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Easy One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins

Easy One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins are a great morning staple to have handy! Make a batch on Sunday and grab one on your way out the door all week. Simple, filling, delicious. 

One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins

UPDATE September 2017. It’s been 6 years since I launched this site! This was the 2nd recipe I ever posted. I’ve made these Easy One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins  so many times since then, always with great results. The photos here have been updates and I have added a printer-friendly recipe card, but the recipe is still the same tried and true reliable one I developed 6 years back!

It’s always the most fun to watch your kids play when they don’t know you’re looking. Sunday mornings around here are lazy. Sometimes I get up, make coffee and then snuggle back into bed. This last Sunday was no different, so when I crept into the kitchen to start the coffee pot, the house was still quiet. I curled back into bed with a book, but I dozed off for a little while.

When we woke up we could hear the boys in the kitchen fussing with cereal. Except Andrew, who is 11 and totally knows better, decided that breakfast + sleeping mom = cookies.

One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins

Evan, who is 8 and apparently the only one listening when I give directives, was not having it. As we lay quietly listening to the conversation in the kitchen unfold, I had to bury my face in the pillow so the boys wouldn’t hear me giggling.

Evan: “Andrew!!! You can’t eat cookies for breakfast!”

Andrew: “Why not? There’s no good cereal in here and I’m HUNGRY. Gah.”

Evan: “Andrew…” (this  is where Evan’s tone gets a little snarky and condescending) “… there’s Berry Kix right HERE. Berry Kix ARE good.”

Andrew: “I don’t want Berry Kix.”

Evan: (totally pissed) “Andrew!!! Just eat them! They’re MOTHER APPROVED!!!!”

One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins

Easy One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins
Yield: 18 muffins

Easy One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Easy One Bowl Apple Carrot Muffins are awesome breakfast muffins full of grated apples, shredded carrots, and oats. Totally kid-friendly and mama approved.


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Add the milk, eggs, vanilla, and oil and mix until combined.
  4. Stir in the carrots, apples, and walnuts
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling almost to the top.
  6. Bake for 15-16 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Mini muffins need about 9 minutes to bake through.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g

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Mollie Colon

Monday 17th of August 2020

I made these muffins a few days ago and just finished them all myself! They were super good. At first, I was hoping it’d be sweeter but the more I ate them, the more I liked the less sweet muffin. I have a sweet tooth like no other and this is still a killer recipe. Thanks! Can’t wait to try more as I’m new to the site.


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

What if you gave ideas of no sugar alts? For those in danger of sugar diseases? Thx.

Heather Tullos

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

Hey Russ - it sounds like you'd be better off looking at recipes that are specifically developed for the needs of a sugar free diet. That is definitely not my specialty and would require that I test this free recipe with all sorts of sugar substitutes that we don't actually eat, hence the site called Sugar Dish Me. Thx.


Sunday 7th of June 2020

The muffins were really easy to make. I made them with GF flour. Also, substituted applesauce for oil. The muffins turned out great!!

Heather Tullos

Friday 19th of June 2020

Thank you so much, Ewa!


Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Do you store in the refrigerator or just a sealed container?

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