Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins

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!

Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins

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.

serving suggestion

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
5 from 3 votes

Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins

Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffinsย are a tasty carrot cake copycat in gluten-free muffin form! These healthy small-batch veggie muffins are totally delicious and easy to make!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 muffins
Calories 192 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 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


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and get to work!
  3. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients [flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, + sugar].
  4. Next, add your walnuts and coconut to the dry mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, oil, eggs, yogurt and lemon zest.
  6. Add carrots to wet mixture.
  7. Combine both bowls [wet and dry] by folding the carrot mixture into the flour mixture until a batter is formed. Don’t over-mix.
  8. Next pour your batter into the muffin liners and bake at 350F for 25 minutes.
  9. 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.
  10. Dig in!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 290mg13%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2715IU54%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 canโ€™t wait to see what you whip up!

storage tips

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!

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  • Pat

    5 stars
    I didnโ€™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 (Iโ€™m on a boat). Yummy!!

  • Tiina

    5 stars
    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

  • Autumn

    5 stars
    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Meghan

    You are funny!! Very much so. I completely get your humor! My site is

    Stalk away, I’m sure I could use the hits.

  • 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

  • ahhh you think i’m funny?! THANK YOU!!!! I feel like an uber-nerd everytime I write something ๐Ÿ˜‰ Welcome to the crazy world of blogging! Send me the link when you get a chance so I can stalk ya! haha


  • Meghan

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    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 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  • Ali

    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!

  • Ana

    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!

  • Ohhh…yummy!!

  • You really have converted yourself into a fully fledged baker! I am IMPRESSED!

  • i absolutely love coconut – these look delicious! pinned em!

  • Jessica_AKitchenAddiction

    I want some of these for breakfast!! Loving the maple walnut cream cheese!

  • RavieNomnoms

    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!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm

    Looks so good!! But do you think it will taste just as good without the walnuts? I can’t have nuts ๐Ÿ™

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

  • 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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