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16 Oct 2020

Carrot and Apple Muffins recipe - celebrate Apple Day

BBC Gardeners' World Live
Carrot and Apple Muffins recipe - celebrate Apple Day

National Apple Day falls on 21 October, with celebrations taking place through the month. Whilst it champions this important fruit and orchards, it also honours the richness of our biodiversity, landscape, ecology and culture.

Pair your apples with another seasonal staple, the carrot, in this quick and easy Carrot and Apple Muffin recipe from our friends over at the BBC Good Food Show

(image © Maja Smend).


These are a great snack to enjoy with a cup of tea. Who doesn’t love a muffin? They’ll take 40 minutes to make so you can rustle them up with your homegrown apples and carrots to enjoy in no time.

INGREDIENTS (makes 10)

  • 2 medium carrots, grated (130g)
  • 2 medium eating apples, peeled and grated (170g)
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 60g raisins
  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 75g ricotta
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 2 tsp honey


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4) and line a 12-hole muffin tin with small muffin cases.
  2. Place all the ingredients apart from 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract, the cream cheese and the honey in a large bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until fully combined.
  3. Divide the mixture equally among the muffin cases and slide into the oven. Bake the muffins for 25 minutes, by which time they will be cooked through and a little golden on the top.
  4. Leave to cool.
  5. While the muffins are cooling, whip together the remaining vanilla extract, cream cheese and honey, adding a splash of water to slacken if needed.
  6. When the muffins are totally cool, spread the cream cheese icing on top.

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