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Paleo Morning Glory Quick Bread

Paleo Morning Glory Quick bread made grain-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free. This flavorful, healthful bread includes all the flavors of morning glory muffins, and is easily prepared in your blender. A marvelous go-to treat.

Grain-Free Paleo Morning Glory Quick Bread - refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and healthy! | #glutenfree #healthy #breakfast

The older I get, the more importance I attach to life’s little comforts…

Whether it be relishing my steamy morning beverage, sweating it out in a hot yoga class, or setting aside a moment to enjoy a slice of quick bread alongside a good read, these are the little “me” sessions that, while small and seemingly insignificant, make waves in helping me stay relaxed and focused.

Everyone has their own approach to treating him or herself, but the key for me is to keep my daily comforts well-conceived, uplifting, strengthening, or healthful…

Wise indulgences, as I like to think of them.

In my late twenties, I would have needed to justify or earn any of these little pleasures before slowing down and taking a breather.

You know, because: guilt, self-loathing, self-imposed pressure to embody perfection while still remaining cool, but not displaying any of the effort that goes into it.

Ohhh momma has that changed.

Being human is challenging enough as it is…we deserve to throw ourselves a bone.

Enter: Dis bone.

All the trappings of a morning glory muffin, but in the form of a loaf.

Grain-Free Paleo Morning Glory Quick Bread - refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and healthy! | #glutenfree #healthy #breakfast

What is “Morning Glory” Quick Bread?:

What exactly is a Morning Glory Muffin (or in this case, Morning Glory Quickbread)? It’s a sweet baked treat filled with grated carrots, applesauce, walnuts, shredded coconut, sometimes raisins, and sometimes pineapple?

Quite honestly, morning glory baked goods are very similar to carrot cake!

Depending on your approach to either, the two can be one and the same. Which quite honestly is fine by me, because I love both so dearly. Way I see it, whatever adventure you choose, you’re bound to end up with a comforting result.

You’ll observe the recipe here is similar to the Paleo Carrot Cake I showed you last week.

Same awesome concept, just a few minor tweaks, and in the form of a quick bread rather than a tiered cake.

Loaf of morning glory bread cur into slices on a wooden background with a plate of walnuts to the side.

Psst! If you want to frost this loaf to give it an extra pizzaz, I 200% recommend my Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting!

What Does This Bread Taste Like?:

This bread is everything a good quick bread should be: tender and moist, dense, but airy, sweet but not too sweet, fluffy, full of flavor, the perfect accompaniment to your mug of coffee or tea.

Just like carrot cake, there are plenty of ways you can make this recipe your own by customizing the recipe.

For me, breads like this are that slow morning or afternoon experience, where you cut off a thick slice, pair it with your favorite hot drink, and slowly savor each bite while surfing the internet for quality information or reading a great book, researching getaways, etc.

I’ve also been known to down a huge hunk lickety split after a sweaty hot yoga class, so there’s always that option, too.

Grain-Free Paleo Morning Glory Quick Bread - refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and healthy! | #glutenfree #healthy #breakfast

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Add applesauce, subtract oil
  • Incorporate up to 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple, subtract oil
  • Add 1 large ripe banana, subtract pure maple syrup
  • Hazelnut flour in place of almond flour? Sure, we can dig!
  • Pecans in place of walnuts, or go nut-free
  • Add raisins
  • Whip up that Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting I showed you last week and frost the dang thing!
  • Easily turn this bread into muffins by baking the batter in a muffin tray.

Looking for more healthy grain-free quick breads? Here are some reader favorites.

More Quick Bread Recipes:

Throw yourself a loaf of morning glory quick bread!

Loaf of morning glory muffin bread on a wooden background, cut into thick slices with a mug of coffee to the side.

Paleo Morning Glory Quick Bread

Morning Glory Quick Bread with grated carrot, shredded coconut, nuts, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. Moist, fluffy, delicious, and healthier for you too!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
1 loaf




  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a 9" x 5" loaf pan with parchment paper. You can also oil or spray the pan if you don't have parchment paper.
  • Add the first 11 ingredients (eggs through salt) to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir in the remaining ingredients until the batter is well-combined. Note: if you don't have a high-powered blender, use one large mixing bowl to mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and cover it with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until the bread is firm in the center. The best way to tell if quick bread is fully baked is by taking its internal temperature. To do so, insert a digital thermometer into the center of the bread and wait until the numbers stop moving. The ideal temperature is 190 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for 1 hour before cutting. When you're ready to slice the bread, pull the loaf out of the pan using the edges of the parchment paper (or if you sprayed the pan with oil, run a knife along the edge of the bread and turn it out onto a cutting board). Use a sharp knife to cut thick slices and enjoy!



*You can also use algae oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, olive oil, melted coconut oil etc.


Serving: 1of 10Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 8gFat: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 10g
Course: Quick Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond flour, breakfast, dairy free, grain free, healthy, healthy breakfast recipe, morning glory bread, morning glory quick bread, paleo morning glory quick bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Julia

Paleo Morning Glory Bread made with almond flour - flavorful, fluffy, moist delicious healthy sweet quick bread for breakfast or snack! Dairy-free, refined sugar-free and healthy!

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Friday 10th of May 2024

Hi. I’m wondering if you can switch up the ingredients and add about 1/2 cup of nut milk pulp. Any suggestions?


Saturday 11th of May 2024

Hi Bonnie! I don't have any experience baking with nut milk pulp so I'm not sure what changes you would need to make, if any. My guess is using the pulp would result in a pretty dense bread. If you're okay with this, it might be worth experimenting. You could try a combination of the pulp and some tapioca flour to try to lighten it up. Let me know if you try it! xo


Sunday 24th of March 2024

Made this and it was excellent, perfectly moist.


Monday 25th of March 2024

I love hearing that! Thanks for sharing, Ashlee!


Sunday 25th of February 2024

Has anyone tried adding raisins to this?


Wednesday 28th of February 2024

Hi Stephanie! I have and I think it's quite enjoyable. If you enjoy raisins, I'd say go for it! I'd recommend using 1/2 cup. Enjoy!


Sunday 18th of February 2024

This was such a perfect thing to make on a Sunday afternoon! I didn’t quite have enough orange zest so I added just a bit of orange extract (I realize that makes it no longer paleo,) but it was sooo delicious! Perfect amount of sweetness and love all the goodness added in!


Wednesday 21st of February 2024

Aww I love hearing that, Tyree! Thanks so much for swinging back around to share your feedback. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the bread! xo

Rich Land

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

I made this recipe yesterday for the first time and it was a absolutely wonderful! Followed the recipe exactly as written except I made it in a muffin tin. Baked them for 22 minutes on convection bake setting at 350 degrees. They were beautiful! Just a hint of sweetness and the addition of orange zest was great! My wife and I avoid cane sugar, gluten and dairy, so your recipes are so appreciated. We have enjoyed so many of your recipes from both your Roasted Root emails and your book, “Paleo Power Bowls”. Thank you, Julia, for all that you do!

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