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Muffin Recipes | Zucchini Muffins with Carrot and Banana, Healthy and Lowfat. Great for Kids.
Healthy Muffin Recipes | Zucchini, Carrot and Banana Muffins. Best lowfat recipe is great for kids
Muffin Recipes | Zucchini Muffins with Carrot and Banana, Healthy and Lowfat. Great for Kids.

How To Make Zucchini Carrot Muffins that No One Turns Down

I like to modify recipes to my liking, and some end up being favorites. (There are also the utter failures, but I promise to try not to share those with you.) When I was cooking for my young children, I struggled to get them to eat vegetables, as many parents do. I quickly discovered they would eat almost anything I in cake or muffin form. They were not a big fan of spinach muffins, but they love these Zucchini Carrot Muffins. Adults do as well.I have truly never had anyone who tried them not like them.

They freeze well, if you can ever find any left to freeze. Great for packed lunches, too, as they are not quite as crumbly as your average muffin.

This is actually a recipe for Zucchini Bread that I found and modified, one that called for 2 cups of sugar and a stick of butter. By adding the carrot, applesauce and banana to keep the muffins sweet and moist, I was able to remove the majority of the oil from the recipe, and 3/4 of the sugar. Plus, they have more vitamins and fiber with the additions. Applesauce is a pretty cool thing to add to a recipe, for those who do not know. You can often replace oil in a baking recipe with applesauce, and it allow the food to still stay moist.

Zucchini Carrot Muffin Recipe:

3 cups raw grated zucchini (4-6 zucchini, depending on size)

2 cups raw grated carrots (3-4 carrots, depending on size)

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

3 beaten eggs

1/2 cup sugar

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Nonstick cooking spray


Supplies You Will Need:

Mixing Bowl



Muffin Pan

Cupcake Liners (optional)

Step 1:

Grate the two vegetables. You will need to peel the carrots first, but do not peel the zucchini. The green part of the zucchini (the skin) has more nutrients than the rest. I recommend buying extra zucchini so you can grate only the parts with skin, but that choice is up to you.

Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: You will need 3 large zucchini (more if they are smaller ones) and 4-5 carrots

Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Cut the ends off the zucchini
Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Grate the zucchini. A microplane grater works best, but a regular one will work.
Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: I recommend that you grate the sides of the zucchini and not use the center. The zucchini skin has more nutrients and flavor, plus the green color is nice in the muffins. You want to make sure you have enough zucchini if you go this route. Buy extra.

Step 2:

Mash the banana and beat the eggs with a fork.

Muffin Recipe-Zucchini Muffins with Carrot and Banana: Peel the banana and mash it with a fork. Ripe bananas work best, as they will be sweeter. (Here is how to use bananas that are too ripe) Kids love to help with this step.
Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: You need three eggs. Beat them in a separate bowl before adding.

Step 3:

Combine grated zucchini and carrot, banana, eggs, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla and lemon juice in a bowl. (The order in which you add these does not matter.) Stir with a fork, or if you prefer, you can use a mixer on low speed for two minutes.

Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Start by adding 3 cups of the grated zucchini to the muffin mix.
Muffin Recipe-Zucchini Muffins: Add 2 cups of grated carrot to the muffin mix. Add the mashed banana (not pictured)


Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Add 3 beaten eggs to your muffin mix
Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Add the sugar to your muffin mix
Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Add 1 cup of applesauce to the muffin mix.
Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Add 3 cups flour to the muffin mix.
Muffin Recipe-Zucchini Muffins: Add 1 teaspoon of salt to your muffin mix
Muffin Recipe-Zucchini Muffins: Add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to your muffin mix
Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Add 2 teaspoons of canola oil or vegetable oil to your muffin mix.
Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Add one tablespoon of vanilla to the muffin mix. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (not pictured)
Muffin Recipe-Zucchini Muffins: Stir all the ingredients together with a fork, or use a mixer on low speed for one minute

Step 4:

Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18  minutes, until muffin tops are golden.

Healthy Muffin Recipe- Zucchini Muffins: Spray the muffin pan with nonstick spray or use paper or silicon cupcake liners in the pan.
You can use nonstick spray or paper cupcake liners, but if you have silicon baking cups, they are great to use here.


Place muffins in oven and bake until tops are golden brown, 15-18 minutes.


 Step 5.

Allow to cool, then serve. Kids and adults love these muffins. They are great for snacks and packing in lunches, and they freeze well, too. I rarely have enough left to freeze. It is worth making two batches, just to freeze some.

Healthy Muffins For Kids: You will be amazed to see how fast these disappear. Adults love these, too!

 Want to try another one of my favorite baking recipes?

This is my mother's beloved recipe for homemade rolls:

How To Make Homemade Rolls From Scratch: Mom’s Recipe for Yeast Rolls

What do you think?

I am hoping that the pictures I took and the instructions clearly show you how to make these great rolls. Please talk to us in the comments if you have any questions or feedback. I would love to hear how yours turn out. Good luck!

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