Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins

Peter Rabbit's Carrot Zucchini Muffins

I’m joining The Novel Bakers

for Beatrix Potter (and Bunny!) Week.

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I’m embracing my inner 5-year-old with Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales, beautifully reissued and the complete and unabridged collection of all 23 of Beatrix Potter’s Tales with all their original illustrations. It would make a wonderful baby shower gift or keepsake volume to share with your grandchildren!

If you need a refresher course like I did, the stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published so they may be read in their proper sequence. A special section at the end of this volume contains four additional works by Beatrix Potter that were not published during her lifetime.

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Beatrix Potter’s tales were often connected with real places, people, or animals, so each story includes a brief introductory note about its history. The story of Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden first appeared in a picture letter Beatrix Potter wrote to the young son of her former governess in 1893. Encouraged by her success in having some greetings card designs published, Beatrix remembered the letter seven years later and expanded into a little picture book, with black and white illustrations. After being rejected by several publishers,  Beatrix had it printed herself to give to family and friends. Frederick Warne agreed to publish the tale if she agreed to supply color photos and the book appeared in 1903 and was an instant success.

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For a little novel baking fun,

I adapted a recipe for Carrot-Zucchini Muffins,

sure to please everybunny with the addition

of carrot, zucchini, apple and coconut,

including naughty and hungry rabbits :)

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And I found Peter Rabbit Cupcake Holders

with a little wheelbarrow for

muffin or cupcake toting fun :)

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Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins,

adapted from Taste of Home

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling MAKES: 18 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups shredded carrot

1 cup shredded zucchini

1 cup peeled shredded apple

3/4 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons orange zest

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup canola oil (I used a combination of unsweetened apple sauce and canola oil to make 3/4 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Directions

Gently toss together carrot, zucchini, apple, coconut, walnuts and orange zest; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Combine eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be thick).

Fold in carrot mixture. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

Bake at 375° for 20-22 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 18 standard size muffins.

These are wonderfully moist and a great muffin for breakfast!

You can find a printable recipe, here.

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I’m joining The Novel Bakers

for Beatrix Potter Week. . .

Visit Jain and Michael Lee

for more Bunny/Beatrix Potter fun:

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Rattlebridge Farm 

Visit with us all week for more Beatrix Potter and Bunny & Gardening Inspiration.

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You can also hop along :) on Pinterest and find all the recipes & bunny inspiration.

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  34 comments for “Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins

  1. April 7, 2014 at 7:26 am

    These muffins sound delicious, Mary. My husband and I both like muffins, and I am always looking for new recipes. I’m trying this one for sure. Your presentation is wonderful! Those little cupcake holders are adorable.

  2. Cheryl
    April 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Oh yum!…these look and sound delish! Definitely going to give this recipe a try. The cupcake holders are adorable and made a wonderful addition to today’s post. Just love Beatrix Potter and cannot wait for the rest of this week.

  3. maureen
    April 7, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I have those same peter rabbit wheelbarrows! I use them as part of my Easter tableware. Each place setting gets one filled with Easter grass and some candy. It”s a hit all the time!

  4. April 7, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I decorated my oldest daughter’s nursery in a Peter Rabbit theme. I love Beatrix Potter and all her characters. Her home, Hill Top, is on my bucket list of places to visit.

    VERY CUTE Peter Rabbit wheelbarrow cupcake holders! Love them! Yummy and healthy muffins, too.

    :D

  5. April 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Hi Mary, Those muffins sound and look yummy especially with the orange zest! Your little blue wheelbarrow is the cutest thing! I’m looking forward to this entire week of inspiration. Linda

  6. April 7, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Oh Mary, those muffin cart holders are so perfect for carrying your tempting bunny treats! I would sure love one of your muffins for breakfast right now. xo

  7. April 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Adorable, Mary!

  8. April 7, 2014 at 10:06 am

    how adorable and informative! i love that you share so much verbally, as you know i am rather quiet ;-) you also know i am visually enamored with ALL you do! this is sooooooooo sweet, love the big and small wheelbarrows, loading the table down with goodness!

    this is going to be such a fun week to see all of us play our hearts out with bunnies and food, i can’t stop thinking about your pin “comparison is the thief of joy”, i did have fun, i did have fun, i did have fun i must tell myself over and over all this week!

    thanks for a great kick off, i wanna see more and more and more!

  9. franki
    April 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Well…the little bunny wheelbarrows are “out of stock”…everywhere! They certainly are honey’s! The muffins are on the menu!! franki

  10. Patti Schmitt
    April 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Pure enjoyment. I immediately bought the book from Amazon but unfortunately the cupcake holders are not available at this time. I will definately keep checking! Can’t wait to try these muffins, yum! Thanks for an amazing post!

  11. April 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

    When I stop by HIWTBI, I feels as if I’ve gone to a magical place, and today is no exception. I sense your playful spirit with the bunny brigade, pushing those muffins (I am imagining a country lane, the smell of freshly cut grass in the air, daffodils blooming in the field). I love the way you repeated elements (just like a poet) with the wheelbarrows and carrots. The muffin recipe will be perfect for Dr. W–a delicious way to get Vitamin A. I am looking forward to playing with you and Jain this week. xxoo

  12. April 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Hi Mary,

    What a wonderful post!! I’ve been a Peter Rabbit fan for many, many years now. When I was pregnant with our son, we did a Peter Rabbit nursery. I didn’t want to know the gender of the baby (wanted to be surprised) so we painted the walls of the nursery pale blue with white trim. The crib set was Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit in pastel colors; we felt like the blue would work for a boy and all the pastels would work for a girl. I loved that nursery, and I’ve saved all the Peter Rabbit things that Will got as a baby.

    I’ve read some more about Beatrix Potter very recently, and what an interesting life she had. She was an amazing woman and so very talented. I love that her work has withstood the test of time and can still be enjoyed by young and old alike.

    I LOVE, LOVE your wheelbarrow cupcake holders — they’re adorable. Your muffins look and sound delicious! You’ve also made me want to purchase this re-release of the Beatrix Potter stories. ;) Thanks so much for sharing with us; I look forward to a week of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit and friends. :-D

    Big Hugs,

    Denise

  13. April 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Mary, I’ve been anticipating Beatrix Potter Week since the Novel Bakers announced the theme. I’ve pulled out my Bunnykins dishes with the thought I’ll set my own table inspired by all the bunny goodness that you girls have planned. Darling wheelbarrow cupcake holders! I would have bought those too. The muffins sound delicious, and I so wish some were sitting in my kitchen fresh from the oven. I’m hungry! ‘-)
    Thanks for sharing the fun!

  14. April 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Your attention to detail is incredible…I should be used to it by now, but you still manage to surprise and delight

    When my kids were small we used to read Beatrix Potter’s books. I wish I had a small child in our midst again so I would have a valid excuse to get this book…

  15. Robyn
    April 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    the cupcake holders are adorable! Going to have to try those delish looking muffins!

  16. April 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Those wheel barrel cupcake holders are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The muffins sound FABULOUS! I can’t wait to try them! Your imagination knows NO bounds!!!!! I wish I still had the Bunnykins dishes that were my daughters as a child! Who knew about blogging back then?????

  17. April 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Simply adorable Mary, I swear I can just see those rabbits madly pushing their wheel barrels of treasured carrot muffins all about! You have given me the best idea for an Easter gift for my grandchildren, this book would be a gift for all of us! And the recipe, well it sounds very healthy to me :) I can’t wait to see what the mischievous bunnies have in store for us the rest of the week!
    Jenna

  18. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    April 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Your little bunny wheelbarrows are adorable Mary! That way they could steal that much more from my garden… although I kinda doubt that’s possible:@)

  19. April 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    What a terribly clever idea! But now you’ve done it — the cupcake holders are sold out! Could this be the fabulous marketing power of blogging? Well, for some bloggers anyway. My blog doesn’t get enough traffic to threaten anybody’s product inventory! I think I will try making these, and the credit goes to you!

  20. paula
    April 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

    ~Mary~
    Looks so yummy!
    I am so glad I kept all my daughter nursery items of Peter Rabbit !!
    Paula
    IN

  21. April 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Those are the cutest cupcakes ever. I shared a Peter rabbit craft this week too. We are lake people ,this will be our second season on our sailboat. http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

  22. April 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    These cupcake holders are just adorable! I clicked the link and they are currently unavailable. I’ll keep on the lookout for some next year though. Found you over a Marvelous Mondays. Definitely pinning this to share on my Facebook fan page!

  23. DD
    April 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Yummy looking and sounding muffins! So perfect for the theme!

    DD

  24. April 20, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Of course you have a matching blue wheelbarrow! How do you do it! This is all so beautifully done! I loved reading Peter Rabbit and the rest of Beatrix Potter stories to my sons when they were little. Thank you for binging back these delightful memories!

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  26. March 31, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Saw this on The Scoop link party. It looks so delicious, I’ve never made savoury muffins before and this looks like a great recipe with which to start. Pinning, Diane.

  27. April 3, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I made these on Wednesday and they were so tasty. I didn’t tell anyone what was inside until they finished. Will make again.

  28. Coleen
    March 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Your Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins are just the best! I added them to our Easter morning menu last year and have requests coming in for them this year. Thank you for providing us with a delicious tradition!

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