Morning Glory Muffins — Jumbo Size

This morning I realized I didn’t have a recipe for Morning Glory Muffins, one of my favorites. To remedy that, I made a quick batch using a recipe from Gold Medal. It’s a good one! It calls for brown sugar, carrots, apples, coconut and nuts and it may be the moistest muffin I’ve ever baked. The brown sugar and fruit helped in that department, but I also think baking the muffins in “jumbo” tins did a lot for the texture due to the slower baking time and bigger center area.

So this recipe was excellent, but I’ll still try a few others for comparison. Dawn has a morning glory that looks tempting and Earthbound Farms has one they say is “the original”.

Speaking of origins, if you’re wondering where the phrase “What’s the story morning glory?” came from, it might be hippy slang from the sixties. Seeds of certain types of morning glory are hallucinogenic, and people used to “experiment”. When someone came out of a trance, their friends would ask “What’s the story morning glory?” I’m not sure how true that is, but I read it on the Internet and it made me laugh.

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Morning Glory Muffins -- Jumbo Size
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Jumbo size muffins made with apples, carrots, coconut and nuts.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups all purpose or white whole wheat flour (9 oz)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded apples
  • 1 ½ cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8 jumbo muffin tins with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together and set aside.
  3. Whisk the eggs, oil, vanilla, sugar and milk together in a mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients and stir once or twice (batter won’t be fully blended) then add the apples, carrots, coconut, nuts and raisins.
  4. Divide evenly between the jumbo tins and bake at 350 F for 32-35 minutes.
  5. Makes 8

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  1. says

    These look fabulous!

    They would be great straight up…. or with a decadent smear of whipped cream cheese, methinks.

    I will definitely be trying these.

  2. Tes says

    Bye Bye Birdie
    “What’s the story, morning glory? What’s the word, hummingbird? Have you heard about Hugo and Kim?”
    Was just listening to that yesterday. How weird. Now I’ll try your muffins!

  3. Martha in KS says

    Okay, I give up. How do I find the recipe for these gorgeous muffins? The index just brings me back here. Help, please!

  4. says

    Well, duh. I didn’t post the recipe. I posted the photo and just forgot to paste the recipe I’d typed. It’s there now.

  5. bernadettebear says

    Could you possibly give a baking time & temperature for regular size muffins? and if at all possible even mimi-muffins?

  6. says

    Sorry, but I haven’t tested mini muffins. My guess would be 12 minutes for minis. If you test, let us know.

    To make 18 regular size muffins, the approximate time and temp is 20-25 minutes at 350. Good luck!

  7. says

    I think the phrase came from the fact that all the things in it are reminded of the freshness of morning. I mean there are so many theories out there.
    Thanks for the shout out Ms. Cookie-momma. I have a question. Who gets all the treats you bake? I give mine away to friends and people at the gym (I try to fatten them up so I look thinnner LOL). Do you give yours away? I know you do way more baking on a daily basis than I.

  8. says

    These sound great! I don’t have a jumbo muffin tin, but I’ll definitely be trying these in a regular size muffin tin very soon! I LOVE a great muffin for breakfast! I’d even be tempted to throw in a little grated zucchini with the carrots and apples.

  9. Sugar Mama says

    Perfect! I’m assuming these would be easily shipped?? I’ve been promising my brother a batch of breakfast cookies but these would be even better. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Leah says

    I used Agave powder instead of brown sugar, and added chopped dates for extra depth and sweetness. They turned out amazing!!! It’s nice to have a treat without feeling guilty!

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