Monday, October 16, 2017

Morning Glory Muffins

I woke up yesterday at the crack of dawn to a beautiful morning.  The air was still, the sun was rising, and sunlight was breaking through the leaves on the trees in a way that takes your breath away.  Yes, it was a glorious morning, and since I was up I decided to make a batch of Morning Glory Muffins.  I was inspired by the day.

Morning Glory Muffins to Start Your Day

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Morning Glory Muffins
Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory muffins are chock full of goodness with dried cranberries. carrots, grated apple, coconut, and walnuts.  They are a hearty muffin that will remind you of carrot cake.  This recipe makes twelve hearty muffins, full of "good for you" ingredients.  You'll find them to be moist, not too sweet muffins that are perfect with your morning coffee.

These muffins will freeze well, too.  When they are cool, wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap and then package them in a zip-top freezer bag for another day. They will be perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast, a snack, or a friend stopping by to for a cup of coffee or tea,
Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Makes 12
Making Morning Glory Muffins
Morning Glory Muffin Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, soaked in hot water
  • 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated peeled carrots
  • 1 large apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts 
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Line your muffin tin with cupcake papers and spray the inside of the papers with baking spray.  Soak the cranberries in a small bowl of hot water while you assemble the ingredients.  Mix the flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt together in a large bowl.  I love to use this batter bowl when making muffins.  Whisk to combine well.

Grate the carrot and apple with a box grater.  Add the grated carrot, coconut, nuts, apple and drained cranberries to the dry ingredients, stirring well to distribute the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, oil, vanilla and orange juice.  Add the wet mixture to the dry, stirring until mixed and the dry mixture is evenly moistened.  Divide the mixture evenly into the muffin cups.  Each muffin cup should be filled to the top.

Morning Glory muffins in the Pan
Fill the Muffin Cups to the Top

Bake the muffins on the middle rack of your oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let the muffins cool for five minutes in the pan and then tip them on their side to finish cooling.

Cooling Morning Glory Muffins
Morning Glory Muffins

Serve the muffins warm, or wrap individually for freezing.

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Other Yummy Muffin Recipes

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