I have been on a multi-year quest to find the perfect muffin recipe. I love to bake and my kids generally love muffins, but it's hard to find a recipe for muffins that both taste good and offer some nutritional benefits. Anyone can make delicious muffins using plenty of sugar, butter and white flour. The good news is that I've found a recipe for morning glory muffins that meets my nutritional and tastiness requirements. Just look at all the good stuff that goes into these muffins.
The bad news is that it's a bit of a hassle to grate the carrots and apple. But the end result is awfully good, so I can't complain too much. The original recipe comes from my friends at King Arthur Flour, but I've played around with it a little bit. The recipe uses all whole wheat flour, but the texture is great and the muffins don't have any of that often telltale bitterness that you get with whole grain baking.
They may look a little homely, but these are some of the best muffins to come out of my kitchen. We like them with cream cheese, which makes for a breakfast-y version of carrot cake. And they are substantial enough that a single muffin will tide me over for the better part of a morning.
These muffins keep for a few days at room temperature. I usually end up freezing whatever we haven't eaten by day 2--the frozen muffins can be reheated in the microwave or the toaster.
Morning Glory Muffins (adapted from King Arthur Flour)