffins with the kids once and they didn’t fly. Oh well more for me 🙂 But I bet with rainbow carrots and choc chips they might go for them. Thanks for this recipe! Any amount of veg that I can get my kids to eat is a success.

      • Zoale.com
        04/22/2016 at 9:01 am #

        Thank you so much Cynthia! I hope they like them, my kids love the colors! Happy Friday 😀

        • 04/22/2016 at 9:51 am #

          Thanks! Happy Friday to you! 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          04/22/2016 at 9:52 am #


    10. 04/21/2016 at 5:48 pm #

      Wow Antonia! So good that these carrots are fresh from your garden! I’m sure these muffins were incredibly delicious, perfect with a cup of coffee 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/22/2016 at 9:06 am #

        Thank you Freda 😀 I especially enjoy them with an iced latte 😉 Have a great Friday!

    11. 04/22/2016 at 5:14 am #

      Awesome Antonia 🙂 To have carrots growing in your garden and to make some beautiful goodies with them 🙂 I am in awe of your home grown carrots – they are so pretty!

      • Zoale.com
        04/22/2016 at 9:09 am #

        Thanks Andhra! I just love rainbow carrots and the kids enjoy the colors. Happy Friday 😀

    12. 04/22/2016 at 5:20 am #

      These look delicious! Could eat one (or a few!) right now! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/22/2016 at 9:10 am #

        Thank you Claire! I wish I could give you some 😀 Have a great Friday!

        • 04/22/2016 at 10:55 am #

          Oh now that would be amazing lol! Hope you have a wonderful Friday too! 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          04/22/2016 at 4:56 pm #


    13. 04/22/2016 at 4:24 pm #

      I know I commented earlier but I wanted to thank you for sharing your carrot muffins with chocolate chips. Happy Fiesta Friday.

      • Zoale.com
        04/22/2016 at 4:57 pm #

        Thanks Judi 😀 Have a wonderful weekend!

    14. 04/22/2016 at 7:34 pm #

      The rainbow carrots and the yummy muffins are picture perfect, Antonia!

      • Zoale.com
        04/22/2016 at 10:20 pm #

        Thank you so much Sandhya! 😀

    15. 04/23/2016 at 10:45 am #

      These look sooooooo good!!!

      • Zoale.com
        04/23/2016 at 10:32 pm #

        Thank you so much Swapna! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

    16. 04/23/2016 at 2:13 pm #

      These look like a great way to start the day. Yummy and healthy!

      • Zoale.com
        04/23/2016 at 10:37 pm #

        Thank you! It is always great to sneak in a veggie early in the day 😀 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

        • 04/24/2016 at 12:18 am #

          You too!

        • Zoale.com
          04/25/2016 at 10:22 am #


    17. 04/23/2016 at 7:34 pm #

      love purple carrots! Great idea to get some veggies into the baking!

      • Zoale.com
        04/23/2016 at 10:40 pm #

        Me too and I love the color 😀 Thank you! It is a yummy way to include a veggie 😉 Have a great rest of your weekend!

    18. 04/24/2016 at 3:10 am #

      THese muffins are BEAUTIFUL! Rainbow carrots are the best and in a muffin WITH chocolate?! Ohhh you got me hooked now! These would go so well with the sweet potato cakes I brought to FF! I guess you can have your veggies and dessert too 😉

      • Zoale.com
        04/25/2016 at 10:25 am #

        Thank you the kind words Cynthia! I will have to check out your sweet potato pancakes…sounds delicious! Have a wonderful week 😀

    19. 04/25/2016 at 10:23 am #

      Simply lovely, Antonia. I can see why they’re a hit with the children, too. They’re so pretty and very colourful. 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/25/2016 at 10:33 am #

        Thank you Millie! Have a fantastic week 😀

    20. 04/26/2016 at 6:30 pm #

      Wow! Lovely. I’ve nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! 🙂 If you’d like to participate, thats the link https://joyofspanishcooking.com/2016/04/25/the-creative-blogger-award/ 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/27/2016 at 10:10 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Ivette 😀 Congratulations and thank you for the nomination! I will try and participate soon 🙂

        • 04/28/2016 at 7:05 am #

          Looking forward to seeing your answers! 🙂 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          04/28/2016 at 8:53 am #

          😀 Thanks and have a great day!

    21. 04/28/2016 at 8:58 am #

      My youngest was just asking me to make carrot cake last night! I was going to make him one this weekend but I think these may work even better since they’re individual sized, have chocolate (which I adore) and can be frozen!!! Well done Antonia – you’ve got a winner here!! 💞

      • Zoale.com
        04/28/2016 at 9:23 am #

        Thank you so much Linda 😀 I hope you all enjoy them! My kids can’t get enough of them. Have a wonderful Thursday!

    22. 04/29/2016 at 4:18 am #

      A great tasty idea to put your home grown rainbow carrots in these lovely muffins, for me with chocolate chips, please! Yumm!

      • Zoale.com
        04/29/2016 at 9:37 am #

        Thank you Sophie! Gotta love over-wintered veggies! So sad to pull them all up, but yummy to eat 😉

        • 05/03/2016 at 4:04 am #

          Ooh yes!

        • Zoale.com
          05/03/2016 at 7:55 am #


    23. 06/17/2016 at 10:20 am #

      Your delicious and very healthy

      • Zoale.com
        06/17/2016 at 5:14 pm #

        Thank you! 😀


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