Have you heard of these things? Because I saw them on pinterest and when I googled them to investigate a little further it turns out that everyone AND their grandmothers have been making these muffins since the dawn of time. How have I never heard of them? I like muffins! I want to eat muffins! Why am I not in the MORNING GLORY FREAKIN' MUFFIN LOOP? WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND HERE? I guess I'm a gonna have to find my own way around from now on. I feel so ALOOONE! That's okay. I don't need anything! Except this! All I need is this ashtray. And this paddle game. And this remote control... That's all I need! Not one other thing! Not one...I need this!
And I need these these carrots. And this apple. And this crushed pineapple. And this coconut. And these walnuts.
Anyway. Morning Glory Muffins. I made them. I loved them. I changed the recipe a bit to make them a little more healthful. I STILL loved them. And there you go.
Morning Glory Muffins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
1 large apple, cored and chopped (peel it or not, who cares?)
1 cup (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
A note about the ingredients:
If you don't like something, leave it out. They'll still be really good! Unless you don't like flour. Or eggs. You kind of need those things. Or baking soda. Or...
You get the point. Most of the Morning Glory recipes I found had raisins. I don't like raisins. Mine don't have raisins because I like to boss my muffins around.
Maybe this is why no one ever told me about Morning Glory muffins. Because I'd start messing with stuff.
Oh, and I ran out of vanilla last time I made these, so I subbed in rum extract instead. Delicious.
Hand grating carrots takes FOREVER. So if you decide take the trouble to bring out your food processor with the grater attachment to speed up the grating, you might as well use it to grate the apples, too. No one will know!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
Stir in coconut, apple, pineapple, carrots, and walnuts.
In a small bowl whisk together eggs, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
Spoon batter into muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
Makes 18 muffins.
Seriously. How cute are those cupcake liners? I KNOW! I got them at Michael's. For cheap.
Ooh! Do you want to see the inside? See that huge walnut piece? Fantastic!
Might as well do it the right way.
OH TO THE YUM.