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Zucchini and Fresh Pineapple Morning Glory Muffins - healthy muffins that are moist , easy to throw together and full of fabulous flavor. A great way to use up that plethora of zucchini!
Zucchini and Fresh Pineapple Morning Glory Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Zucchini and Fresh Pineapple Morning Glory Muffins - healthy muffins that are moist, easy to throw together and full of fabulous flavor. A great way to use up that plethora of zucchini!

Course: Breakfast/Brunch
Keyword: Morning Glory Muffins
Servings: 16
Calories: 311 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • For the candied pecan topping:
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup salted sunflower seeds roasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • For the muffins:
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup finely diced fresh pineapple drained
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour I have also used white whole wheat flour with good results
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened, packed
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 3 large eggs
  • cup vegetable oil I like sunflower oil, but any neutral flavored oil would be fine
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • turbinado or demerara sugar (see notes) for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease 16 muffin cups or line them with papers. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray or rub with a paper towel and a bit of oil.

  2. Lay several thicknesses of paper toweling on a work surface. Spread grated zucchini on top of paper towels. Roll zucchini up tightly in paper toweling to absorb excess moisture. Set aside.
  3. Combine pecans and sunflower seeds on the prepared sheet pan. Drizzle with the honey and olive oil. Stir to coat seeds with honey mixture (don't worry if the honey seems to stick to just some of the nut mixture, it will all come together in the oven). Bake for 4 minutes. Stir to redistribute and bake another 2-3 minutes or until pecans are light golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. Stir once or twice during cooling to keep mixture from clumping together.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt. Stir well.

  5. Add the coconut and golden raisins. Stir well and the run your hands through the mixture, breaking up any small clumps of brown sugar, coconut or raisins that remain. Add drained zucchini and pineapple and stir again.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, orange juice and vanilla. Stir till smooth. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture, and stir until evenly moistened (mixture will be fairly thick).
  7. Divide the batter among the cup wells of the prepared pans, filling almost to the top (a little more than ¾ full). Divide the candied pecan mixture evenly among the muffins. Sprinkle each muffin with about ½ teaspoon of demerara (or turbinado) sugar.

  8. Bake the muffins for 25 to 28 minutes, until they're nicely domed and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

  9. Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes in their pan on a rack, then turn out of pans to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container. 

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above.

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini and Fresh Pineapple Morning Glory Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 236mg10%
Potassium 278mg8%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.