How do you start a New Year? Me? I start a new year with muffins. Why you ask? Because they are muffins! How can you seriously go wrong with them? Especially when they are secretly full of antioxidants and plenty of good stuff like these Morning Glory Muffins!
Every morning I have to eat breakfast and usually it is sitting at my desk with oatmeal, a frozen breakfast sandwich of some kind or a muffin (Not always homemade sadly). My point is I have to make time for breakfast and I need to make sure that it makes me full too. That is the hard part since in the morning I am always starving. These morning glory muffins are the key since they have protein, antioxidants, veggies, fruits and fiber galore to keep you burning through the day. I know that they really help me out.
Gluten Free Morning Glory Muffins
3/4 cup of brown rice flour
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp Tapioca Starch
2 Tbsp Protein Powder (optional add in 2 Tbsp of Tapioca if not going to use)
2/3 tsp Xanthan Gum
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 coconut oil melted
1 tsp Vanilla
1 apple Peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 raisins (I use cranraisins a lot too)
1 carrot grated
1/2 cup nuts (walnuts or almonds work well)
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Tbsp Flaked Coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together your flour, starch, protein powder and xanthan gum. Sift once and then add in salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
Mix together sugars, eggs and oil until combined. Add in vanilla, carrot, 1/4 cup coconut and apple. Let sit for a minute to let the apple combine with the sugars. Then add in your flour mixture slowly. Stir in your nuts and raisins. I like to add in some chocolate chips from time to time to mix it up a bit.
Fill the wells of a muffin tin (sprayed with non-stick spray or with cupcake liners for easy clean up) about 3/4 full. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy warm with a cup of coffee or as dessert!
I am simply obsessed with this morning glory muffins and all the nutrients that they come with. I can’t even begin to describe the luscious taste they have. They are so filling with the protein powder but they can be totally customized to your taste. Adding in a vanilla protein will give you a more vanilla-y taste and that is when I like to add the chocolate chips to break it up a tiny bit. That and the chocolate chips just give this muffin a little more dimension as well.
The protein powder is completely optional. You can add more just take away more tapioca starch. Be sure not to take all the tapioca starch away.
Another way to spice of these lovely morning glory muffins is to have as a side for dinner. Here in the south every one is obsessed with bread as a side dish. I personally have found my people since I am a breadaholic (It is so hard to be gluten free here!). But these you can’t even tell they are gluten free because they are just too amazing!
Try them out and let me know what you think!