Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Morning Glory Muffins + Sweet Harvest Muffins

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I get quite tired of "sweet" muffins and scones. What I mean by "sweet" are things like fruit muffins or scones, or things with chocolate. They're okay sometimes but I usually lean towards the savoury side. However, these morning glory muffins are SO good, moist and flavourful that I would be happy to eat them all the time. I love that they're so packed full of stuff, and you can use up whatever you have (which was the reason I went searching for a recipe like this actually - to help use my wheat germ and Costco sized bag of apricots). I did make efforts to make this muffin recipe healthier than the original, though in this case I don't think you can tell.

Speaking of muffins that are more sweet than savoury (oops I had it the other way around before), I also love these sweet harvest muffins from Ricki's cookbook Sweet Freedom. I can't share the recipe with you but can tell you that they're really delicious and soft, and each muffin gives you a serving of vegetables! I'll definitely be making them again.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Spiced Carrot Muffins
Banana Crunch Muffins
Grandma Jennie's Date and Nut Bread
Garden Harvest Cake

Morning Glory Muffins
Adapted from King Arthur Flour

Note: The original recipe calls for 2/3 cup vegetable oil and 1/4 cup orange juice. What I did was kind of complicated/weird but it worked for me. I reduced the vegetable oil to 1/3 cup, and added in some extra juice to result in using 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp juice. Leave it as it was in the original recipe if you don't mind the amount of oil.

3/4 cup dried apricot, chopped (or any other dried fruit)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (7 ounces) carrots, peeled and grated
1 large tart apple, peeled, cored, and grated
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup wheat germ
3 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp mango juice (all we had was mango juice, but the original recipe uses orange)

Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin, or line it with papers.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt. Stir in the carrots, apple, coconut, nuts, and wheat germ. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and juice. Add to the flour mixture, and stir until evenly moistened. Stir in the dried apricots. Divide the batter among the prepared pans.

Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, until nicely domed and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes in their pan on a rack, then turn out of pans to finish cooling.


Johanna GGG said...

these look like excellent breakfast fare - love anything with dried apricots - must try ricki's recipe some time

Ricki said...

So glad you liked the Sweet Harvest muffins! :D Funny, I don't think of them as savory since they taste sweet (and have chocolate in them!), even though they contain those veggies. My hubby just thinks he's getting a chocolate muffin for breakfast. . . don't tell him about the veggies!! ;)

Joanne said...

I saw these somewhere else recently and thought they would be the perfect breakfast muffins...not too sweet but chock full of fruit and fiber. Love it!

newlywed said...

These look great! I am a muffin-addict, and saving this recipe!

eatme_delicious said...

Ricki: Oops I had the words in the wrong order! Yes these are definitely in the sweet family, not the savoury. :)

kickpleat said...

I've always wanted to try baking a morning glory muffin! Thanks for the reminder, it looks great.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I definitely have plenty of dried fruit and also some wheat germ to use up, but I'd want to make these even if I didn't because they look so darn tasty.

Anonymous said...

i love KA flour!

eileen said...

wow, those sound Full of delightful ingredients, not to mention very easy for eating first thing in the am while groggy and glurgy. nice!

Anonymous said...

I'm dying to try these muffins. They look so wonderful jam-packed with all that good stuff!

grace said...

aside from the laborious peeling and grating, morning glory muffins are probably my favorite of all time.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

These muffins look delicious!!

L-Burt said...

I am so excited because I LOVE MORNING GLORY MUFFINS. They had them in the cafeteria at my college and whenever they had them...I would grab and extra few and eat pretty much only muffins all day. I have somehow never made them myself though....thanks to you, that will change soon!