Healthier Morning Glory Muffins
This delicious recipe for morning glory muffins, adapted from King Arthur Flour, halves the sugar and the calories, but maintains enough sweetness to satisfy your morning cravings.
ACTIVE TIME: 15 min
TOTAL TIME: 40–45 min
SERVINGS: 20 muffins
CALORIES: 170 calories per muffin
COST: CAD $0.33 per muffin
FRIDGE: Keeps up to 5 days (if you’re planning to finish them quickly, you can also store at room temp for a few days)
FREEZER: Keeps up to 3 months
- 2 cups (227 g) whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup (100 g) loose brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups (200 g) carrots, grated or finely chopped in food processor
- 1 apple, grated or finely chopped in food processor
- 1/2 cup (40 g) shredded coconut (sweet or unsweetened)
- 40 g nuts, chopped (we used almonds) *
- 40 g wheat germ *
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup (100 g) vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 20 mL orange juice or lemon juice
- 1/2 cup (60 g) dried dates, chopped
- Whisk together the first six ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt) in a large bowl.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients (carrots, apple, coconut, nuts, sunflower seeds or wheat germ, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, orange juice, dates) and mix until combined.
- Fill muffin pans about 3/4 full and bake at 375 °F for 25–30 minutes (muffins will be fairly brown on top).
- Let stand for 5 min or until cool enough to handle with bare hands. Remove from muffin tin and transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy hot or cold!
* Omit the nuts and wheat germ if you want. You can also substitute sunflower seeds for the wheat germ. Any chopped dried fruit can be used in place of the dates.
I recommend baking the morning glory muffins in silicon molds. You don’t need to spray them with any oil beforehand; if you let them cool for a few minutes after taking them out of the oven, the muffins release beautifully without sticking at all.
For the apples, the King Arthur blog post on these muffins says to finely chop them in a food processor, but not to puree them; however, after Annika put them through our box grater, it had basically become a soft mushy puree. We put them into the recipe anyway, and it didn’t make a difference to the final product at all. So, process your apples however you like—dice into chunks, whizz them into a puree, whatever—the texture won’t have a big impact.
However, you do want your carrots to be grated, not pureed. They add some interesting textures to the bake that you’d miss if you blended them until smooth.
Eat a muffin… or two
With only 170 calories for each muffin, you can chomp on a couple of these for breakfast and feel totally guilt free. The fruits and veggies in this recipe not only make each muffin super moist, reducing the amount of oil needed, they also contribute their natural sweetness to the batter. We found that halving the sugar from the original King Arthur recipe still results in a totally delectable treat!
Even better, these muffins are super hardy, and are great for packing in your lunch or eating on the go.
Since one batch makes 20 muffins, and they freeze well, I’ve thrown about half of them into an airtight lunchbox in the freezer to save for a rainy day. To reheat, pop them into the oven at 350 °F for around 10 minutes, or until warmed through.