Skip to Content

Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

Paleo morning glory muffins recipe made with almond flour are a healthy breakfast or snack, perfect for those with gluten and grain sensitivities. These classic muffins are easy to prepare and super comforting!

 Grain-free and refined sugar-free Morning Glory Muffins | #paleo #healthy #brunch #recipe @roastedroot


The morning glory muffin, a.k.a. the Something for Everyone Muff, is just so likable. A muffin jam packed with carrots, apples, shredded coconut, raisins and walnuts? I mean, who in Hades was smart enough to come up with this flavor infusion?!

Let me google it.

::Insert elevator music::

Okay, I have the answer.

Chef Pam McKinstry invented the morning glory muffin in 1978 on Nantucket Island for Earthbound Farm. In the kitchen with the whisk (or perhaps a wooden spoon, who knows?).

Here’s the original morning glory muffin recipe. Slash, Pam, I’d like to meet you, you cheeky muffin maven you.Grain-free and refined sugar-free Morning Glory Muffins | Made with almond flour and pure maple syrup #paleo #healthy #brunch #recipe @roastedroot

Per usual, I did a little add and subtract magic and came up with a grain-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free version of the recipe, which is also paleo-friendly.

Some people add pineapple. I don’t.

Do you ever say to yourself, “Wow. I should probably vacuum, wash my linens, scrub the tile, season my cast iron skillet, do my taxes, and take care of my fiscal and social responsibilities as a human” and then promptly bake muffins instead? Don’t answer that.

Grain-free and refined sugar-free Morning Glory Muffins | #paleo #healthy #brunch #recipe @roastedroot

I’m gonna give it to you straight: these muffins require some work. There’s an above-average amount of grating, chopping, and ingredient measuring required for this recipe, but they’re soooo worth it. The recipe also includes ⅓ of a cup of mashed sweet potato, which I recognize not all of you have on-hand just any ol’ day, like me.

If you don’t feel like roasting a sweet potato for the sake of these muffins, I bet you could use a ripe banana instead…and then you’d end up with banana bread morning glory muffs, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that, son!

These grain-free, refined sugar-free dairy-free morning glory muffins are all sorts of nutritious and are perfect for the sharing. They’re well-worth the effort!

The everything muffin!

More Gluten-Free Muffin Recipe:

My cookbook, Paleo Power Bowls, is now available! CLICK HERE to check it out. Thank you for your support!

If you make these Paleo Morning Glory Muffins, please feel free to share a photo and tag @The.Roasted.Root on Instagram!

Grain-free and refined sugar-free Morning Glory Muffins | Made with almond flour and pure maple syrup #paleo #healthy #brunch #recipe @roastedroot

Grain-Free Morning Glory Muffins (Paleo)

Grain-free, dairy-free, healthy muffin recipe with shredded carrot, coconut, and raisins. Naturally sweetened and delicious!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
15 muffins



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 12-muffin tray with baking cups.
  • Whisk together the mashed sweet potato, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, grated carrot, apple, and ginger until well-combined (wet ingredients).
  • In a seperate mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, shredded coconut, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (dry ingredients).
  • Pour the dry mixture into the bowl with the wet mixture and stir well until a thick batter forms.
  • using an ice cream scoop or small measuring cup, scoop batter into the lined muffin tray, filling the cups 3/4 of the way up.
  • Place muffin tray on the center rack in the preheated oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until muffins test clean when poked with a toothpick.
  • Allow muffins to cool at least 20 minutes before mowing them down < - if you try to eat the muffins before letting them cool, they will stick to the muffin cups like whoa.


Serving: 1of 15 - Calories: 229kcal - Carbohydrates: 17g - Protein: 6g - Fat: 17g - Saturated Fat: 6g - Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g - Sugar: 10g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond flour, gluten free, gluten free muffins, grain free, healthy muffin recipe, morning glory muffins, pure maple syrup
Servings: 15 muffins
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Julia
Paleo Morning Glory Muffins - grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and healthy
Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Monday 9th of January 2023

Just made these muffins for the first time…DELICIOUS.


Thursday 12th of January 2023

I'm so happy you enjoy them! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback! xo


Friday 19th of August 2022

Wanted a paleo, Less calorie morning glory muffin. It was great. I only had 1 apple, had to add a peach, only slices of sweet potato, chopped it, all worked perfectly


Monday 22nd of August 2022

Love the idea of using a peach! Very clever improvisation!! xoxo


Saturday 23rd of May 2020

These look amazing!

Do you know how well these freeze?

Thank you!!

Josie Caldarella

Saturday 1st of February 2020

Hi! These look amazing! Just wondering if I could sub raisins for pineapple (that's what I have on hand).

And could I decrease the maple syrup to maybe a tbsp? I need to be very careful about sugars. Would I need to add more liquid?

Thank you!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

How are these best stored? We made them yesterday and they are so so good. They've been on the counter and I want to make sure they don't go to waste. Can they be frozen?


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Hi Diane!

Yes, absolutely, you can freeze them! That's what I do with mine. Simply stick them in a zip lock and freeze for up to 3 months :D xo

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.