Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts
YieldsMakes 12 (serving size: 1 muffin with 2 tsp. cream cheese)Total Time30 minsCool Time20 minsTotal Time50 mins
Forget dry and dutiful; these whole-wheat muffins are incredibly moist. The trick is heating the carrots and raisins in water, which softens them nicely before they're added to the flour mixture.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 375°. Put sugar, butter, carrots, raisins, salt, spices, and 1 1/3 cups water in a medium saucepan. Heat over high heat, stirring occasionally, just until mixture comes to a boil.

Step 2
2

Whisk flours, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Pour in warm carrot mixture. Stir to combine, but do not overmix.

Step 3
3

Spoon mixture into greased muffin cups.

Step 4
4

Bake until browned and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool on a rack.

Step 5
5

Blend cream cheese with zest and serve with muffins.

Ingredients

 1 1/3 cups sugar
 1/4 cup butter
 1 1/4 cups shredded carrots
 1 cup raisins
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 1 teaspoon cinnamon
 1 teaspoon ground allspice
 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1 cup whole-wheat flour
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 4 ounces cream cheese
 1 tablespoon orange zest

Directions

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 375°. Put sugar, butter, carrots, raisins, salt, spices, and 1 1/3 cups water in a medium saucepan. Heat over high heat, stirring occasionally, just until mixture comes to a boil.

Step 2
2

Whisk flours, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Pour in warm carrot mixture. Stir to combine, but do not overmix.

Step 3
3

Spoon mixture into greased muffin cups.

Step 4
4

Bake until browned and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool on a rack.

Step 5
5

Blend cream cheese with zest and serve with muffins.

Miracle Carrot Muffins