Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

I’ve mentioned it before, but there’s just something about family recipes that have stood the test of time. One of my favorite wedding gifts I received when Mike and I got married was a recipe book filled with recipes handed down from Mike’s side of the family.  I was looking through that binder the other day when I ran across this recipe for Morning Glory muffins. The recipe comes from Mike’s grandma, who sadly, I never had the chance to meet. I’ve heard plenty about her though – how sweet and kind she was, and also what a good baker she was. Knowing about her baking skills, when I ran across her recipe I decided to make these muffins immediately.

These morning glory muffins are definitely a new favorite in our house. They’re sweet and moist with a great texture from the varied ingredients. The cinnamon gives them a warm flavor, and thanks to the shredded carrots and apples, I can convince myself that they’re healthy. (Let’s just bypass the fact that I subbed out the raisins in favor of chocolate chips).  The muffins freeze beautifully and Mike and I have each been defrosting one a day to enjoy as part of our lunch. Mike likes these as much as I do, and I know I will be making these again and again.

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins


2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
1 1/2 cups peeled and shredded apple
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 beaten eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla


Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease or line 24 muffin tins with paper cups. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a separate (larger) bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Combine the two mixtures and stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in a center muffin comes out with moist crumbs.

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  1. I also love recipes that were handed down! For my bridal shower I got a recipe box full of recipes from each guest. It is one of my favorite things!

  2. what a sweet way to remember her!

  3. I think the nurses would love this!

  4. What a great wedding gift! My grandma makes something similar to these–I think she calls them morning glory muffins too.

  5. I love tried and true family recipes. What a great gift from your husband's side of the family. The name of these muffins is so cute, and the ingredients look delicious.

  6. My husband's family gave me the same thing for my bridal shower!! Such a special gift. These muffins look delicious as well!

  7. I had these before at a restaurant. Then, when I was in Africa we made them for the first time (from someone else's family recipe!) and I was hooked. They are just so good – moist and sweet and wonderful :o)

    Sarah B

  8. These sound absolutely perfect. I love great muffins!

  9. These muffins are loaded with goodness!

  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE morning glory muffins! Yours look so good and now I really want one. :)

  11. I'm glad to know how these are! I've got a recipe for “Glorious Morning Muffins” from the back of the Gold Medal flour package sitting on my kitchen island, waiting for me to buy the ingredients. Little did I know they were a classic. Nice!

  12. These look so good!! LOVE the gift of the recipe binder…aren't old recipes the best?

  13. Those sound great Megan! Apples and carrots most definitely make it healthy. I'll have to make a batch of these soon!

  14. I'll give 'em a try! Sounds wonderful! :)

  15. I love trying different muffins and these sound fantastic!

  16. They look so incredibly delicious! I can't think of a better way to start the day.

  17. These are very good. Made them yesterday using some applesauce in place of some of the oil and using half white whole wheat flour. Will definitely be making again. Thanks!

  18. Erin Rose – I'm so glad you liked these! Thanks for letting me know how they turned out with your substitutions :)

  19. I love these muffins! They are also awesome for substituing things in and out. I hate walnuts so always use sunflower seeds and/or almond slices. I never keep rasins in my house so I use dried apricots/cherries/and or blueberries!

    • megan replied: — October 13th, 2011 @ 10:14 am

      Nadia – so glad you like these muffins! I agree they are great for substitutions. Good suggestions on the dried fruit! :)

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  23. I have been looking for this recipe for several months. I found it a few years ago off the back of the Gold Medal flour bag, but I had lost it and wanted to make them again. It is now printed and in my recipe notebook. I made them this morning and they were just as good as I remembered. Thanks for sharing it!

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