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Morning Glory Muffins are easy to make with nutritious, good for you ingredients. Packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats baked into every bite, these muffins provide fuel to keep you full throughout the day.
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Healthy Morning Glory Muffins are easy to make with good-for-you ingredients that provide long-lasting energy and help manage cravings so you stay fueled and full in between meals.

Packed with nutrient-dense fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and plenty of sweet cinnamon spice, these hearty muffins are the perfect grab and go morning meal, portable pick-me-up, or satiating snack. Plus I’ve listed many substitutions and swaps so you can make them your own best bite!

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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Our Morning Glory Muffins recipe is the best way to bake a healthy morning meal because it has the perfect balance of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and complex carbs with a winning combination of fuel and flavor!

Filled with wholesome, healthy ingredients, like whole wheat flour, apple, carrots, raisins, pecans, sunflower seeds, and Greek yogurt, these cinnamon-spiced muffins are moist, cinnamon-spiced, with hints of orange juice – they taste like a cross between my carrot cake cupcakes and my apple dump cake combined into one delicious baked breakfast.

The best morning glory muffins recipe begins by mixing together all the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, scooping the batter into prepared muffin cups, and baking them into the most glorious morning muffins – so simple yet so satisfying!

Make your own morning glory recipe by replacing my suggested ingredients with whatever else you love. Don’t care for carrots? Add more apples or use crushed pineapple. Swap the seeds, remove the raisins, or mix in more vegetables – this recipe for morning glory muffins is yours to customize.

Why We Love Morning Glory Muffins

  • Quick and easy to make and freezer friendly.
  • Uses a handful of simple kitchen staple ingredients.
  • Healthy, nourishing, satisfying and deliciously moist and flavorful.
  • Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains all baked into one breakfast.
  • Perfectly portable on-the-go breakfast, a hearty snack, pre/post-workout pick-me-up, and or for packing in lunch boxes.
Morning Glory Muffins ingredients

Morning Glory Muffins Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Sea salt
  • Carrots
  • Apple: I like the taste of a Granny Smith apple for this recipe, but you can use any variety of apple that you prefer. You can even use zucchini in place of the apple.
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pecans
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Brown sugar: Coconut sugar will work as well.
  • Honey
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Orange zest: You can remove the orange zest completely if you don’t care for it.
  • Orange juice: Feel free to use milk instead of orange juice.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Use Your Favorite Flour: This recipe can be made with both whole wheat flour or all purpose flour. I haven’t tested these with gluten free flour, but you could try it. I like using King Arthur white whole wheat flour for this recipe because it’s lighter and milder tasting than regular whole wheat flour yet it’s just as nutritious.
  • Prepare Without Pecans: Instead of pecans, you can use walnuts, shredded coconut, more sunflower seeds, or slivered almonds.
  • Swap The Sunflower Seeds: Feel free to double the pecans or substitute walnuts, shredded coconut, ground flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, or chia seeds for the sunflower seeds.
  • Replace The Raisins: You can substitute any small, dried fruit for the raisins, like dried cranberries or cherries.
  • Omit The Oil: Unsweetened applesauce or butter can be used instead of vegetable oil.
  • Cut Out The Carrots: You can double the apple, try crushed pineapple, or substitute zucchini for the shredded carrots.
Morning Glory Muffins on a cooling rack
  • Mixing bowls
  • Wooden spoons
  • Whisks
  • Box grater
  • Muffin tins and liners
  • Cooling rack
showing the inside of morning glory muffins

How to Make Morning Glory Muffins

  1. Make The Dry Mixture: Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, sea salt. Then add the grated carrots and apple, raisins, pecans, and sunflower seeds.
  2. Make The Wet Mixture: Beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, sugar, honey, orange zest, Greek yogurt and orange juice.
  3. Make The Batter: Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir to combine until no flour is visible.
  4. Bake: Scoop the batter into liners and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve: Cool, serve, and enjoy!

Tips For Making The Best Morning Glory Muffins

  • These are great enjoyed warm from the oven or at room temperature
  • You can use a food processor or a box grater to shred the apple and carrots.

What To Serve With Morning Glory Muffins

These muffins are so delicious, you’ll want to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

  • Breakfast: Serve your muffins in the morning with a side of sausage, oven-baked bacon and a glass of strawberry milk or cup of coffee.
  • Lunch: Leftovers are perfect to serve alongside a Panera Fuji Apple salad, a tropical cheesecake fruit salad, or a 5 cup salad.
  • Dinner: Serve your muffins for supper with baked chicken, grilled salmon, and a side of roasted cauliflower.
putting butter on the muffin

How to Store Morning Glory Muffins

  • To Store: Store your muffins at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for 5 days.
  • To Freeze: After the muffins have fully cooled, you can freeze the muffins in an air-tight container for 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave until warm.
Morning Glory Muffins stacked up

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make my muffins ahead of time and freeze them?

Yes, you can make your muffins in advance. Allow them to cool completely after baking, then freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat them, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator, then heat them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, or allow them to come to room temperature before enjoying them.

Can I use store-bought shredded carrots?

I do not recommend using store-bought pre-shredded carrots. The carrots would likely be too large, but you could try.

Can I make this recipe in large muffin tins?

Yes, you can absolutely use large muffin tins. I haven’t tried it, but I would assume the baking time would need to be adjusted.

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5 from 3 votes
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Morning Glory Muffins

Serves — 18
Morning Glory Muffins are easy to make with nutritious, good for you ingredients. Packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats baked into every bite, these muffins provide fuel to keep you full throughout the day.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups carrots shredded
  • 1 large apple shredded
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pecans chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • cup vegetable oil
  • cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • cup orange juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place cupcake liners into a muffin tin. Set aside for later.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, sea salt, and whisk the ingredients together.
  • Grate the carrots and apple, add to dry ingredients, and add raisins, pecans, and sunflower seeds
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs, oil, vanilla, sugar, honey, orange zest, Greek yogurt and orange juice.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir well to combine until no flour is visible.
  • Scoop batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Allow the muffins to cool, and transfer to a wire rack.
  • Enjoy!

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store your muffins at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for 5 days.
  • To Freeze: After the muffins have fully cooled, you can freeze the muffins in an air-tight container for 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave until warm.
Tips:
  • These are great enjoyed warm from the oven or at room temperature.
  • You can use a food processor or a box grater to shred the apple and carrots.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2434IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love your recipes! I look forward to all of them! I’m a vegetarian, and I substitute the meat too the non- meat. People have no idea how tasty it is.
    But, no judgement on my part. I don’t judge meat eaters. Too each its own ❤️
    I love your desserts!!!
    I’m so happy too make your morning Glory muffins. Thank you 🙏

  2. I had a morning glory muffins recipe I lost
    it finally I found I shall be doing it. Looking forward to your e-mail.

  3. 5 stars
    Sounds amazing! I will def give this a try, sounds breakfast worthy! I will have to go back and take a second look, wondering about calorie count to see if I missed it.