Healthy Morning Glory Muffins

These Healthy Morning Glory Muffins are fluffy and delicious! They are an amazing healthy breakfast or snack since they are packed with whole grains, fruits and veggies! three healthy morning glory muffins on white background [wprm-recipe-jump] In college I would occasionally get up for “grab-and-go” breakfast from our school cafeteria. Basically it was a brown bag breakfast that you could eat as you walked to class. One of the main dish choices were these delicious muffin called “Morning Glory Muffins”. It almost tasted like a carrot cake muffin and everything in it sounded very healthy: carrots, nuts, raisins, and pineapple. It quickly became my breakfast of choice and I gobbled them up as I speed walked to class quite frequently. Until one morning one of my friends told me she looked up the nutritional value of them online and they were ONE OF THE WORST choices on the breakfast menu! I couldn’t believe it!
They seemed so healthy, but my morning glory muffins had almost the same amount of fat as the sausage and cheese sandwiches AND a lot more sugar! Learn from my mistake and don’t assume because something looks or sounds healthy that it actually is!   Easy sunrise muffinsThe good news is I’ve learned to recreate the Morning Glory Muffin, but tweaked to be healthier than ever!

These tasty and healthy morning glory muffins are filled with…

  • Walnuts (an amazing healthy fat!)
  • Applesauce (to reduce the oil but still make sure they aren’t dry!)
  • Flaxseed (a great source of fiber)
  • Apples
  • Carrotts
  • Pineapple pieces (for all natural sweetness!)
  • And even a little optional scoop of protein powder!
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Healthy Morning Glory Muffins Recipe

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Healthy Morning Glory Muffins

Yield: 18 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These Healthy Morning Glory Muffins are moist and delicious! They are an amazing healthy breakfast or snack since they are packed with whole grains, fruits and veggies!


  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tablespoons flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 scoop protein vanilla powder
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 apple diced, cored, but peeling is optional
  • 2 cups diced carrots, approximately 3 medium carrots
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pineapple, crushed and drained
  • ½ cup walnuts, diced
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place raisins in small bowl covered in warm water. (This will help them be plump and juicy, not dry and shriveled.)
  3. Meanwhile stir flour, protein powder, baking powder, flax, and cinnamon together in mixing bowl.
  4. Shred apple, carrots, and pineapple (if in pieces or fresh, not crushed in can) with food processor.
  5. Stir apple, carrots, pineapple, raisins, coconut, and walnuts into the flour mixture.
  6. In separate bowl combine butter, eggs, vanilla, apple sauce and maple syrup until well blended.
  7. Form small well in center of flour mixture. Pour in wet ingredients. Stir just until combined.
  8. Drop by 1/3 cup into greased muffin tin or muffin cups.
  9. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Tops should be brown and knife inserted in the center will come out clean.
  10. Serve warm or freeze, once cooled, in a freezer bag or airtight container. Keep in refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Unsaturated Fat: 0g

To make this recipe you may need….

  • 12 Cup Muffin Pan – I love this brand! I rarely use muffin cups, I just lightly grease my non-stick pan and they come out excellently.
  • Sturdy Wire Whisk – Use a whisk to be sure the muffin batter combines in as few strokes as possible-this helps keep muffins from over-peaking or under-peaking.
  • Colorful Mixing Bowls – Because baking should make you happy!
  • My favorite vanilla protein powder – I have tried many and this is the one for me!
One thing that didn’t change is how moist and flavorful these muffins are! They are great for a quick breakfast, whether you are commuting to work or just hoping to grab a bite between getting your kids breakfast! three morning glory muffins overhead shot with raisins and walnuts

Can you freeze these healthy morning glory muffins?

Yes! Simply allow to cool on the counter. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and then place all of them in large freezer bag with air removed. Perfect for a healthy grab and go breakfast or snack! THE BEST morning glory muffins in collage for pinterest   Make ahead these Morning Glory Muffins so you’ll have them on hand for a busy breakfast or easy snacks.
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  1. You talk about adding protein powder in the directions, but there’s no protein powder listed in the ingredients….???

    1. Good catch! Sorry about that–it is 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder. I updated the recipe. 🙂

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