Morning Glory Muffins (small batch)

Sunday 6 June 2021


Morning Glory Muffins (small batch) 
Morning Glory Muffins, or Golden Harvest Muffins as they are also called, are one of my absolute favorite kinds of muffins to bake and to eat.  

Wholesome morning glory muffins are my filled with lots of goodness, so its no wonder they are my favorites. With plenty of fiber and loads of taste, they always go down a real treat.

Morning Glory Muffins 

Baking a batch of these can be somewhat daunting to the smaller household.  Making 24 delicious muffins, the original recipe is just super large, no matter how tasty.  You can find the full sized recipe here.  

I decided to try to small batch them, because they are my favorite muffins.  Happy to say I had great success in this endeavor which I am sharing with you today.

Morning Glory Muffins 
I have been making and baking these delicious muffins for years and years.  They are like a glorified carrot muffin, but so much more than just that. 

I first started to bake them when I owned my own coffee shop back in the late 1980's.  These were the most popular muffin on the menu, and no small wonder that! 

Morning Glory Muffins 
With two kinds of flour and plenty of add ins, they are wholesome and delicious.  They are also hearty and incredibly moist, quick and easy to make and (if you are tempted to make the full batch) they freeze very well.

The use of grated fresh carrot and apple insures that these muffins are always moist and delicious.  Carrots and apple are also very good for you, being filled with loads of fiber, taste, nutrients and natural sweetness.

Morning Glory Muffins 
There is nothing artificial here. Just wholesome natural ingredients.  Coconut, apple, carrot . . . 

Crushed Pineapple (a recent addition), plump sweet raisins, toasted walnuts . . .  and a mix of whole wheat and white flours.

Morning Glory Muffins 
Canola oil, milk, sugar.  Nothing out of the ordinary really.  You probably have everything in your house right now to make these.  

You don't need to use the pineapple, although I will tell you right now it is an excellent addition.  My original recipe doesn't use pineapple, but I had pineapple leftover from making my coleslaw the other day and I thought why not!

Morning Glory Muffins 
I like pineapple and it is an ingredient which I use in my carrot cake from time to time.  So, I know it goes well with carrots.  

I also hate waste and so I substituted some crushed pineapple for half the amount of the apples. If you don't have pineapple or don't like pineapple, just use an additional 1/2 cup (70g) of grated apple in its place. 

Morning Glory Muffins 

(that's a little dollop of butter on that warm muffin) If you are querying the difference in weight between the apple and the pineapple, its a simple fact that pineapple weighs a lot more than apple per volume.

I weighed out everything precisely on my kitchen scales as I was going along, so you can be sure the weights are exact if you bake by weight.

Morning Glory Muffins 
Baking by weight was not something I did prior to moving over to the UK. All of their recipes go by weight, so I started doing it while I lived there.

I always bake by weight now. It is a much more concise and accurate way of baking, I have to say.  I only ever rarely bake any other way now.

Morning Glory Muffins 

If you are not fond of raisins, leave them out, or substitute them with some dried fruit that you do like, in the same measure.  Chopped dried dates are delicious.

Dried Cranberries are also delicious, as are dried blueberries.

Morning Glory Muffins 
You can also leave the coconut out if you wish to,  don't like or cannot eat coconut. Leaving it out will not make much of a difference texture wise.

If you don't like walnuts, try substituting them with a nut you do like. Pecans are excellent in every way. I dare say even macadamia nuts would go wonderfully.

Morning Glory Muffins 
Don't like cloves?  Leave them out. There is not a lot of them in there anyways, only 1/8tsp. The flavor is very subtle, however so I suggest you leave them in.

Also do not leave out the cinnamon. It is integral to the taste of these muffins.

Morning Glory Muffins 
The smell of these when they are baking is amazing!  It really sets your taste buds up to tingling! 

I used my melon baller and serve this warm with a small ball of butter melting into them. Oh boy, some good. Yes, I am a bonafide glutton through and through.

Morning Glory Muffins 
There is really not a lot of fat in these, due to the high moisture content of the apples, carrots and pineapple, so I thought a little ball of butter would do no harm.

Shhh . . .  please don't tell me otherwise. We need to have our little pleasures in life.  Pick our battles, which ones we choose to fight and which ones we don't choose to fight.

Morning Glory Muffins

In any case these are a gloriously delicious way to begin your day.  Filled with goodness, texture and plenty of flavour.

I hope you will try them, and I hope that you will love them as much as I do!  I predict that you will!!

Morning Glory Muffins (small batch)

Morning Glory Muffins (small batch)

Yield: 6
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min
I small batched one of my favourite muffin recipes. These are moist and filled with goodness with grated carrot, apple, coconut, pineapple, toasted nuts, whole wheat and plain flours, etc.


  • 1/2 cup (70g) plain all purpose flour (
  • 1/2 cup (70g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (95g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup (25g) grated raw carrot
  • 1/4 cup (30g) shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped toasted walnuts (or a mix of walnuts and sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup (70g) grated fresh apple
  • 1/2 cup (225g) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1/4 cup (35g) raisins
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/8 cup (30ml) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large free range egg yolk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F/180*C/gas mark 4.  Butter six muffin cups really well. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, including the sugar. Stir in the carrot, coconut, walnuts, apple, raisins and pineapple.
  3. Beat together the oil, milk, vanilla and egg yolk.  Add to the dry ingredients and mix together just to moisten and so no dry streaks remain.
  4. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups, dividing the mixture equally between them.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown, risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Leave to cool in the pan for five minutes before tipping out onto a wire rack.  Serve warm with or without butter.
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  1. These are my absolute favourite muffin of all time. The bake shop in Foodland used to make them. I've never made my own but I will now. Wishing you a happy, peaceful, Sunday. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. Happy, peaceful Sunday Elaine! I think there is a reason why so many people love this muffin! They are truly delicious! A real taste treat! I hope you enjoy them!! Love and hugs, xoxo

  2. These sound wonderful! Mum always used pineapple in her carrot cake, so I agree that it's an ingredient that would suit these to a t.

    I'm a new convert to muffins. We never grew up with them (except for English Muffins, which as you know are entirely different!) I think the cake-like muffins must be a North American thing. When I first saw them as an adult, I thought they were some kind of giant cupcake - LOL!

    But I've learned to appreciate them now and I often make blueberry muffins (my favourites). We love carrot cake, so I'm sure we will like these as well. *adds to baking list*

    1. I think they are very much a North American thing Marie, but I don't really like cupcake types of muffins. Far too sweet. I much prefer muffins like this. Not cake like, but more like a quick bread if that makes sense! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! xoxo

  3. I love your post about the recipe. So philosophical and wise with a splash of humor! You’re my fave!
    Ok. Now let’s see how these turnout. Thanks again, Marie!

    1. Thanks very much Teri! I really hope you enjoy these! Your comment made me smile! xoxo

  4. I made these muffins with a few changes(more apple and carrot, no pineapple) and absolutely loved them. Accidently doubled the cloves but liked the flavor, will be my go to recipe from now on, thanks for posting!!

    1. I am so pleased Debra! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave your experience in baking this recipe! You made my day. Thank you!

  5. Family favorite for so many years! The batter can be refrigerated for a few days if you don’t want to bake the full batch all the same day. For years our family prepped & served Easter Breakfast at church. I had these on the menu a few times, their title is perfect for Easter morning!


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