carrot banana apple muffins that are gluten free

Based on a recipe from the Minimalist Baker blog (by Dana Shultz) these carrot banana apple muffins were originally gluten free, so very few alterations were made in that regard.

Favourite Takeaways:

  1. Requires ONE bowl
  2. Made without refined sugar
  3. Made with common pantry ingredients

As per a road trip to Vancouver, I am confirming that these muffins travel very well. More importantly, they pair wonderfully with a favourite hot latte. First stop (priorities) Starbucks!

alteration notes:

  • Added eggs
  • Removed flax eggs
  • Used maple syrup
  • Added vanilla extract
  • Removed baking soda
  • Added baking powder
  • Increased cinnamon
  • Used cornmeal 
  • Used rolled oats 
  • Omitted walnuts

approximate times:

  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Bake: 22-25 minutes


w e t

  • 1 very ripe banana, slightly mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup  olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup grated apple
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (of choice) 
  • 1 cup (packed) finely grated carrot

d r y


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Prep a muffin pan with baking cups or parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl add banana, eggs, oil, maple syrup or honey, vanilla –  whisk until combined
  4. Add apples, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon – whisk until combined
  5. Stir in milk
  6. Stir in oats, cornmeal, flour
  7. Gently stir in carrots
  8. Divide batter evenly amongst 12 muffin tins
  9. Bake for 22-25 mins or until a toothpick (insert in the center) comes out clean – should be golden brown
  10. Cool slightly (4-6 mins) before transferring onto the rack

further insights:

  • serves about 12
  • chose a GF all purpose flour with Xanthan Gum
  • used a medium cookie scoop to divide the batter 
  • can be made ahead and stored in airtight container – about 2 days prior
  • freezes well in airtight container 

Much like the carrot banana apple muffins, these pumpkin and apple ones are also great gluten free muffin options for the fall and winter months.

If you have any questions about the recipe feel free to leave a note in the comments section below.



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