Glorious Morning Muffins

So one of my new years resolutions was to post at least 1 recipe per week, and I realized that that starts…. now. However, I wont be back in my home in California until Sunday, which would mean if I waited until then I would have already broken my resolution on week 1. Not okay. I have been staying at my dear friend Courtneys place for far too long, and she loves Morning Glory muffins, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and bake Morning Glory muffins for her and for y’all. πŸ™‚

These muffins are very light and have a punch of fiber, perfect for breakfast. They aren’t very sweet, which I think is good for eating something first thing in the morning. There is a light sweetness from the sugar and apples, and a nice tang from the raisins. The greek yog provides some protein, although I would pair the muffins with eggs or more greek yogurt for a substantial breakfast. I want to remake them soon with some added bran and perhaps more butter and see how they turn out.

They are quite tasty. I made 14 two days ago and our house of 3 is now down to… 3. Success!

Glorious Morning Muffins

sorry for the iphone pic!

Recipe: Makes ~14 muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour (gasp!)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Wet ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 1 sweet apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (only as needed, if the batter is too dry)
  • optional: liquid stevia to taste (I added a few drops to the second batch and enjoyed the slightly sweeter flavor)

Directions –Β Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. In another large bowl, whip together the butter, sugar, and yogurt. Grate the carrots into the mixture and add the rest of the wet ingredients. Pour the dry into the wet and mix until just combined. You may need to use a bit of almond milk/whatever if the batter is too dry. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Benefits:

Whole wheat flour * has more protein and fiber than white flour, as well as more B vitamins, calcium, iron, selenium, and other minerals. Due to the fiber content, whole wheat flour raises blood sugar more slowly than white flour.

Carrots *Β a prime source of vitamin A and antioxidants

Apples *Β 3 a day can help decrease cholesterol by 10%! Β They are rich in the antioxidants beta-carotenoids, vitamin C, and polyphenols. They also have filling fiber and pectin!

Greek yogurt * one cup contains (or should) about 20 grams of protein and is a great source of calcium. Opt for plain and add your own vanilla extract or fruit to sweeten it up!

Coconut * coconut gets a bad rap because of its saturated fat content, but its fatty acids are mainly medium-chain triglycerides, not long-chain. The long-chain triglycerides are bad for our cholesterol levels, but coconut has been shown to improve cholesterol levels. Animal studies suggest that medium-chain triglycerides can increase metabolism.

Walnuts * contain the healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

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14 thoughts on “Glorious Morning Muffins

  1. Looks tasty! I’ve actualy been meaning to make glorious morning muffins for quite a while now!

  2. you have the best muffin recipes! i wanna make your bran muffins! also, im definitely looking forward to your resolution-keeping =) more fun for the rest of us!!

    ps thanks for the email1! gonna reply soon!

  3. Yummy !

    I’m curious… U never do WIAW ? I’d love to know more about ur “diet” (i mean the way you eat ^^, not diet-diet though) and workout program because you are in really good shape =)
    I know you lift weights but you are not too muscular =)
    (I totally understand if you don’t wanna answer this question on your blog πŸ˜‰ )

    1. I have done several WIAW’s but I dont often because I am too lazy to take pictures of all that I eat. And a lot of my food is super ugly. I will try to do one soon! 

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  4. I’ve always wanted to try a morning glory muffin. They look so yummy and I love that they are healthy and wholesome!

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