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Zucchini Carrot Muffins Recipe
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Zucchini Carrot Muffins Recipe

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Meet the Cook: No matter when I make these muffins - for breakfast, or for lunch to serve with a bowl of soup or salad - my husband devours them! He's retired from the Air Force, and we have four grown children. Gardening's my top hobby. -Loretta Baline, South Burlington, Vermont
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped peeled apple
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 249 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Gently toss together carrot, zucchini, apple, coconut, almonds and orange peel; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Combine eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be thick).
  3. Fold in carrot mixture. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  4. Bake at 375° for 20-22 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 18 standard size muffins.
Originally published as Zucchini Carrot Muffins in Country Woman May/June 1995, p29

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Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"AMAZING! You won't believe the taste and flavour and you'll never make another muffin! I have to admit I am into a high end of healthy diet and baking. And I often find I cut things down like sugar and oils and I never have a failed recipe. So it tells me they don't need as much. I also use basically all gluten free.

So my alterations are as follows:
- Sugar is only 1 cup used organic cane.
- Oil is only 1/2 cup
- I used no coconut flakes at all as I'm anti coconut (blood type diet) and I replaced it with nothing.
- I used 100% whole grain Einkorn flour to stay clear from hyberdized wheat.
- I'm sure my apple was more and carrot was a wee bit less. Didn't matter.
- vanilla was 1 tablespoon. Tsp is always too little. Lol lol
And of course using a non hyberdized wheat flour whole grain I had to fill the cups to the top rather than 2/3 full and I got a nice dome.
I'm telling you the Orange zest is a MUST. Don't even bother making them without it. (It's about two navel oranges needed)

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"I made these without coconut and almond. Substituted orange juice soaked raisins for the apples. Totally awesome, moist, not overly sweet. I'm keeping this recipe!"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"Perfect recipe. Sooooo tasty! I made 12 large muffins."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"This recipe sounds delicious! I'm striving to eat clean and will make some adjustments to achieve this. I will replace the AP flour with half whole wheat & half oats, ground to a flour. I will use honey as the sweetener.(using about 1/2 C.). Use 2 eggs. Then I will use coconut oil,reducing to 1/2 C.. Can't wait to try it!"

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"I added 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed. I only had 1 cup of shredded carrots, about 1/3 cup toasted coconut, omitted the nuts and used a little orange extract since I didn't have an orange to zest. They were still delicious. I will definitely make them again."

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