morning glory muffins

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 on cooling rack

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Morning Glory Muffins

Morning glory muffins are a unique mix of fruit, vegetables, and nuts all packed into one naturally sweet muffin!
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 14


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour ($0.10)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour ($0.16)
  • 1/2 cup oat bran ($0.52)
  • 1 cup sugar ($0.18)
  • 2 tsp baking soda ($0.08)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ($0.12)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil ($0.24)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce ($0.38)
  • 3 lg eggs ($0.53)
  • 1 tsp vanilla ($0.28)
  • 2 cups 4 med carrots, shredded ($0.49)
  • 1/2 cup raisins ($0.28)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped ($0.84)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut ($0.25)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 273.81 kcalCarbohydrates: 37.11 gProtein: 5.06 gFat: 13.27 gSodium: 249.07 mgFiber: 3.2 g
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close up of morning glory muffin

Step By Step Photos

dry ingredients in mixing bowl
Put 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.

 dry ingredients mixed
Stir it all up so it’s evenly mixed.

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

wet ingredients whisked
Whisk until evenly combined.

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

wet and dry ingredients mixed together in one bowl
Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients…

muffin mix ingredients in bowl
And stir it up. Stir only until everything has moistened and mixed evenly. Over stirring can give the muffins a poor texture.

muffin pan lined with muffin cups and filled with muffin mix to top
Fill the muffin tin up to the top of the wells. Bake at 375 degrees (preheated oven) for about 30 minutes.

cooling muffins on cooling rack
Let the muffins cool on a wire rack.

close up of finished morning glory muffin
Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee while sitting on your porch watching the world go by…