These vegan and gluten free carrot zucchini muffins are the best quick on-the-go healthy breakfast for busy back-to-school mornings. Packed with nutritious ingredients, delicious they're kid and adult-friendly!
I'm usually a smoothie bowl or oatmeal kinda gal. However, when I'm on more of a morning time crunch, I like to have something in the freezer to heat up, slather with butter, and take on the road.
If you're also looking for an easy, healthy and delicious breakfast option to meal prep in this busy back-to-school season, look no further. These vegan gluten free zucchini muffins, packed with walnuts and carrots, are full of nutrients and low on sugar.
Not only are these vegan muffins easy to grab on your way out the door, they're also super easy to make. Like most muffin recipes, you'll start by creaming the butter and sugar.
We use a bit of unsweetened applesauce as well. It provides natural sweetness and moisture without adding more processed sugar. For the rest of the sweetness in these healthy muffins, we use a combination of cane sugar and coconut sugar.
Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar. Therefore, it won't cause a bump in your blood sugar. That's a major bonus when it comes to breakfast.
You've probably experienced a sugar rush (and crash) from a super sweet pastry or cereal in the morning. Thanks to the applesauce and coconut sugar in these zucchini muffins, you'll maintain a healthy and stable blood sugar all morning.
If you're looking for a wheat-free, celiac-friendly muffin recipe, this is for you. There are dozens of wonderful gluten free flours for baking. We often use a combination of two flours for our favorite gluten free recipes.
For these zucchini muffins, we use gluten free all purpose and almond flour. Almond flour adds a bit more moisture and prevents the gluten free flour from making these muffins dense and gummy.
You can easily make a batch of gluten free all purpose flour at home with this recipe. It stores well too, so we like to keep a big container on hand for when the baking craving strikes.
We also add flax meal to these muffins, which is a central ingredient in vegan baking. When you're making egg-free baked goods, you still need a binder to keep everything together.
The best binders have some fat and are also gel-like in consistency. Read our in-depth guide to flax eggs for more on that subject.
To keep these vegan zucchini muffins completely dairy-free, we use almond milk. Almond milk still offers the same moistness as regular milk. Yet it's lighter and won't weigh these healthy muffins down.
It also adds a wonderful almond flavor to the finished product. Along with the almond flour, these vegan muffins get a nice almondy background flavor that's not overwhelming.
When it comes to zucchini muffins and bread, we think some crunch is in order. Walnuts offer that satisfying crunch throughout each muffin. You could also sub with pecans.
Here's another bonus to cooking without eggs or dairy. These muffins, like other vegan baked goods, last quite a while. We always recommend storing anything you bake in an airtight container. This keeps them from drying out.
You can keep these muffins in the fridge for easy access every morning. Or, you can freeze them to last longer. They'll keep for several months frozen.
To enjoy, simply pop one (or as many as you'd like) in the microwave for a minute or so. Or if you have a little foresight, you can put a muffin in the fridge for yourself the night before. That kind of thing never occurs to me, even though I do admittedly often fall asleep thinking about breakfast.
More vegan muffin recipes to try:
- Blueberry Lemon Muffins. If you're like us, and have bags of blueberries in your freezer from picking this summer, these are the muffins for you.
- Chocolate Banana Muffins from Yummy Mummy Kitchen. Why not start your morning with chocolate??
- Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins with Oat Streusel. Most breakfasts are improved by some streusel. And these healthy raspberry muffins are the perfect base to our sweet, crumbly oat topping.
If you make these vegan carrot zucchini muffins, we’d love for you to leave a comment and rating below! We also love to see your creations on Instagram – tag us at @crowded_kitchen so we can see what you’ve been cooking.Print
Carrot Zucchini Muffins (Vegan)
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 16-18 muffins 1x
- Diet: Vegan
These vegan and gluten free carrot zucchini muffins are the best quick on-the-go healthy breakfast for busy back-to-school mornings.
- ½ cup vegan butter
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup cane sugar
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup flax meal
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp xanthan gum (no need to add if store-bought flour blend already contains it)
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- ½ cup golden raisins
- Preheat the oven to 335°F. In an electric hand-held or stand mixer, cream the butter, applesauce, cane sugar, coconut sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
- Mix in the flax meal and almond milk. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the gluten free flour, almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum (if using), and salt. Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the creamed butter and sugar, ½ cup at a time, mixing continuously until well combined.
- Gently minx in walnuts, carrots, zucchini, and raisins. Let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Line a muffin pan with paper liners, fill them to the top with batter, and smooth out gently. Bake until firm all the way through, 30-33 minutes.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 35
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 296
- Sugar: 23.2 g
- Sodium: 152.7 mg
- Fat: 11.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 39.8 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 3.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: vegan gluten free zucchini muffins
These muffins are moist and you cannot tell they are gluten free! It's like a meal by themselves. So yummy and nutty, a 5 star rating for sure! My gluten friends love them and can't tell their gluten free. This is the best gluten free recipe I've found! Thank you!
Thank you so much, Jodi! So glad you enjoyed!! Now I'm craving these...think I might make a batch! 🙂
Good luck in culinary school! These muffins look delicious. I need to buy some coconut sugar.
Busy morning are back (yes they are!) and so does the search for easy recipes! But not until I try these muffins because they look amazingly quick to make AND delicious! Love the tip on toasting the muffin! 😉
Heidy L. McCallum
I have a ton of zucchini and this looks like the perfect recipe to use it up! I love all the tips and tricks and the recipe looks simple and direct.
Yay! Great recipe to put my zucchini to use. This one's going into my staple vegan muffin collection. Thanks for sharing 🙂