Gluten-Free Carrot Apple Muffins

Get a healthy serving of both fruit and vegetables with this delicious gluten-free muffin recipe. The whole family will love these Gluten-Free Carrot Apple Muffins.

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Start your mornings off with this Gluten-Free Carrot Apple Muffin recipe, also known as sunshine muffins. These gluten-free muffins are simply scrumptious and taste just like carrot cake. And the kids love it – without really knowing they’re getting a healthy serving of fruit and vegetables in just one muffin.

And the best part is that this recipe is made with real food ingredients and no refined sugar. You can make your own gluten-free flour recipe or you can buy online.

How to Make These Gluten-Free Carrot Apple Muffins

These gluten-free muffins are really easy to make and easy to customize. I’ve made them with 2 cups of gluten-free flour (omitting the oats) and it tastes fantastic. I’ve also omitted the coconut flakes and walnuts, and it still tastes great. Pecans also make a great substitution for the walnuts. I get my kitchen pantry supplies like sea salt, black pepper, spices, coconut oil, and other essentials either on Amazon or my local health food store.

Top Tip for Making This Gluten Free Muffin Recipe

I like to make a double batch on the weekend so we can enjoy them as an on-the-go breakfast during the week when we’re short on time for school. This Gluten-Free Carrot Apple Sunshine Muffin recipe also freeze well to enjoy later. That’s why I call these sunshine muffins… you can make them ahead of time and enjoy them in the mornings as a healthy, gluten-free muffin for breakfast or on the go to afterschool activities.

So grab yourself a tall glass of milk or hot tea to enjoy with these gluten-free muffins.

Closeup of gluten-free muffins on a plate with hot tea in the background

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Gluten-Free Carrot Apple Sunshine Muffins on a white plate

Gluten-Free Carrot Apple Muffins

Don’t Mess With Mama
Get a healthy serving of both fruit and vegetables with this gluten-free muffin recipe. The whole family will love these Carrot Apple Muffins, also known as sunshine muffins.
4.99 from 64 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 240 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together all of the wet ingredients with an electric mixer.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients until mixed well.
  • Pour into greased muffin pan or cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.


Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 400mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1.3mg
Keyword carrot cake muffins, gluten free muffins
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  1. i do not add nuts or raisins but instead add 1 cup of shredded carrots. I have to bake them approx. 18 mins. instead of 15 or they are too moist–is that because of the extra carrots?

    1. Yes, it’s too much carrots. You can simply omit the nuts and raisins if you wish and stick with the other ingredients and it’ll taste great. Another option is you could do 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.

  2. 5 stars
    Carrot cake is my favourite cake so these muffins sound right up my street, I need on the go breakfast ideas, thanks!