Mini Veggie Muffins for Tiny Fingers

Up until recently, Quinn wasn’t a picky eater. He’d pretty much eat whatever we put in front of him, but now it’s a bit more of a challenge. He definitely has his favorite foods– we joke he’s going to turn into cottage cheese because he eats so much of it– so we’re not worried about him getting enough calories, but we’re always trying to get more nutrients in him.

veggie muffins for kids

Last week, I whipped up a batch of mini muffins with shredded carrot and zucchini mixed in, and they were a huge hit with him. Yay, veggies! I thought some of the other mamas out there might be able to relate to picky eating, so here’s the recipe. I hope your little one enjoys these muffins as much as Quinn!



  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (unpacked) brown sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine above ingredients in a mixing bowl until batter is smooth.
  3. Coat a mini muffin tray with non-stick spray (or fill with paper liners) and pour batter evenly into nine cups.
  4. Bake for 17-18 minutes until tops are firm to the tough and lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

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Recipes makes 9 mini muffins


  1. Those are so cute! I’m definitely going to pass the recipe along to friends with little ones! A bunch of my friends have babies that are just getting into solids so I’m sure they’ll need these types of recipes pretty soon 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to make these for my little one once she is born and able to eat solids!

    (Of course *I* will have to taste test a few of these. You know, for quality assurance… 😉 )

  3. These remind me of some ‘veggie cookies’ I made a few years ago, when I was trying to figure out what to do with some extra shredded veggies I had. They didn’t have any sugar, but I added in some sharp cheddar and they were shockingly delicious. My husband and I don’t have kids yet; I’m saving this veggie muffin recipe for myself!

  4. My absolutely-not-picky-at-all son has just started having moments where at some meals he picks everything apart and separates out the veggies, and will only eat very little of them!! Breaks my heart but I am pretty sure it’s only temporary as it comes and goes. I think I’ll be making him some of these tomorrow!

  5. these sound great for big fingers! Luckily our little gal still is eating anything we give her (17months) she even begged me for broccoli for breakfast one morning when she saw me packing her lunch!

  6. Tina,
    The sure Your Kids Table (written by a pediatric feeding therapist, OT and mother of three) is an excellent resource for strategies and tips for all things eating, especially eating challenges. Highly recommend. Good luck!

  7. Funny that you just posted this as I also just made a batch for my 9.5 mo old who seems to be getting bored of the same foods. I found this recipe online. They are great & so moist! (I used coconut oil instead of canola oil & didn’t bother to use the food processor, he didn’t mind the stringy bits). They were so good, the whole batch went in 2 days! My husband and I found them equally as delicious. Best part is there is added sugar or butter.

  8. Love the muffins!! My five year old loves them too…doesn’t even care that they are zucchini and carrot. We substituted applesauce for the butter and they are just as tasty. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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