These 'Morning Glory' muffins are the only kind my mother-in-law will eat!

Now, let me tell you about a recipe that's near and dear to my heart: Morning Glory Muffins. If you've never heard of such a thing, get ready to be introduced to a little piece of heaven. These muffins are as bright and cheerful as the flower they're named after. It's said they first sprouted up in a health food restaurant on the East Coast back in the late 1970s, but they've since taken root in homes across America, including my own little kitchen here in the Midwest.
Morning Glory Muffins are the kind of treat that makes the perfect bridge between the coziness of tradition and the bright-eyed promise of a new day. They're packed with fruits, vegetables, and nuts, which means you're not only treating your taste buds but doing something good for your body as well. And good Lord, they bring back memories of bustling morning kitchens, the laughter of grandkids ready for a day of adventure, and quiet moments with a cup of coffee, watching the sunrise. They're just the ticket when you want to make something wholesome and heartwarming for your family.
These muffins hold their own solo, but if you want to round out your breakfast table, a pat of butter or a smear of cream cheese never hurt anybody. They pair beautifully with a side of fresh fruit or a serving of Greek yogurt for that extra protein punch. Or, if you’re feeling indulgent, a dollop of homemade apple butter can make these darlings sing.
Morning Glory Muffins
Servings: Makes 12 muffins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and grated
- 3 large eggs
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Zest of 1 orange