Thursday, March 7, 2013

Morning Glory Muffins



As promised, here is the recipe for my Morning Glory Muffins! This recipe takes a little longer to prepare than your average muffin recipe but the end result is definitely worth it.  These are such flavourful muffins packed with veggie, fruit and nuts.  I especially like the overall cinnamon flavour that these muffins have and the fact that every bite is a little different.  Because of the abundance of ingredients in these muffins, you can be sure that it’s a FILLING muffin. I felt completely satisfied after eating one and that’s why they really are the most perfect breakfast muffin.  It’s also an easy grab and go muffin if you’re on the run, you don’t need to heat them up or slather them with butter, just peel, EAT and love! This is my go-to breakfast muffin recipe and the batter makes about 24 glorious muffins!

Morning Glory Muffins
Makes 24 average-sized muffins

Ingredients:
¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
¼ cup walnuts, toasted
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar (I used half white sugar and half coconut palm sugar but you can use all white if  preferred)
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¾ tsp salt
1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple in juice
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and shredded
3 eggs
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shredded carrots (about 2 to 3 carrots)
½ cup golden raisins

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with liners or you can omit the liners and just spray tin with vegetable oil spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and whisk with hand mixer until thoroughly combined.  Add in walnuts and coconut,  stir to combine.
  3. Pour crushed pineapple into fine-mesh strainer set over a liquid measuring cup and then add shredded apple to strainer.
  4. Press the fruit dry through the strainer until you have about 1 cup of liquid.
  5. Set aside the chunks of fruit and transfer the juice to a small saucepan.  Bring juice to a boil over medium-high heat and reduce heat to medium and simmer briskly until juice has reduced to ¼ cup, about 10 minutes.  Let cool slightly.
  6. Transfer juice to a medium bowl and whisk in eggs, melted butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  7. Gently fold egg mixture into flour mixture until just combined. 
  8. Gently fold in pineapple and apple mixture, carrots, and raisins.
  9. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. 
  10. Let the muffins cool in tin on wire rack for about 10 minutes.  Remove muffins from tin and let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.






46 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, healthy, and yummy muffins, Natalie!!!!!!!!

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  2. I love seeing all the fruits and vegies poking out of the muffins, it's great when you can see all the goodness as you're eating it :)
    Delicious!

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  3. wow those muffins are loaded with some awesome ingredients...i am sure worth the extra work!

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  4. You really managed to pack in a whole lot of goodies into a modest treat! I would love nothing more to have one (or two, let's be honest) in the morning.

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  5. YUM! What a perfect breakfast or snack idea :).

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  6. Looks delicious and super filling Natalie! I'm sure I wouldn't be able to stop at just one....

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  7. These sounds delicious - even more reason for your Liebster award that I have given you at http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/liebster-award-meme-of-elevenses.html - and a fun meme if you have the time and the inclination

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  8. Natalie - you are making me so hungry, it's 11.11 pm and i literally am hungry. These muffins look amazing!!!

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  9. As a kid, these were my absolute fave muffins. Kind of like carrot cake -- but with even MORE good things in it. You have me craving them now. ;)

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  10. Yum! I love that you've included carrots, apples, walnuts, coconuts and everything to make a morning muffin glorious =)

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  11. Yum these look really good! So glad you posted the recipe. I love apples and carrots in anything.

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  12. These are beautiful looking muffins that must be so tasty with all those fruits and vegetables and spices and seasonings. These would be a complete food-group meal for sure xx

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  13. Wholesome and beautiful! I would love a few for my breakfast!

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  14. Oy, was it your intention to deceive readers? When I read the title I wondered whether your muffins contained the asian green vegetable or if presented to a man in the morning that they will give him an erection. They look great by the way!

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    1. LOL oh your comment almost made me spit my coffee out !

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  15. I wish I had had these when I woke up this morning! They sound majorly delicious.

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  16. Hi Natalie and thanks so much for your visit. Love your blog and these muffins sound delicious. I got a smile out of reading the comments :)

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  17. I haven't had these for years but they've always been a favorite! Thanks for reminding me about them! :)_

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  18. They look like the perfect way to start your day. They look and sound super delicious.

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  19. YUM! These muffins look so good and packed with wonderful things to start your day.

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  20. I love muffins and these look great. So moist and hearty! They have many of my favorite ingredients in them too!

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  21. Whoa! Those look amazing. I bet they taste just a good as they look.

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  22. WOW! I'm loving all of the fruits and even a veggie you have going on in there. My kind of muffin for sure

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  23. These muffins look packed with goodness. Yum!

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  24. Morning glory muffins are my favorite!! Your muffins look like they're chock full of delicious flavor! Perfect for breakfast or snack! :)

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  25. I love everything about these muffins! :D

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  26. I've always loved the name-Morning glory Muffins. What a great thing to eat in the morning, or the evening!

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  27. Loving all the suff in here! It's a one meal muffin! Great flavour combination, Natalie.

    Nazneen

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  28. Natalie,

    These look scrumptious and I wish I had one to eat right now :)
    I love all the ingredients!!

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  29. These are as good in recipe form as they sounded / looked in picture form :) Thanks for the recipe - I will never have enough muffin recipes with carrots and apples in them and will look forward to adding this to my rotation!

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  30. Those look great. I'd have to substitute for the coconut as my wife hates it, though. I was thinking an equivalent amount of lightly crushed toasted flax seed might be nice :)

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  31. I was a little hesitant first when I red the title but looking at the ingredient list I have relieved to see it didn't include actual morning glory (a green, leafy vegetable popular in Asia) ;)
    The combination of coconut, carrots and apples sounds wonderful. Would love one for breakfast!

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  32. I love a good healthy muffin for a snack. They look yummy.

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  33. Natalie, these look fantastic...so chock full of yummy ingredients!

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  34. Morning Glory Muffins are a favourite at my local coffee shop. Nice to have a recipe to make them at home.

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  35. These look amazing! I wish I was better at cooking!
    sewthecity.blogspot.com
    x

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  36. I love cinnamon! One of my favorite spices (might actually be my fave). And coconut too? Bliss! Really great looking muffin - thanks so much.

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  37. These would give me a reason to wake up in the mornings early :P

    Cheers
    CCU

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  38. The muffins sound great! I love all the ingredients, and cinnamon makes muffins especially good.

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  39. I love muffins!! These look so good :)

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  40. I love morning glory muffins and these sound really darn tasty!

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  41. I love this. Crushed pineapples and apples inside! Such a healthy and delicious muffins to start a day. My kids would love to eat this over their cereal or bagel breakfast!

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  42. Great muffin recipe Natalie! a nice mix of sweet and savoury flavours and perfect for a breakfast meal on the go with a fresh juice :)

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