These carrot-flecked, whole-grain morning glory muffins can be made ahead for breakfast or a snack so you can hit the ground running on a busy morning. Add a nonfat latte and your day will be off to a healthy start. Or make this coconut-carrot morning glory muffin recipe for a special brunch. Look for coconut oil, in jars or tubs, near other cooking oils in large supermarkets, in the natural-foods section, or in natural-foods stores.

Katie Webster
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2013


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.

  • Whisk whole-wheat flour, 1/2 cup oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and allspice in a medium bowl.

  • Whisk eggs, applesauce, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk in coconut oil. Gently stir in the flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in carrots, 1/2 cup coconut and raisins.

  • Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons each oats and coconut.

  • Bake the muffins until they spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.

Equipment: Muffin tin with 12 (1/2-cup) cups

Tip: Coconut oil is solid at temperatures below 76°F. To melt solidified coconut oil, remove the lid and place the container in a bowl of very hot water; stir frequently until melted.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

186 calories; protein 3.6g; carbohydrates 27.5g; dietary fiber 3.2g; fat 8g; saturated fat 6.2g; cholesterol 31mg; vitamin a iu 3116.1IU; vitamin c 1.5mg; folate 13.2mcg; calcium 70.8mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 23.2mg; potassium 193.2mg; sodium 205.7mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (22)

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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
Healthy and Delicious (with minor modifications) We only made two substitutions - instead of honey I used white sugar and instead of coconut oil I used pumpkin butter. Now I know my two substitutions made these muffins less healthy but they are DELICIOUS! My 4-year old picky-eater daughter who does not like carrots raisins and coconut DEVOURED two of these (that's a lot for her). These were a huge hit. Next time we will try with the honey because the sugar made these a bit too sweet for my taste. Pros: Healthy Easy Toddler Friendly Recipe Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Dense tasteless I followed the recipe exactly. These muffins were a big disappointment because they did not rise so they were really dense inside. The taste was bland even with the coconut and coconut oil. I think the carrots and excess applesauce affected the consistency and added to the blandness. The topping did not stick to the muffins since they did not rise so when biting into the muffin coconut and oatmeal dropped everywhere. If I make these again I will reduce the carrots and applesauce by 25% to see if the muffin turns out a bit lighter. Pros: Healthy ingredients Cons: Too many carrots too much applesauce did not rise at all Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Too sweet and like the worst from a health-food store These were complicated to make and they were way too sweet but without much flavor. They were heavy. My kids rightly pointed out that these sacrifice way too much in flavor and consistency for health. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Dense muffin without a lot of flavor For how many variations there are on the morning glory muffin I probably will not make this one again. The leavening wasn't quite right as the muffins did not rise and they were very dense and never reached a 'cakey' texture. I appreciate that these do not have any sugar but I would probably opt to use a different recipe next time I want to make a healthy morning glory muffin. Pros: healthy sugar-free Cons: dense flavorless Read More
Rating: 2 stars
After a rave review from a friend I made this recipe last week only to end up with a small overly dense and bland muffin. I appreciate the healthy substitutions (applesauce honey) but would actually prefer to make these muffins sweeter and lighter. I haven't given up completely yet and will make them again only this time I will reduce the grated carrots to 1 1/4C and will add pineapple to sweeten it up a little (I can't stand raisins in baked goods!) Pros: healthy filling Cons: bland Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Very greasy I didn't even use a whole the 1/4cup of oil and I still had very greasy muffins. I thought it was just too much moisture but I have to wash the oil off my hands after eating one. Between the greasiness and the weight of each muffin don't leave me feeling like I ate something healthy. They do taste good though. Pros: Good flavour Cons: Greasy and heavy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy and Delicious I call them morning glory muffins filled with goodness and sunshine. The only change I made was that I added 1/2 c of chopped walnuts for a little extra texture. I make these muffins every Sunday morning now. Wrap them and take to work for an easy nutritious breakfast. I eat them cold or heat and drizzle a little honey on them with a cup of yogurt. One day I didn't have applesauce and used chopped apples instead. That was good too. The denseness is normal for whole wheat flour. I love it! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I followed the recipe but instead of raisins which i think are too sweet The muffins are a healthy choice if you are trying to eat healthy. It's a quick grab and go in the morning and when looking for a snack these muffins are great to eat. I did not find them greasy. Pros: Taste like a healthy version of morning glory muffins. Cons: Too dense and they didn't rise. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A bit sweet Even with the unsweetened coconut these were a bit sweet for our taste. Next time will try 1/4 cup of honey. They are really good get-your-morning started muffins. And they're easy to bake. Pros: healthy taste great Cons: a bit sweet Read More