Morning Glory Muffins

12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Morning Glory Muffins are moist, tender, and packed with fun mix-ins. There’s carrots, walnuts, raisins, and coconut all baked into one glorious breakfast!

Think of Morning Glory Muffins as a combination of Carrot Cake and a Spice Cake all made into one easy Breakfast Baked Good.

Morning Glory Muffin with bite removed


These tender, buttery muffins pack quite the punch. We’ve made muffins with all different flavors from Blueberry to Oreo to Pumpkin, but Morning Glory Muffins may have the most variety of taste and texture you’ll ever see in one muffin.

Brown sugar, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, carrots, walnuts, raisins, and coconut flakes all come together to make this breakfast treat. It may sound like a lot, but the flavors and mix-ins all compliment each other perfectly in Morning Glory Muffins!

Morning Glory Muffins batter in cupcake tin

These muffins are great to bake for breakfast, enjoy as an afternoon snack, or pack for an on-the-go treat. Whenever you eat them, you’re sure to love these irresistible muffins! They’re especially wonderful fresh from the oven when the moist cake is still warm and it all melts in your mouth.

Morning Glory Muffins in cupcake tin


Over time the Morning Glory Muffin has become a classic in American baking, but it’s actually a fairly recent development. The Morning Glory Muffin was developed in New England at a restaurant called Morning Glory Cafe. Hence, the name.

Of course, we like to joke they’re called Morning Glories, because eating one of these for breakfast can make even the gloomiest day seem glorious!



  • Prep: Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners so everything is ready for the batter.
  • Batter: Whisk together the vegetable oil, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Once the ingredients are well combined slowly sift in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, but only until just combined. It’s important when making muffin batter not to overmix.
  • Mix-ins: Chop the walnuts and apples. Then use a peeler to shred the carrots. Once the mix-ins are ready, fold the carrots, walnuts, raisins, coconuts, and apples into the batter.
  • Bake: Use a ¾ measuring cup to scoop the muffins into the prepared tin. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Use a toothpick to test if the muffins are ready. Put the toothpick in the center of one muffin. If it comes out clean, then they’re baked through.

Morning Glory Muffins in muffin tin


  • Nuts: Instead of using walnuts, you could try adding chopped pecans, almonds, or cashews. You can also use a combination of nuts in the Morning Glory Muffins.
  • Fruit: Try adding other dried fruits besides raisins like cranberries or dates. You could also add some citrus flavor with orange or lemon zest.
  • More mix-ins: Even with all the delicious ingredients already in Morning Glory Muffins, you could always experiment with more. Try folding in poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, or white chocolate chips. Cinnamon chips would also make a delicious addition.
  • Flour: To make Morning Glory Muffins gluten-free replace the 2 cups of all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative. Almond flour, coconut flour, or arrowroot would work nicely.



  • Serve: Muffins will start to get dry if they’re left sitting out, so you’ll want to store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. As long as they’re sealed, you can keep them in the pantry for up to 2 days.
  • Store: Once the Morning Glory Muffins have cooled down, put them in an airtight container to store in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Freeze: To freeze the muffins leave them in the tin and flash freeze them for an hour. Once they’re frozen you can move them to a freezer bag and they won’t get stuck together. Muffins stay good in the freezer for 6 months.

Morning Glory Muffins in stack

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Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins are moist, tender, and packed with fun mix-ins. There’s carrots, walnuts, raisins, and coconut all baked into one glorious breakfast!
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup walnuts , chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 muffin tin with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the vegetable oil, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Whisk the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just combined.
  • Fold in the carrots, walnuts, raisins, coconuts, and apple.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 3636IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Morning Glory Muffins

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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