plate of morning glory muffins  with a bite taken out of the middle muffin

Healthy morning glory muffins filled with wholesome ingredients like oats, apples, carrots, almond butter, walnuts, raisins and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, These easy vegan carrot apple muffins are wonderfully moist, hearty and great for breakfast and snacking! (Gluten free, oil free & refined sugar free)

carrot apple muffins split in half on a muffin liner

My social feeds are flooded with all things pumpkin– not that I’m complaining. I mean, I know I’ve already done my fair share of pumpkin recipes too (hiya spelt pumpkin bread & chocolate chip pumpkin muffins) buttt, allow me to remind you that it’s also peak season for carrots and apples with these morning glory muffins!

What are morning glory muffins? They’re supposedly ‘healthier’ muffins since they typically include nuts/seeds, veggies and fruit but if you ever take a look at store bought muffins they’re loaded with added sugar and butter. IMO it’s totally fine to enjoy a store bought muffin but since I basically eat muffins everyday for breakfast I wanted to make a version that is a) made with some healthier swaps and b) inexpensive (cause muffins are actually quite $$$) .

A couple rounds of testing these, I was finally happy with the texture of these vegan and gluten free morning glory muffins! They’re fluffy yet hearty and just textural perfection thanks to the all the fun add-ins.

vegan healthy morning glory muffins in bowls on a marble backdrop

How to make healthy morning glory muffins

The Ingredients (& substitutions)

  • Apples: Both apple sauce and shredded apples go into these muffins. Here’s a quick 5 minute apple sauce recipe!
  • Almond Butter: Adds healthy fats and moisture. You could also use sunflower butter or tahini for nut free.
  • Maple Syrup: For naturally sweetened muffins and also keeps them moist.
  • Baking powder, baking soda + apple cider vinegar: Helps make them fluffy.
  • Rolled Oats (Gluten free): If you don’t have a high speed blender, I recommend using oat flour instead and making this recipe in a bowl because the batter does get quite thick. You can use store bought or make your own by blending the same amount of oats first and then adding it to a bowl. If using pre-made oat flour, use 1/2 cups (180g).
  • Carrots
  • Walnuts: Or any nuts/seeds of your choice.
  • Raisins: Or any dried fruit of your choice.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and orange zest is also added for an extra boost in flavour.

carrot apple muffin batter in a 6 cup muffin tin

The Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients (except fold-ins) to a blender starting with the wet ingredients and then blend until a thick batter forms. Add in 1-2 tbsp of water or non dairy milk if you find the batter to be overly thick (see video for consistency).
  2. Fold in the carrots, apples, raisins and walnuts.
  3. Divide the batter between 6 muffin cups. Bake at 425 F for 5 minutes and then at 350 F for 15-18 minutes or until tops of the muffins are springy to the touch.

Like mentioned above, these can also easily be made without a blender just by swapping the rolled oats for oat flour! Mix the wet ingredients together first and then the dry. Fold in the shredded apples, shredded carrots, walnuts and raisins and bake.

carrot apple muffins in a 6 cup muffin tin baked

Freezing & Storing Tips

These hearty muffins store & freeze beautifully so you could make a double batch for 12 muffins and have them ready throughout the week! Read how to properly store & reheat muffins in this post to keep them as fresh as possible.

So hearty and perfectly flavoured with warming spices and orange zest– if you like carrot muffins and apples muffins you will love these!

morning glory muffins cut in half

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stack of morning glory muffins on a white plate with text on top

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plate of morning glory muffins with a bite taken out of the middle muffin

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins (Vegan + Gluten Free)

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 muffins 1x


Healthy morning glory muffins that are hearty & delicious thanks to the oats, carrots, apples, raisins & walnuts. Tender, moist & great for breakfast or snacking! (Vegan + Gluten Free)


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 F and line or grease 6 muffin cups. 
  2. Into a blender add in the the apple sauce, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar and blend until smooth. Next add in the oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt and blend until combined. You may need to add in 1-2 tbsp of water or non dairy milk depending on how much moisture your apple sauce has (see video for batter consistency). Fold in shredded apples, carrots, walnuts and raisins. 
  3. Divide batter between the 6 muffin cups and then bake for 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for another 15-18 minutes. 
  4. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 3 minutes and then carefully transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. 


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, north american


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 14.7g
  • Sodium: 318mg
  • Fat: 8.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7gg
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 39.8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 6.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. These muffins are the absolute BEST! My entire family is obsessed, we love how healthy the ingredients are and how satisfying and delicious they taste. I feel like it can be tricky to make a delicious vegan muffin, but Lisa totally nailed it with this recipe. I usually double the recipe to make 12 muffins (just doubling all the ingredients as listed) and they turn out perfect, they also freeze really well. I highly recommend giving these a try, you’ll love them.

  2. I love these muffins! New favorite muffin recipe! Delicious, healthy, great texture, amazing for breakfast or as a snack any time of day. Love this recipe!

  3. I so enjoyed this recipe. I will be making these muffins and gifting them to family and friends. I love the moist texture…s o like traditional Morning Glories. One tweak for my taste is to use a tad less nutmeg. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  4. These look perfect for breakfast! Sort of like a healthier morning glory muffin! I can’t wait to make them!

  5. Would really like to try this recipe but what is the cooking time if I bake the batter in a loaf pan ?
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Chiarawsn! I haven’t tested it as a loaf, so I can’t say it’ll work for sure. I think it might end up a bit gummy or under baked, but it might work if you use a pan with a larger surface area (I’m thinking 9×5 inch). It would take about 40-50 minutes! Let me know how it turns out– goodluck!