Best Morning Glory Muffins Recipe

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"These moist muffins are chock-full of goodies like coconut, apple, pineapple, carrots and nuts," relates Evelyn Winchester of Hilton, New York. "They're delicious for breakfast or lunch. I get many requests for the recipe."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + coolong
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + coolong
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 188 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir in carrots, apple, pineapple, coconut, raisins and nuts.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Morning Glory Muffins in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p53

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Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"These are absolutely delicious! There is a local store near us that sells these awesome muffins (I think they make them homemade), and the wonderful coffee and donuts. I like making things at home better; so I tried your recipe and they are wonderful! I did make a few changes, just because I like using coconut oil. So used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil and I only used 3/4 cup sugar, oh and I added 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger. This is absolutely another favorite! Thank you for sharing."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"Awesome muffins! Decreased some of the oil, so did not drain the pineapple to compensate. Used fresh ground whole wheat flour. Very delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"Great recipe and Very easy to make! Did not add grated apples anymore since it has applesauce already and also used 20 oz crushed pineapples instead of 8oz and still came out perfect!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"This is a great recipe, i have been making these muffins for a year now every two weeks as my husband takes these to work everyday. I use whole wheat flour instead of white flour and I add a 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed, I also add a 20oz can of pineapple instead of the 8 oz"

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"My family likes anything with carrots, but it has apple sauce already so I substitutued crushed pineapple for the chopped apple. Turned out great!

Ruth W. San Antonio, Texas"

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