Packed with flavor and good-for-you ingredients, these Morning Glory Muffins are a healthy and delicious way to start the day! Veggie-loaded and perfect for snack or grab-and-go breakfast, these muffins are perfect for making ahead to make a busy day a little easier.
You all know I love my muffins. And, frankly, you all love muffins just as much. They are, hands down, some of my most popular recipes and I totally get why…..muffins are a fun, delicious and EASY way to veggie-loaded your life!
For reals. I could probably JUST make veggie-loaded muffins from here on out and we’d all be happy as clams.
It was recently brought to my attention that I didn’t have a Morning Glory Muffin recipe in my plethora of muffins on The Natural Nurturer. Say what? A muffin that needs zero tweaking to get veggies in wasn’t already in my line up? I needed to fix that ASAP
There are many different Morning Glory muffin recipe out there in the big ‘ol bad internet, but they all have a similarly flavor combination of carrots + apples + raisins. A truly heavenly blend of flavors that is also packed with fiber and, you guessed it, veggies! Many recipes often throw shredded coconut into the mix, so you can chuck some of that into this batter if you like.
What makes these morning glory muffins different from the ones already on the internet? I have have swapped out regular sugar for the natural sweetness of honey or maple syrup and lightened how much added sugar is in these morning glory muffins. Since this type of muffin has apples, raisins, and carrots already in it….they are already going to be packed with Mother Natures sweet goodness, so we don’t need to hide that under too much sugar. And with the help of my flavor-savvy buddy and fellow blogger, Heather Staller, these muffins are a flavor BOMB! Your taste buds will be dancing with every bite and you body is going to feel amazing from all the healthy goodness that is packed into the muffins.
Yes! I has great success making these healthy morning glory muffins with flax eggs instead of chicken eggs.
To make a “flax egg”, I use the ratio of 1 tablespoon ground flax meal + 2.5 tablespoons water = 1 egg.
So, for this recipe, I use 3 tablespoons of ground flax meal + 7.5 tablespoons water to replace the eggs. Be sure to let the flax/water mixture sit for about 5 minutes to allow it toe “gel” before adding it to the batter.
You can make your own “quick” oats my pulsing the regular rolled oats in your blender or food processor to break them down. To do this, add 1 1/4 cup of rolled oats to the food processor or blender and then pulse a few times until the oats are chopped but some larger pieces remain. Stop before your oats become a fine powder.
Once the oats are chopped, measure the amount needed into the morning glory muffin batter.
I use the large holes of a box grater and it works perfectly. No need to squeeze out any of the excess moisture before adding them to the muffin batter!
These muffins can be stored in a air-tight container at room temperature for up to to days. After that, I suggest storing them in the fridge or freezer to prevent molding and keep them as fresh as possible for days to come. They also freeze beautifully and make for a great breakfast or snack to stock up on!
I haven’t tried this recipe with almond flour, almond meal, or coconut flour, I can’t speak to how success these morning glory muffins will turn out when swapping the flours.
In my experience, almond flour can often be used in place of whole wheat flour, however it creates for a much denser baked good. Coconut flour is a much thirstier flour and absorbs a lot more liquid than almond flour or wheat flour. I do not suggest using coconut flour in this recipe.
Great question and one I often wondered. There are a few versions how Morning Glory Muffins earned their name.
One theory that I have read is that, because these muffins are packed with so much fiber from their carrots + apples + raisins, they help move the “glory” along in the bathroom. As in poop, TNNers.
Another story I have heard is that the woman who originally created the Morning Glory Muffin, Pam McKinstry, was the owner and chef of The Morning Glory Cafe. The muffins are a signature baked good that her cafe became known for.
Make them gluten-free. Use a cup-for-cup style gluten-free flour blend in place of the whole wheat flour and be sure to use gluten-free oats.
Sub the carrots with zucchini. Replace half the grated carrot in the recipe with grated zucchini.
Bake them as a loaf! Combine the ingredients as directed and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes before enjoying.
Other veggie-loaded muffin recipes you are going to adore
- Healthy Chocolate Muffins (with veggies!)
- Healthy Zucchini Lemon Muffins
- Cinnamon Zucchini Banana Muffins
- Savory Vegetable Muffins
- Butternut Squash Banana Blender Muffins
- Mini Butternut Squash Blueberry Muffins
Did you try these morning glory muffins and now you’re hungry for more?
Morning Glory Muffins
- Muffin tin
- 1 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour can sub with whole wheat or all-purpose
- 1 cup quick-cooking “instant” oats see notes below for how to make your own
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoons ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup avocado or olive oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 cups grated carrot
- 1 cup grated apple (I used 1 medium Honeycrisp apple)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
- 3 tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400℉. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners (This recipe makes 14 to 16 muffins so use a second muffin tin or make more after the first batch has cooked).
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, oil, maple syrup, orange zest, and orange juice until well combined.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Using a large spoon or spatula, fold in the grated carrot, apple, raisins, pecans, and ground flax, is using.
- Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups filling them to the top. Sprinkle each muffin with extra pecans, if desired.
- Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 22 to 24 minutes. Cool muffins for 10 to 15 minutes then enjoy warm or at room temperature.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!