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Morning Glory Breakfast Oatmeal

My husband loves morning glory muffins more than pretty much any other breakfast dish (okay, biscuits and gravy may be number one, but morning glory muffins are a close second!)

This right here is the kind of breakfast you make when your husband requests morning glory muffins but you are too lazy to actually dust off your measuring cups, find the muffin tins, and god forbid look up a recipe (I’m a horrible baker and don’t have many go-to original baking recipes.) Taylor was slightly bummed when I informed him that I decided not to bake and instead whip up a batch of oatmeal. Β I’m way more comfortable with dishes that don’t require exact measurements and oatmeal just so happens to be one of them.

Even though he was skeptical at first I knew I nailed this oatmeal recipe when Taylor gobbled his up, went back for seconds, and didn’t mention the word “muffin” all morning long. This dish has all the flavors and textures of morning glory muffins without the hassle of baking. Everyone was a happy camper! It also helped that we drank an entire pot of coffee while discussing our next farm project. Chickens!!! Yes, we are getting chickens this season and I could not be more thrilled! Lots of new changes are happening at Tumbleweed Farm this season and I cannot wait to inform you all on some of this once we have more things nailed down. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, forget about morning glory muffins and whip up a batch of this oatmeal. It tastes even better in oatmeal form than in a muffin form I promise!


I must give a little credit here to one of my favorite food blogs Cookie And Kate.Β I got so excited because I thought I was the only person in the world to think about turning a morning glory muffin into breakfast oatmeal. As it turns out, I’m not as much of a genius as I’d like to think. You can find a similar recipe on her site as well (along with some other yummy recipes to boot!)

I guess my point is, morning glory oatmeal is AMAZING. Brew up some extra strong coffee, whip up a batch of this oatmeal, and tackle anything you put your mind to for the rest of the day. Enjoy!

Morning Glory Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 mins.    Cook Time: 15-20 mins.    Serves: 2-4

  • 1 cup rolled oats (GF if necessary)
  • 1 cup coconut milk or almond milk/milk of choice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 TBS almond butter
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. In a medium sized saucepan bring the water and milk to a boil. Stir in the oats, banana, carrots, raisins, almond butter and all the spices. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until oats are cooked. About 15-20 minutes (depending on what kind of oats you choose. If you are using quick cooking oats the time will very greatly!)
  2. Once oats are cooked through remove from heat. Add vanilla, pure maple syrup, coconut, walnuts, and a pinch of salt. Stir until well combined.
  3. Serve warm with a drizzle more of milk.


Use this recipe as a guide. Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.

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35 thoughts on “Morning Glory Breakfast Oatmeal

  1. I’ve been seeing a lot of carrots going into oatmeal lately. I love the idea! Not entirely sure what morning glory muffins are, but my first thought at the site of this is carrot cake – which has always been a favorite. I have a feeling I’d like those muffins your boyfriends likes too.

    1. Andrea says:

      Morning glory and carrot cake are very similar! And YAY for more carrots in oatmeal. Love it!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Delicious! My husband loved it so much, he packed the left overs for his lunch. Think I’m going to buy a muffin pan and try the muffins.

    1. Andrea says:

      YAY! So happy your husband enjoyed it too! And yes, muffins will be delicious as well πŸ™‚

  3. Becca says:

    Chickens! So exciting! I would recommend getting a couple of Silkies for comic relief. They have such great personalities, fluffy bodies and they are the perfect farm buddies. We love ours!

    Also, the oatmeal looks delicious!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Aw, I can’t wait to see the chickens! Yay! Do you think Henry will try to eat them? haha.

    This oatmeal looks unbelievable. I would’ve thought you were the first to think of it too but in the world of blogging, it’s almost impossible to think of anything that hasn’t been done. Unless it’s some gross combination…

  5. I just tried to pin this but the picture doesn’t come up after I hit pin it. I’ll wait until you add it to your board to repin but I thought I’d let you know it’s acting up!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks for the heads up girl!

  6. This looks delicious! I was able to go ahead and pin it πŸ™‚ I feel the same about creating baking recipes- my last batch of healthy muffins with pumpkin puree and shredded carrots are too mushy and taste like baking powder. Fail.

    1. Andrea says:

      Turn that recipe into oatmeal! The flavor combination sounds great. And yes, baking is just toooo scary!

  7. Julie says:

    Hurray! Here’s tomorrow’s breakfast, and I already have all the ingredients. What a miracle! I think
    I’ll go to bed now so I can make this even sooner. πŸ˜‰

    1. Andrea says:

      Haha!!! I hope you enjoyed it!

  8. Laura says:

    What a great idea. We love morning glory muffins. Thanks for all your great recipes.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks for following along!

  9. Oh yes, I totally need breakfasts like this right now! And yay for chickens! I hope you get the fancy chickens with crazy feathers and blue eggs. πŸ˜‰

    1. Andrea says:

      Yes to all of the above!!!

  10. This looks awesome – I would so much rather eat a big warm bowl of this oatmeal than a muffin, muffins are always done so quickly anyway! Congrats on your farm expansions!

    1. Andrea says:

      I think muffins are overrated! Oatmeal is the way to go!

  11. Joanne says:

    Morning glories deconstructed! I love it. Especially because I definitely do not have enough time to bake muffins in the morning!

    1. Andrea says:

      Exactly. Who has time to whip up a batch of muffins first thing. This was ready in a flash!

  12. My daily breakfast oatmeal routine is in SERIOUS need of a change-up, and this morning glory version is IT. Sounds amazing!

    Also yay for chickens!

    1. Andrea says:

      Three cheers for chickens and oatmeal!

  13. Tara says:

    I am not usually the biggest fan of oats, but these look wonderful! PS: I really like your spoons, did you buy them recently or are they vintage?

    1. Andrea says:

      I love the spoons too! I got them at a thrift store in Hood River. Great find!!!

  14. This has my name written all over it! Sitting down with Nate to our oatmeal and coffee is my favorite part of the day. He is pretty stuck on our pumpkin oatmeal, but I’ll see if I can use the same trick you used on Taylor and convert him to a morning glory oatmeal fan!

    1. Andrea says:

      I love tricking the guys πŸ™‚

  15. I have never actually heard of Morning Glory muffins, but I love oatmeal and this ingredient list looks great, so I have a good feeling I would love this for my breakfast (and probably the muffins too, no doubt πŸ˜‰ Great news about the chickens too, I grew up with chickens and loved them! Pity we live right in the city now with a tiny yard = not a great environment for animals!

  16. Carol says:

    I finally got to try this – it’s genius! Tastes just like the muffins and it’s healthier too! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to hearing about the new developments….

    1. Andrea says:

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed this as much as we did!

  17. Julia says:

    Oh this keeeeeeells me! I love morning glory everything + love oatmeal + I highly doubt you’re as bad of a baker as you say you are, but that’s okay πŸ˜‰ Why bake and wait for a million years for the thing to come out of the oven when you can throw it on the stovetop? LOVE this!

    1. Andrea says:

      As you know, I’m not a baker. This is the best I can do and I’m so pumped with how it turned out!!!

  18. Sarah says:

    I just tried this recipe. It’s so good! I had an apple on hand so I chopped up a little piece of it and threw that in with the coconut and walnuts. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this as much as we did. The addition of an apple sounds fantastic!

  19. afracooking says:

    Great way to start the day!

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