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We all love a good carrot cake recipe, but when the recipe also uses simple plant-based ingredients, then it’s definitely a keeper! These carrot cake muffins are moist, sweet, delicious and a perfect afternoon snack for adults and children alike. The best part is they are easy to make and very budget-friendly.

One-Pot Wonder

It’s so appealing to us when the recipe only calls for one pot to be used throughout the entire recipe, like these carrot cake muffins. Usually, the mess you have to clean after using what feels like a million bowls and dishes can be overwhelming and could really deter someone from continuing to experiment in the kitchen. One-pot recipes like this one are amazing, and we have a few of those you can go and check out (like this one-pot pumpkin chili and this yellow curry!).

A hand holding a carrot muffin over the muffin tin.

Carrot Cake Muffins Without The Carrots!

This muffins recipe is such a great base for any muffin variety you’d like to try. Using the core ingredients (all ingredients minus the walnuts and carrots) you can customize them to whatever you have on hand or you feel like eating. You can add any dried fruit like cranberries, raisins, chopped dates, or chopped dried apricots. Or you can go the fresh or frozen fruit route, and add something like blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries if you have them.

Remember to keep the base of this recipe in mind so you can get super creative whenever you feel like baking or crave something sweet.

Ripe Bananas

Using very ripe bananas is crucial to this recipe. Why? The greener the banana, the less sugar content it will have so we recommend using the ripest bananas you’ve got. You can determine how ripe they are by the color of its peel. Aim for at least spotted bananas, but dark brown is even better. Using ripe bananas when baking is amazing because it will reduce the amount of sugar you need to achieve the right sweetness.

Also, when mashing the bananas you can either leave some chunks to add some texture or you can mash them thoroughly for a smoother texture.

Let us know how they turn out!

A muffin tin of six baked vegan carrot muffins.

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Carrot Cake Muffins

5 from 19 votes
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 muffins
This one-bowl carrot cake muffins are the perfect on the go snack! Simple ingredients and an easy process. You’ll love them!


  • 1 ½ cups of mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • cup of canola or vegetable oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of shredded carrot
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of crushed walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and lightly grease a muffin tin.
  • Place the mashed bananas in a large bowl.
  • Add the sugar, oil, baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, cinnamon, and gently mix together until well combined.
  • Fold the carrots and walnuts (if using) into the batter.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling each cup to the top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown.



  • When mashing the bananas you can either leave some chunks to add some texture or you can mash them thoroughly for a smoother texture.
  • Use the ripest bananas you have for maximum sweetness.


Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 463mgPotassium: 259mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 3590IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 2mg

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Additional Info

Author: Toni Okamoto
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Method: Oven
Diet: Vegan
Keywords: carrot cake, carrot muffins, muffins, vegan cake, vegan dessert, vegan muffins
Tried this recipe?Please tag us at @PlantBasedOnABudget! 🙂

Toni Okamoto

“They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
‘Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways…
we got to start taking better care of ourselves ” – Dead Prez

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  1. I LOVE this recipe. I have made it every week since I discovered it,about 2 months ago I like in the UK and due to personal reasons I do not add that much oil. Just a few sprays. I add some random nuts and seeds as I like a bit of extra crunch as well. Keep well in a cake tin. So glad I found this recipe! Thank you for it x