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Zucchini Carrot Apple Muffins

Packed with fruits and veggies, these zucchini apple carrot muffins are great as a breakfast or snack! They are moist, fluffy, yet incredibly hearty and filling. This one-bowl recipe is also easy to make and ready in no time! 
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 11 muffins
Calories 161kcal
Author Meesha

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups oat flour use gluten-free ones if needed*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup shredded carrots **
  • ½ cup shredded zucchini **
  • ½ cup shredded apple
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cashew butter or other nut/seed butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 220C/430F. Lightly grease or line a 12-hole muffin pan with muffin liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine together oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, and baking soda.
    2 ¾ cups oat flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Then, add in the rest of the ingredients. Mix until everything is well incorporated. The batter will be on the thicker side.
    ½ cup shredded carrots, ½ cup shredded zucchini, ½ cup shredded apple, ½ cup applesauce, ½ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup cashew butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Spoon batter into each muffin hole about ¾ of the way full.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 180C/350F and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick down the muffins to check for doneness. They are done baking when the toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let muffins set in the pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to allow them to cool down further. Your muffins are ready to be enjoyed!

Notes

*Oat flour - If you do not have any on hand, simply blend up some rolled or quick oats in the blender until they turn into flour. Use gluten-free ones, if needed. (1 cup oat flour = 90g)
**Carrot - Do not use store-bought pre-shredded carrots. Instead, freshly grate them from scratch either by using a food processor or the smallest hole on the box grater. 
***Zucchini - Same goes for the zucchini, too. Freshly grate them instead of using the store-bought ones. You can use the larger holes grater for zucchini. 
 
Helpful tips
  • If possible, use a kitchen scale to weigh out dry ingredients and your shredded fruits and veg. I am using this inexpensive Ozeri scale. If you choose to use measuring cups, follow the spoon and level method.  
  • Be careful not to overbake your muffins. Keep a close eye on the last few minutes of baking, and test for doneness by inserting a toothpick down the middle. If it comes out clean, your muffins are done baking. 
  • Let baked muffins sit in the pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool down further. Do not let them cool in the pan, as this will cause the bottom of your muffins to turn soggy. 
  • These muffins are subtly sweet. If you prefer super sweet muffins, feel free to add up to 2 tablespoons of granulated sweetener of choice, be it cane or brown sugar.
 
 
Storing -Let muffins cool down completely before storing them in an airtight container. They can be refrigerated for 4-5 days. 
 If you plan to keep them longer, freeze them in zip-top bags or sealed containers. They can be frozen for 3 months. 
Reheating -To reheat frozen muffins, let them thaw slightly on the countertop for 30 minutes to an hour. You can then heat them in a conventional oven for 8-10 minutes at 180C/350F. 
Alternatively, you can thaw muffins using your microwave’s “defrost” function, then microwave them on high at 15 seconds intervals.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg