Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins
Makes 1 dozen

Carolyn says: "Low-fat buttermilk gives a dose of vitamin B12 and potassium in these tender, delicious muffins."

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together flour, brown sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, olive oil, and orange zest. Fold in shredded carrots and buttermilk. Place paper baking cups in a 12-cup muffin pan. Spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 2

Beet-Poppy Seed Muffins: Switch up the color and flavor by using shredded beets in place of carrots. Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 1 large fresh beet, peeled and shredded (about 1 1/2 cups), for carrots. Omit buttermilk. (Do not squeeze juice from shredded beet.) Calories 160; Protein 7g; Carbs 7g; Fiber 1g; Fat 9g

The Slim Down South Cookbook, Oxmoor House, 2013

Ratings & Reviews


March 21, 2015
Pretty good, but next time I'll reduce the orange zest - it's kind of overpowering.

kirplnk's Review

January 28, 2014
I was a little skeptical about this recipe at first, but I was sure proven wrong! Poppy seeds are usually something I omit from recipes, but combined with the orange zest (Don't skip this part!) it's pretty amazing. I found this recipe easy and quick to make. I did find that my muffin tins were very full and the muffins still rose nicely with a crown. I had very little spillage over the cups.