These muffins are delicious and nutritious. When my friend, Angie, brought us some one day, I took one bite and knew they were winners.
I adapted the original recipe to make it healthier, but if you’re not worrying about sugar or calories, the original recipe is really good. 🙂
I’d recommend using muffin liners, if you buy them, as they seem to help these be a bit more moist. However, they are still delicious with less sugar and without muffin liners.
I used pureed carrots instead of shredded carrots this time around as that is what I already had in the freezer. I think it works a little better with shredded carrots — and the batter doesn’t look so orange, either!
Easy Morning Glory Muffins
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (can also use white flour or a mixture of whole-wheat and white flour)
- 3/4 to 1 cup raw sugar (or sugar)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and shredded (or chopped)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted (or oil)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the carrots, raisins, coconut, and apples.
In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into the carrot/flour mixture, just until moistened. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
To freeze: Cool completely and put in an airtight ziptop freezer bag.
To thaw: Pull out the desired number of muffins and thaw at room temperature for an hour or so. You can also warm them in the microwave.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
Did you do any freezer cooking today? If so, I’d love to see the results of your efforts! Link up your blog posts below or tell us about your success in the comments.
Do you use store brought dressing for your salads or make your own?
Also I love seeing the groceries and what you make with them!!
Crystal Paine says
A lot of times, I don’t use dressing. Sometimes, I use a little olive oil. And sometimes I use dressing that comes with bagged salads (when I buy those).
I made these for a friend that just had a baby – I was looking for something healthy. I decided to double the recipe so I could have some too. Well – they are just delicious! I used Honey Crisp apples and dried cranberries bc I did not have raisins. They are just wonderful! I think the coconut oil adds a great flavor. I will absolutely make this again! Thank You 🙂
Yay! We love hearing feedback. We’re so glad you loved them. The cranberries sound delicious! -Jordan, MSM Team
Kelly Gruberman says
How long can these muffins be frozen for? Getting ready for baby #2 and just want to make sure I label the bag with the correct timing to know when to eat by. Thanks!
I just made these and they are delicious! I did replace half of the coconut oil with applesauce and use the 3/4 cup sugar. I may even cut it down a bit to 2/3 or less next time. Thanks for sharing!
I tried out this recipe this week and I LOVED it. So did several of my friends. I am already planning to make these again later this week. Thanks so much for sharing! Like you I tend to tweak things 🙂
I tried your meatballs and lasagna casserole for freezer cooking this week. Can’t wait to eat them! Thanks for all the inspiration.
Danielle @ CozyCakesCottage says
I’m a bit behind on the challenges (sigh), but I made the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies today. I can’t wait to try them tonight!
I have been motivated by you to be cooking all this week, though I missed the first two or three weeks 🙂 Yesterday, I baked two chickens, shredded the meat, made a bean mix for the freezer, and packaged four lunches (3 fried rice, and 1 BBQ chicken for sandwiches). Your muffins look yummy!
Yum! Our now 21 year old daughter called these meatloaf muffins when she was little 🙂
After you posted that you were going to be making Morning Glory Muffins, I got a real hankering to make some. I checked out the recipe you used and it is almost the exact same recipe as the one I use from a bakery cafe cookbook my mom gave me when I got married. The only difference is my recipe includes 2 tablespoons buttermilk (i just use milk and a drop of lemon juice). I think it makes a difference too!
As to the healthiness of all that sugar and oil, I like the way you tweaked them. I did the same only I replaced half the oil with mashed sweet potatoe. Next time I’ll use apple sauce. I used 3/4 c sugar and they were plenty sweet. I will say they turn out for me with a kind of caramelly crunchy outside that i love when I use the full 1 1/4 c sugar the orignial recipe calls for (if i use no liner.
Anna @ Feminine Adventures says
Cool! I’ve got lots of sweet potato frozen and would love to replace part of the oil with it. Did they end up sticking? Would you use sweet potato again?
Find Time For Fun says
You’re really becoming quite the photographer! Would you mind sharing what kind of camera you have? I’m looking at purchasing one. Thanks!
Wow! so many good things in these muffins! my family will love them!
Jillian K. says
These look great! I may have to try them after we run out of banana bread.
I’ve been working on dinners this week, plus preserving some of the herbs that I grow. It’s been a good week!
Thanks for hosting this!
Your website always inspires me – I used to make and freeze muffins frequently but I’ve dropped the habit – thanks for the reminder 🙂 They’re such a great quick snack.
These look great! Excited to try them. Is the yield ~24 muffins (guessing from the pictures)? Hopefully I’m not overlooking that in your post but didn’t see it. Thanks!
These sound very yummy! I love http://www.allrecipes.com. I sliced up some bananas and flash froze them for smoothies. That is the extent of my freezer “cooking” today.
I made these many times before but added 3/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup oil (canola, vegetable, or whatever I have on hand but no olive). Never tried cocnut oil but will have to next time. My picky kids LOVE them and usually want butter on the muffins but they eat them plain.
Lynn in MD says
You could make these even healthier by omitting the oil and using applesauce or canned pumpkin instead. Instead of eggs try egg whites or even flax meal instead. 🙂
Coconut oil is so good for you, and the yolks are the best part of the egg! 🙂
Lynn in MD says
Both of them are VERY high in saturated fat… so NOT heart healthy.
Check out this article on healthy fats!
cathy S. says
It is now understood that saturated fats are probably not unhealthy for the heart. Although if one already has heart disease saturated fat should be controlled.
I use a recipe very similar but use 1 cup grated carrots and 1 cup grated zucchini…so yummy!
Those muffins look so delish….I’m going to have to print the recipe!
Michelle Zielicke Murphy says
I made chex mix today. And I made 6 different kinds. No I did not intend to, but I kept seeing such good recipes I couldn’t stop until I ran out of time and energy. hehe. I still have 4 more recipes to try. Hehe.
I ran out of carrots so I could not make this recipe today. But I will be trying it in the future. But I did make pantry muffin mix. I mixed up a strawberry and chocolate chip muffin mix, zucchini and chocolate chip muffin mix and a pear and cinnamon muffin mix.
Carolynn @mylittlebitoflife.com says
You can also make these Paleo!! The are my favorite Paleo recipe thus far!!
Would you be willing to share the recipe! Thanks so much!
Carolynn @ mylittlebitoflife.com says
Mmmm…these look good. I will be tweaking them further(is that allowed?!) I guess I’m used to not-very-sweet muffins! All my recipes use more like 1/4 cup of sugar per 12 muffins. That original recipe should be called cupcakes! lol
These look great! Anyone know if I can replace the eggs? My son is allergic but he loves muffins and these would be great. I’m thinking applesauce? He just got diagnosed so we are new to eggless cooking 🙂
Michelle: Flax seeds are probably your best substitution for this. You may want to try this:
– 1 tablespoon whole flaxseeds
– 4 tablespoons water (or other liquid)
Process seeds in a blender to a fine meal, add liquid and blend well.
You can make a bigger batch by increasing the ingredient amounts. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
I know there is a little blurb on the side of the flaxseed bag about using it as an egg substitute. I’ve used it before, but I can’t remember the specifics, something like 1 Tbs flaxseed and 3 Tbs water for each egg. I have used it before in baking and it always turns out great!
Victoria @Snail Pace Transformations says
I use to replace eggs with 1 tablespoon soy flour mixed with 2 tablespoons water. Whisk it together just like and egg before putting it in your recipe.
I have a friend who is vegan, so when I wanted to make her some cookies, I had to find an egg substitute. I substituted 1/2 cup mashed banana for 2 eggs and they came out great. My family actually liked the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies better with the banana.
So, you could try 1/4 cup mashed banana for each egg.
My only concern (if I’ll make these I’ll be replacing the egg, too!) is that 3 eggs for 12 muffins is an awful lot of egg to be replacing. Usually the flaxseed substitution works beautifully, but I’ve never replaced more than 1 egg in a single batch of anything at a time. If you do it, please let us know how they turn out!
As a side note, I’ve noticed that the 1 T flaxseed + 3T water substitution has less volume than 1 large egg, so keep an eye out for the moistness of your batter. You may end up wanting to add a Tbsp or so more liquid. 🙂
I make these very similar except instead of the flour I use flaxseed meal and wheat bran. Healthy and delicious!
I am so making these….actually im going to go make them now for in the morning…its a great way to sneak extra vegetables into the kids 🙂
Slides 'n Sandboxes says
Do you serve all your muffins on the top of the fence posts? 🙂 Can’t wait to try them (muffins) out. Thanks!
Anna @ Feminine Adventures says
Haha! Love how you’re experimenting with the camera. Or was it really a picnic?
Swappin' Spoons says
Have you ever made muffin melts? They are a favorite in our home. I am not sure how you would freeze them, any suggestions? http://swappinspoons.blogspot.com/2012/02/muffin-melts.html
Mary Ellen says
I made these as well a few months ago! Here is my version using apple butter to replace some of the oil.