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Carrot Zucchini Muffins

Carrot Zucchini Muffins

These carrot zucchini muffins are healthier option for your breakfast muffin, with whole wheat flour, less sugar and fat, and loads of veggies!

I’ve been making these carrot zucchini muffins for about 15 years now, and my kids still love them. If you have a child that refuses to eat vegetables, these muffins are a great way to get a few into them!

carrot zucchini muffins

I made mini muffins with this recipe incessantly when my youngest was a toddler because he wouldn’t eat any veggies at all. But blend up the wet ingredients in this recipe and you can’t see any telltale orange or green. Then it’s just a treat instead of a healthy muffin – at least in the eyes of a toddler!

My kids are older now, and all eat their vegetables quite happily, but they still love these muffins. They’re tasty, they’re filling, and they’re allowed to eat them for breakfast, since they’re on the healthier side of the muffin spectrum.

If you’re looking for a great healthy muffin recipe, try these easy carrot zucchini muffins. They’re delicious!

carrot zucchini muffins

How can I make my muffins light and fluffy?

To make your muffins light and fluffy, make sure not to over mix the batter. When muffin batter is over mixed, the flour starts to develop gluten and the muffins end up being tough and dense.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together just until the are combined. It’s even okay if there are still some bits of flour visible. The batter will be lumpy, but that’s okay!

carrot zucchini muffins

What is the best way to store carrot zucchini muffins?

The best way to store muffins is at room temperature in a container that is not airtight. While an airtight container will keep them fresh longer, they will get very sticky in a sealed container.

Placing a layer of paper towel above and below the muffins and leaving the lid of the container on loosely helps. The paper towel absorbs some of the extra moisture, and not sealing the lid lets some air circulate so the tops don’t get as sticky.

carrot zucchini muffins

That being said, muffins definitely don’t keep as long when stored this way. They will only keep for about 3 days like this. If you want them to last longer, keep them in an airtight container at room temperature, or freeze them for up to 3 months.

If your muffins are really sticky after a day or two from all the moisture (these ones in particular have a lot of moisture from all the vegetables), you can refresh them by heating them up in the oven at 350F for about 5 minutes.

carrot zucchini muffins

How to make Carrot Zucchini Muffins:

  • If you don’t want visible carrots and zucchini in your muffins (my kids hated seeing veggies in muffins when they were younger!), you can blend all the wet ingredients together instead of just whisking them.
  • These muffins have a lot of moisture, even without any oil, so they tend to get quite sticky, and are definitely best the first day or two after baking them. They can be frozen for up to 3 months if you don’t go through muffins quite that quickly.
  • I’ve also made these with raisins in them, and they were tasty that way as well. Add 1/2 cup if you like raisins in your muffins.
  • I’ve decreased the brown sugar to 1/3 cup with good results.
  • If you prefer, you can substitute all purpose flour for the whole wheat flour.

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carrot zucchini muffins
Yield: 12 muffins

Carrot Zucchini Muffins

carrot zucchini muffins

These carrot zucchini muffins are healthier option for your breakfast muffin, with whole wheat flour, less sugar and fat, & loads of veggies!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 1 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  
  2. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, applesauce, zucchini, carrot, and milk.  
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients to it, and stir until just combined. 
  6. Divide the batter between the muffin cups, they should be quite full.  
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.  
  8. These muffins will keep in a container at room temperature for 3 days, or can be frozen for up to 3 months. 


I've also made these with all purpose flour instead of whole wheat.

You can decrease the brown sugar to 1/3 cup if you prefer.

If you don't want visible veggies in your muffins, blend the wet ingredients together instead of just whisking them.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.


Friday 15th of March 2024

Love this recipe! My kids can’t get enough. I substituted 1/4c honey for the brown sugar and vanilla greek yogurt for the applesauce. 😋


Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

Hello! I am making a double batch of these muffins and am following your recipe exactly. I am planning on freezing a good number of them— what is your recommendation for thawing them afterwards? Thanks for your advice!


Monday 15th of August 2022

They will thaw just fine if you move them to room temperature for a couple of hours. I take muffins directly from the freezer to put in my kids lunches and they are thawed for them by lunch time. To avoid sogginess from condensation when they thaw, take them out of the freezer bag to thaw.

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