Chocolate carrot muffins

Pop quiz time!

Would you like:

a) Some dark chocolate
b) A carrot
c) All of the above

If you answered c, then boy do I have a muffin for you!

Before…(well kind of, you use grated carrot, but it wasn’t as pretty to get my point across)

After! (like magic)

These are SUPER moist and dense. You can thank the all the carroty/oaty goodness for their texture. Plus they have vitamin D.

At 140 calories a muffin, these are also one of the healthiest muffins around. Especially as most sweet things this low in calories would contain some god-awful sweetening agent. And you can taste that stuff. Word.

1 cup raw oatmeal or quick oats
1 cup low-fat milk
3/4 cup flour / rice flour or a gluten-free alternative
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 cup grated carrot
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup (about 100 grams) of dark chocolate chips

Note: I cut up some of a block of dark cooking chocolate for the chocolate chips, the recipe tends to lend itself to the rough kind of chocolate chips you get by doing it that way.


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with patty cases and spray with cooking oil.
  2. Soak the oatmeal/oats in the milk while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder together, then add the rest of the ingredients, including oats/oatmeal (don’t over mix!).
  4. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 12-15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and they bounce back to touch. Cool on wire rack. Makes 12.

Healthy? 140 calories a muffin.

Gluten free: I have made these with rice flour and they work really well. No one even noticed. This muffin is moist enough to handle GF flour well. Make sure your oats are GF too.

Storage: They freeze well, otherwise best eaten within a couple of days. Store in airtight container.

19 Comments on Chocolate carrot muffins

  1. Barefeet In The Kitchen
    21 July 2011 at 9:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Pure awesomeness. I LOVE combining squash and/or carrots with chocolate.

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      21 July 2011 at 9:54 pm (6 years ago)

      I know! – it feels a bit like cheating, thought I don’t know why?

  2. lovetotrain
    21 July 2011 at 9:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Aimee
    I’m Amy! This looks DELISH- will give it a try!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      21 July 2011 at 9:57 pm (6 years ago)

      Nifty name Amy! I’m liking the look of your cinnamon pancakes, very healthy.

  3. frugalfeeding
    21 July 2011 at 9:39 pm (6 years ago)

    These look brilliant, yum. Really am craving something sweet right now.

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      21 July 2011 at 9:59 pm (6 years ago)

      I’m always craving something sweet. :) I’ve just come to accept it.

      • frugalfeeding
        21 July 2011 at 10:32 pm (6 years ago)

        The problem is, I’m trying to be healthy at the moment! ARGH

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      21 July 2011 at 10:03 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks! I can take no credit, it’s all the muffins.

  4. Family Recipes
    22 July 2011 at 5:36 am (6 years ago)

    Great post thanks for sharing. Feel free to check out the recipe I posted.

  5. Dave at
    22 July 2011 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Chocolate in a carrot cake… What a great idea! Love this post and your photos

  6. spicegirlfla
    25 July 2011 at 7:39 pm (6 years ago)

    How perfect, both naughty and nice in one muffin! I bet they must be very moist, they look awesome!

  7. thefooddoctor
    4 August 2011 at 7:32 pm (6 years ago)

    140 calories a muffin? are you kidding?
    I love them

  8. Krystle Troiano
    26 November 2011 at 8:52 am (6 years ago)

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  9. thehomeheart
    14 August 2012 at 5:57 am (5 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try this! Looks fantastic :)

  10. Vivienne
    23 March 2015 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    I was going to make chocolate zucchini muffins today, but I have some carrots that need using. So I made your recipe instead. Very yummy, thank you! The only change I made was to double the cocoa powder, and leave out the choc chips.

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      23 March 2015 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Sounds good! Were they too chocolatey with the extra cocoa powder? If there is such a thing…

      • Vivienne
        23 March 2015 at 2:42 pm (2 years ago)

        No, not too chocolatey at all. :)

        I left out the choc chips because choc chips + toddler = melty mess everywhere!

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