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Want something healthy for breakfast, that is satisfying and wholesome and also really delicious? These Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins, made with whole wheat and golden raisins, are the perfect option!

Close up of Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

*This post has been updated from 2013

Remember a few weeks ago when my son was asking me to make him some muffins, and I was too, well, LAZY? I made him cranberry pancakes instead and it satisfied him, but darn it if he wasn’t still asking for muffins.

Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins, made with whole wheat and golden raisins, are the perfect option for a healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast or snack.

Recently my five year old daughter was needed to increase her fiber intake. Ahem. So I decided to make some muffins, and to make them super healthy. I thought they would hate them but they LOVED them! They each had two for breakfast and asked for them the next day. (Despite my daughter catching me dumping shredded carrot in the bowl – “Mom, are those CARROTS???”).

Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins, made with whole wheat and golden raisins, are the perfect option for a healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast or snack.

Tips for making the best Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins:

  1. Spray the pan generously with nonstick cooking spray. This is my preference over using paper liners because the liners have a tendency to stick sometimes and you can lose a precious raisin or two.
  2. Squeeze the liquid out of the carrots and zucchini. You want them to be moist, but not mushy. Take a clean flour sack towel or several paper towels stacked together, and wrap the shredded veggies in it. Twist the ends until tightly wrapped, then gently squeeze. This is best done over a bowl to catch the liquid.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately. The wet ingredients can be mixed as long as you like and it won’t affect the muffins. Once the dry and wet ingredients mix though, the gluten is activated and over-mixing can cause a very dense muffin. These muffins are already pretty dense with the oatmeal and the whole wheat, so you want to keep this in mind when mixing.
  4. Fill the muffin cups about ¾ of the way full. Did you know, an ice cream scoop is the perfect size for filling muffin cups? Use an ice cream scoop for muffins and cupcakes and they will be even in size every time!

Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins, made with whole wheat and golden raisins, are the perfect option for a healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast or snack.

Interestingly enough, my kids really enjoyed these muffins. They are tender and moist, and hearty enough for a quick stand-alone breakfast. Between the oats and whole wheat and the raisins, there is tons of fiber and lots of vitamins from the carrots and zucchini, which also happen to keep these muffins super moist.

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Recipe
Close up of Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

4.79 from 38 votes
Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Muffins, made with whole wheat and golden raisins, are the perfect option for a healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast or snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-count muffin pan with paper liners, or spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the zucchini and carrots. We want moist, not mushy.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and oil. Stir in grated zucchini and carrots.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  • Fill muffin cups about ¾ full and bake for approx. 20 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean, and tops spring back when lightly touched.
  • Coll completely in the muffin pans and serve. 

Notes

Adapted from Eating Well.
Store in a tightly sealed container for 4-5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 332mgPotassium: 230mgFiber: 3gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 1872IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 2mg
Keyword carrot muffins, oatmeal muffins, zucchini muffins

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. These muffins are beyond outstanding! I made these initially for my one year old and we all ended up loving them! The recipe makes soooo many and I love storing them in the fridge and eating cold on the go for breakfast or a healthy snack; they equally taste amazing heated up with honey butter smothered on them. I’ve made them many times and they are a constant staple in our diet. Thank you!

  2. OH. MY. WORD. Best muffins ever!! Doubled the recipe for a reunion and got over 36 muffins (not a bad problem to have!) We don’t care for cooked/baked raisins so I subbed sweetened shredded coconut. Reduced the sugar slightly to account for the substitution. Thank you so much for the new fave!! I’m sure my adult boychildren and granddaughter will love these!

    1. Yes you could make it in a loaf pan. The cook time will be different of course. I would try making it in a square baking pan.

    1. Ok, no, it doesn’t make a cookie dough. I used both to make it a little healthier while still providing the flavor my kids love, because this recipe was created for them. If you don’t like the ingredients you certainly don’t have to make the recipe.

  3. I made these with all organic white flour. Didn’t have raisins I replaced with crushed pineapple and cut back on the sugar. YUMMY!!

  4. Yes I tried this recipe and it is delicious .
    However I didn’t have whole wheat flour or Golden raisins, So I used white flour and 1/2 cup of bran instead and used Sultana raisins instead.
    Very good recipe and will make it again. Thank you

    1. Delicious healthy muffins !
      I didn’t have whole wheat flour so just used all white flour & they turned out perfectly. I’m wondering how well they would do if they were frozen? …have a lot of zucchini to use up in the next while. Have you tried freezing ?

  5. This is the third time I’m using this recipe, modified for me. I’m diabetic and the recipe is loaded with carbs. I substitute Splenda for the sugar and chopped pecans for the raisins (I’m not that fond of raisins anyway) It makes two dozen regular muffins. This time I made one dozen regular and 24 mini. I prefer spraying the pans to using paper or silicone liners. They taste great and they freeze well. Thank you.

    1. Hi Susan. I like how you modified this recipe. My husband is a diabetic & I’m pre-diabetic so I would be very interested in how much sugar substitute you used & pecans. Thank you.

  6. Wow, what a wonderful combo. I used cucumbers (peeled and seeded) instead of zucchini (what to do with a million garden cukes!?) and they came out great. I did add a bit of nutmeg, used one half cup of stevia along with the cup of sugar, and did squeeze out water from the cukes. The muffins are moist and delicious. Thank you!

  7. This is the best muffin recipe! I made the muffins four times in the last two weeks and my family can’t get enough of them.

  8. If I were to make it again, I would make it without whole wheat flour. Not a favorite. The recipe was a bit blah. I did add the craisins and walnuts.

  9. This is at least the third time I’ve made this recipe! My kids love it!! I use less sugar, add some flax, and double or triple the recipe. I’m trying gluten free flour this time 🙂 Thank you for a great way to get more good stuff into my kids bodies!