Zucchini Carrot Muffins with Dried Cherries and Pecans

I wanted to make something special for my kids to celebrate the first day of school. I found this recipe over at Simply Scratch and thought it would be a terrific and healthy after school snack. The house smelled amazing while these muffins baked and they turned out perfectly. My kids ate two muffins each as they told me about their day and they asked if they could have more muffins with their lunches tomorrow. I would say that makes these muffins a BIG hit with my kids – I love  that!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners. I only used 10 liners.

In a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix until well combined.  In a large bowl combine the grated zucchini, grated carrot, egg, melted butter, and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients then mix until combined. Add the chopped pecans and dried cherries. Stir and divide evenly in the muffin tin (I only used 10 instead of all 12).

Place into the oven and bake for 20-23 minutes. Let cool. Enjoy.

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Zucchini Carrot Muffins with Dried Cherries and Pecans

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups zucchini, finely grated
1 cup carrot, peeled & finely grated
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter, cooled
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners. I only used 10 liners.

In a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix until well combined.

In a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix until well combined. In a large bowl combine the grated zucchini, grated carrot, egg, melted butter, and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined. Add the chopped pecans and dried cherries. Stir and divide evenly in the muffin tin (I only used 10 instead of all 12) and bake for 20-23 minutes. Let cool. Enjoy

 

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21 Responses to “Zucchini Carrot Muffins with Dried Cherries and Pecans”

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — September 3, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    I need to get on the bandwagon with these zucchini and/or carrot baked goods. I’m seeing them everywhere! This sounds amazing Pam. Thanks for the recipe. So glad to hear your kids enjoyed them. :)

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    Daniela — September 3, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    That’s a delicious and very refined recipe.
    Love the combination of ingredients,very creative!

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    Hazel — September 4, 2013 @ 1:16 am

    Wow these sound very healthy and delicious – perfect for the first day of school!

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    Jacqueline — September 4, 2013 @ 1:47 am

    Ohhhhhh, I love the sound of those!

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    Ridwan — September 4, 2013 @ 3:42 am

    Sound really good, interesting ingredients mixed in this muffins!

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    Jenn — September 4, 2013 @ 5:21 am

    Those muffins sound sooooo good! I would love that as a snack right now… although as a kid, I don’t think I would have touched them. I loved chocolate zucchini cake until my mom told me what it had in it – she just said it was chocolate cake originally!! lol Love that your kids aren’t picky eaters!

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    Kim in MD — September 4, 2013 @ 5:41 am

    I love it when you can sneak vegetables into muffins and cookies. It makes me feel a little less guilty when I eat them!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — September 4, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Carrot and Muffins go together so well, I can’t wait to try these!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 4, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    I love the flavor in these muffins, Pam! They look so scrumptious and easy to make. Great recipe for busy weekday mornings!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — September 4, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    You’re such a good mama, I know your kids can’t wait to get home and see what you have in store for them. I love any kind of zucchini bread/muffin etc. These sound delish!

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    Lia — September 4, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Dear Pam,
    Your kids are so lucky to have such a great mum. I bet they loved your muffins and gave you lots of hugs and kisses!!
    I love the muffins combination with the zucchini and the carrots and the nuts, it all sounds so healthy!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    vanillasugarblog — September 4, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    I need cupcake liners!
    Just wrote that down on the grocery list.
    And yes, your kids are lucky ducks.
    I wish I had time to bake everyday; I am so behind this summer, the weather has been so nice (for a change).

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    Joanne — September 4, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    Veggie-filled, kid-tested, AND mom approved?! THese sound good to me!

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    Blond Duck — September 4, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    I want zucchini bread!

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — September 4, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    I like using zucchini in muffins. The carrots and the dried cherries are a wonderful addition. I can just imagine how yummy these are.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 4, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    They are healthy enough for my breakfast!

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    grace — September 5, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    i often find myself slipping dried cherries into muffins, and this is a fine place for them! they add color, tartness, and chew, and that’s awesome.

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    Deb K — September 8, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    These muffins are great. Even my husband who will not eat carrots loved them, too. I will be making this one again and again. Thanks!

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    Chris — September 10, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    I was surprised how much I like zucchini bread and rolls when Alexis mad them. These look great, Pam!

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    True — September 24, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    you have a picture of vanilla but nothing about it in the ingredient list. How much? Also my mix is very dry with just one egg and 2 tb butter for liquid. Is that right?

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    • Pam replied: — September 24th, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

      True,

      Thanks for letting me know. I used 1 tsp of vanilla. The muffin mixture concerned me too but I went ahead as directed and my kids loved them.

      Thanks,
      Pam

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