These nourishing morning glory muffins are the perfect hearty and wholesome breakfast baked good! Made with whole grains, oats, and packed full of veggies, you’ll love these morning glory muffins!

tender morning glory muffins with a bite taken out

These morning glory muffins are my favorite muffins of all time!

If I had it my way, I’d eat baked goods for breakfast every single day. Coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, scones, and most importantly muffins! But sometimes you want a muffin, but also want to be like kinda healthy. I mean I love eating a donut to start the day off, but I hate the sugar crash that comes with it. Which is why I’m SO excited to share these wholesome and hearty morning glory muffins with you all today!

honey glazed morning glory muffins

What are morning glory muffins?

If you haven’t had a morning glory muffin, I would like to express my deepest condolences. They’re seriously one of my most favorite breakfast muffins. Morning glory muffins taste  like a combination of a spice cake, carrot cake, and apple bread, but (if you can believe it)….better! They’re what I would call a “hearty and wholesome” muffin, similar to a bran muffin. But don’t let that scare you off. These muffins are every bit as delicious as a chocolate chip or banana muffins.

stack of morning glory muffins

Ingredients for morning glory muffins

Listen, I know these morning glory muffins call for a lot of ingredients, but DO NOT WORRY. Most of these ingredients are basic pantry ingredients you probably already have on hand and the others are easily subbed out. Check out our guide to baking substitutions to make this recipe work for what you have on hand!

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Orange Juice
  • Raisins
  • Coconut
  • Flour
  • Oat Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger Nutmeg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Eggs

hearty breakfast muffins with bite taken out

Are morning glory muffins healthy?

By my standards, heck yes. They’re loaded with good for you ingredients like oats, whole wheat flour, apples, and carrots. Plus they’re lower in oil and sugar than a traditional muffin recipe thanks to all those fresh fruits and veggies which provide moisture and sweetness. And while I love a good buttery blueberry muffin, these morning glory muffins are a breakfast you can actually feel good about eating. They’ll leave your belly full and nourished to start the day off right. Plus they taste pretty darn good too, so that helps 🙂

If you’re looking to lighten them up even more, you could replace some of the oil with apple sauce and swap out the brown sugar for coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup!

pile of morning glory muffins drizzled with honey

Optional add-ins for morning glory muffins

I know 15 ingredients is a lot for a recipe, but if you’re already using that many, why not throw in a few more. Hehe. OR sub out something you don’t have on hand!

  • Nuts: Pecans or walnuts would add a delicious crunch to these muffins!
  • Coconut: We have shredded coconut on the ingredient list because for us it’s a nonnegotiable, but it’s totally optional!
  • Dates: Chop up some dates and fold them in for some added sweetness and fiber!
  • Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries..the list goes on. Berries are one of my favorite additions to muffins and they add a delicious berry burst to these morning glory muffins.
  • Jam: Want to take these healthy breakfast muffins to the next level? Swirl in some preserves for a fruity finish!
  • Peanut butter: Drizzle your muffins with peanut butter or almond butter for a protein packed punch

pile of morning glory muffins

Now let’s all have muffins for bfast today! Have a wonderful day, my loves!



Morning Glory Muffins

tender morning glory muffins with a bite taken out

These scrumptious morning glory muffins are hearty enough for breakfast and loaded with raisins, oats, and alllll the good stuff.

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 12 minutes 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded carrots, packed
  • 1 cup shredded apples*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line 24 muffin cups with liners. Grease the tops of the muffin tins and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the vegetable oil, brown sugar, and eggs. Use a whisk to beat everything together. Add the carrots, apples, vanilla, and orange juice.
  3. Add the oat flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices to the wet ingredients and whisk to combine. Do not over mix. Fold in the raisins and coconut if using.
  4. Scoop 1/3 cup of batter into each of the prepared muffin cups and bake at 425°F for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes turn the oven down to 375° and bake for 12 more minutes or until the muffins spring back to the touch and a knife inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean.
  5. Allow the muffins to cool before enjoying!


*You can also sub out the shredded apples for apple sauce!

Keywords: morning glory muffins, healthy muffins, breakfast muffins

morning glory muffins recipe



Could I use additional whole wheat flour instead of oat flour? I don’t have oat flour on hand but I do have quite a lot of whole wheat flour that I never get around to using lol

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Absolutely! You could also make your own oat flour with oats. Just blend the oats in a higher powered blender or food processor!


Awesome! Something else, do you imagine these would freeze well? 🙂

Laura Thompson

Would LOVE to make these! I have everything in my big pantry and then all of the additional add-ins like dates! f I don’t have oat flour can I just put some oats in the food processor? If so, should it be quick oats or old fashioned? I’m thinking old fashioned some their being baked. Thanks!


do you think gluten free 1:1 flour would work in place of whole wheat flour? these look awesome!

Sofi | Broma Bakery

I do! We love Bob’s!


What can I use as a substitute for orange juice?

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Hi Candice! You could substitute another citrus-y juice like grapefruit, mango, apple, etc. Or you could also use milk!


what if I don’t have whole wheat flour? does AP work or will i have to adjust liquids?

Sofi | Broma Bakery

You can absolutely love all purpose!


one more question….can shredded zucchini and a banana be added to this? i have been searching high and low for a morning glory recipe that has these two ingredients as well as those you have listed above. I accidentally threw mine out and have searched about 3 years for a similar one – this is the closest i have seen.

and if you don’t think it’s ok – these look amazing anyway! thanks!

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Hi Janet! You could definitely add shredded zucchini to this! The banana would change the texture so I’m not positive, but you could probably sub the apple out for banana. Or some of the oil for banana!


Quantity in recipe shown says 24 muffins but using the directions of one third cup in each muffin cup makes 12. Am I misreading?

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Hi Sandy! Our scale feature on our recipe card must be acting up and doubling it for some reason. It is 12!


These are awesome – I’m making them for the second time. Tender, evenly flavored. Love this recipe!

Sofi | Broma Bakery

YAY! So happy to hear you enjoyed these 🙂


I really enjoyed this recipe. I used less carrot and put some zucchini and also cut the brown sugar in half and used some stevia to cut some sweetness. It turned out really well! I think next time I will try adding a banana and see what happens!

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Yay! So happy you enjoyed these and that your substitutions worked out well 🙂


If I wanted to make this into a loaf instead of muffins, what would the bake time be?

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Hi Jenelle! We’ve actually never tried it, but I would guess 45 min-1 hour! Let us know how it goes!

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