Spiced Apple Carrot Muffins

Spiced Apple Carrot Muffins (gluten-free and naturally sweetened) | www.theroastedroot.net

Did I ever tell you I have NIIIIIIINE nieces and nephews? It’s true. My brother and sister are child-making machines. They fashion up the cutest little carrot-topped and blonde-headed munchies on the face of the earth with the most pinch-able cheeks, come ‘eeer lemme squuuuuueeezzzzzuuuu adorable little fur ball!

Where was I?

Children. Right. So the nine bundles, plus the children I’ve babysat over the years, plus some high octane breeding DNA make me love the crap out of small humans. And I swear to you, that information is relevant to this post.

Why? Becaaaaaaauuuuuuse:

Stefanie from Sarcastic Cooking  has got one in the oven, so Steph from Eat Your Heart Out brought together a bunch of food bloggers to throw her a virtual baby shower!  Surrrrrprise, Stefanie! Congratulaaaaaatioooooooons!

Baby shower graphic

What do women do at baby showers besides measure their bellies? They eat. That’s right, people. So that’s what we’re doing. We’re feeding the Stefanie and the Stefanie’s baby some baby shower food. I brought muffins! Spiced Apple Carrot Muffins!

I had been meaning to make Alexis’s Spiced Apple and Carrot Muffins ever since I laid eyeballs on them. When the baby shower thing came up, I reckoned it was muffin time.  Alexis is the same lovely lady who inspired me to make the Roasted Fall Vegetables Salad. Her food is awesome.

I made a couple minor substitutions to the recipe only because I didn’t have some of the ingredients on-hand. The muffins turned out amaaaazingly! They have incredible flavor and texture and they’re nothing but great for you. Plus they’re gluten-free and naturally sweetened, but by now you should know that’s pretty much a given on TRR.

Spiced Apple Carrot Muffins (gluten-free and naturally sweetened) | www.theroastedroot.net

Not only do I have muffins for Stefanie and her baby, but I totally have words of wisdom. Because I’m totally a credible resource given the fact that I’m totally not a mom. So Stef, here it goes. Projectile poop. It happens. Don’t be surprised when it does.

Homemade baby food is really cool…plus you can post it on your blog! And I’d probably eat it as a non-baby person. Smoothies = caravans for vegetables. Pour fruit n’ veggie smoothies in a non-transparent sippy cup and that kid’s Vitamin tank will be full.

Okay, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’m really good at this.

Spiced Apple Carrot Muffins (gluten-free and naturally sweetened) | www.theroastedroot.net

Wanna see what the other girls brought?  Here’s what else’s gonna get et immediately following the belly measurements:

Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out: Coconut and Vanilla Bean Canapés

Kayle @ The Cooking Actress: Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Steph @ Girl Versus Dough: Creamy Deviled Eggs with Red Onions, Capers, and Dill

Julia @ A Cedar Spoon: Southwestern Sweet Potato Rounds

Heidi @ FoodieCrush: Smoked Salmon Spread

Susan @ Girl in the Little Red Kitchen: Waffle Iron Reuben Sandwiches

Dang, we throw a mean baby shower!

Whoa, is it hot in here? Is anyone else feeling feverish? What’s that? It’s just me? I have a fever? I have BABY fever? Stop it, you.

Congratulations to you and your husband, Stefanie!

Spiced Apple Carrot Muffins (gluten-free and naturally sweetened) | www.theroastedroot.net

Spiced Apple Carrot Muffins

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 9 muffins
Author: Julia



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and lightly oil a 9-hole muffin pan
  2. Whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, maple syrup, and ginger.
  3. Add in the grated carrot and apple and stir to combine.
  4. In a seperate bowl, mix together the remaining (dry) ingredients.
  5. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Fill the muffin holes 3/4 of the way up and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until muffins test clean.

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  1. Julie

    Oh, my gosh, I love you. Projectile poop! On a food blog! Hahaha! Ok. Wait. You have ONE brother and he and his wife have 9 kids? Holy schmoley! I would lock Jerry in another room, but that’s just me. I can barely handle my one. These look so good. I do love my muffins, almost as much as my pancakes. But I don’t want them for a baby shower. Just to stuff in my mouth, k? Enjoy your day, dearie.

    1. Julia Post author

      I just now realized I didn’t respond to this, ha! I actually have two brothers and a sister. One of my brothers has 4 kids and my sister has 5. CuhRAAAAAAZYYY! They’re all very cute 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      They’re awesome, girly! Thanks for sharing your amazing recipes. I had intended to add dried cranberries, but was so excited that I forgot, but the muffins turned out so great without them…next time! My family gobbled them down and couldn’t stop raving over how great they were. 🙂

  2. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Oh baby! I am glad you caught the baby fever! These muffins look perfect for a quick breakfast or midnight snack! So many bloggers are pregnant right now! I am so thankful for this shower. You guys are the best! I love your advice. I am totally afraid of projectile poop. I have six nieces and nephews and am so happy I have never experienced projectile poop or vomit. Oh god, I am so excited to have a baby but I just wish they were cleaner hahaha!

  3. Julia

    Hi fellow Julia! I just love these muffins you made–my son is a huge fan of anything that is a muffin and I am always looking for new, healthy fun ways to make them. I am definitely saving this! It was great being a part of Stef’s day with you!

  4. Susan

    Okay now I don’t know what your nieces and nephews have been eating but I’m positive mine did not experience the projectile poop! Then again I generally handed them off when those diapers needed changing. They are stink machines (and they are now teenagers and I’m sure would love know what I’m writing about them). Maybe baby shouldn’t have the muffins but I will!

  5. brek

    Nine nieces and nephews = Nine of the luckiest (and likely healthiest!) kids in this world- that’s for sure. You’ll have to let us know what recipes they like best! An aunt is a second mom, anyways. <3

    Can't wait to try these. I'm a sucker for veggies + muffins. If only they were done already….

  6. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

    What an amaaaazing flavor combination! You don’t see carrots much this time of year, but how refreshing to get a another orange flavored treat in there besides pumpkin. I bet the spiced apple portion makes these unreal! Also, did you do all the photography for your cookbooks? The covers are gorgeous!!! You are so talented, Julia!

    1. Julia Post author

      You’ve gotta try the muffins, you and your sisters would love them! You can ship them to the ladies…they’ll totally be perfect, un-stale an un-smashed when they arrive. Yup, I did all the photography for my books and thanks so much for the compliment! Still feel like I’m learning how to use a camera 😉

  7. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Ok, so I just have to say that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when you mentioned projectile poop and then making baby food in the very next sentence! Lol!

    These muffins look fantastic! I love the taste of fresh ginger in baked goods! And I’ve been trying to figure out what the heck to do with the almond flour I bought almost a year ago! Ha!

  8. Anna

    Teething toddler wouldn’t eat anything! Well until I made these! Gone in two seconds! So delicious! I didn’t have brown rice flour or tapioca so I used 1/3 cup almond meal and 2/3 wholemeal flour as they didn’t have to be gluten free. Thank you for this recipe! I’ll be definitely making these again <3

  9. Ashleigh

    Is the coconut milk from the can or from the carton? Looks like a great recipe- hoping to make today- thanks!!


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