Muffin Monday: Morning Glory Muffins

The other week, I was in the mood for some fruity, almost granola bar muffins. I had fruit and nuts on hand and was ready to put together something spiffy. But I got to my refrigerator and I had a single egg. I looked at the container of leftover rice waiting to become fried rice and wondered if I'd have to pick and choose which recipe got that egg.

And then I remembered Morning Glory Muffins. They are packed with loads of great ingredients and a lot of flavor ... but no eggs. They are a perfect low or no egg week baking project! What's more, they might be my all-time favorite breakfast on the go. Between a muffin fortified with fruit, nuts, and spices and a mug of coffee, I'm good to go until lunchtime.

Swirled with a combination of shredded apple, grated carrot, flaked coconut, raisins, and walnuts, these muffins are like biting into a tender granola all in one clever package. They stay moist with a combination of butter and applesauce and the cinnamon and ginger offset the caramel-like sweetness of the brown sugar. It's a great morning treat.

I like to make a batch of these and freeze them. Then I pop one out at a time and microwave them for 30 seconds before I'm ready to enjoy. Whether I'm taking it on the road or having one alongside my second cup of coffee for the day, these muffins are always a welcomed part of any day.

Morning Glory Muffins

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¾ c. unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ c. butter, melted
  • 1 apple, shredded
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. grated carrot
  • ½ c. raisins
  • ½ c. flaked coconut
  • ½ c. walnuts, chopped

Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside. Preheat oven to 400° F.

In large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger; whisk well to combine. Add the applesauce, butter, apple, and vanilla; stir just until combined. Fold in the carrot, raisins, coconut, and walnuts; stir until the ingredients are combined. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.

Bake the muffins at 400° F for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350° F and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool. Store any uneaten muffins in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months.

  • Yields: 24 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes

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