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Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Start your day with Morning Glory muffins! This recipe is packed with goodness: carrots, raisins, nuts, and warm spices.


  • 1 cup [140 g] all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup [140 g] whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup [100 g] granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup [100 g] light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup canned pineapple (in juice), drained and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup peeled and grated carrots (2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, plus more for topping
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk (or orange juice*)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: Coconut flakes, for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or add muffin cup papers.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, baking powder, and kosher salt. Stir in the pineapple, carrots, raisins and chopped pecans.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the applesauce, vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a spatula until a thick, smooth batter forms.
  4. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups: the cups will be full to the top. Sprinkle the tops with more chopped pecans and if desired, coconut flakes.
  5. Bake the muffins for 20 to 23 minutes, until puffed and golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool fully, about 1 hour. Eat immediately or they taste even better the next day after storage in a sealed container at room temperature. Store up to 4 days in a sealed container at room temperature, refrigerated up to 1 week or more (allow to come to room temperature before serving), or frozen up to 3 months.


*Adding 1 teaspoon orange zest also brightens the flavor! Other mix in ideas: add 1/2 cup shredded coconut, use walnuts instead of pecans, or golden raisins instead of raisins.

  • Category: Muffin
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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