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  • Betcha Can’t: Glorious Morning Muffins

    Friday, February 25, 2011

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    Let’s face it….muffins are not health food.  Typically full of fat, white sugar and white flour, they offer little satisfaction once the last bite is gone.  Despite the potential nutritional trap, I love muffins and of my most beloved is the Morning Glory.  If you are not familiar with this wonderful muffin it is a dense, earthy, sweet muffin full of nuts, grated carrots and apples.  But what lies beneath the muffin masquerading as healthy is a least 1 cup of oil, 1 cup of sugar and lots of white flour.

    Glorious morning muffins

    My healthier take on Morning Glory Muffins

    Not willing to give up muffins for the rest of my days, I created this recipe for a significantly lower fat and sugar version….but no less delicious!  I substituted white whole wheat flour and oat bran for the white flour.  1 cup of oil has been reduced to 1/4 cup.  How did I make up for the moisture loss from all that oil?  I added some buttermilk (a great baking secret if you are using whole wheat flour or less fat since it is rich and helps retain moisture).  I replaced the white sugar with agave and molasses (lending more moisture and, of course, sweetness) and replaced 3 eggs with one egg and 1/4 cup egg whites. The result was as close to an original Morning Glory Muffin as I have had in a healthier version.  I call them Glorious Morning Muffins because they really are better for you…and that’s glorious!
     © 2011 Nancy Granada Kindred Kitchen

    Betcha Can’t: Glorious Morning Muffins

    servings: 12 muffins | time: about 45 minutes

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    1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (my favorite is King Arthur)
    3/4 cup oat bran
    2 Tsp. baking soda
    1 Tsp. baking powder
    2 Tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 Tsp. kosher salt
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1/4 cup egg whites (approximately 2 large eggs)
    1/2 cup crushed pineapple (with juice)
    1 cup grated carrot
    1 medium apple, grated (preferably fugi or braeburn)
    1/4 cup canola oil
    1 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
    1/2 cup agave syrup
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    1/2 cup organic raisins
    1/2 cup unsweetened coconut


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray non-stick muffin pan with non-stick spray and set aside


    1.  Place flour, oat bran, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine, set aside.
    2.  In another large bowl, add all of the remaining ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Add to dry mixture and stir to combine using a wooden spoon.  Do not over mix.
    3.  Using a muffin scoop, fill each muffin cup nearly to the top.
    4.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    5.  Allow to cool in pan for 3 minutes before removing an placing on cooling rack  Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

    Muffins will keep for a week in the fridge (they also freeze well)





    4 responses to “Betcha Can’t: Glorious Morning Muffins”

    1. Kelly says:

      I finally made these muffins and they’re delicious!! In true form I forgot to get the molasses and buttermilk so I replaced with maple syrup and milk with a Tbsp lemon juice.

      So much for the healthier option – I haven’t stopped eating them!

      Also – I used cupcake liners and made 18 instead of 12.

    2. Cindy Hill says:

      Just made these muffins — I got 18 out of them, too, and it’s a good thing, because that way my family won’t know that I just ate 6… I subbed in 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed for 1/4 cup of the white wheat flour, used fresh chopped pineapple for the crushed pineapple and added a touch more buttermilk to make up for the moisture from that, and used dried cranberries instead of raisins just because that’s what I had open and figured it couldn’t hurt. They are really fabulous, thanks so much for this recipe!!

    3. Nancy Granada says:

      @Cindy-so glad you like them! I love the creativity of using what you have on hand to substitute some of the ingredients!

    4. Carole says:

      Hi there. Food on Friday: Muffins and Cupcakes is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Please check out some of the great links there are already. Cheers

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