Today: Gena's secret incredient for the best morning glory muffins? Sweet, caramel-like date paste.
When you think about morning glory muffins, you probably imagine the nuttiest, healthiest, and most wholesome muffins possible (okay, with the possible exception of bran muffins). We all know them well: Usually studded with raisins, nuts, and grated carrot, they’re a combination of soft, sweet, and crunchy -- in all of the most delightful ways.
This recipe takes the wholesome foundation of morning glory muffins and brings it one notch higher, with the addition of date paste. Dates are one of my baking secret weapons: They add caramel-like taste and moist texture to baked goods. Their potential goes far beyond that of a mix-in, though; if you blend medjool dates with warm water, you can create a thick, rich, and flavorful sweetener that just so happens to be a little more healthy and nutrient rich than, say, your bag of cane sugar.
In this recipe, the unique taste of date paste is on full display, along with the customary morning glory mix of dried fruit, carrots, raisins, and nuts. The muffins as written are only mildly sweet, so do feel free to add some regular ol' sugar to the recipe (about 1/2 cup, as directed) if you like a sweeter muffin. Served with some melted coconut oil or a nice smear of almond butter, these are a perfectly delicious -- but still virtuous -- way to start the day.
Makes 1 dozen
1 1/2 tablespoons flax meal
1/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon grated ginger (or 1 teaspoon ginger, ground)
1 cup date paste
1/2 cup organic sugar (optional)
1 cup soy or almond milk
6 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups grated carrot
1 small apple, grated
Photos by James Ransom
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