Makeover Monday ~ Carrot Cheesecake Muffins


It is  Monday, so it is time for another recipe makeover. I love to take favorite recipes and make them THM friendly. One of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome is thinking that healthy eating means never having their favorite foods again. The truth is that you can make a healthy version of almost any meal. And most meals don’t require that much work to re-make!

I had this recipe suggested to me while I was looking for a new recipe to makeover and I knew I wanted to do it right away! I looked delicious and easy to make THM friendly so I whipped them up over the weekend. They are super yummy and easy to make. One word of caution though! The cheesecake filing is stiff, so do not try to use your handy-dandy Pampered Chef Decorating tool like I did. It is not made for this kind of filling and you will really hurt your hands! Use a zip-top bag or a decorating bag like the recipe suggests. Your hands will thank me. 🙂

You Will Need:

I always use oat fiber to make my baking blend stretch farther. If you do not have oat fiber you can always sub equal amounts of baking blend unless it is stated otherwise.

Carrot Cheesecake Muffins ~ THM S

Carrot cake stuffed with cheesecake? Yes please!
Servings 12


Muffin Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 3/4 cup xes sweetener or gentlesweet
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups baking blend
  • 1/2 cup oat fiber
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/2 cup nut milk or kefir
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar (if using nut milk)
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots

Cheesecake Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp xes sweetener or gentlesweet
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking blend


  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans for topping


To make muffins

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12 muffin cups with non-stick spray.
  • Beat oil, sweetener, molasses and extract till combined. Add eggs and mix again.
  • If using nut milk, place the milk into a cup and add the lemon juice or vinegar and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the egg mixture.
  • Add nut milk or kefir and mix again.
  • Add the last of the dry ingredients and mix again.
  • Stir in shredded carrots.
  • Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups, making a well in the center of each, and set aside.

To make cheesecake filling

  • Mix together all cheesecake ingredients until well blended and smooth.
  •  Place mixture into a zip-top bag or piping bag. Snip off corner of bag and squeeze the cheesecake mixture down into the middle of each muffin. (It will stick out the top a bit.) Do NOT use the type of decorator that I have shown here. The mixture is too thick.
  • I ended up just spooning the filling into the center because it was too hard.
  • Sprinkle the chopped pecan onto the top of each muffin.
  • Bake for 16 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Do you have a favorite recipe you would like me to THM’ify? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

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13 thoughts on “Makeover Monday ~ Carrot Cheesecake Muffins”

  1. I had these for my birthday cake and they are delicious. Thank you Shannon, for taking on these projects and doing it so well.

      1. Thank you!!! I made these yesterday and they are absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  2. If I don’t have oat fiber, do I just increase the amount of baking blend? I’m headed to the kitchen to make these!

    1. Yes, you can increase the baking blend in equal amounts. 🙂 I just use oat fiber to stretch my money farther. In any of my recipes you should be able to sub baking blend in equal amounts unless otherwise specified.

      1. Wow! I couldn’t wait to refrigerate these and let them firm up, so I tasted one still warm. Delicious! Thanks so much for this recipe. My husband’s favorite cake is carrot cake, and now he can indulge without guilt.

  3. The flavour combinations on these is incredible. Orange extract? I was skeptical, but wow. What a nice zip. They just came out of the oven. But… I think I need to comment that it might matter a lot what order you do the wet ingredients in? I messed them up fairly significantly, though they still turned out by some miracle?

    First, I used 1/3 C coconut oil instead of 2/3C. I also added wet to dry instead of dry to wet, like the recipe called for, and I did that before I realized I was 1/3C of coconut oil short. I know, I know… read recipes really carefully lol. My bad. They were very very crumbly, as you can imagine, being 1/3C of liquid short.

    I realized my mistake, and added the last 1/3 C coconut oil in right before the carrots, but the batter was still quite dry and crumbly and not at all like the picture, so I would hazard that the order you do this recipe in matters.

    I have not added the cream cheese topping or pecans, because I didn’t want to waste even more ingredients if I did mess these up as badly as I thought I did.

    I will try them again, because I’m certain that with cream cheese topping and pecans these will be to die for.

    But they made at least 24 muffins for me… I ended up half of the batter in a cake pan instead of using all of it for muffins? Could that be because of my messup with the liquids? Or do I have abnormally small muffin pans??

    Thanks for this recipe, it’s a winner! (Even if I can’t read it/follow it correctly….. 🙂 )

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