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Gluten-free & Dairy-Free Morning Glory Muffins

I teach at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and in the last two classes of the course my students present a food demo. Fortunately for me, I get to try m
Apr 22, 2013 | Joy McCarthy

I teach at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and in the last two classes of the course my students present a food demo. Fortunately for me, I get to try many new recipes created by Holistic Nutrition students. They always meet my formula of Delicious + Nutritious = Joyous Recipe!

One of my students Nicole, made these awesomely delicious and moist gluten-free muffins. I asked her if I could share them with you all because a recipe as yummy as this MUST be shared. Lucky for us, she said yes!

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  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup oats (look for gf)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup organic raisins
  • 1/3 cup raw pecans, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or line with paper muffin cups.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in coconut oil to the wet mixture.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet and combine, but do not over mix. Fold in the carrots, coconut, raisins and pecans.
  6. Scoop muffin mix into muffin tins. They do not rise a lot, so you can fill the batter up to the top.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.


Makes 12 muffins.

Apr 22, 2013 BY Joy McCarthy
Moriah   •   April 23, 2013

Why don't you bake with honey?! What's the reasoning!!


Nancy Marshall   •   April 25, 2013

Just baked them. They look yummy. I will try one after my Zumba class.


Nancy Marshall   •   April 26, 2013

Yep they are delicious. My husband just said to me I really like those muffins. My breakfast was a muffin with almond butter, yogurt with hemp seed and strawberries and dandelion tea. Great way to start my day. Thank you Joy for sharing this recipe and thanks to Nicole for putting it together.


Sarah   •   August 7, 2013

I just made these, minus the maple syrup/honey and they are DELICIOUS!!!!!! The apple sauce and coconut give it the perfect amount of sweetness on their own.


Fiona   •   January 24, 2014

These were fantastic, my kids and husband loved them too. I am just starting on a gluten/dairy free diet for treating my graves disease and I am so happy I have found your wonderful recipes.


Kathryn Grace   •   March 26, 2014

This looks SO good and nutritious. I've shared it with my readers on my brand new Facebook page about cooking with whole grains and whole foods. I'm looking forward to spending more time here on your site. I found this recipe thanks to @Theresa_English on Twitter. Love how that works.


Erin   •   April 21, 2014

Would coconut flour work instead of rice flour?

Joy McCarthy   •   April 23, 2014

Leo Amorim   •   May 18, 2014

Thank you for the recipe. It looks great! I was just wondering if you can substitute the brown rice flour for almond flour. Thank you!

Kate McDonald-Walker   •   May 19, 2014

Grisell   •   June 24, 2014

I made them today. Kids loved them!! They are incredible!! I make so many of your recepies diring the week. I love the blog... Thank you for putting so much information out there! We need it :) Namaste.

Kate McDonald-Walker   •   June 25, 2014

Barbara DeBets   •   September 30, 2014

Shalom ! So excited to find website...just saw you on Steven and Chris (first time) and am very excited to try these receipes. I want to know if there is a good substitute for coconut oil is a receipe...not wanting to cook with oil ( oxidation).

Joy McCarthy   •   October 1, 2014

Jennifer   •   September 27, 2015

Can I leave the pecans out without changing the baking time? My son can't have nuts....thanks!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   September 28, 2015

Bronwyn   •   January 23, 2019

What is the nutritional content of the GF morning glory muffin?

Joy McCarthy   •   January 24, 2019

Laura C.   •   August 26, 2020

Just made these today and they're great. I used a ripe banana instead of the eggs and turned out well. Thanks so much. :)

Joy McCarthy   •   August 26, 2020

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