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Chock full of fruit and nuts, and they really do live up to their name (ahem), a connection I didn’t even make until someone asked me, “well, do they work?”
I couldn’t help but tweak the original recipe to make it even healthier, since I was planning on eating a lot of these muffins. I subbed whole wheat pastry flour for half the white flour. More fiber, are you crazy? Maybe. Probably.
Morning Glory Muffins
Makes 18 regular size muffins or 12 regular plus some minis (great for little hands and, let’s face it, soo much cuter)
*Oven to 350
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes, then cooled and chopped
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (plain ol’ whole wheat flour would be great, too)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 t cinnamon (just eyeball it)
1 1/2 t baking soda (don’t eyeball this one)
1/4 t salt
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
1 organic Granny Smith, peeled and grated
3/4 c chopped pineapple (canned is ok, fresh is better)
1/4 c canola oil (next time I’m using coconut oil for sure)
6 T unsalted butter, melted
1 t freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 c shredded, unsweetened coconut (look for this in the bulk section!)
1/3 c coarse raw sugar
- Put raisins in a small bowl and fill with hot tap water. Drain after 10 minutes or so of soaking.
- Sift flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a big bowl. In another, combine raisins, walnuts, carrot, apple, pineapple, eggs, oil, melted butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and coconut. Mix with a wooden spoon. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Don’t overmix or you’ll have hard little death cookies instead of muffins.
- Spoon batter into oiled or papered muffin tins, filling them quite full since they don’t rise much. I could have filled them more full (see picture).
- Sprinkle coarse, raw sugar (like Sugar in the Raw) atop each muffin. It doesn’t take much, but don’t skip this step. It gives a sweet little crunch and a bit of a glaze to the top of your Glories.
- Bake until lightly browned: 35 minutes for regular sized muffins, and 20 minutes for minis in silicone mini muffin pans.
- Have some right out of the oven. Why wait? It’s practically a fruit salad it’s so healthy (I get great joy from being a baked-goods-enabler). Don’t think about the almost-a-whole-stick-a-buttah. In fact, a little salted butter on these muffins is really good.