Morning Glory Muffins

04.09.2019

These Morning Glory Muffins are the perfect way to start any morning! They’re brimming with apples and applesauce, carrots, coconut, raisins, and pecans and you’ll love the sweet flavor additions of spices and vanilla!

Stack of morning glory muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Talk about a whole lot of goodness in one tasty baked treat! These muffins are easy to make, so easy in fact you don’t even need a mixer.

It’s just one of those comforting old fashioned recipes like grandma made that’s perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch get together. And of course they make the perfect weekend treat.

You’ll love all the flavors and textures paired together in every bite, each one complimenting the other. It’s a classic muffin that doesn’t get the attention it deserves!

Overhead image of morning glory muffins on a marble surface decorated with spring flowers.

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Ingredients Needed for Morning Glory Muffins

  • Whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour – I like to use the blend of two flours.
  • Baking soda – needed so muffins rise.
  • Salt – added so the muffins are flat.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg – these spices add delicious flavor add ginger and cloves if desired too.
  • Brown sugar – I found 3/4 cup was just enough but feel free to reduce or increase 1/4 cup if desired.
  • Vegetable oil – melted coconut oil would also work here.
  • Unsweetened applesauce – I like to use this so I don’t have to add as much oil.
  • Eggs – needed to bind everything and also help the muffins rise.
  • Vanilla – whats a good baked treat without it?
  • Apple – I recommend using a sweet baking apple such as golden delicious or gala.
  • Carrots – finely shred these on the small holes of a box grater.
  • Shredded coconut – I prefer to use sweetened coconut but unsweetened will work fine too.
  • Pecans – walnuts will work great here as well.
  • Raisins – golden raisins will work great here too.

Ingredients needed for morning glory muffins shown here including wheat flour, white flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar, apples carrots, raisins, coconut, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, pecans and applesauce.

As always I chose to use Fisher Pecans in this recipe. Fisher is a brand I love because:

  • They’re always a perfectly delicious, high quality product.
  • There’s no added preservatives and they’re none GMO. Just the nuts right out of their shell.
  • The convenient stand up bag actually helps keeps the nuts fresher longer.
  • And I especially love them for holiday cooking and baking! They also make a great healthy snack.

How to Make Morning Glory Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 15 muffin cups with paper liners and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg. Set aside.

Showing how to make morning glory muffins. Whisking white flour, wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt in a glass mixing bowl.

  • In a separate large mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla until well blended.

Showing how to make morning glory muffins. Mixing eggs, oil, applesauce, brown sugar and vanilla in a glass mixing bowl.

  • Stir in apples, carrots, and coconut.

Adding shredded carrots, apples and coconut to morning glory muffin batter in glass mixing bowl.

  • Add flour mixture, pecans and raisins.

Adding flour mixture to wet mixture along with raisins and pecans. Folding with a rubber spatula to incorporate.

  • Fold mixture just until combined.

Finished morning glory muffin batter in a glass mixing bowl.

  • Divide batter among paper lined muffin cups filling each nearly full.

Scooping morning glory muffin batter into a paper lined muffin pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean, about 19 – 23 minutes.
  • Let cool in pan for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Morning glory muffins in a muffin pan after baking.

Can I Use All Whole Wheat Flour?

Yes. These can also be made with just whole wheat flour, I just prefer the blend of the two for a less dense texture. If you can find it use white whole wheat flour for best texture.

How Can I Make them Healthier?

  • Only use whole wheat flour.
  • Reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup and use unsweetened coconut.
  • Use half sugar and half honey.
  • Mix in a few tablespoons of wheat germ, oat bran or flax for added nutrition.
  • Use a healthy oil such as light olive oil.

Morning glory muffins stacked in a speckled ceramic serving bowl

Can I Freeze Morning Glory Muffins?

Yes you can freeze these muffins in an airtight container up to 2 months. Then you can have an on the go breakfast anytime.

Can I Use Pineapple or Zucchini?

Drained crushed pineapple or shredded zucchini should work fine in place of the shredded apple.

Morning glory muffins in a serving bowl with a kitchen towel.

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Morning Glory Muffins

5 from 1 vote

These muffins are the perfect way to start any morning! They're brimming with apples and applesauce, carrots, coconut, raisins, and pecans and you'll love the sweet flavor additions of spices and vanilla! A delicious, hearty breakfast treat.

Servings: 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (142g) whole wheat flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 3/4 cup (106g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (160g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup (130g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (172g) peeled and shredded golden delicious or gala apple
  • 1 1/4 cups (154g) peeled and finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup (40g) shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup (60g) Fisher Pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins, separated if clumped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 15 muffin cups with paper liners and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg. Set aside.

  3. In a separate large mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla until well blended.

  4. Stir in apples, carrots, and coconut.

  5. Add flour mixture, pecans and raisins and fold just until combined. 

  6. Divide batter among paper lined muffin cups filling each nearly full. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean, about 19 - 23 minutes.

  7. Let cool in pan for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts
Morning Glory Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Potassium 205mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 13g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 35.5%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 7.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Morning Glory Muffins
Calories: 283 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
This post is sponsored by Fisher, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

4 comments

  • Dulce: These were delicious. I used grated Granny Smith apples and they still turned out great. April 20, 2019 at 9:46am Reply

  • Patty Klein: Would love to see this type of recipe with gluten free substitutions April 13, 2019 at 2:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tested but I’m assuming you could use a gluten-free flour blend here (such as king arthur) and maybe add 1 tsp xanthan gum to help hold together. April 13, 2019 at 2:37pm Reply

  • J: Hi, I used to enjoy these muffins (with pineapple) several mornings a month for coffee break. But our cafe food service provider changed! The new company never makes them! Thank you so much for the recipe!! April 9, 2019 at 5:51am Reply

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