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.

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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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Sheet Pan Curry Chicken and Vegetables

This Sheet Pan Curry Chicken and Vegetables is one of my new all-time favorite dinners! The crunch of pine nuts, the touch of sweetness from the raisins, plus perfectly cooked veggies and chicken loaded with curry spice makes it a delicious sheet pan dinner that will impress anyone!

Sheet Pan Curry Chicken and Vegetables

Sheet Pan Curry Chicken and Vegetables

Why make dinner on a sheet pan?

We love sheet pan recipes for so many reasons! They are simple to prepare, do not require hands on cooking time and are packed with flavor! Yes, there are a few steps to follow in these recipes, but aside from mixing a few ingredients together or chopping a few vegetables, the cooking process is mostly hands-off! This means that while dinner is baking in the oven, you can get ahead on some household chores or spend some times with the family instead of standing over the stove babysitting a recipe. Check out the tips below to make sheet pan cooking a breeze.

Sheet Pan Curry Chicken and Vegetables

Tips for sheet pan cooking:

  • Read the recipe all the way through (of course) and plan to use a timer! Most recipes require different cooking times, so make sure to use a timer so you can truly walk away from the oven and not have to worry about when your adding anything in to the oven.
  • Do the prep ahead of time: Cut vegetables, make sauce or mix spices the night before or that morning if you are looking to speed up the process when it comes time for the actual cooking.
  • Use parchment paper to make clean up a breeze.
  • Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you do not want to overcrowd the pan when cooking, so if you are using a smaller sheet pan you may need to use 2 to achieve the same result.

Sheet Pan Curry Chicken and Vegetables

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Sheet Pan Curry Chicken and Vegetables

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:45 Total Time 00:55 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 onion, sliced to 1/2" rings
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 medium cauliflower, cut into florets (about 2 cups)
  • 4 medium carrots, diced to 1/2" 
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 2 lbs. (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • lemon wedges, for garnish

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF and line a rimmed 12" x 18" sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and cayenne (if using) to combine.
  3. In a large bowl add sliced onions, garlic, cauliflower florets, carrots, 2 tablespoons avocado oil and 1/2 of spice mixture. Mix to combine and spread on to rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile place chicken breasts into the large bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoons avocado oil, remaining curry spice mixture and lemon juice. Toss to combine and place in refrigerator to marinate while vegetables are baking.
  6. Take out sheet pan after 20 minutes, and move vegetables to the edges of the pan to make space for the chicken. Place the chicken breasts in the middle of the pan and pour over any reserved marinade. 
  7. Continue to bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked through.
  8. Remove from oven and sprinkle with pine nuts and raisins. Serve warm with lemon wedges and cilantro.

Recipe Notes

  1. You could alternatively use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
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