Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins

 These deliciously moist muffins sneak in some veggies and are sure to please everybunny with the addition of apple and coconut.

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I’m hopping down the bunny trail with an Easter-themed recipe and one that’s appropriate for spring, as we are digging in the garden this time of year. These deliciously moist muffins are a welcome addition to your breakfast or brunch menu and a sweet treat that sneaks in some veggies!

Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales

Inspired by Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales, this Novel Baker recipe is a sweet repeat. I had to dig back to the 2014 archives to find it, but it’s too easy and good not to share again!

Peter Rabbit Wheelbarrow Cupcake Holders | © #muffin #carrot #zucchini #recipes

These Peter Rabbit Wheelbarrow Cupcake Holders provide a little muffin or cupcake toting fun! They’re by Meri Meri, originally found at HomeGoods.

Peter Rabbit's Carrot-Zucchini Muffins | © #muffin #carrot #zucchini #recipes

With the resurgence in popularity of Beatrix Potter, there are all kinds of Peter Rabbit cupcake wrappers and toppers available on Amazon, ideal for a bunny-themed baby shower or birthday party when life returns to normal and we’re no longer social distancing.

Peter Rabbit's Carrot-Zucchini Muffins | © #muffin #carrot #zucchini #recipes

Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins,

adapted from Taste of Home

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

MAKES: 18 muffins

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2 cups finely 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 4 oz. cup of unsweetened apple sauce and 1/4 cup canola oil to make 3/4 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales


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.

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Fold in carrot mixture (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

Bake at 375° for 20-22 minutes or until muffins test done with a toothpick. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.


Swap out half the oil in your baked goods for unsweetened applesauce. For every 1/2 cup of oil replaced with applesauce, you will save 900 calories and 110 grams of fat in your recipe.

Substituting applesauce for oil will change the texture of your baked goods, making it slightly chewier which works in this recipe. To experiment in other recipes, only replace half of the oil, and see how it turns out. If you’re happy with the results, experiment with replacing more of the oil, a bit at a time.

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Hop over HERE to find more Easter and Spring menu inspiration: sides, salads and desserts.

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  28 comments for “Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins

  1. Ellen
    April 10, 2020 at 7:21 am

    HAPPY EASTER!!! ✝️🐇✝️🐇✝️🐇✝️

  2. April 10, 2020 at 7:27 am

    The muffins look so good, I am going to make them, I have made your Smorgasbord cookies and the banana bread and they were out standing. Such a cute post.

    • April 10, 2020 at 7:28 am

      Thank you Ann, Happy baking & enjoy! ♥

  3. Bren
    April 10, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Omg those wheelbarrow cupcake holders!!!!
    So adorable! Xo

  4. April 10, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Happy Easter Mary! Ella Mae and I love all things Peter Rabbit, the wheelbarrow cupcake holders are so adorable! I would so enjoy a carrot zucchini muffin with my bold coffee this morning!

  5. Yvonne Shafer
    April 10, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Hi Mary! Once again you’ve brought a huge smile right when I needed it! I absolutely adore the Peter Rabbit wheelbarrows! Just wish I could get out to try and find them. My little granddaughters have just discovered the Peter Rabbit characters and I know they would love them too. I hope you have a very Happy Easter and that spring comes soon. Stay safe and healthy!

  6. April 10, 2020 at 8:22 am

    These sound delicious! I have extra zucchini and have been looking for a good muffin recipe. Thanks!

  7. Sharon
    April 10, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Happy Easter, Mary! These muffins look delicious and I can’t wait to try them. Peter Rabbit and Beatrice Potter have a special place in my heart. 😍

  8. April 10, 2020 at 8:35 am

    So adorable Mary, and the muffins are certainly packed with goodies! I hope you and the pups have a Happy Easter! 🥕 Jenna

  9. Clara
    April 10, 2020 at 9:39 am

    The little wheelbarrows are so cute! Oh, how I miss HomeGoods! Shopping online just isn’t the same but is rewarding when the box arrives. The recipe sounds delicious. Happy Easter! Clara♥️

  10. April 10, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for your cheery Peter Rabbit post today, Mary! The muffins sound so good and would be perfect in my bunny cakelet pan, I’m thinking. Happy Easter to you, Lola and Sophie, and your hubby!

  11. Susan B
    April 10, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Your photos are beautiful as always, Peter Rabbit warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face. A Happy and Blessed Easter to you Mary and all your readers.

  12. Jane
    April 10, 2020 at 10:07 am

    So cute and cheerful!
    Thanks for the muffin recipe.
    Happy Easter to you and your family….

    Stay safe!

  13. April 10, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Mary, this delights!!! I’ve intended to pull out my Peter Rabbit things and set a table or do something, but can’t seem to get focused. I’m running a little ADD of late!
    Hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend. Thanks for making my days happy and bright with your amazing shares.

  14. Shirley Graham
    April 10, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Thank you!! Happy Easter to you and family! I have always loved Peter Rabbit books & the drawings of that special one. The muffins look delicious & will try soon as I can get ingredients. We have sunshine after the storm so that helps for sure!! Have a lovely day, Mary!!!

  15. Jo
    April 10, 2020 at 11:04 am

    One of my daughter’s favorite characters-Peter Rabbit. Love the the wheelbarrow cupcake holders, so cute! Thank you for the recipe, just printed it. Happy Easter to you and your family. 🐇🐇

  16. April 10, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I remember these cupcake holders, so sweet! The muffins sound wonderful, just wish I had someone to make them for. Will save the recipe for next year. Happy Easter, Mary and thanks for all you share.

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  18. Cyndi Raines
    April 10, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Love these muffins! You are reading my mind, I just dug out your recipe for these muffins yesterday and purchased the shredded carrots today for baking tomorrow! I don’t know which muffins I like best, these or the delicious pecan muffins, they are oh, so good too! Mary, you will be happy to know I have just completed my “Mary’s Recipes” notebook. I have quite a pile of your recipes printed out and have to shuffle through them when looking for a certain one. So on my last shopping trip, I went to the Dollar Store and bought a 3 ring binder and a hole punch. I spent yesterday afternoon organizing them and putting them in my new binder. I am so happy they are all together in their own notebook. I am waiting for the day when you actually publish a real cook book, I’ll buy it immediately! Happy Easter to you and your family. Hugs the pups for me. 🛐🐇🥀

  19. Cynthia Nessel
    April 11, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Those bunny wheelbarrows are adorable and I cannot wait to try the recipe. I plan to feature you on my weekly roundup tomorrow. Cynthia from Create With Cynthia

  20. Rita C.
    April 11, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Love carrot cake, and those muffin cups are too cute!!

  21. April 11, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    The preparation is so lovely. I bet this taste wonderful too. How I wish we’re neihgbors LOL. Will follow your blog too.

  22. April 13, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    The little bunnies and carts are just adorable!! Hope you had a nice Easter!

  23. April 15, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I am saving this recipe for later in the summer when there is a bumper crop of zucchini to use up!

  24. basketpam
    April 20, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    I am VERY curious where you discovered your Peter Rabbits with their wheelbarrows to hold these muffins.

    • April 20, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      “These Peter Rabbit Wheelbarrow Cupcake Holders provide a little muffin or cupcake toting fun! They’re by Meri Meri, originally found at HomeGoods.”

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