Are you mid-resolution? Did you make some goals for 2020 that may or may not include the word “healthy”? I’m not one for resolutions, but I am a fan of being healthyish. True story: before I began this blog I was working full-time as a registered dietitian. Does that just sound like the biggest joke ever? The truth is, as much as I LOVE baking, butter, and indulgent desserts, I value fitting in my pants and taking care of the body I’ve been given. Naturally, that means I can’t exist solely on banoffee pie and peanut butter babka (but, man, I wish it did) and it nudges me to think inside the box of healthyish. So here’s some morning glory muffins and a few links to some lightened-up favorites of mine. I hope you enjoy them as much as your enjoy the banoffee.
Morning glory muffins have loads of fruit and veggie add-ins to make these nutrient-rich treats. Yes, they do contain sugar, but they also have shredded carrots, 100% whole wheat flour, raisins, coconut, and unsweetened applesauce. These morning glory muffins are one-bowl treats that can be made-ahead or frozen and (BONUS!) taste even better on day 2. Bake a batch of these on a lazy Saturday and enjoy them all week long. Guilt-free.
To make morning glory muffins, we start by combining milk, oil, applesauce, and eggs until smooth. Next comes the sugars and shredded carrots followed by the dry ingredients. Cinnamon gently spices these fluffy treats, but the mainly flavors are all those add-ins! Coconut, raisins, and chopped pecans round out the ingredients, and the batter comes together into a thick, scoopable mixture. Load up your muffin pan and bake for just over 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out just barely clean.
Give these morning glory muffins a try sometime this week and check out a few other healthyish recipes on my site at the links below! Happy baking and enjoy your weekend!
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Morning Glory Muffins
These are healthy muffins with natural sweeteners, whole wheat flour, and loads of carrots, coconut, and raisins. These are hearty breakfast pastries and afternoon snacks and make great little energy bites that are simple, make ahead, and easy to freeze. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com Morning Glory Muffins by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 13 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- ¾ cup (180 gm) milk
- 1/3 cup (80 gm) canola oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
- ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
- 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (140 gm) whole wheat flour
- 2–1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2–1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and put paper muffin lines in a 12-compartment tin. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, egg, applesauce, and extract until smooth. Stir in the carrots and both sugars. Add the flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and stir just till barely combined. Fold in the coconut, raisins, and pecans. Divide the batter among the 12-muffin compartment. Mine usually end up about 2/3- 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle the tops of each with sparkling sugar or additional mix-ins (if desired) and bake in the preheated oven for about 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool briefly before consuming!
- As an option, you can use 1-1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and only ½ cup of all-purpose flour. In this instance, use ½ cup brown sugar and only ¼ cup of white sugar. This will help to keep the muffins moist.
- If you don’t plan to consume the muffins on the day of preparing them, seal them in a Tupperware or large plastic bag and freeze until ready to consume. This will help to keep the muffins moist and fresh!