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Zucchini carrot muffins in metal pan and white marbled surface. Zucchini slices.

Easy Zucchini Carrot Muffins (super moist)

These zucchini muffins with carrots will turn out incredibly moist with a perfectly balanced sweetness. The batter has a hefty dose of both vegetables and they're ready in 45 minutes. And they freeze beautifully. Eat them plain or with a simple glaze.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 regular muffins

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 3/4 cup oil (sunflower, coconut or olive oil)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (cake flour also works)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Have a 12-muffin tin lined with paper cups (paper liners) or buttered. Using liners is very convenient because you hardly have to wash the muffin tin, and the muffins are easier to transport if necessary.
  3. Grate or shred the zucchini and carrots with a large-holed grater at the last moment when you have the rest of the ingredients ready so they don't release extra liquid. If watery, blot them with a paper towel to remove excess moisture before adding them.
  4. Whisk together eggs and sugar in a large bowl. 
  5. Add the oil in a thin stream as you continue whisking. Incorporate it well, but there's no need to beat much. 
  6. Add the sifted dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon) and mix a little. It doesn't need to be fully incorporated before you add the rest of the ingredients. Change to a spatula for easier folding. You can have the ingredients measured and sift them directly over the oil batter (like I do) or sift them in a medium bowl first and then add them to the muffin batter. 
  7. Fold in the grated carrots and zucchini. You will see that the moisture in the vegetables loosens up the batter. You mustn't over-mix or beat the dough after adding the flour to keep the muffins as soft and fluffy as possible.
  8. Scoop portions into the paper liners dividing as evenly as possible.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown, domed, and a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  10. Let cool on a wire rack (cooling rack). 
  11. Store at room temperature for two days and then refrigerate or freeze, always well wrapped. 

Notes

  • Organization: read the recipe first and ensure you have ingredients at the correct temperature, equipment, and enough workspace. This will make the process so much easier.
  • Baking time: consider that all ovens and pans are different, even if they look similar. The baking time in my recipes is as accurate as it can be, but it might take you more or less time. You can use a thermometer(like the OXO oven thermometer) to check that your oven is at the right temperature. I recommend you keep track of how your oven works and what tiny details you might need to adjust. 
  • Storing: they keep well for two days at room temperature in an airtight container, plastic wrap, or a cake dome. After that, refrigerate (no more than a few days) or freeze them. You can use a freezer container or wrap it in plastic first and then foil. Bring to room temperature before eating, and I highly recommend warming them slightly in a medium oven for a few minutes.
  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: zucchini carrot muffins