The Very Best Morning Glory Muffins

Packed with flavor and nutrition, these muffins will become a staple in your family and will even win over the kids. Morning Glory Muffins are full of fruits, veggies, dried fruits, and warm spices to create the most perfect muffin of your dreams. It's like Carrot Cake 2.0, but in muffin form. 

Morning Glory Muffin Recipe

I feel like I am always on the go. Work keeps me busy and gets me out of the house early in the morning. I get up early enough as it is; so, the thought of waking up even earlier to make a nutritious breakfast is overwhelming, and frankly, not realistic. 

I am always looking for recipes that I can make for my breakfasts that have a wealth of nutrients packed in. These muffins are tried and true and are always stocked in my freezer.

Morning Glory Muffins are what I call the "kitchen sink" of breakfast baked goods. You can make ingredient swaps based on what you have in your pantry and fridge, or what you know your kids will eat. 

I have made several swaps, and I love these muffins in any form they come.

If you've made the New Year's resolution to make better choices with the foods you eat - this is a great recipe to incorporate into your favorites. 


This recipe originated from me opening up my refrigerator and peering into my vegetable drawer only to find a few lonely carrots that started looking a little sad. I also saw one green apple, and I didn't want any of these things to go to waste. Food is simply expensive, and I really hate wasting food. Immediately, I thought of... "Morning Glory Muffins! Let's make the perfect one."

That is how the hunt began, and I combined and tweaked a few recipes from some trusted bloggers and BAM! These. Perfect. Muffins!

These muffins require a bit of prep to pull together, but it is so very worth it. They are packed with delicious flavor and healthful ingredients, all while using things you most likely have in your pantry and fridge.

Ingredients You'll Need for Classic Morning Glory Muffins:

Flour: I use a combo of three different flours for this recipe. It may seem like overkill, but I love the flavor and nutrients involved. You can just use either all purpose or whole wheat, or even half and half. I like to use half White Spelt and half Sprouted Spelt Flour, along with a couple tablespoons of oat flour for a bit more texture and fiber. If you don't have oat flour, you could substitute flaxseed meal. In addition, you can even try using a gluten free flour blend. I love the one from King Arthur.

- Baking Soda & Salt

Spices: For this recipe, I recommend using a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. They create the perfect match for all the other flavors. Warm and comforting, all while adding some additional health benefits.

- Eggs: Acts as a binder & brings added protein.

- Sweeteners: Brown sugar & honey

- Coconut Oil:  You can sub for olive oil or avocado oil, if you don't have coconut.

- Applesauce: or, pumpkin puree, mashed banana, or more coconut oil. Of all of these options, I love the applesauce the best. The pumpkin is a very close second.

- Orange Zest & Juice, or pineapple juice

- Vanilla Extract

- Carrotsshredded

- Apples, shredded

- Dried Fruit: I personally love the Golden Berry blend from Trader Joe's that has dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries, and golden raisins. But, you can use one of those, or raisins, or whatever dried fruit you have.

- Coconut, shredded and unsweetened

- Nuts: I personally love walnuts or pecans in these muffins. However, any nut you have would be great - I really love pistachios, too.

Yes, I know. That list seems huge and daunting. I know - it is. But, even though these muffins are a bit of a labor of love, they are so delicious. I love to make a double batch to freeze. I put two muffins in a sandwich bag, seal it up, and freeze - until I take out a muffin pack the night before work. The morning of, I stick them on a plate & in the microwave for about 15 seconds and, bam! Delicious. Nutrition. On the Go.

Looking for Other Muffin Recipes?

Check out these Savory Ham and Cheese Muffins that are absolutely to-die-for. They are packed with flavor and protein. Moist, tender, and oh-so-good. They are filled with bits of ham, cheese, green onions, and a whole lot of delicious flavor. 

They're perfect for a protein packed breakfast or served with dinner, and are especially delicious when topped with a drizzle of garlic butter. I mean, come on. How could one say no to that?

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