The 12-cup muffin tray still had 9 muffins in it. Make that 9¼ muffins—someone hadn’t felt it worth the trouble to scoop out the broken muffin piece. Dry brown crumbs, as appealing as pebbled sand, were scattered around the top of the tray.
“Hon,” I asked my husband in my sweetest offering-of-treats voice, “would you like a muffin?”
“You mean those ones you made the other day? Um, no thanks.”
My son also begged off: “I don’t like them. Can’t you make better ones?”
Sighing, I thought, Yes, I can make better ones. But they won’t be good for you.
Another healthy muffin failure. I had to face facts: I needed to find a recipe that yielded tasty, moist muffins made from whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts—without the tons of butter and sugar usually required to make them palatable. Let’s face it: whole-grain flours can be gritty and sandy, rolled oats make baked treats as heavy as bricks, and substituting applesauce for butter can make for a tasteless, dry, and unloved muffin.
Glory be, tasty muffins I see
My thoughts meandered to the Swiss bakery where I worked predawn hours for extra money while in college. We had made some great muffins there. I instinctively massaged my right knuckles, remembering scraping them raw against the old box grater we used to shred carrots for morning glory muffins.
Morning glory muffins—these were just the delicious muffins I needed to bake to redeem myself with my family. Packed with healthy ingredients brimming with vitamins, fiber and natural sweetness, these muffins are just the ticket for a quick, healthy breakfast or snack on the go—no butter or jam needed.
Finding a good recipe was just a matter of an online search—there are hundreds of solid recipes out there. I looked for ingredients lists that included whole-grain flour, fresh carrots, and not too much sugar. The result is a moist, naturally sweet muffin that is hearty enough for breakfast and sturdy enough to pack in a sack lunch. And that muffin tin? Well, let’s just say that there was not a crumb on it after the morning glory muffins.
While conducting my recipe search, I found a wonderful assortment of healthy muffins made with a delightful variety of grains, fruits, nuts and spices. Spelt flour and almond milk—what inspiring ingredients! We would be thrilled for you to share your recipes with the ZisBoomBah community. Please post your comments below or email us.