My mom is an expert baker. I can speak from experience.

Although I unfortunately didn’t inherit her superb baking skills, I did seem to acquire her knack for modifying and updating recipes to include healthier ingredients. We never follow recipes exactly and this easy muffin recipe is an example of that.


My mom has been baking these apple raisin muffins for years and when I asked her for the recipe, she told me she would have to write it down as she had adjusted the original recipe so much that it was a completely different muffin! And so, Mom’s Easy Apple Raisin Muffins were born.


These muffins are easy to make and are the perfect snack for my daughter’s lunch box. They freeze well and are a great breakfast on the go, loaded with apples, carrots and sweet raisins. Give them a try – your family will love them!



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 cups of finely grated carrot
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 large apple (peeled, cored and grated)



You will need two large size bowls

STEP 1: Dry ingredients – Into a large bowl mix 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 and 1/4 cups of white sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt

STEP 2: Next, stir in 2 cups of finely grated carrot, 3/4 cup raisins, 1 large apple (peeled, cored and grated)

STEP 3: Wet ingredients – In another bowl, beat the 3 eggs, 1 cup sunflower oil and 2 teaspoons of vanilla

STEP 4: Stir in the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients until batter is just combined. Spoon into well greased muffin cups, filling to the top.

STEP 5: Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes (more or less depending on your oven). Makes about 14 large muffins. ENJOY!



A mother and lover of all things practical, Jill is a 40-something, teacher, world traveler and self-proclaimed pragmatist trying to navigate this journey called life. She currently works as a freelance writer/photographer, part-time teacher and full-time mom to two fabulous daughters. Her blog features simple and family-friendly recipes, original photography and hot parenting topics. Her diverse career has taken her to London, England and to the sky scrapers of Bay Street, Toronto. Jill loves getting creative in the kitchen, reading, spending time with her family and snapping photos around her neighbourhood in Burlington, Ontario.

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