Confession #69: It’s all about the balance… Carrot Raisin Walnut Bran Muffins {Dairy-Free}

by alexandra

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Yep. I just posted Cinnamon Rolls and waxed on about their buttery, sugary perfection, and now I’m telling you to make Carrot Raisin Walnut Bran Muffins. This is intentional. Go ahead and indulge, and then switch to something healthy to feel good about yourself again (in an “I eat healthy” way, rather than an “I’m blissfully melting in cinnamon sugar” way). Seriously, though, these muffins will make you like eating healthy. They’re that good, and that good for you.

My way of thinking is that it’s okay to eat some of the things you really want to eat that aren’t that nutritious as long as you balance it out with other foods that are nutritious (like these muffins) and keep up an overall healthy lifestyle. Ergo, I give you sweet treats, and then I give you super-healthy muffins. Balance, you see?

Speaking of these muffins, the name’s quite a mouthful, but I really think that each element of the name is a vital part of what give the muffins their integrity. The carrots, with their beautiful orange specks showing up in each bite, contribute flavor and moisture. The plump raisins add sweetness in an oh-so-healthy way. Walnuts, too, add a lot of nutrition to the muffins, along with a bit of crunch. And of course, bran makes these muffins that much healthier and full of texture.

All that, plus no flour or added sugar? That’s what I call healthy, and yummy, and the perfect excuse for eating a cinnamon roll every once in a while. 

Carrot Raisin Walnut Bran Muffins

  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins


These muffins are perfect for those moments when you want to eat healthy but still eat well. They’re packed full of flavor, perfectly moist, and totally good for you!


  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1 generous cup oat flour (1 cup oats, finely ground)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium to large, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, finely grated (about 1 1/2 carrots)*
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line or grease 12 cups in a standard sized muffin tin. If you choose to use muffin liners, I recommend greasing them for easy muffin removal.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together wheat bran, oats, oat flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a seperate bowl, beat the eggs, and then add the mashed banana and vanilla. Beat together until smooth.
  4. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and fold in with a spatula until just combined. Then, fold in the grated carrots, raisins, and walnuts just enough to get them evenly dispersed in the batter.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with oats.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-23 minutes, testing with a toothpick at the end to make sure that the muffins are done. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


*I used my food processor to grate the carrots, which makes the process fast and easy.

Recipe Adapted From: A Dash of Sass

kate June 15, 2012

Awesome! So glad to see that you liked the muffins! They are one of my favorites. Especially because they are just so darn tasty yet totally healthy. Love me some guilt-free foods. Gorgeous photos btw!
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brighteyedbaker June 15, 2012

Thanks! I quite liked your photos as well :) I just read your “About Me” Page and it sounds like you have the same philosophy as me: be healthy but splurge sometimes! Except maybe I splurge a bit more :)

Kylie @ immaeatthat June 18, 2012

These muffins look great! They are just what I was looking for!:)

And I love the blog! Such a cute idea with the ‘confessions’!
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brighteyedbaker June 18, 2012

Thank you! That puts a smile on my face. :) I hope you get a chance to try out the muffins; they’re perfect for a healthy and yummy snack.

ally June 19, 2012

these sound so healthy without sacrificing taste & flavor!

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brighteyedbaker June 27, 2012

Exactly! Thanks :)

Alyssa (Everyday Maven) June 19, 2012

Those muffins are right up my ally! Definitely making them! Q: Have you tried freezing them? I love the idea of popping them out for my son’s afternoon snack!
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brighteyedbaker June 19, 2012

Yup! We freeze them all the time. I usually wrap each one up in plastic wrap so they’re ready to take as a to-go snack, but you don’t have to if you’ll just be eating them at home anyway. Either way, put them all in a ziploc or other airtight container and just stick them in the freezer. You can take one out a few hours before you’re ready to eat it, or just defrost it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Alyssa (Everyday Maven) June 20, 2012

Perfect!!! Thanks :)
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Mary@FitandFed October 25, 2012

These do look really good, and guilt-free. Pinning! I’m going to substitute oat bran for the wheat bran to make these gluten-free.
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alexandra October 25, 2012

Thanks! That sounds like a perfect idea. :) I made these a while ago but I still remember… they are good!

Kristin October 15, 2013

Just wanted to let you know that I made these last night and they were so good! Even my sugar addicted husband liked them. Thanks for the recipe

alexandra October 17, 2013

That’s awesome! I’m not a big fan of baked goods that taste “healthy”, but I thought these were really good! Glad you guys felt the same :)

daphne March 13, 2014

can you freeze them

alexandra March 14, 2014

They should freeze well. :)

daphne March 18, 2014

i made these they were awesome with out the calories. im just cooking the second batch and going to freeze them. very nice.

alexandra March 19, 2014

Awesome! So happy you liked them!

Carolyn M April 13, 2014

Do you have the nutrition info for these awesome looking muffins?

alexandra April 15, 2014

I don’t, but you should be able to use a nutritional calculator online to plug in the ingredients and amounts and get the nutrition facts. Hope that helps!

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