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Best Morning Glory Muffins

"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
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 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 sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 188 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Paula
    Jan 14, 2021

    I loved this recipe. They come out so moist and fluffy. The most important thing here is DO NOT open the oven or they will not raise at all. 25 minutes wasn’t enough for me, I baked them for about 32 minutes to get the crunchiness on the top. Added 1/2 cup extra carrots and 15 oz pineapple.

  • Reta
    Apr 15, 2020

    Oh my goodness! These are SO GOOD! Full of lots of yummy fruit and nuts. And I do love the applesauce to reduce the amount of oil needed. I substituted 3/4 cup of the flour with whole wheat flour, just so I could feel that they were a little more nutritious :) As another reviewer posted, they are a fair amount of work, with shredding carrots and chopping apple, but SO worth the effort. And the recipe makes a lot of muffins. Definitely going into my recipe box.

  • Mattie
    May 13, 2019

    After trying Trader Joe’s Morning Glory Muffins I knew I wanted to try to replicate the recipe. First thing I realized is that this recipe takes a lot of ingredients and the process is LONG. With 4 kids I am a big fan of quick delicious recipes and this wasn’t it. I followed the instructions to a T and my conclusion was that I still prefer TJ’s muffins. These muffins are not bad at all, but after using all of my favorite ingredients combined I was expecting a lot more flavor

  • umamibrain
    Apr 1, 2019

    My favorite thing about this recipe is the use of half-applesauce, half-oil where other recipes would use 100% oil. The large amount of fruit and vegetables helps too, and the muffins are perfectly moist without being greasy. For me the recipe made a full 2 dozen, with the muffin cups filled nearly to the top before baking and just over the top after. My applesauce had cinnamon in it so I cut the cinnamon to 2 teaspoons. I wouldn't want it any more cinnamon-y. I ran out of white flour and substituted about 1/2 cup of white whole wheat to make up the total. I don't think it made a difference in the finished product. In the future I would follow the recommendation of other commenters and use extra crushed pineapple (maybe a 20-oz. can instead of 8) in place of the grated apple. That substitution reduces the amount of fiddling required to just right for breakfast time.

  • Leslie
    May 6, 2017

    Good recipe. They turn out very moist. I was able to get 17 muffins out of this batter. I filled the liners to the top. They took about 25 minutes to bake. I did not have applesauce on hand so I used oil instead. Next time I?ll try it with the applesauce.

  • TheBeatGoesOn
    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.

  • pamelag21
    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!

  • Vivianruth19
    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!

  • Aundreas
    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

  • rkwatson
    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