Apple and Carrot Muffins

I always allow the kids some input into what goes into their lunchboxes.

Brenda Janschek - Apple Carrot Muffins

They know the boundaries, so they never ask for anything too outlandish, but they appreciate being asked just the same.

Now I can take it a step further as I have the pleasure of actually creating recipes with my 12yr old food-loving son. And because he understands the balance of nourishment and taste, the upside to this little collaborative approach is that the food is more likely to be eaten rather than return home! Unsurprisingly, muffins are hot on their list of regular items.

Muffins are always a delicious treat, but it’s still a good idea to mix them up for variety.

I always try to make my muffins as nutritious as possible, so in this recipe I added the sunflower seeds, carrots and apples to the staples, which include the best quality eggs, butter, flour, sugar and coconut I can find and don’t they just make the perfect healthy lunchbox snack too!

If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration, take a look at my new recipe ebook which is getting rave reviews, Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes. It’s packed with 40 delicious nut-free, refined sugar free sweet and savoury recipes which have all been kid-tested and approved! 

Many of the ingredients in this recipe can be sourced from my one-stop-favourite, organic wholefoods online store, The Wholefood Collective. They go to great lengths to ensure everything they source is amazing quality, they stock all my favorite products and I don’t even have to leave the house! Oh and the cherry on the cake is they donate profits to improve food security for vulnerable Aussies.

Here are some of the ingredients you’ll need:

White Spelt flour
Wholemeal spelt flour
Coconut sugar
Sunflower seeds
Baking powder
Desiccated coconut
Vanilla powder



  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds roughly or finely ground
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 large granny smith apple peeled and grated
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 100 grams butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  • Butter a 12 hole muffin tray.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, desiccated coconut, cinnamon, sunflower seeds and salt in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the eggs, butter, milk and vanilla and add to the flour mixture along with the grated carrot and apple and gently mix through.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin tray until 3/4 full and bake for approx 20 mins or when skewer comes out clean.
  • Enjoy and share the recipe with your friends!

Here’s a little information on the benefits of each ingredient:

Sunflower seeds

High in Vitamin E, magnesium and cancer-fighting selenium, anti-inflammatory, mineral-rich (great for bones), great for nerves and skin.


Protect against heart disease and cancer, high in anti-oxidants and vitamins (A, K, C and calcium).


Packed full of disease fighting vitamins (C & B-complex), and a rich source of antioxidants, minerals flavanoids and dietary fibre.


Go for pasture-raised or organic. High in Omega 3’s, Vitamin D, choline and selenium.


Full of vitamins (A, E, D & K), lauric acid, anti-oxidants anti-cancer properties.


Contains minerals, supports brain function, increases feelings of satisfaction and fullness, healthy fat, high in fibre.

If you make this recipe please do take photos and send them to me.If you share them on instagram, remember to tag me @brendajanschek.

Otherwise feel free to pm me your photos via Facebook. I get a total kick out of seeing you bring my recipes to life.

And remember, if you haven’t already, grab your copy of Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes here.

If you liked this recipe you may also like these other delicious muffin recipes – Date & Cinnamon Muffins and Savoury Cheese Muffins.

Bren x

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Your thoughts on this post


  1. Erin

    I’d love to make each of the muffin recipes you refer to in the introduction to this recipe gluten free. Could I directly substitute buckwheat flour or possibly store bought gluten free flour? Any suggestions would be great please.

    • Brenda Janschek

      Hi Erin, buckwheat flour is a strong assertive flavour, and is better mixed with another flour like brown rice flour to soften it’s flavour. YOu can do 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour, 1/4 cup buckwheat flour, 1/4 cup true arrowroot, 1/4 desiccated coconut in each recipe with 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder. Or you can try store bought gluten free flour. Enjoy!

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