Morning Glory Muffins

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Morning glory muffins are good to eat and good for you. And, true to their name, they’re a glorious way to start the day.

Morning glory muffins are made with a little bit of everything: whole wheat flour, carrots, apples, raisins, walnuts, orange juice, coconut and wheat germ. Created decades ago by Chef Pam McKinstry for her Morning Glory Café on Nantucket Island, they’re a throwback to the 1970’s “back-to-the-land” movement, when wholesome hippie food was all the rage. True to their name, they’re a glorious way to start the day.

What you’ll need to make Morning Glory Muffins

Morning glory muffins ingredients

Despite the long list of ingredients, morning glory muffins are easy to make, especially if you use a food processor to shred the carrots and apple. For the flour, I like to use King Arthur white whole wheat flour because it’s lighter and milder tasting than regular whole wheat flour (yet just as nutritious). If you can’t find it, go ahead and use regular whole wheat flour (or, for  lighter-tasting muffins, try half whole wheat flour/half all-purpose flour).

How to make Morning Glory Muffins

Begin by soaking the raisins in hot water. This softens and plumps them up.

soaking raisins

Meanwhile, grate the carrots and apple. I use a food processor but you can also use a box grater.

grated-carrots-and-apples

If you’re making your own orange juice, juice the orange.

juicing the orange

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt.

flour, brown sugar, spices, and salt in large mixing bowl

Combine, using your fingers to break up any lumps of brown sugar.

combined dry ingredients in mixing bowl

In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, orange juice, and vanilla extract.

whisking the eggs, oil, orange juice and vanilla

Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture, along with the grated apple, grated carrots, wheat germ, walnuts, coconut, and drained raisins.adding the carrots, apples, nuts, raisins, wheat germ and wet ingredients to the flour mixture

Mix until evenly moistened and combined. The batter will be very thick.

mixed morning glory muffin batter

Divide the batter into the wells of a greased 12-cup muffin pan. They will be very full.

morning glory muffin batter in pan, ready to bake

Bake for about 25 minutes, until muffins are nicely domed. Cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn the muffins out onto a rack to cool completely.

baked morning glory muffins cooling on rack

The muffins are best enjoyed fresh, but they will keep nicely for a few days and they also freeze well. Serve with butter and enjoy!

My starting point for this recipe was the Morning Glory Muffins on the King Arthur Flour website — a fantastic baking resource. I found their version to be a bit bland, so I increased the spices, raisins, walnuts, and sugar.

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Morning Glory Muffins

Morning glory muffins are good to eat and good for you. And, true to their name, they’re a glorious way to start the day.

Servings: 12 large muffins
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour (or Whole Wheat Flour), spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (if making your own, you'll need one orange)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled and shredded carrots (you'll need 4-5 large carrots)
  • 1 large tart apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, cover the raisins with hot water. Set them aside to soak.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
  4. Drain the raisins, squeezing out any excess water with your hands.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Add to the flour mixture, along with the drained raisins, carrots, apple, coconut, walnuts, and wheat germ. Mix until the batter is evenly moistened and combined.
  6. Divide the batter among the wells of the prepared pan. They will be very full.
  7. Bake the muffins for about 25 minutes, until they're nicely domed and a cake tester inserted in the center of one of the inner muffins comes out clean.
  8. Remove the muffins from the oven and let cool in the pan on a rack for about 5 minutes. Turn the muffins out onto the rack to cool completely. Cover and store at room temperature for several days.
  9. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 367
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Sugar: 29g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Sodium: 346mg
  • Cholesterol: 47mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Jenn these muffins are SO yummy! I made them for my husband who wanted a bran or carrot flavor, and not only did he like them, but my 10yr old boy took one in his lunch every day too. My parents loved them so much they offered to pay me to make them a batch! What?!
    Best Morning Glory muffin recipe I’ve found..Great job!

    • — Sherry on March 10, 2021
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  • Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is an excellent tasting muffin.

    • — Hope on March 1, 2021
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  • All I can say is….WOW!

    • — Susan Grondin on February 21, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn:

    First of all, thank you for your advice and input regarding all of your recipes. I’m very thankful to have the ability to ask a question(s). Here is my dilemma, I’ve perused though the recipes comments and notes on adding ground flax seed to this recipe.

    However, I’ve only noted the one comment about replacing wheat germ with ground flax seed. I have three questions for you – I want to add it in addition to the wheat germ. That said, how much would be best to use? And, do I need to add more liquid? And if so, what type?

    Thank you in advance,
    Susan

    • — Susan Grondin on February 18, 2021
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    • Hi Susan, always happy to help! I wouldn’t recommend adding ground flaxseed in addition to the wheat germ. If you really want to incorporate flaxseed, I’d use half wheat germ and half ground flaxseed. Hope that helps and that you enjoy the muffins!

      • — Jenn on February 20, 2021
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      • If it’s helpful for others to know, I just did this (1/2 each wheat germ and flax meal) and they turned out great!! These muffins are amazing. Such a nice texture, not heavy or dense. My son and I loved making them together too! 😊

        • — Sumi on March 3, 2021
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  • I love these muffins, 5 stars! I was looking for a healthier alternative grab-and-go breakfast to replace sugary cliff bars and these were perfect. They keep me full til my lunch break and taste amazing! Out of personal preference I leave out the walnuts and raisins but I’m sure they’d be even more filling with them. Delicious!

    • — Katie Cockrell on February 2, 2021
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  • This is our family’s favorite! It does take a little time to put together, so I usually make two batches of dry ingredients ahead of time and store in a labeled zip-lock bag until I have time to bake. This recipe is also very flexible – I’ve replaced 1/2 cup flour with almond meal, replaced orange juice for pomegranate or pineapple juice, increased volume of carrots and nuts – all these variations bake up great. I usually split the batter between a 12-cup and a mini muffin tins – mini muffins work great for kids’ lunch boxes and take about 18 minutes to bake.
    Thank you, Jenn, for the great collection of recipes and simple yet thorough instructions!

    • — Lana on January 29, 2021
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  • These dense muffins are definitely breakfast worthy. The carrots, apple, walnuts and coconut really add punch to the texture and taste. I use unsweetened coconut to keep the sugar down. Excellent!

    • — Karen M Miller on January 29, 2021
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  • I’ve made this multiple times, and am finally getting around to reviewing it. My family and I love these muffins. They have enough healthy things (coconut, carrots, apple) that I love and they taste great, so they go down well with the kids.

    • — Coleen on January 28, 2021
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  • I love these muffins, they have become my ‘go to’ muffin recipe. I don’t like walnuts, so I add in whatever else I might have – cranberries or dates, whatever. They are still delicious, so moist! Thanks for a great muffin recipe!

    • — Donna Deegan-Smith on January 28, 2021
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  • Good morning Jenn & everyone:

    I’ll begin by saying “You have to make these muffins!!!!” They taste great and freeze really well. Also, this is a recipe anyone can make it “their own.” In fact I meant to review this recipe a couple months ago and completely forgot. Jenn, I sent you a question a while back asking if I could change out wheat germ for flax instead. You said no problem, and if course you’re correct!😊 And from there I changed a couple of other “things” to…
    So the following are the small changes I’ve made: I use ground flax seed for the wheat germ. I use MANGO purée instead of OJ, and I do not use chopped walnuts, I use walnut pieces (we prefer the texture). This is a truly wonderful recipe to begin any day!
    Thank you so much Jenn for the inspiration that come from your recipes!
    I’m having a great time baking & cooking after a long absence from the kitchen, professionally & at home☺️

    • — Lisa on January 23, 2021
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