Healthy Carrot Muffins (Gluten-Free and Nut-Free)

These Healthy Carrot Muffins are made with oat flour and coconut flour, packed with vitamin C rich carrots and raisins and use just one bowl to put together! These gluten free carrot muffins would be a great on-the-go breakfast or snack, will be a hit with picky kids and are 100% nut-free!

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After perfecting this site’s first gluten-free and nut-free muffin a few weeks ago, we knew we wanted to get right to making another option for our readers with nut allergies. This new healthy carrot muffin is made using oat flour, coconut flour and are nut-free, gluten-free and refined sugar free! They’re made all in one bowl and ready in under 30 minutes! We know despite the pieces of carrots in these muffins, they are picky toddler approved! And they are safe to send to school, since they are nut-free. This carrot oat muffin is a great substantial snack that truly everyone will love!

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How healthy is oat flour?

Oat flour is made from rolled oats. If you tolerate this grain, rolled oats are a good source of fiber. We’ve been working a lot with oat flour over the last year, and are impressed with this gluten-free flours ability to replace our typical go-to combination of either almond flour and tapioca flour or coconut flour. This is a good alternative gluten-free flour if there is a nut-allergy, or you are looking to add more fiber to your diet.

What kind of oat flour should I use for these gluten-free carrot muffins?

As we’ve said in previous oat flour recipes, we recommend you buy premade oat flour. It isn’t expensive and easy to purchase in stores these days. We tested this with homemade oat flour and feel the final result is effected by it. However, if you want to make your own oat flour, you certainly can. We just recommend you try to get it as fine as possible.

How do you measure oat flour

If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure oat flour. Oat flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour because such a small difference in measuring can impact a recipe because it’s such an absorbent flour. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces, and grams are more precise so we’re offering that. If you don’t have a scale: lightly packing the oat flour into the cup measurement gets you as close to the correct measurement as possible. For coconut flour scoop it in the tablespoon and then level it off.

Healthy carrot muffins

How to store Healthy Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

We’ve tested storing these at room temperature covered (but not air tight), in an air tight container and in the freezer. They all work! But we prefer to keep these at room temperature covered (in a non-air tight way) for two days at most. The muffins get more moist as the days go on, especially in an airtight container, which can make them feel dense.

So if you want to keep them the freshest you can store in the freezer. If you are packing these for lunches for kids, or a snack for yourself, you can take them from the freezer the morning of and place in a container. In an hour or two the muffins are defrosted and ready to eat.

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Healthy Carrot Muffins

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:18 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:28 Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice 
  • ½ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups (180g) oat flour
  • 2 tablespoon (15g) coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded carrots (about 2 medium to large carrots)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a 12 cup muffin tin with silicone or parchment paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl add eggs, apple sauce, milk, (slightly cooled) melted butter and coconut sugar and whisk until full combined.
  3. Add oat flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix with a spatula until smooth.
  4. Fold in raisins and carrots.
  5. Fill each muffin cup ¾ full.
  6. Bake in the middle rack for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when touched.

Recipe Notes

  1. We’ve found store bought oat flour to be different than homemade. We prefer the texture to store bought and suggest that is what you use.
  2. If you have an electronic scale at home please use it to measure the flour, as these flours are notorious for being difficult to measure with cup measurements.
  3. If you oat flour or coconut flour is very clumpy sift them after measuring.
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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin (Nut-Free & Gluten-Free)

This Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe is such a delicious, moist nut-free muffin recipe that the whole family will love. They are made with oat flour, coconut flour and are nut-free, gluten-free and refined sugar free! Ready in under 30 minutes and bound to be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast or snack.

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You asked for a nut free muffin recipe and we DELIVERED. Nut-free and gluten free muffins are finally here! We’re in love with this Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe. But we won’t try to hide it, it took some work to get here. Taste testers, multiple good attempts, multiple bad attempts, but here we are! A nut-free muffin recipe that everyone will actually love.

Way back last year when we started experimenting with using oat flour as a substitute for some of our nut recipes we were intrigued with how well it worked. But it most definitely is not a 1-1 swap as oats are very low in fat, have very little flavor and they are absorbent, so in order to make it work you have to introduce elements to offset it. We had originally settled on using a seed butter to help bring in some of those missing elements, but during testing we were reminded that sunflower seed butter turns green after it’s been in contact with baking soda or powder. So after breaking into one of those muffins we were met with a bright green muffin! Perfect for St. Patrick’s day, but it won’t cut it for any other purpose. Those green muffins by the way, were delicious. So we were a little sad to have to start over from there.

But the good news is that we got there! This Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin is unbelievably moist (…we know, we know…a controversial word!) and full of flavor. It’s a gluten free, nut free muffin that is easy to make and would be a fun baking project to do with kids!

Oat flour muffins

What kind of oat flour should I use?

As we’ve said in previous oat flour recipes, we recommend you buy premade oat flour. It isn’t expensive and easy to purchase in stores these days. We tested this with homemade oat flour and feel the final result is effected by it. However, if you want to make your own oat flour, you certainly can. We just recommend you try to get it as fine as possible.

How do you measure oat flour

This is the first time we recommended this but if you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure. Oat flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour because such a small difference in measuring can impact a recipe because it’s such an absorbent flour. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces, and grams are more precise so we’re offering that. If you don’t have a scale lightly packing the oat flour into the cup measurement gets you as close to the correct measurement as possible. For coconut flour scoop it in the tablespoon and then level it off.

Best banana oatmeal chocolate chip muffins

How do you store oat flour muffins?

We’ve tested storing these at room temperature covered (but not air tight), in an air tight container and in the freezer. They all work! But we prefer to keep these at room temperature covered (in a non-air tight way) for two days at most. The muffins get more moist as the days go on, especially in an airtight container, which can make them feel dense.

So if you want to keep them the freshest you can store in the freezer. Our food editor Kelli has been storing these in the freezer and taking them from the freezer and putting in her kids lunch boxes. By the time the kids get to lunch they are defrosted and ready to eat.

banana chocolate chip baked oatmeal muffins

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:18 Total Time 00:28 Yields 12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a 12 cup muffin tin with silicone or parchment paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl mash bananas well. Add eggs, milk, coconut sugar and melted butter and whisk until full combined.
  3. Add oat flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix with a spatula until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Divide batter between muffin liners, almost to the top.
  5. Bake in the middle rack for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins feel slightly firm to the touch.
  6. Serve warm with butter, or let cool completely and store at room temperature covered, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

  1. We’ve found store bought oat flour to be different than homemade. We prefer the texture to store bought and suggest that is what you use.
  2. If you have an electronic scale at home please use it to measure the flour, as these flours are notorious for being difficult to measure with cup measurements.
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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies (Allergen Friendly)

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are the cutest sweet treat, made even nicer because they are optionally free of the 14 most common allergens. Gluten free strawberry cookies are sandwiched between a dairy-free chocolate ganache with hidden strawberry jam in the middle. Made in partnership with our friends at Enjoy Life Foods.

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are magic! They almost taste like a nut-free macaron and they have an amazing strawberry flavor that is complimented so well with the chocolate ganache. They are coming just in time for Valentine’s Day too–the perfect sweet treat to share on this love-filled holiday. These sandwich cookies are made even sweeter though because they are free of the top 14 most common allergens, including nuts and dairy! That means these little cookies are also school safe–making them the perfect treat to pack away for your kids to share with friends! Or really, just a treat for yourself. You deserve it!

So let’s unpack what’s going on with these cookies: There are two strawberry cookies sandwiched with dairy-free chocolate ganache and a hidden center of strawberry jam that balances the whole thing out.

allergy free cookie recipe

There are a few steps needed to complete this recipe, but there isn’t anything hard to do! We use an electric mixer to make the cookie batter, but this doesn’t take much time. You can use either coconut oil or butter, and we enjoyed both versions equally. You’ll want the coconut oil to be solid at room temperature, and the same with the butter. It only takes a few minutes for the batter to come together, but once it does you’ll need to let it rest for about 10 minutes while the coconut flour hydrates, until it is no longer sticky.

Once it has rested all you need to do to form the cookies is scoop out a tablespoon sized amount of dough, roll it into a ball and pat it out to a 2″ circle on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. We tried a couple of different methods of making the circle completely round but found that patting it out was the easiest. The cookies won’t spread, so don’t worry about spacing them out very far apart and they should all fit on one standard size sheet pan.

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How do you make chocolate ganache

While the cookies are baking you can make the ganache. Making a ganache is simply heating up a milk and pouring it over chocolate! In this case we are using coconut milk and our favorite dairy-feee chocolate Enjoy Life mini chips which melt really easily and create a decadent ganache.

Once the cookies are cooled you’ll pipe a small circle of ganache on half of them, with a little hole left in the center for the strawberry jam to go in. We used piping bags for this, but you can just as easily use a plastic bag with a small hole cut out of one of the corners, or even just place a tablespoons sized amount of ganache in the middle will work.

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We wanted to make these Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies free of almost of the allergens out there so that they were able to be an inclusive Valentine treat for everyone, regardless of allergies or intolerances. This is especially relevant for school as there can be a lot of restrictions on what can be brought in. And this is why we love the chocolate from Enjoy Life! Enjoy Life baking chocolates are certified gluten-free, free-from 14 common allergens, verified Non-GMO, certified kosher, AND certified vegan and paleo-friendly, which makes them so inclusive for many different types of dietary restrictions. 

This month they’ve also launched the NEW Valentine’s Day Chocolate Minis! They would be a great option to bring into school and are the perfect size to share. They come in Dark Chocolate, Ricemilk Chocolate, Ricemilk Crunch (our favorite), and a variety pack. You can buy them right online here! We’ve been lucky enough to have been snacking on them this week, and they’re delicious! And as you can see below, they are also kid approved!

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time 00:35 Cook Time 00:12 Inactive Time 01:10 Total Time 1:57 Yields 10 sandwich cookies

Ingredients

For Strawberry Cookies

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

To assemble: 

  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves or jam (store-bought or you can make your own here)

Directions

For cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix the coconut oil (or softened butter) and maple syrup until combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add vanilla, almond extract (if using) and salt and mix until combined, 30 seconds.
  4. Add in coconut flour, tapioca flour, and strawberry powder. Mix until combined.
  5. Let rest for 10 minutes until the dough has stiffened up slightly (see note).
  6. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared sheet pan and flatten slightly with your fingers to form a 2" circle.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes on middle rack.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For ganache:

  1. Place Enjoy Life Mini Chips in a small heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut milk until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour over chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chips are covered by the hot milk. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. 
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut milk together until a smooth ganache is formed (see note). Let it cool at room temperature until it has thickened up and no longer hot, about 20 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Place the chocolate ganache in either a piping bag or in a plastic storage bag with a hole cut out of the corner of it for piping.
  2. Place half of the cookies with the bottom side up (the tan side). Pipe a circle of ganache on half of the cookies, living a space in the middle. Place a teaspoon strawberry jam in the middle. Place another cookie on top and gently press together.
  3. Best served the day they are made. Store in the refrigerator in a airtight container for 2 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make your own strawberry powder simply crush freeze-dried strawberries until they are a powder. We found this easiest to crush the strawberries in a big with a rolling pin. It’s ok if the strawberries are not a super fine powder.
  2. The almond extract enhances the strawberry flavor of this cookie. To make this nut-free omit the almond extract, as it is not essential.
  3. We like to weigh our coconut flour as a measurement that is over or under can make a big difference since coconut flour is so absorbent. So if you have a digital scale at home, use it here!
  4. The cookie batter will seem like thick frosting at first, as the coconut flour needs time to thicken up.
  5. If you'd like to make your own jam, check out this post.
  6. If the ganache isn't coming together it's because the coconut milk hasn't been heated up enough. You can gently heat the whole mixture until the chocolate is melted enough, either over a double boiler or gently in 15 second intervals in the microwave.
  7. If your chocolate ganache ever gets too cold for piping you can gently rewarm it it over a double-boiler or in the microwaves for 10 seconds at a time.
  8. If the cookies are kept longer than a day they will soften up. They're still delicious, just a slightly different texture than when they are freshly made.
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The BEST Nut-Free Bread (Gluten-Free)

If you love my popular sandwich bread recipe, but are looking for a nut-free version, it’s finally here! The BEST Nut-Free Bread! This nut-free bread recipe is gluten-free, fluffy, and perfect for a sandwich, french toast, or anything you’d love a slice of bread for!

The BEST Nut-Free Paleo Bread

The BEST Nut-Free Bread (Gluten-Free)

I am so excited we finally perfected a nut-free version of my classic sandwich roll recipe that is loved by so many of you. Whether you are allergic to almonds, or want to send a nut-free bread in a school lunch box, you will absolutely love this nut-free alternative made with nut-free flours! The texture is just right. It will be your new favorite bread recipe.

The BEST Nut-Free Paleo Bread

This gluten-free sandwich bread is just like a classic roll! This nut-free version uses oats so if you avoid oats/oat flour, make my classic paleo bread here.

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The BEST Nut-Free Paleo Bread

Use this nut-free gluten-free bread recipe in:

  • Sandwiches
  • French Toast Sticks
  • Homemade Croutons (recipe in my cookbook)
  • Toasted for Bruschetta (recipe in my cookbook)

The BEST Nut-Free Paleo Bread

The BEST Nut-Free Bread (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time 00:07 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:22 Yields 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl combine oat flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt.
  3. Add in eggs and apple sauce and mix to combine.
  4. Grease round molds or large mason jar lids and place on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Pour batter into molds until it just barely reaches the top.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (see note).
  7. Let cool slightly, slice in half, and serve.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  1. We tested this with homemade oat flour and store-bought oat flour, which is much finer, and preferred the texture with the store-bought version. We don't recommend making this with homemade oat flour.
  2. Baking time might vary slightly based on how thin or thick you make your rolls.
  3. I use round molds or mason jar lids, and it yields 4 fluffy sandwich rolls.
  4. If you want my classic bread made with almond flour, go here.
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Gluten-Free 4th of July Cake (Nut-Free)

Fourth of July weekend is coming!  Whether you are headed to a BBQ with family or friends or hosting a get together of your own, you’ll need a classic festive cake for the all the parties! Let’s make the most perfect (AND nut-free) vanilla cake topped with an easy buttercream and garnished off with tons of fresh fruit (red and blue for good measure)!

gluten-free cake for 4th of July

Gluten-Free 4th of July Cake (Nut-Free)

This super easy cake is a great gluten-free and nut-free cake recipe for any occasion! Top it with your favorite fruit, clean sprinkles, and other naturally colored frosting flavors for a perfect grain-free cake recipe!

If you’ve seen my new gluten-free cake recipe, you know it’s pretty epic! BUT I get a lot of requests for a gluten-free cake that is nut-free and made with no almond flour! This cake is for you.

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This cake is…

  • Fluffy and moist
  • Gluten, grain, dairy, and nut-free!
  • Flavorful
  • Topped with a perfectly sweet and fluffy buttercream
  • July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day festive!
  • And loaded with fresh local, in-season berries!

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Nut-free 4th of July Cake

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How do you celebrate the 4th? What is your all-time favorite 4th of July festive meal?

Gluten-Free BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad {Gluten-free, nut-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This gluten-free BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect pasta salad to serve a crowd! If you love BLT sandwiches this is a must-make! The salty bacon, along with the sweet tomatoes, and fresh lettuce all dressed in a creamy dressing is so nourishing and flavorful. Such a great meal for any gathering! Top this with a perfectly cooked egg for added flavor and protein!

BLT Pasta Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This BLT Pasta Salad is:

Flavorful

Hearty

Creamy with an added lettuce crunch

and

Perfect for any BLT lover (like myself).

BLT Pasta Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I love this gluten-free rice pasta (made with only brown rice as the ingredient), because it’s easier for me to digest, and nobody knows it’s gluten-free! I make this as an easy BBQ or dinner side, and it’s great for leftovers, too!

BLT Pasta Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

BLT Pasta Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

BLT Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:25 Serves 8

Ingredients

    Pasta Salad

    • 1 package gluten-free pasta (12 ounce bag), cooked according to package instructions
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
    • 2 heads romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
    • 1 package nitrate-free bacon, cooked until crispy
    • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced thin
    • Optional: 4 hardboiled eggs, sliced into quarters
    • Optional: a dash of hot sauce

    Dressing

    Directions

    1. Place all salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    2. In a high-speed blender, blend all dressing ingredients until well combined.
    3. Pour dressing over salad ingredients and mix well.
    4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve!
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