Morning Glory Muffins

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You’ll be starting your day right anytime you serve your family delicious Morning Glory Muffins. Not too sweet, and packed with fruit and nuts, all it takes is one of these genuinely glorious treats to feel full all morning long!

Combining the best features of apple cake or carrot cake, morning glory muffins are aptly named. It’s amazing how many tasty ingredients get packed into one little muffin!

A stack of morning glory muffins baked and ready to be served

What’s a Morning Glory Muffin?

I’ve heard many origins for the first copy of the recipe for these famous muffins, most notably it was said to be published in Gourmet Magazine in 1981. Ten years later, it had become an American favorite and readers cited it as one of that magazine’s best-ever recipes of the past 50 years.

This is a slight adaptation of the original recipe but every bit as delicious.

  • Grated carrots and apple add moisture
  • Shredded coconut, chopped nuts, and sunflower seeds add lots of flavor and texture

Pecans and walnuts are usually the favored nuts for morning glory muffins, but you can substitute what you have on hand. Any cooking oil is also fine, such as canola, sunflower or peanut oil.

Other substitutions or additions include raisins or dried berries of any kind, poppy seeds or wheat germ.

Ingredients for morning glory muffins

To Make Morning Glory Muffins

The two mantras in muffin batter (or quick breads like banana bread) is “wet into dry,” and “don’t overbeat.”

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and all wet ingredients in a second bowl.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add wet ingredients.
  3. Stir just until batter is mixed, but don’t overdo it. It’ll look a bit lumpy.
  4. Fill wells and bake.

How Long Do They Last?

In my house about one day or less!

Like most muffin recipes, tightly cover them and will remain fresh and moist for up to two days at room temperature, or up to a week in the fridge.

Morning glory muffins topped with sunflower seeds

To Freeze Muffins

If you want to store your morning glory muffins for longer, you can keep them in the freezer for up to four months.

To prevent the tops from getting gooey and soggy, make sure you cool them completely before enclosing in a plastic bag or plastic container.

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Morning Glory Muffins

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 24 muffins
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Muffins
Cuisine American
These easy muffins are the perfect way to start the day!


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 oz crushed pineapple drained and squeezed very dry
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups carrots grated
  • 1 apple peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup nuts chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds unsalted

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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a muffin pan (or line with paper liners).

  2. Combine eggs, oil, sugar, pineapple and vanilla in a large bowl.

  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and combine just until moistened. Fold in remaining ingredients except sunflower seeds.

  5. Divide mixture over 24 muffin cups. Top with sunflower seeds and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 140, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 111mg, Potassium: 107mg, Carbohydrates: 24g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 1816%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 20%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Top photo - A Morning Glory Muffin served on a wooden board. Bottom photo - Morning Glory Muffins baked in a muffin tin.
A Morning Glory muffin served on a wooden board.
A Morning Glory muffin served on a wooden board.

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