March 10, 2013

.morning glory.


Confession #1
I have a huuuuuge sweet tooth. Some days I crave sweets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and usually there's a snack somewhere in there as well). I don't always give in to these cravings and I try to only keep "healthy" sweets around, but I am human afterall.

Confession #2
I'm also a big, big, big fan of muffins and scones. (I know...sweets and carbs...I'm crazy.) If I'm in a "baking mood" it's usually gonna result is some sort of bread type thing.

Enter these muffins.

I was scouring Pinterest one day for something delicious, like I usually do when I need a sugary fix, and I found these muffins. At first I was a little skeptical "carrots and apples in muffins?!?" but I decided to give it a try anyways.

YUM.

These are divine, and really they're pretty healthy. Double bonus! They were nice to grab on the go or to sit down and have with a nice cup of tea. Enjoy!  

(recipe after the jump)

Morning Glory Oat Muffins

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups carrots, peeled and grated

1 large apple, peeled, cored, and grated

1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened

1/2 cup chopped pecans
 (I used almonds)
1/3 cup wheat germ, optional

3 large eggs

2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
 (I used homemade sweetened apple sauce)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup orange juice
demerara sugar, for topping

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

In a small bowl, cover the raisins with hot water, and set them aside to soak while you assemble the rest of the recipe.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the carrots, apple, coconut, nuts, and wheat germ, if using. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and orange juice. Add to the flour mixture, and stir until evenly moistened. Drain the raisins and stir them in. Divide the batter among the wells of the prepared pan, filling almost to top. Sprinkle with demerara sugar.



Bake for 23 to 25 minutes



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5 comments on ".morning glory."

  1. I'm with you on both confessions! I don't think I could ever give up carbs and sweets. Sad truth. But these look so great! I am loving your blog and will be following along :)

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    1. Thanks!! I'm quite a fan of your blog as well! Can't get enough! :)

      You should try these muffins. The best of both worlds. Sweet/carbs AND healthy...kinda. :)

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  2. And they were quite delicious. I will definitely be baking these soon.

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    1. You should invite me over when you do. :)

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  3. these look amazing, definitely going to give them a try!

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