Kids Love Sweet Pineapple Carrot Muffins

These easy to make pineapple carrot muffins will have your kids eating veggies without any coaxing on your part. Fresh carrots, a little sugar, a touch of cinnamon and sweetened with pineapple juice makes these muffins both moist and delicious. Great for on-the-go breakfasts and after school snacks.

Stacked Carrot Muffins stacked These easy to make pineapple carrot muffins on wooden table.

 

You know how you sometimes look in your refrigerator and see food that isn’t going to make it another day? Well, that is exactly what my carrots looked like! I had purchased them some time ago for another recipe and then forgot about the remaining ones until today.

Kids will love these sweet Pineapple Carrot Muffins

The first thing that came to mind was Carrot Cake, my husband’s favorite, but I really wanted something that was a little more nutritious. Adding fruits and vegetables to baked goods, like zucchini in Chocolate Zucchini Bread, sweet potatoes in Sweet Potato Muffins or bananas and unsweetened applesauce in Banana Strawberry Muffins, ups the health quotient by adding more fiber, vitamins and minerals while keeping the sugar count low. And it’s an excellent way to get kids (& big kids too) to eat more vegetables without them even knowing. I baked up some cool Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes last week and they were a big hit (with none the wiser), so I can attest that this little scheme works. But don’t tell anyone, it’s only for Moms. 🙂

Pineapple Carrot Muffins in basket closeup

So what did I do with those carrots this time? I decided that the best use of my soon-to-be-gone carrots was to whip up a batch of pineapple carrot muffins. They are easy to make, are mostly sweetened with pineapple juice but have just enough extra sugar to make them what I like to call kid-sweet, and come out incredibly moist and delicious.

Easy steps to making incredible Pineapple Carrot Muffins.

Pineapple Carrot Muffins ingredients

  • Gather your ingredients. I used a combination of unbleached all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. The wheat produces a slightly nutty taste while the white flour helps to keep the muffins moist and tender.

Pineapple Carrot Muffins steps

  • Mix egg, milk, pineapple juice, butter and sugar together.
  • Blend dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients. Blend in carrots.
  • Stir batter well.
  • Divide evenly between 12 muffin cups and bake.

Pineapple Carrot Muffins baked

  • Don’t they look beautiful! Cool for 10 minutes then remove from muffin pan.

Pineapple Carrot Muffins cooling with basket

  • Let cool completely then toss in a towel lined basket and serve.

Pineapple Carrot Muffins bite

Take a bite! You can taste the sweetness and flavor from the pineapple juice, the moistness from the carrots and even see the little flecks of cinnamon.

Pineapple Carrot Muffins with a smear of cream cheese

In fact, you just might have to stop the kids from eating the whole batch at one sitting! You can even up the ante by putting a smear of cream cheese or butter on them (oh, is that me drooling?). Well, I can’t help it if that just sounds amazing!  Excuse me while I sneak into the kitchen and grab me one of those muffins before they’re gone….. Enjoy!

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Pineapple Carrot Muffins

Easy to make pineapple carrot muffins will have your kids eating veggies without any coaxing on your part. Fresh carrots, little sugar and a touch of cinnamon.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup King Arthur unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup King Arthur whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups shredded carrots

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare muffin pan by spraying with non-stick spray or use paper muffin cups.
  • In medium bowl, whisk egg. Add milk, pineapple juice, butter and sugar and beat well.
  • Sift together dry ingredients then add to above mixture until just moistened.  Fold in carrots.
  • Spoon mixture into muffin cups to the top. Place in preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool 10 minutes then remove from muffin pan and place on wire racks until completely cool.

Notes

Add a cream cheese frosting to them and it is like a mini carrot cake

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3835IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.2mg

This post was first published on February 3, 2014. Content and photos have been updated.

 

 

Kids Love Sweet Pineapple Carrot Muffins

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Aimee Shugarman
    10/24/2018 at 11:41 am

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh these muffins are such a hit at our house!

  • Reply
    Britni
    10/24/2018 at 11:09 am

    5 stars
    My kids love pineapple! I’ve never tried to add it to a muffin this will be a fun recipe for all of us.

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