Are you mesmerized yet? Doesn't this picture look like a muffin Willy Wonka would serve at a tea party?
My good friend, Cindy, brought this yummy morsel to my doorstep the other day and I was blown away. Let me tell you why.
Cindy is my "Healthy Hero". She only puts healthy food into her cute little body. I am amazed when we go out for lunch and I order up my onion rings and she orders her house salad, dressing on the side - no meat please! Such restraint, such will power for such a little woman! I have seen her drink green concoctions for lunch that would make your head spin.
Since my little "episode" last year, I have been trying to eat a healthier diet. It is hard, but Cindy is so encouraging! When she brought me this muffin the other day, I have to admit, I was a bit scared. A whole lot of healthy is packed into each bite - but wow they are so yummy! It tasted like a little individual carrot cake - YUM! If healthy tastes like this - pass the muffin with a shot of that green stuff to wash it down!
Here is the recipe for the muffins. They are SO healthy, full of fruit and even veggies, especially when you substitute Sucanat ($2.99 at Target) for the sugar. Again, if you are not expecting them to taste like Krispy Kreme donuts, they are very moist and yummy. Hope you like them...
Morning Glory Muffins cooking light 6/99
2 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat) 1 cup brown sugar (I used Sucanat) 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 2 cup shredded carrot 1 cup shredded apple 3/4 cup raisins 1/3 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup coconut 1-8oz can crushed pineapple, drained 1/3 cup oil 1/3 cup apple butter 2 tsp vanilla 2 large eggs 2 large egg whites
Preheat oven to 350
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (thru salt) in large bowl. Stir in carrot and ingredients thru pineapple. Make a well in center of mixture. In another bowl, combine oil thru egg whites. Stir with a whisk. Add oil mix to flour mix. Stir until moist. Spoon batter into coated muffin pans. Bake 350 for 25 min. or until springs back when touched in center. Remove immediately. Cool on wire rack.