Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins are a wholesome and delicious breakfast or snack option packed with fiber, nutrients, and natural sweetness from ingredients like carrots, apples, and raisins. Here’s a recipe for making these muffins:
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar or maple syrup (for a healthier option)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups grated carrots (about 2-3 medium carrots)
- 1/2 cup grated apple (about 1 medium apple)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (e.g., walnuts or pecans) (optional)
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease it lightly.
- Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, brown sugar (or maple syrup), baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Stir these dry ingredients together until well combined.
- Combine Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the unsweetened applesauce, vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil), eggs, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.
- Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Avoid overmixing; a few lumps are okay.
- Fold in Grated Carrots and Apples: Gently fold in the grated carrots, grated apple, shredded coconut, raisins, and chopped nuts (if using). The batter should be thick and full of these wholesome ingredients.
- Fill Muffin Cups: Using a spoon or scoop, evenly distribute the muffin batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
- Bake: Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.
- Cool: Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Enjoy: Once cooled, these Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins are ready to enjoy as a nutritious breakfast or snack.
These muffins are a great way to start your day with a healthy and satisfying treat. They’re filled with fiber and natural sweetness, making them perfect for those looking for a wholesome and delicious option.