Morning glory muffins have a special place in my heart, as my friend Ivey and I used get them from the cafeteria and eat them every Monday, Wednesday and Friday before our event planning class in college. They feel healthy because they have carrots, raisins and pecans (though I'm pretty sure the kind the UGA food service people make aren't the slightest bit healthy) and are just so perfectly portable for an on-the-run type of morning.
I used whole wheat flour and cut the brown sugar to make these slightly healthier. I also used a 12-cup muffin pan instead of making the giant ones that I enjoyed back in my college days. If you like really sweet muffins, you may want to use the original 1 cup of brown sugar called for, or add in some honey. They would also be fantastic warm with some butter or cream cheese, or drizzled with honey. Either way, they are definitely worth keeping around for a healthy breakfast snack!
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups whole wheat flour, traditional or white whole wheat
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups carrots, peeled and grated
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used 1/4 cup unsweet and 1/4 cup sweet)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup wheat bran
3 large eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup orange juice
Preheat the oven to 375. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin, or line with muffin papers.
In a small bowl, cover the raisins in hot water, and set them aside to soak.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, spices and salt. Stir in the carrots, apple, coconut, nuts and bran. In a seperate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla and orange juice. Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and stir until evenly moistened. Stir in drained raisins.
Divide the batter among the wells of the prepared pan (they'll be almost full to the top). Bake 25-28 minutes, until nicely domed. Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack.
Source: Adapted from King Arthur Flour