Favorite Morning Glory Muffin Recipe – These morning glory muffins are are hearty, healthy and delicious! Packed full of veggies and perfect for freezing.
I love to make these morning glory muffins for a healthy grab and go snack. They’re so moist and have amazing flavor. Baked cinnamon apple chips, no-bake energy balls, granola bars and chocolate chip zucchini muffins are some of my other favorite healthy snack options too. All are easy and yummy!
Morning glory muffins
If you’re looking for a healthy snack to enjoy throughout the week, this morning glory muffin recipe is perfect for you! I made a big batch of these morning glory muffins over the weekend and my family already devoured them. I love to double the batch and keep half in the freezer for easy breakfasts or after school snacks.
To make them a little healthier, I made these morning glory muffins with applesauce in place of the oil. Applesauce is a great substitute for oil when you’re trying to cut calories. And it helps to make the morning glory muffins moist and delicious! We love to serve them with a glass of milk and a little dollop of butter on top. So yummy!
What is a morning glory muffin?
If you’ve never heard of morning glory muffins before, they are hearty muffins that are packed with fruits and veggies. Some common ingredients used when making morning glory muffins are carrots, raisins, coconut, walnuts and cinnamon. Many recipes call for grated apples, however I used grated zucchini because I had some extra on hand. Either work just fine! These muffins are hearty and healthy, while containing the perfect touch of sweetness.
What’s in a morning glory muffin?
Below are my favorites to add in when making this morning glory muffin recipe. Feel free to add in extras based on what you have on hand!
- Grated carrots
- Grated zucchini (or apples)
- Raisins (or dried cranberries)
How to make morning glory muffins
Scroll down for the printable morning glory muffin recipe.
- Preheat oven and line muffin pan with liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Next stir in carrots, zucchini, eggs, applesauce, honey and vanilla and stir. Then fold in coconut, walnuts and raisins.
- Fill each muffin cup using a large cookie scoop or 3 Tablespoons (a little less than 1/4 cup).
- Bake for 20 to 22 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean) and remove from oven.
- Let muffins cool in pan, then move to a cooling rack.
TIP: I use a food processor to quickly grate the carrots and zucchini.
These morning glory muffins are pretty customizable and you can add in your favorites or leave out things you don’t like. I usually make half the batch without raisins and walnuts for my kids. They like them plain (yet little do they know, they’re still getting veggies)! My 2 year old gobbles these right up! She absolutely loves them. My oldest knows there’s vegetables in there, but he’ll still eat them with a little bit of butter or apple butter.
I love everything in mine, though! Plus with a little butter on top (sometimes even a little extra drizzle of honey). YUM! Now don’t get me wrong… these morning glory muffins are not super sweet like a crumb muffins or lemon muffins, but they have just the right amount added in! Plus they are much healthier!
How to store morning glory muffins
To store, place morning glory muffins in an airtight container or zip top bag. The muffins will keep for about 3 days at room temperature, or about a week in the fridge.
Can you freeze morning glory muffins?
Yes! That’s one of my favorite things to do when making these morning glory muffins. I like to double the batch and freeze half. Just make sure they’ve cooled completely, then place in an airtight container or freezer bag and store. They will keep for a couple of months in the freezer. To reheat, place in the microwave or toaster oven and heat until warm.
Morning Glory Muffin Recipe
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour , can sub for all-purpose
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup grated zucchini , water removed (can substitute for apples)
- 3 large eggs
- 2/3 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut , optional
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans , optional
- 3/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries , optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners or use a silicone muffin pan.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the carrots, zucchini (or apple), eggs, applesauce, honey and vanilla. Mix just until combined. Add the coconut, nuts and raisins (or cranberries) if desired.
- Using a large baking scoop or 3 Tablespoons (a little less than 1/4 cup), fill each muffin cup. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes cleans. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes in the pan. Then remove to a cooling rack.
Hope you enjoy this delicious morning glory muffin recipe!