Morning Glory Muffins

It’s not often that I depart from fried eggs for breakfast but last week the boys had a muffin request and this is what happened: Morning Glory Muffins that are kid approved. Who am I to deny them them a “veggie” muffin?

Morning Glory Muffins - Real Food by Dad

You can’t argue that, right?  I  mean, look closely and you’ll see: carrots, coconut, raisins, nuts — all kinds of good stuff through out. 

Morning Glory Muffins | Real Food by Dad

That is unless you are a picky-eating toddler, who ate all around the raisins. I’m hoping that I don’t have a second picky eater. My first one is not just picky, he’s extremely picky and I’m sure I did all the wrongs things in an effort to divert it. If anyone has any suggestions for picky eaters, I would love to hear them in the comments. And before you ask—yes, he’s picky beyond just the raisins in these muffins, that is just a small sampling. And a reminder to nix the raisins in these “veggie” muffins next time.

Morning Glory Muffins via Real Food by Dad
Yield: 12 muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups peeled and grated carrots
  • 1 large tart apple, peeled, cored, and grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  1. **Recipe adapted from King Arthur: **
  2. Heat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper and lightly spray the insides of the papers with non-stick spray.
  3. In a small bowl, cover the raisins with hot water, and set them aside to soak while the rest of recipe is assembled.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt. Stir in the carrots, apple, coconut, and walnuts.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and orange juice. Add to the flour mixture, and stir until evenly moistened. Drain the raisins and stir them in.
  6. Divide the batter among the wells of the prepared pan (wells will be nearly full).
  7. Bake the muffins for 25 to 28 minutes, until domed and a cake tester inserted in the center of one of the inner muffins comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven, transfer pan to a wire rack. Let muffins cool for 5 minutes in pan, then remove muffins from pan.





12 comments to " Morning Glory Muffins "

  • LOVE these muffins and I love that you snuck in some veggies!

  • Gina | Running to the Kitchen

    Sometimes you just need a good carb filled breakfast over eggs!

  • I’m more of a savory breakfast fan, but some times I just crave a muffin or scone. These look fabulous!

  • Omg that first shot I’m in love!

  • Tina

    I’m sure I will have a lot of people disagree with me one this, but I have never given my kids the opportunity to be picky. They eat what is fixed…the same as everyone else at the table…and if they don’t like it or refuse to eat it, then they don’t eat. I don’t fix separate meals for everyone unless it’s leftover night, haha. So they learn to eat a variety of things . Now, if they’ve tried a food several times and truly don’t like it, they get a pass to not eat it. But they do have to try it again a month or so later because tastes change. Kind of like a “no thank you” bite. On another note…this muffin look yummy! I can’t wait to try them out in our home.

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    I am all about a muffin breakfast! These look and sound awesome! 🙂

  • Mary Ann @ the beach house kic

    I’m sorry I can’t help you out with your picky eater because I’ve got one of those myself! My son Casey sounds just like Cole! On the other hand, I’d enjoy all the ingredients in these muffins Matt! Morning Glory muffins have always been my favorite because they’re packed with so many delicious things!

  • Morning glory muffins are one of my favorite kinds of muffins! I could eat these all morning!

  • Love the oat topping on these! Gonna have to whip these up for a breakfast sometime soon.

  • T. R. Janus

    I agree with Tina about picky eaters. Our kids always sat at the table with us and ate what
    we ate. They were allowed to pick out anything that they didn’t like, but for the most part,
    they ate pretty much everything. I also didn’t make other things for them if they didn’t like what
    was being served and of course didn’t get dessert. I too think the muffins here look scrumptious!

  • Tutti Dolci

    I love morning glory muffins, my weekend needs these!

  • What a beautiful way to start the day!

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