Morning Glory Zucchini Carrot Muffins


Welcome to AK Zucchini Week Day 2 and welcome to your new favorite way to eat veggies for breakfast. These morning glory zucchini carrot muffins are like your favorite zucchini bread and cozy carrot cake had a baby and truly make the BEST breakfast or snack.

After making my Chunky Monkey Zucchini Banana Muffins a couple of years back I knew I wanted to perfect another super nutritious and delicious zucchini muffin. These babies are kid-friendly (Sidney gobbled these up in the morning), easy to customize with your fav mix-ins and taste even more delicious as the days go on!

Bake a batch or two and freeze some for later — they’re truly the best on-the-go snack. Remember to get all of the deets for Zucchini Week including our giveaway and FREE downloadable e-book!

zucchini carrot muffins next to a mug of coffee

Mornings made better with zucchini carrot muffins

Get ready to absolutely fall in love with these nutritious zucchini carrot muffins. These muffins are:

  • Naturally sweetened with a bit of pure maple syrup.
  • Packed with sneaky veggie thanks to both zucchini and carrot.
  • Delicious straight from the oven and even more flavorful as the days go on.
  • The perfect breakfast or snack that kiddos will love!

ingredients for healthy zucchini carrot muffins in bowls

What you’ll need to make healthy zucchini carrot muffins

These easy, healthy zucchini carrot muffins use a mix of fresh produce and plenty of pantry staples for a wonderful, perfectly sweet muffin you’ll come back to time and time again. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Veggies: you’ll need a zucchini and a couple of large carrots to add moisture and vitamins to these carrot zucchini muffins.
  • Applesauce: a little unsweetened applesauce adds additional moisture and flavor to the muffins.
  • Maple syrup: these healthy zucchini carrot muffins are naturally sweetened with some pure maple syrup!
  • Eggs: you’ll also need 2 eggs in the muffins.
  • Coconut oil: a bit of coconut oil gives the muffins the perfect texture.
  • Flour: these muffins are made with a mix of nutritious oat flour and all purpose flour to keep them nice and fluffy.
  • Coconut: unsweetened shredded coconut makes them taste like your fav carrot cake!
  • Spices: gotta have cozy cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Baking staples: don’t forget the vanilla extract, baking soda & salt.
  • Mix-ins: add some walnuts or pecans and raisins or chopped Medjool dates for wonderful texture in every bite.

mixing carrot zucchini muffin batter in a bowl

Simple ingredient swaps

Out of a few ingredients? Here’s what I can recommend for swaps in these kid-friendly zucchini carrot muffins:

  • For the applesauce: feel free to use 1 ripe mashed banana.
  • For the coconut oil: melted butter or vegan butter also works well.
  • For the all purpose flour: a 1:1 gluten free all purpose flour should also work.

unbaked zucchini carrot muffins in a muffin tin

Make your own oat flour

Easily make your own gluten free oat flour by simply placing rolled oats into a blender and blending/pulsing until they’re smooth and resemble flour. This is probably the cheapest option. Get all of our tips & tricks for making your own oat flour here (plus recipes!)

kid-friendly zucchini carrot muffins in a muffin tin

Tips for baking with zucchini

  • Use the small side of your grater so that you get little shreds of zucchini.
  • Squeeze out your zucchini shreds as much as possible to get all of the excess liquid out.
  • Measure the shreds before you squeeze the moisture out.
  • Feel free to shred a bunch of zucchini and freeze it for later! Follow my tips and tricks here.

healthy carrot zucchini muffins

Storing tips

  • To store: feel free to keep these carrot zucchini muffins at room temp for one day, then I recommend storing them in the refrigerator. They get even more flavorful as the days go on! Simply warm them up in the microwave.
  • To freeze: allow the muffins to cool completely then put in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Once ready to reheat, you can thaw at room temperature, or heat up in the microwave in 30 second intervals.

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Giveaway deets

This year we’ll be selecting 2 lucky AK readers to win an Our Place Always Pan in the color of their choice! To enter:

  1. Post a photo of any Ambitious Kitchen zucchini recipe you make in your Instagram feed, in IG stories, or in the Ambitious Kitchen Community Facebook Group with the hashtag #AKZucchiniWeek.
  2. The more you post & share your recipe photos, the greater chance you have to win! **Please note, your Instagram profile must be public so that we can see your zucchini creations.
  3. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, 8/11 and notified via DM on Instagram or in the Facebook group. Must be 18 or older, USA only.

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I hope you love these morning glory zucchini carrot muffins! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!

Morning Glory Zucchini Carrot Muffins

Wonderful morning glory zucchini carrot muffins that are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and filled with delicious mix-ins like coconut, raisins and nuts. These healthy zucchini carrot muffins have a boost of nutrition from oat flour and make the best freezer-friendly breakfast or snack that’s great for kids!

  • For the wet ingredients:
  • 1
    medium zucchini, squeezed of excess moisture with a paper towel (1 cup shredded zucchini)
  • 1
    cup
    shredded carrot (from 2 medium to large carrots)

  • cup
    unsweetened applesauce (or sub 1 ripe mashed banana)
  • ½
    cup
    pure maple syrup
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1/3
    cup
    coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • For the dry ingredients:
  • 1
    cup
    oat flour (I used store bought oat flour)
  • 3/4
    cup
    all purpose flour (or all purpose GF flour)
  • 1/2
    cup
    shredded unsweetened coconut (not the large flakes)
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 1
    teaspoon
    cinnamon
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    nutmeg
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    salt
  • For the mix-ins:

  • cup
    chopped walnuts (or pecans)

  • cup
    chopped Medjool dates or raisins
  • For topping (optional):
  • Rolled oats
  • More chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with 10 muffin liners and grease the inside of the liners with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking.

  2. Shred and measure out zucchini (it should be about 1 heaping cup), then place in a paper towel or cheese cloth and squeeze out all the excess moisture.

  3. In a large bowl mix together the wet ingredients: shredded zucchini, shredded carrot, applesauce, maple syrup, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla extract until well combined.

  4. In a separate large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: oat flour, all purpose flour (or gf flour), shredded coconut, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in chopped walnuts and chopped Medjool dates/raisins.

  6. Evenly divide the batter between the muffin liners. Sprinkle the tops with rolled oats and a few more chopped walnuts if you’d like. Bake for 23-27 minutes or until a tester comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.

  7. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Nutrition

Servings: 10 muffins

Serving size: 1 muffin

Calories: 272kcal

Fat: 14.2g

Saturated fat: 9.1g

Carbohydrates: 34.7g

Fiber: 2.9g

Sugar: 15.7g

Protein: 4.6g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats



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