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Morning Glory Muffins Recipe: Easy, Vegan Breakfast

This healthy, vegan Morning Glory Muffins Recipe is packed full of fruits and veggies to please both kids and adults!

This Morning Glory Muffins Recipe is the best easy, healthy, and quick breakfast of brunch! Filled with carrots, cranberries, apples, applesauce and nuts you will love this clean eating favorite perfect for kids and adults! #Vegan #CleanEating #Healthy #Food #recipe

Anyone else feel like January is an entire year long, then February is over in 18 seconds? Weird. Anyway, after all the sweet recipes I have shared lately, I thought a nice and healthy snack recipe would be a nice change. This Morning Glory Muffins Recipe is super healthy, vegan and one bowl making it one of my favorites. These muffins are perfect for meal prep on Sunday to have as a snack or breakfast all week long. The combination of fruit, nuts and veggies make these muffins both sweet and hearty that any kid or adult will love. Also, these muffins can be changed and customized to you and your families personal taste. Enjoy!

What Do You Need to Make Morning Glory Muffins?

The kitchen tools you will need for this recipe are:

  • A Muffin Pan
  • Baking Cups or Cooking Spray
  • Measuring Cups
  • A Large Bowl
  • A Spoon
  • A Pairing Knife and Cutting Board
  • a Veggie Slicer or Cheese Grater (Optional)

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What’s Inside?

This Morning Glory Muffins Recipe is filled with tasty, healthy goodness! A combination of wholesome ingredients and a pinch of sweetness combine for a hearty and delicious snack, breakfast or brunch. Inside you will find:

  • Healthful Fruits and Veggies
  • Sweet Dried Cranberries
  • Crunchy Pistachios
  • A Touch of Coconut and Brown Sugar
  • A Hint of Spice
  • Smooth Applesauce
  • All the Baking Musts

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How Do You Make Morning Glory Muffins?

This Morning Glory Muffins Recipe is super simple and ready from start to finish in about 30 minutes.  These babies are perfect for a quick on the go snack or meal prep on Sunday for an easy breakfast all week. Honestly, the hardest part of this recipe is dicing, shredding and crushing everything. Once you get through the prep-work all you do is toss everything in a bowl and stir.

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First, you will need to prep and measure out your ingredients. For the apple simply remove the peel and dice the inside into small pieces. Don’t stress is they are all different shapes, they will be fine. Next, you will need to prep the carrots. Personally, for this recipe I like to use baby carrots and finely shred them using a cheese grated, followed by a rough chop to make them tiny. If they are tiny I can trick my son into thinking there aren’t veggies in his muffins. If you want to save yourself some time, just buy prepackaged shredded carrots from the grocery store. Next, place the whole pistachios (or any nut you have) (or no nuts that’s cool too) in a zip lock bag and crush them until they are teeny tiny. My weapon of choice is a rolling pin.

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Second, once all of that is finished you are on to the easy part of measuring and combining ingredients. When combining the mix together you want it to be thick, but still stir-able. Add more water one tbsp at a time until reaching the perfect combo or smooth and chunky. Finally, fill the prepared muffin pan to the top of each cup and bake until golden and a tooth pick comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Personally, I like to serve mine warm with a little butter (if you are vegan or dairy free use a butter alternative or none at all).

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Recipe Alterations and Storage Suggestions

Can I use something besides pistachios? 

Of course! You can use pretty much any nut when substituting. Personally, I like almonds or walnuts, but again do you. Just make sure they are crushed so you do not get massive chunks in the muffins. Also, you could use nut powder if you want no chunks at all.

I don’t like nuts (or I’m allergic), do I have to use them?

Nope. Honestly, I was not a fan of nuts until my teens, so I totally get if you or your kiddos might not be into them. If not using nuts you could add in more dried cranberries, apple or carrots.

Are there other things I can put in this Morning Glory Muffin Recipe?

Yep. I like using a peanut and banana combo to replace the apple and pistachios sometimes. I have also added in pumpkin in the fall. Another easy swap is to use zucchini instead of carrots. Other ideas to try are mini chocolate chips and raisins.

Can I use All Purpose Flour instead?

Sure, go for it.

Can I make this recipe into Mini Muffins?

Yes you can! Do the mix and oven temperature the exact same, but change the bake time to 9 minutes. You want them golden with a tooth pick coming out clean just like the big daddy muffins.

How long are these muffins good for?

I find that these muffins stay fresh for 5 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Also, I like to warm them up to get that right out of the oven effect.

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Check Out These Other Delicious Healthy Recipes!

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

Vegetarian Flatbread Pizza

Vegan Black Bean Soup

Blueberry White Chocolate Scones

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Morning Glory Muffins Recipe

This Morning Glory Muffins Recipe is the best easy, healthy, and quick breakfast of brunch! Filled with carrots, cranberries, apples, applesauce and nuts you will love this clean eating favorite perfect for kids and adults! #Vegan #CleanEating #Healthy #Food #recipe
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Morning Glory Muffins Recipe

This Morning Glory Muffins Recipe is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack for both kids and adults!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Morning Glory Muffins Recipe
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 250kcal
Author: caitlyn

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Carrots Shredded
  • 1 Apple Peeled and Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Pistachios Crushed
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/3 Cup Shredded Coconut Plus More for Top
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using either a knife or peeler, remove the skin from the apple then finely dice it, set aside. Using a veggie peeler, knife, or cheese grater finely dice or shred the carrots. If shredding rough chop after shredding, set aside.  Place pistachios in a zip lock bag then using something heavy and sturdy, like a rolling pin, crush until no large pieces remain, set aside. 
  • Combine flour, baking soda and powder, brown sugar, salt and spices in a large bowl and stir together until combined. Add all remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. See Notes for Water Tips* 
  • Line muffin pan with cups or spray with cooking spray. Fill each cup to the top and sprinkle with additional shredded coconut if desired. Bake on the center rack for 15-18 minutes until golden and a tooth pick comes out clean. Serve warm, enjoy!

Notes

*Depending on your location you may need to use more or less water than the recipe calls for. The mix should be thick and clumpy, but still able to stir. 
Nutrition Facts
Morning Glory Muffins Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 Muffin)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.5g 19%
Saturated Fat 7.1g 36%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 201mg 8%
Potassium 288mg 8%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
Sugars 12.1g
Protein 3.5g 7%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 6%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 250kcal | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 12.5g | Saturated Fat: 7.1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 12.1g | Vitamin A: 9% | Vitamin C: 7% | Calcium: 6% | Iron: 13%
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Sara
    April 27, 2019 at 1:31 am


    Just made these today. They turned out great and my kids loved them. I used chopped walnuts in place of pistachios. And…I forgot to put any oil in! Whoops. So, if anyone out there is trying to stay away from added oils, they work without it!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      April 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm

      Glad to hear you and your family loved them! And I have never tried without the oil, but now I am next time! Sometimes accidents lead to the best results!

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    February 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm


    Caitlyn, These muffins look wonderful! I love how they’re so packed with goodness!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      February 24, 2019 at 1:17 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Noelle
    February 18, 2019 at 11:30 am


    This is a great, wholesome recipe! My whole family loved it, I love the cranberries in it. Thank you for the great recipe! 🙂

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      February 24, 2019 at 1:17 am

      You’re welcome! Glad you loved it!

  • Reply
    Kate Hackworthy
    February 18, 2019 at 11:18 am


    These breakfast muffins look so good! I love all those flavours.

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      February 24, 2019 at 1:17 am

      Thanks Kate!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    February 18, 2019 at 8:23 am


    These muffins are packed full of goodness. A great way to start the day!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      February 24, 2019 at 1:18 am

      Yes, they are perfect for breakfast!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    February 18, 2019 at 6:50 am


    This is my kind of breakfast — so many delicious, wholesome ingredients! Love that. And your photos are really lovely.

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      February 24, 2019 at 1:18 am

      Yes, so good for breakfast! And thanks 🙂

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