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


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

186.4 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 27.5g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 3.2g 13% DV; sugars 14.5g; fat 8g 12% DV; saturated fat 6.2g 31% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; vitamin a iu 3116.1IU 62% DV; vitamin c 1.5mg 3% DV; folate 13.2mcg 3% DV; calcium 70.8mg 7% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 23.2mg 8% DV; potassium 193.2mg 5% DV; sodium 205.7mg 8% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV; added sugar 7g.

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: 5 stars
These muffins are perfect-- just the right amount of sweetness. I substituted dried cranberries for the raisins. Yum. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So many ways to modify I intended to do many modifications after the reading the reviews but I didn't have time so I just flew by the seat of pants. Still fabulous. I didn't have raisins and I didn't have enough carrots so I used diced apples to make up for the amount. I used the recommended amount of coconut oil and mine were not greasy at all. Plus I greased my silicon baking cups with the coconut oil also. ( I used the large size) No problems at all. Moist and delicious. I will try some of the other modifications and continue making this recipe until I get tired of it. Pros: Moist and delicious Cons: Next time I would buy already grated carrots 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
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: 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: 3 stars
A good way to add coconut oil to your diet Not a bad recipe. Moist but a bit dense. I am used to using white flour and know using all whole wheat will do this. I can really taste the coconut oil and I have to say it takes some getting used to. For a healthy muffin I would say give it a try. Cons: They don't rise much. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I followed the recipe exactly and found them too moist. Next time I will use 1/2 cup applesauce instead of a whole cup. Otherwise thought they were very good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect with a few Substitutions! I made a few substitutions for a lower cholesterol recipe. Instead of one of the eggs I used 1 Tb ground flax mixed into 3 Tb water and used 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of the coconut oil. I also replaced one cup of carrots with I cup of shredded apple. And lastly I added one tsp of baking soda because some reviewers thought the muffins didn't rise well. These turned out great! My 5 year old loved them and even my husband (who likes regular unadulterated baked goods) loved them! He did say they would be great with a drizzle of cream cheese icing! haha But a little low-fat greek yogurt/cream cheese would be really yummy with it. I will definitely make these again. Yum!! Read More
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
unflavorful First of all I lacked two ingredients- the allspice and applesauce and so I didn't follow the recipe exactly. The version I made came out flavorless. I actually had to throw them out since no one in my family would eat them. Pros: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delish! Followed the directions but used sweetened coconut and added 1/2 c ground flaxseed and 1 c chopped walnuts. Super moist and tasty - would definitely make again. Pros: Loved the fact there is no white sugar/flour added. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yum! These are simply amazing... I love them! Pros: Delicious; Healthy Cons: Coconut oil is a pain to heat up 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: 4 stars
Family liked this recipe! I've been baking with whole wheat flour a lot. My kids use to healthy version of muffins. My daughter had a great time making those and she loved them when they were done. My husband liked it also. Yes they are not flaky soft muffins like some of you are use to but they are way more nutritious. My changes i added flaxseed doubled the recipe used 1/2c apple sauce and 1c of grated apple and 1c carrots. Added 1/2c cane sugar 1tbs honey (i didn't have enough honey to i substituted with sugar). Would deff make those again and use maple syrup as sweetener. Pros: delicious Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
turned out perfect. not much to say but yum! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Moist Healthy and Good My entire family loved these from 5 year old twins that never agree on anything to picky teenager to us parents with different eating habits. The muffins came out moist (I used brand new baking powder) and just sweet enough. Since we love Craisins we used Cherry ones instead of raisins which may be what sold the kids. Now I am not sure if I should keep the kids away from these or allow them a few more. Pros: healthy Cons: Special ingredients like coconut oil 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
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
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: 4 stars
Healthy muffin Great muffin. Super healthy and you can tell this when you eat it. I prefer healthy food that doesn't seem so healthy sometimes. Tip: Shred carrots yourself. Store bought packaged carrots are too thick for this recipe. Pros: Nutritious Filling Easy to store Cons: Very healthy tasting 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
Rating: 4 stars
Hearty sweet and delicious! We needed to make a few substitutions because we didn't have coconut oil raisins and honey in the house. We used Greek yogurt in place of the oil chopped dates instead of the raisins and brown sugar in place of the honey (we only had 1/4 cup of honey left). The muffins came out hearty chewy sweet and delicious. I thought the baking time was a misprint 30-35 minutes seemed way too long. These are dense muffins and need the extra time in the oven. These do not rise like traditional muffins they pretty much stayed the same size as the amount of batter that we added to each muffin. Pros: Healthy Easy Toddler Friendly Recipe Read More