dairy-free overloaded morning glory muffins

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins {Gluten-Free Option}

Meredith 10:05 am

This morning glory muffin recipe is a healthier version of my youngest son’s favorite bakery treat.  Loaded with apples and carrots, these morning glory muffins are a delicious way to add extra fruits and vegetables to your daily diet.

dairy-free overloaded morning glory muffins

These Morning Glory muffins are not simply a frosting-free cupcake (ie loaded with added sugar and refined flour).  Each little muffin contains 2/3 of a daily serving of fruits and veggies.

Increasing the amount of carrots and apples also lets you reduce the overall amount of added sugar.  The result is an overloaded morning glory muffin that is super moist, dairy-free, and low in added sugar (just 4 grams or 1 teaspoon per muffin).

fruit and veggie packed morning glory muffins

I use an ice cream scoop when filling the muffin pans with batter.  I find that this is an easy, mess-free way of creating uniform muffins

use an ice cream scoop to fill muffin pan

Recipe makes 12 muffins.

Overloaded Morning Glory Muffin Recipe

5 from 5 votes
dairy-free overloaded morning glory muffin recipe
Overloaded Morning Glory Muffins {with Gluten-Free Option}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These healthier Morning Glory Muffins are a delicious way to sneak extra veggies and fruit into your day. 

Course: Breakfast, Muffins, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free morning glory muffin recipe, healthy morning glory muffin recipe, how to make healthy morning glory muffins
Servings: 16 muffins
Calories: 122 kcal
  • 2 cups grated carrots *
  • ½ cup raisins *
  • 1 apple * (cored and grated, ~1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup canola oil or avocado oil **
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar or maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or 1/3 cup coconut flour for gluten free muffins)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  2. Line muffin pans with 16 paper cups

  3. Mix carrots, apples and raisins in a bowl
  4. Add cinnamon and cloves to carrot mixture, stir and set aside
  5. Combine eggs, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in a separate medium size bowl and mix until well blended

  6. Combine whole wheat flour or coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl

  7. Add flour mixture to eggs and stir until uniform

  8. Add the carrot mixture and stir until thoroughly combined
  9. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into prepared muffin cups (an ice cream scoop makes this easy and uniform)
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 22 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean
  11. Let muffins cool before serving

Overloaded Morning Glory Muffin Gluten-Free Recipe

These Overloaded Morning Glory Muffins can also be made with coconut flour instead of whole wheat flour.   Coconut flour is naturally gluten-free and higher in fiber than regular whole wheat flour.

Overloaded gluten-free morning glory muffins with coconut flour
Overloaded gluten-free morning glory muffins made with coconut flour


  • * Peel carrots and apple if not using organic as they consistently test positive for high amounts of pesticide residues.  Read more on pesticides and produce.
  • ** I choose to purchase non-GMO canola oil because 94% of canola grown in the US is genetically engineered to be herbicide tolerant (i.e. it will keep growing when sprayed with chemicals such as glyphosate (Roundup®)). In Canada, 95% of canola is genetically engineered. Read more on genetically modified foods.

Did you make these overloaded morning glory muffins?  I would love to see how they turned out!!  Please share your creation with me by adding your photo to Pinterest and give this recipe a 5-star rating ★.  Thank you!

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This recipe was originally published on February 23, 2017.  The recipe has been updated to include a whole wheat flour muffin version and enhanced instructions.  Refreshed photos and process photos have also been added.

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  1. Sneaky! I did this same trick when my kids were little … they sometimes turned up their noses at vegetables, but never at muffins!!
    My son was a great muffin baker when he was 3-5 years old … we’d sing “Do you know the Muffin Man?” and mix up batter.

    • Noel – Yes, hidden veggies are definitely a necessity for my 3 yo. We love singing the “muffin mom” song while we bake together. Thanks for reading!

  2. I love how loaded these muffins are with carrots and apples. Do you know if you can freeze them?

    • Hi Jill – yes, these muffins can be frozen. However, I like to freeze the pre-scooped batter BEFORE baking. That way, we enjoy warm, freshly baked muffins whenever we want (just increase the baking time by ~ 5 minutes).

  3. Love these loaded muffins! I like to start day with these kinds of muffins, rich in veggies and fruit. I haven’t baked with coconut flour, I need too.

    • Thanks Swathi! Coconut flour provides a nice, nutty flavor to these muffins, though it can not be used in a 1 to 1 substitution for whole wheat flour.

  4. These muffins look sooo delicious!

  5. You can buy already grated carrots. Is is better if I grate my own? I would love to know more about your choice of oil. I can’t wait to make these gluten free.

    • The only reason I would choose grating carrots yourself over buying pre-grated carrots is because of flavor. I prefer the taste of freshly grated carrots (this is the same reason I will make carrot sticks from whole carrots instead of buying “baby” carrots). Oil choice… I like to use a predominantly unsaturated oil and prefer the neutral flavor that avocado (or an acceptable canola) oil provide. For more information on dietary fats, check out this post: https://feedthemwisely.com/dietary-fat-experts-think Thanks for reading Judi!

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