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Small Batch Carrot Apple Streusel Muffins

Small Batch Carrot Apple Streusel Muffins


Do you have a small family and struggle to get through a full 12 muffins before they go stale? Then, you are going to love this small batch carrot apple muffin with streusel topping muffin recipe.

This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite loaf recipes from Averie Cooks and is perfect for a grab and go breakfast option. The texture of this muffin is more on the dense side which makes a little more substantial than a standard muffin. The streusel topping adds a touch more sweetness and crunch texture.

If you are looking for a simple recipe you can make without pulling out your heavy kitchen appliances, this is the recipe for you. The muffin mixture can be made in one bowl as can the streusel which means less dishes!

Start by mixing the wet ingredients and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Next gently stir in the dry ingredients being mindful not to overmix. Finally, fold in the grated apple and carrot, again being mindful not to overmix. This mixture is already rather dense and overmixing may lead to a chewier texture than desired.

wet ingredients in bowl

To peel or not to peel?

Neither the apple or carrot need to be peeled for this recipe (so long as they are both washed well before grating). Unpeeled carrot may seem off putting to some people, so if you prefer you can peel the carrot, however the apple is best included in all its glory, peel and all. Well……maybe not all its glory, I would recommend you take out the core of the apple before grating.

Red apples are the best apples to use for this recipe. I prefer Fuji apples, but any crisp red apple would work. Granny Smith apples are more tart and would not add as much sweetness to the recipe.

To line or not to line?

When making muffins I prefer not to line my muffin pan as I do not enjoy the task of removing the paper from my muffin before eat it. If you are not planning to line your muffin pan be sure to grease or lightly spray the holes you are planning to use. Lining your muffin pan will certainly help you get your muffins out of the pan easier and also help with clean up, particularly if you are using a muffin tin as opposed to a silicon pan. Lining or not lining will not impact the end result so select the option that works best for you!

As this recipe is on the denser side you should fill the muffin pans more than you would a with a regular muffin recipe. The batter should come to just below the top of the hole to allow room for the streusel topping.

The muffins may look a little over filled when you first remove them from the oven, but they will settle while the rest leaving a perfect little dome.

Small Batch Carrot Apple Streusel Muffins

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 18 min Rest Time 5 min Total Time 38 mins Servings: 5


This simple carrot and apple muffin topped with sweet and crunch streusel is the perfect choice for quick breakfast or a snack





    1. Grease or line (5) holes in your muffin pan
    2. Preheat oven to 350 F
    3. Add egg, brown sugar, oil, yogurt and vanilla to medium bowl and mix to combine
    4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg to wet ingredients and stir until just combined, do not overmix
    5. Add grated carrot and apple to mixture and fold until combined (mixture will be thick)
    6. Fill the prepared muffin pan to just below the top of the muffin hole (this recipe is dense so you want to fill the holes more than a regular muffin)


    1. Combine sugars, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl 
    2. Add cold cubed butter and cut into mixture using a fork or pastry cutter until it resembles course crumbs
    3. Top muffin mixture with streusel and bake for 18-22 minutes
Keywords: Muffin, Apple, Carrot, Small Batch, Streusel

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