This moist muffin recipe is packed with carrots, apples, pineapple, raisins, coconut, and walnuts. Full of tropical flavor and a breeze to make, this easy muffin recipe might just inspire you to look forward to mornings!

A basket filled with morning glory muffins.

In 1978, chef Pam McKinstry created the original Morning Glory Muffins to serve at her Morning Glory Café on Nantucket Island, and three years later, Gourmet magazine printed her recipe for readers to enjoy, too.

In 1991, it was chosen by Gourmet fans as one of the best recipes of the past 25 years. For good reason: This is like a Cinnamon Apple Cake, Hummingbird Cake, and Carrot Cake all in one totally-appropriate-for-breakfast muffin recipe.

For nearly 30 years, it’s been a favorite muffin recipe of my family, and I hope it now becomes an heirloom recipe in your family, too.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Morning Glory Muffins Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for morning glory muffins.

Ingredient notes

  • Raisins: If you’re not fond of regular raisins, golden raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped dried cherries would also work well. Or omit entirely.
  • Apple: Peeled and grated apples (a box grater does the trick nicely) ensure the batter is moist while adding a hint of natural sweetness.
  • Crushed pineapple: Crack open a small can, then pour into a strainer to drain off the excess liquid. Press dry with paper towels, then incorporate into the batter for even more moisture and some tropical flavor.
  • Carrots: You’ll need about 4 carrots, which produces around 2 cups once peeled and grated. It may seem like a lot of work to grate the carrots by hand (rather than buying a bag of drier, less fresh shredded carrots at the supermarket), but trust me: juicy, freshly grated carrots make all the difference.
  • Walnuts: To toast walnuts, on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan, roast the nuts a 350-degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add coconut, raisins, apple, pineapple, carrots, and walnuts and stir to combine.
Ingredients in two bowls for morning glory muffins.
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, and vanilla until smooth. Gently add egg mixture to the dry mixture stir carefully to combine (do not overmix).
Morning glory muffin batter in a clear bowl.
  1. Using a greased ⅓ cup measure, portion the batter into each muffin cup.
Twelve unbaked morning glory muffins in a muffin tin.
  1. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about 25-35 minutes, rotating the pan half-way through baking. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes then flip out onto a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Twelve morning glory muffins on a cooling rack.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 12 regular-sized muffins, ideal to add to a brunch buffet, to enjoy with a weekday breakfast, or pack as a mid-afternoon snack.
  • Storage: Store these muffins at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
  • Freezer: Morning Glory Muffins can be cooled, wrapped in 2 layers of plastic, and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
  • Mix up your mix-ins: Substitute dried cranberries for the raisins, raspberries or blueberries for the apples, or toasted pecans for the walnuts.
Two morning glory muffins on a white plate.

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Morning Glory Muffins

This moist muffin recipe is packed with carrots, apples, pineapple, raisins, coconut, and walnuts. Full of tropical flavor and a breeze to make, this easy muffin recipe might just inspire you to look forward to mornings!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 12 muffins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 436

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup raisins (see note 1)
  • 1 large apple peeled and grated (see note 2)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple drained and pressed dry with paper towels (see note 3)
  • 4 medium carrots peeled and grated (about 2 cups, see note 4)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts toasted and coarsely chopped (see note 5)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add coconut, raisins, apple, pineapple, carrots, and walnuts and stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, and vanilla until smooth. Gently add egg mixture to the dry mixture stir carefully to combine (do not overmix).
  • Using a greased ⅓ cup measure, portion the batter into each muffin cup. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about 25-35 minutes, rotating the pan half-way through baking. 
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes then flip out onto a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  1. Raisins: If you’re not fond of regular raisins, golden raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped dried cherries would also work well. Or omit entirely.
  2. Apple: Peeled and grated apples (a box grater does the trick nicely) ensure the batter is moist while adding a hint of natural sweetness.
  3. Crushed pineapple: Crack open a small can, then pour into a strainer to drain off the excess liquid. Press dry with paper towels, then incorporate into the batter for even more moisture and some tropical flavor.
  4. Carrots: You’ll need about 4 carrots, which produces around 2 cups once peeled and grated. It may seem like a lot of work to grate the carrots by hand (rather than buying a bag of drier, less fresh shredded carrots at the supermarket), but trust me: juicy, freshly grated carrots make all the difference.
  5. Walnuts: To toast walnuts, on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan, roast the nuts a 350-degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes.
  6. Yield: This recipe makes 12 regular-sized muffins, ideal to add to a brunch buffet, to enjoy with a weekday breakfast, or pack as a mid-afternoon snack.
  7. Storage: Store these muffins at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
  8. Freezer: Morning Glory Muffins can be cooled, wrapped in 2 layers of plastic, and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
  9. Mix up your mix-ins: Substitute dried cranberries for the raisins, raspberries or blueberries for the apples, or toasted pecans for the walnuts.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 5gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 322mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 3gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 3469IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg
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  1. I modify all my muffin recipes since I am diabetic and don’t want the extra calories from the sugar. I replace the sugar with Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener which is a erithritol and monkfruit blend, it has zero calories and in muffins and sweet breads cooks the same as sugar. I also use melted butter in place of the oil and cut the amount in half, adding an equal amount of plain nonfat greek yogurt. For the flour, I use 1/3 almond flour, 1/3 whole white wheat flour and 1/3 all purpose unbleached flour. This gives me a little more fiber by using 2/3 whole grain/nut flours. I add additional protein by adding Pure Protein Vanilla Cream Whey powder, 2 scoops (30 g protein) . These muffins came out perfectly even with these changes and have fast become one of my favorite muffin recipes. I get 18 muffins out of the batch. Thanks for this recipe and I hope my modifications may help others who are diabetic or looking to reduce the calories. With my changes the calories for each muffin is 202, and each contain 7.1 g of protein.5 stars