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Blueberry-Carrot Muffins (GF)

Course Muffins
Servings 6 muffins
Author Izy


  • 100 g carrot , , grated on the fine side of a box grater (see notes)
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter or 40g (1/4 cup) coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tbsp date paste , (see notes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 30 g (1/3 cup) ground almonds
  • 35 g (1/3 cup) gram flour (or 35g oat flour/ 40g buckwheat flour)
  • 35 g (1/3 cup) oat flour, gf if needed (or 40g buckwheat flour)
  • 100 g (generous handful) frozen blueberries
  • 3 tbsp dried blueberries or raisins , , optional

Topping (optional):

  • 1 tbsp demerara , (raw) sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F). Line 6 cups of a muffin tin with muffin papers or grease the tin well with some butter or coconut oil.
  • Gather the grated carrot in your hands and hold it over a bowl. Squeeze it to release as much of the juice as possible. Take this carrot 'pulp' and place it into a medium mixing bowl. Measure out 90ml (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) of the carrot juice from the bowl - if you don't have enough juice, make it up to 90ml with water. Add the measured carrot juice to the carrot pulp in the mixing bowl.
  • Add the melted butter, date paste, vanilla and egg to the mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Add the baking powder, ground almonds, gram flour, oat flour, frozen blueberries and dried blueberries (if using) to the bowl. Stir until just combined.
  • Divide the batter between the 6 lined muffin cups. Stir together the topping ingredients (if using) and sprinkle over the muffin batter.
  • Bake for 23-27 minutes, when a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin should come out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before eating. Store at room temp in a sealed container for up to 3 days.


- My mum and I affectionately refer to date paste as date mush. All you do to make it is take a whole pack of dates (doesn't matter how many you have), pit them and place into a bowl. Pour over boiling water, just enough to cover them, and leave them for about 15 minutes. Once softened, use a fork to smush the dates into a rough paste. I prefer a chunky paste for baking with as you get little nuggets of date here and there but if you prefer a smooth paste, blend it up using a hand blender or regular blender until smooth. Store the date mush in the fridge, it keeps for a few weeks. We use it for everyday cooking/baking and even on toast!
- For the carrot pulp: I grated 100g of carrot (about 1 medium) on the fine side of a grater. I then squeezed the grated carrot over a bowl to release as much juice from it as possible. When weighed after squeezing I had 44g of this carrot 'pulp'. I added all the pulp to the batter along with 90ml of the carrot 'juice'. If you want to use carrot/apple pulp leftover from juicing or nut pulp leftover from making nut milk, I'd recommend using 44g of pulp along with 90ml of cow's milk, nut milk or fruit juice.