Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins are a tasty carrot cake copycat in gluten-free muffin form! These healthy veggie muffins are totally delicious and easy to make!
I did a little muffin experimentation after a super-sweet reader asked if this recipe could easily be tweaked and made gluten-free. Well it can. And I did. And since I was already at it, I took out the butter, increased the carrots and healthified the crap out of it.
I also decided to deviate from the standard plain applesauce swap.
I found little jars of organic granny smith apple applesauce and just had to have it! As a result, I wound up with muffins that taste like the elicit lovechild of carrot cake and apple pie. Um…. yeah I’m pretty freaking impressed too!
Since I was taste and quality testing, I went havesies with the recipe to make 6 muffins instead of the usual 12. Though next time I’ll be making a larger batch since a certain neighbor of mine [Love you Kristi!] made off with half of them. Totally a good sign right?
Honey Walnut Cream Cheese Glaze
- 3 Tbsp cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1 Tbsp crushed walnuts
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- a dash of cinnamon
- a few drops of vanilla
Whisk together and top with a sprinkle of crushed walnuts
Paired alongside the cinnamon, carrots and coconut it gives the muffins a hint of apple pie flavor without overpowering the other ingredients.
Drizzle with a little bit of honey walnut glaze and top with a sprinkle of shredded coconut and crushed walnuts. peanut butter and honey makes an amazing topping too! Or simply warm them up and enjoy them straight-up for breakfast the next morning.
Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins
This scrumptious small-batch recipe makes 6 carrot and coconut kissed muffins!
Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins
- 1/2 cup plus 2 TBSP gluten-free all-purpose flour (King Arthur is my favorite)
- 1/4-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup finely shredded/grated carrots
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2.5 TBSP applesauce (I used a granny smith applesauce – delicious!)
- 1.5 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 large egg (or 1 flax egg)
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon plus a little extra if you’re a cinnamon nut like I am
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a muffin tin with paper liners and get to work!
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients [flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, + sugar].
- Next, add your walnuts and coconut to the dry mixture.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, oil, eggs, yogurt and lemon zest.
- Add carrots to wet mixture.
- Combine both bowls [wet and dry] by folding the carrot mixture into the flour mixture until a batter is formed. Don’t over-mix.
- Next pour your batter into the muffin liners and bake at 350F for 25 minutes.
- Do the tooth-pick test around 20-24 minutes to see if they cook a little quickly due to oven variations. Once the tooth pick comes out clean pull them from the oven, remove muffins from the tin and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack.
- Dig in!
If you get a chance to try these gluten-free carrot coconut muffins, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
To store, wrap each cooled muffin in saran wrap and pile them in an air-tight container. Dig in the following morning and do a little happy dance around your kitchen while you’re at it!
What’s your all-time favorite muffin?
I didn’t have any applesauce, so I used a smashed ripe banana in a 2x recipe and it turned out great! They needed to bake quite a while longer (45 min total) but that might be due to my oven (I’m on a boat). Yummy!!
I am way late to this party but I made these today. These are seriously good. I used unsweetened coconut and totally missed the “powdered” before the sugar so I used plain old simple sugar. No glaze but a happy drizzle of maple syrup – so good.
Yay!!! A few of my friends made them recently and loved them — I hope you adore the recipe! Let me know how they turn out!! =) xoxo
I just googled “gluten free carrot muffin” and this came up.. thanks so much, I will be making these tonight!!
If only TJ were still in the Marine Corp, we’d already be in Havelock so it would be no big thing. lol
Wow! I was already convinced after hearing you rave about them the other day, but hello gorgeous! These look amazing!! I just checked out both recipes and they both look fab, but I can’t wait to try this after a trip to the store to get my hands on some of that applesauce…you know, thanks to you, my two item shopping list is getting pretty lengthy! Lol
Favorite muffin: Anything with pumpkin! 🙂
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ahhh thank you I’m trying realllllly hard to be good and measure! hehe
The house next door just got sold but the one across the street from my house is empty…. hint hint
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I’m new to your blog and you crack me up. Very funny, laugh out loud funny. Thanks for entertaining me. Also, your food looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes and maybe even join in the WIAW fun. I’m very new to the blogging world (fresh meat, except I don’t eat any…meat that is), and I love your concept.
I have yet to hear of granny smith apple sauce so I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for this! This muffins look delicious 🙂
These look DELICIOUS! My all-time favorite muffin is my Chocolate Coconut Date Muffins. <3
I love healthy muffins because I always end up eating 3. This recipe looks super delish!
Yum! These look SO good.
I love carrot cake anything!
Publix doesn’t have it? Hmm… I think amazon.com sells it!
LMK how it goes! I’m going to re-make them this week for sure <3
You never seize to amazing me with your kitchen skills. Very impressive my lady!
Per usual I have photo envy. <3
I love that apple sauce but can not find in where I currently live!! The muffins look great though. I love any muffin with nuts in it 🙂
Yum, these look awesome! I tell myself that one day I will make muffins with yogurt in them!
Good to know. I’ve tried that flour for biscuits but it was a no go. I’ll try it again for muffins!
They were actually fluffy! Cake-like yet still moist b/c of the applesauce. I can batch test it again to make sure…I was so impressed with them!!! The GF flour mixture was about $4-5 a box so it wasn’t super cheap but the consistency it gave the muffins was worth it!
I’ve tried making GF muffins before and they turned out a bit heavy and dense. How was the consistency of these? Look yummy!
These sound so amazing! I love your creative recipes and the healthy changes!
Looks SO delicious. I love anything that has coconut in it.
I think I need to move and be your neighbor…seriously the food you make looks absolutely delicious!
Oh goodness, I don’t know if I can choose my favorite kind of muffin!! But I have made these pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting before that were to DIE for. Of course, they should probably be considered more of a cupcake than a muffin! 😉
You really have converted yourself into a fully fledged baker! I am IMPRESSED!
i absolutely love coconut – these look delicious! pinned em!
I want some of these for breakfast!! Loving the maple walnut cream cheese!
Yes please! They look so great! I don’t think I have ever had the combination of carrot and coconut before
These look SO good. I love anything with carrot and coconut!
Looks so good!! But do you think it will taste just as good without the walnuts? I can’t have nuts 🙁
I am all up on these!
WOW haha you certainly did a job! This one i’ll have to try
My sister is always looking for gluten free recipes! I can’t wait to see her the link for your muffins! They sound awesome!!!! I know she will love them! I would love it if you come share them at my Tuesday link up:-)
You did healthify the crap out of this recipe! Sounds delightful!
you had me gluten free… and then cream cheese glaze. wow!
Ahhh you are the best!!! These look amazing and I will be making them ASAP! I think these might just become my new favorite muffins 🙂 That applesauce looks awesome too, I’m going to be on the lookout for it! Thank you!!!!
Haha yeah if they’re chocolate chocolate chip — they’re dessert =) um and totally delicious!