Vegan Turmeric Carrot Muffins

Written by Sheri Goodman Graham

On November 10, 2022
Sunshine muffins

These sunshine muffins have carrots, dry or fresh turmeric, fresh ginger and chia seeds. Coconut rounds up the flavor for a caramelized carrot ginger turmeric profile along with cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg. Add nuts to these Turmeric muffins. No added sugar or oil needed. Vegan Soyfree Nut-free Recipe. Gluten-free option.





  • 1 1/2 cup (187.5 g) flour (I use 1 cup Spelt/whole wheat + 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour) see gluten-free option in the notes
  • 2 to 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) baking soda
  • 1 tsp spice such as a combination of cardamom cinnamon nutmeg to preference
  • 3 to 4 tbsp chopped dates currants, raisins or other dried fruit


  • 1 cup (128 g) chopped carrots (heaped) or 1 packed up grated
  • 1/3 cup (107.33 g) maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp oil optional
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp turmeric or use 1/2 inch knob or peeled fresh turmeric
  • 1/2 in (0.5 in) peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar for sweeter optional
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (183 ml) + 1/4 cup non dairy milk such as almond light coconut or soy
    chia seeds and coconut for topping


  1. In a bowl mix the dry ingredients. Fold in dates, currants or other dried fruit. Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F / 180ºc. Line a muffin pan and set aside.
  2. In a blender combine all wet ingredients carrots through lemon juice, with 1/2 cup non dairy milk. Blend until carrots are blended but have some texture. Transfer to the dry ingredient bowl. Use 1/4 cup non dairy milk to rinse the blender out and add to the bowl. (Alternatively, mix all the wet ingredients in a bowl until sugar is combined. You will need grated carrots if not using a blender. Add 3 tbsp applesauce with the wet for additional moisture to compensate for the moisture that releases on blending the carrots)
  3. Mix the wet and dry until just about combined. If too runny, add a few tbsp more flour. Drop the batter into muffin pan. Garnish with chia seeds and coconut.
  4. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then serve. Cool completely before storing(on the counter for the day, in the refrigerator for upto 5 days).

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