I had these muffins on my mind for the past few days, but what with this and that comings and goings, I just got around to making them. I’ve made these previously, for our new Communities Craft & Bake Sale back a ways… the gluten-free muffins actually did better than the regular ones believe it or not.
My muffins are a jump-off from King Arthur Flour’s recipe, but with a few twists and turn of my own… I just can’t seem to follow a recipe, I’ve got to give them a tweak here and there.
Auntie Doni’s Morning Glory Muffins
½ C. dried Cranberries, chopped
2 C. AP Flour
1 C. Brown Sugar, less 1 Tbsp.
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp. Ground Ginger
½ tsp. Salt
2 C. peeled and grated Carrots
1 large Apple, peeled, cored, and grated, approx. 1-1 ¼ C. (I had Fuji Apples, but use what you like)
½ C. shredded Coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
½ C. chopped Pecans
½ C. canned, crushed Pineapple, drained well, reserve the juice
3 large Eggs
2/3 C. Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp. Molasses
¼ C. of that reserved Pineapple Juice
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Lightly grease a 12-cup Cupcake tin (or 6-cup Jumbo muffin tin), or line it with papers and spray the insides of the papers (I used Baker’s Joy spray-no papers).
In a small bowl, cover the dried Cranberries with 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, Pecans and Pineapple.
In a separate bowl, beat together the Eggs, Oil, Vanilla, Molasses and Pineapple Juice; add to the Flour mixture, and stir well.
Drain the Cranberries and stir them in.
Divide the batter among the wells of the prepared pan, filling each cup to the top.
Bake the Cupcake sized muffins 20 minutes and the Jumbo muffins for 25 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of one of the inner muffins comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes in their pan on a rack, then turn out of pans to finish cooling. Wrap any leftovers airtight, and store at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.
Yield is about 1 1/2 dozen Cupcake sized or 8 or so Jumbo Muffins, this time I got 12 Cupcake and 2 Jumbos… nice for sharing 😀
These little cuties are delicious any time.