morning glory muffins

$4.47 recipe / $0.25 each

Nom nom nom… (I’m eating one of these as I type this blog post)

So, I’m usually not that into muffins because they really just seem like cupcakes in disguise. Morning glory muffins, on the other hand, are chock full of all sorts of delicious, good for you things. My morning glory muffins have oat bran, shredded carrots, applesauce, raisins, walnuts and coconut, but there are tons of other options. In the future, I plan on experimenting with shredded zucchini, pumpkin puree and pineapple. If you’re planning to experiment with other ingredients, just try to keep the ratio of wet to dry ingredients the same to keep the consistency of the batter the same.

That being said, they are still muffins and still have a decent amount of sugar so I’m reserving these for those long, lazy weekend mornings when I want something special with my cup of coffee. The recipe makes 14 and since I’m only planning to eat them as a treat, the majority will be frozen. Baked goods freeze beautifully, just make sure to wrap them up tightly to prevent freezer burn.

Morning Glory Muffins

morning glory muffins

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morning glory muffins
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Total Cost: $4.47
Cost Per Serving: $0.25
Serves: 14
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.10
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour $0.16
  • ½ cup oat bran $0.52
  • 1 cup sugar $0.18
  • 2 tsp baking soda $0.08
  • 2 tsp cinnamon $0.12
  • ¼ tsp salt $0.02
  • ½ cup vegetable oil $0.24
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce $0.38
  • 3 lg eggs $0.53
  • 1 tsp vanilla $0.28
  • 2 cups (4 med) carrots, shredded $0.49
  • ½ cup raisins $0.28
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped $0.84
  • ½ cup shredded coconut $0.25
  1. Wash and peel the carrots. Using a cheese shredder, shred the carrots into a bowl and then set them aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oat bran, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  3. In another fairly large bowl, combine the wet ingredients: vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla. Whisk until evenly combined. Stir in the carrots, raisins, walnuts and coconut.
  4. Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir just until everything is moistened and combined. Over stirring can give the muffins an undesirable texture.
  5. Line a muffin tin with paper cups or spray with non-stick spray. Fill the cups to the top with the muffin batter. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.


morning glory muffins

Step By Step Photos

dry ingredientsPut all of the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt). Yes, there is a bowl there, it’s just glass so you can’t see it.

stir dry ingredientsStir it all up so it’s evenly mixed.

wet ingredientsPut all of the wet ingredients in a second bowl (oil, applesauce, eggs, vanilla).

whisk wet ingredientsWhisk until evenly combined.

add insAdd the rest of the ingredients (shredded carrots, walnuts, raisins, coconut) to the wet ingredients and stir it up.

muffin methodPour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients…

muffin methodAnd stir it up. Stir only until everything has moistened and mixed evenly. Over stirring can give the muffins a poor texture.

fill muffin tinFill the muffin tin up to the top of the wells. Bake at 375 degrees (preheated oven) for about 30 minutes.

cooling muffinsLet the muffins cool on a wire rack.

enjoy morning glory muffinEnjoy with a hot cup of coffee while sitting on your porch watching the world go by…


  1. I made these with 1 cup oats to replace the bran and walnut and they turned out great. I’m excited to take them hiking tomorrow

  2. Michelle says:

    I made these. I lowered the white sugar a bit and put some honey in. Worked well.

  3. kelsey says:

    I have been looking for a morning glory recipe for a long time! I had them at a farmer’s market when this bakery had a booth there. I loved it, but I could never find a recipe to make them… but now I have finally found one, and I can finally put this homemade applesauce to good use :)

  4. Mandy says:

    I’m going to try making these in my heart shaped muffin silicone sheet for Valentine’s day!

  5. O.
    I just made these and they are absolutely delish! I used old-fashioned oats in place of oat bran since I generally don’t keep that on hand. I thought I was going to end up with too much batter (the cups were FULL) but they came out to be a perfect size after they baked. I also had to add 5 minutes to the baking time, but I’m sure that’s different for everyone, depending on their ovens. The hardest part of this recipe is limiting myself to only eating one!

  6. Maria says:

    I just did it, and muffins tasted delicious!
    You missed the oat bran in the recipe.

  7. I’ve never enjoyed grocery shopping or cooking, but now that I’ve quit my job at a full time active duty Air Force lab tech to be a full time student, I had to find a way to save money. Thankfully I found this blog! I’m getting better at meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking (I’m actually enjoying it all).Thank you, Beth! This recipe is great! I had to substitute oat bran for old fashioned oats and 2 mashed up bananas in place of the applesauce. I also didn’t add raisins.

  8. I linked to this recipe in my March Real Food Monthly Meal Plan. I am a carb addict and am always looking for ways to sneak veggies and fruits in with my carbs.

  9. Melissa K says:

    We also made these with a toddler last night. They were so tasty. We used 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar because that’s all we had in the cupboard. They are so tasty. My daughter had a grand time mixing all the dry ingredients and eating the raisins and coconut. we used the peeler to shred the carrots and it left big pieces or carrot running through the muffins. It didn’t really affect the texture. We are big fans.

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