Carrot Banana Oat Muffins (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

These carrot banana muffins are a delicious way to sneak in some veggies and extra nutrients for breakfast. They’re tender, moist, and 100% plant-based!

cross section of carrot banana oat muffin lying on its side, surrounded by more muffins in foreground and background

Who else loves including some veggies in their breakfast? I usually do this in savory style, whether it be a salad, miso soup, or a tofu/black bean & veggie scramble. But when I’m craving something sweet, I love sneaking veggies into my oatmeal and muffins. And as long as you don’t overdo it, you can’t even taste them! Carrots work especially well in these muffins since they don’t add much extra moisture (as zucchini would), and they’re a great long-lasting vegetable to keep in your fridge. I buy 5 pound bags and they last me a couple weeks 🙂 In fact, all these ingredients are pantry-friendly or long-lasting in the fridge!

ingredients for vegan carrot banana oat muffins
*This recipe was updated August 7, 2020 so please be aware that some ingredients were changed and not all ingredients are represented in this photo, and some ingredients in the photo are no longer in the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Don’t be intimidated by the amount of ingredients! You can easily swap out or omit the add-ins depending on what you have, and many of these ingredients are probably in your pantry (or fridge) already!

  • Oat Flour ⟶ makes the muffins hearty and filling
  • Almond Flour ⟶ makes the muffins moist and soft
  • Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour ⟶ makes the muffins tender so they don’t become gummy from the oat flour
    • SUB: you can use regular all purpose flour if gluten isn’t an issue for you, otherwise you can try using rice flour (regular, not sweet) but I haven’t tested this yet
  • Bananas
  • Maple Syrup
  • Soy Milk
    • SUB: another creamy non-dairy milk such as coconut milk or cashew milk
  • Apple Cider Vinegar ⟶ reacts with the baking soda to make fluffy muffins
    • SUB: white vinegar or lemon juice
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg ⟶ Feel free to omit one or the other depending on what you have. They are not essential but complement the flavors well.
  • Vanilla Extract, Baking Powder, & Baking Soda
  • Carrots, Walnuts, & Raisins ⟶I love this combo but feel free to swap/add in other nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.
vegan carrot banana muffin batter in tray before baking
vegan carrot banana muffins in muffin tray after baking

HOW TO STORE

Short Term Storage (2-4 days)

Muffins tend to become soggy over time, as their moisture migrates to the surface and evaporates, only to be trapped by the container and fall right back on the muffins. To prevent this from happening, line the bottom of your container or ziplock bag with a paper towel. Arrange the muffins on top but do not stack them. (You may need to use multiple containers.) Place another paper towel on top of the muffins, then cover the container. Store them at room temperature.

Long Term Storage (up to 3 months)

To store muffins longer than four days, place them in a freezer bag or wrap tightly in foil and store in the freezer up to 3 months. To reheat them, place a slightly damp paper towel on top and microwave for 30-45 seconds. Or, let them thaw at room temperature the day/night before eating.

Whichever storage method you use, make sure the muffins are completely cooled first.

a vegan carrot banana muffin surrounded by muffins, walnuts, and carrots in the background

BAKING TIPS

use a kitchen scale ⟶ this is the most accurate way to measure your ingredients and is how I measure all dry ingredients

using silicone baking cups? ⟶ you may have to adjust baking time and/or the number of muffins made. For the photos I just greased a muffin pan, but I do love baking with my silicone baking cups since it’s easy to remove the muffins after baking. However, they can vary in size and I’ve found mine to be smaller than my muffin pan, yet they require a few extra minutes to bake.

how do you know if your muffins are done? ⟶ the toothpick test! Insert a toothpick in the center of a muffin, making sure you poke all the way through. If the toothpick comes back out clean then your muffins are done. Otherwise, place them back in the oven for another 2 minutes and check again. Make sure to test a few different muffins.

how ripe should your bananas be? ⟶ typically, banana bread recipes call for overripe, brown bananas as these are the sweetest and softest. However, I often use spotty, but not completely brown, bananas. Just make sure they’re soft and easy to mash.

how to quickly ripen bananas ⟶ If you want to make banana bread in a day or two but your bananas don’t look like they’ll be ready in time, place them in a closed paper bag. This will trap the ethylene gas that allows bananas to ripen. If you need your bananas ready that day, place them in an oven preheated to 300°F for 15-20 minutes, until the skins turn completely black (don’t worry, the inside won’t be black).

cross section of vegan carrot banana muffin on a plate

HELPFUL BAKING TOOLS

STILL HUNGRY?

Check out these other healthy plant-based muffins!

flatlay of vegan carrot banana muffins with carrot, walnuts, and raisins

I hope I’ve inspired you to bake these healthy carrot banana muffins! If you do try them out, don’t forget to tag me in your photos on instagram @ellielikes.cooking, leave a comment/rating down below, and let me know how you liked them! I love seeing all of your tasty recreations 🙂 Happy baking♡

Carrot Banana Oat Muffins (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

These carrot banana muffins are a delicious way to sneak in some veggies and extra nutrients for breakfast. They're tender, moist, and 100% plant-based!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 8 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour (120g)
  • ¼ cup gluten-free all purpose flour (37g)
  • ½ cup almond flour (56g)
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed (250g)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup soy milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup shredded carrots loosely packed
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Set aside a lined or greased muffin tray.
  • Whisk together oat flour, all purpose flour, almond flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together mashed bananas, maple syrup, soy milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  • Add flour mixture into wet ingredients and mix until combined. Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Fold in baking soda, carrots, raisins, and walnuts and mix until evenly combined.
  • Scoop batter into muffin cups, filling all the way. Bake at 425°F for 7 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and bake another 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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