These healthful morning glory muffins are my very favourite muffin selection. Crammed with wholesome elements like complete wheat flour, flax, apples, carrots, raisins, applesauce, and honey, these cinnamon-spiced muffins style like apple cake, spice cake, and moist carrot cake mixed. (And for breakfast!) There’s loads of substitution options out there so you possibly can really make them your personal.

morning glory muffins

Do you keep in mind after I first shared this recipe? It was again in 2015. My husband and I had simply celebrated our 6 month anniversary at a good looking mattress and breakfast in northern Virginia. One morning we have been served absolutely the BEST muffins. Now, I do know the journey was full of champagne and dessert and all issues celebratory, however the muffins really caught out to me. They have been full of apples, carrots, brown sugar, pecans, spice, raisins, and extra. Mainly every little thing I like in a single.

I bake this copycat model on a regular basis and I simply up to date a few of the pictures. I additionally simplified the directions and added loads of substitutions so you possibly can mess around with the recipe too. They’re my greatest morning glory muffins and right here’s why you’ll love them!

These Morning Glory Muffins Are:

  • Deliciously moist and spiced
  • Mega flavorful with hints of orange
  • 100% complete wheat
  • More healthy and healthful
  • Satisfying and hearty
  • The proper on-the-go snack
  • Toddler-approved (victory dance!)

Plus, there’s no mixer required– simply use a whisk and so they freeze superbly!

morning glory muffins

morning glory muffins

Are These Muffins Wholesome?

The time period wholesome is, after all, all relative. However I might contemplate them on the more healthy aspect, sure. They do comprise wheat, some oil, and a few refined sugar, but in addition healthful elements like contemporary fruit and greens, applesauce, flax, honey, and complete wheat flour. Steadiness! I like to make use of some applesauce instead of some oil, similar to how I substitute some butter with unsweetened applesauce in my baked oatmeal. The lighter ingredient replaces some fats whereas nonetheless conserving them additional moist and flavorful. (I don’t suggest changing ALL the oil right here– the morning glory muffins will style rubbery.)

Consider these as my reader-loved Harvest Spice Bread, however in muffin kind. 🙂

morning glory muffins ingredients and batter

morning glory muffin batter in muffin pan

Find out how to Make Morning Glory Muffins

For those who felt assured sufficient, you may most likely make these along with your eyes closed. I’ve the recipe memorized by now!

Making these morning glory muffins is so simple as combining all of the dry elements in 1 bowl, combining all of the moist elements in one other bowl, then mixing every little thing collectively by hand. The batter is comparatively thick and chunky due to all of the flavorful add-ins, however this makes spooning into muffin liners fairly straightforward.

You want a shredder/grater for the carrots and apple. I all the time use my box grater, which doubles as a cheese grater. This device is helpful for zucchini bread, carrot cake, and grating frozen butter for my scones.

18 Substances, however Don’t Fear!

I do know the listing of elements within the recipe beneath appears overwhelming, however most of them are common kitchen staples like flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. For the entire extras, there are many substitutions you can also make.

The orange zest and floor flax are completely elective, however I normally add each for additional taste.

healthy morning glory muffins

morning glory muffins

Ingredient Variations/Substitutions

Right here’s a listing of the way you possibly can change the recipe based mostly in your tastebuds. If utilizing any of those substitutions, use the identical precise quantity of the ingredient you might be changing except in any other case famous. For instance, if you happen to use coconut sugar as an alternative of brown sugar, use half cup.

  • Complete Wheat Flour: Use all-purpose flour if desired as an alternative. I haven’t examined this muffin with gluten free flour alternate options, however I might keep away from almond, coconut, and oat flours. They received’t maintain as much as the moisture within the batter. (Attempt my blueberry almond power muffins as an alternative!)
  • Pecans: Go away them out or substitute with dried cranberries, chopped walnuts or pistachios, sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, or extra raisins.
  • Brown Sugar: Coconut sugar is a dry unrefined sugar you should use instead.
  • Honey: Brown sugar, coconut sugar, or pure maple syrup.
  • Oil: Melted butter. I don’t suggest leaving the fats out fully.
  • Applesauce: If wanted, substitute with melted butter or extra oil, apple butter, mashed banana, canned crushed pineapple, or pumpkin puree.
  • Orange Zest: You possibly can go away it out.
  • Orange Juice: Scrumptious taste! You should utilize pineapple juice or milk as an alternative.
  • Raisins: Go away them out or substitute with dried cranberries, different chopped dried fruits, sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped walnuts or pistachios, sunflower seeds, or extra chopped pecans.
  • Carrots: Be happy to interchange with extra shredded apple and even shredded zucchini.
  • Apples: You possibly can substitute with shredded zucchini or extra shredded carrot. I additionally love changing the 1 cup of shredded apple with 2/Three cup canned crushed pineapple.

I’ve examined all of those choices. Something not listed, I haven’t examined myself so use warning! I’ll say that it is a very forgiving muffin recipe. Have enjoyable with it!

healthy morning glory muffins

Extra Healthful Baked Items



Crammed with wholesome elements like complete wheat flour, flax, apples, carrots, raisins, applesauce, and honey, these cinnamon-spiced morning glory muffins style like apple cake, spice cake, and moist carrot cake mixed. (And for breakfast!) There’s loads of substitution options out there above so you possibly can really make them your personal.


  • 2 cups (260g) complete wheat flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons floor cinnamon
  • half teaspoon floor ginger
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 1/Three cup (35g) floor flax (elective)
  • 3 massive eggs
  • half cup (100g) packed mild or darkish brown sugar
  • 1/Four cup (85g) honey
  • 1/Three cup (80ml) vegetable, canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 1/Three cup (60g) unsweetened clean applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (elective)
  • 1/Three cup (80ml) orange juice or pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (260g) shredded carrots (about 4 massive)
  • 1 cup (140g) shredded/grated apple (about 1 massive)
  • half cup (75g) raisins
  • half cup (64g) unsalted chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C)7. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use greased/sprayed cupcake liners. This recipe yields 14-16 muffins, so put together a second muffin pan in the identical method or bake in batches and reserve leftover batter at room temperature for when the primary batch is completed.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and flax collectively in a big bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, honey, oil, applesauce, orange zest, orange juice, and vanilla collectively till mixed. Whisk within the carrots and apples. Pour these moist elements into the dry elements, stir a number of instances with a wood spoon or rubber spatula, then add the raisins and pecans. Fold every little thing collectively simply till mixed and no pockets of flour stay.
  3. Spoon the batter into liners, filling all of them the best way to the highest. Bake for five minutes at 425 then, conserving the muffins within the oven, cut back the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an extra 18 minutes or till a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear. The whole time these muffins take within the oven is about 23-24 minutes, give or take. Permit the muffins to chill for 10 minutes within the muffin sheet, then switch to a wire rack to chill till able to eat.
  4. Cowl leftover muffins and retailer at room temperature for two days or within the fridge for 1 week.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: Muffins freeze effectively for as much as Three months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge and heat within the microwave (if desired) earlier than having fun with.
  2. Substitutions: See weblog submit above for all substitutions I’ve examined.
  3. Preliminary Excessive Temperature: The burst of very popular air will spring the highest of the muffin up rapidly, then decrease the temperature as instructed so the within of the muffin can bake by means of. This helps the muffins rise good and tall. I do that for all of my muffin recipes.
  4. Dietary Info: I haven’t calculated it, however be happy to make use of a free on-line recipe calculator with the precise elements you utilize.

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Hands down, one of my favorite muffin recipes! Freezer friendly, wholesome, healthy, and EASY morning glory muffins!
This wholesome muffin has it all! The flavor of these morning glory muffins is incredible and they're super moist.