A gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar free recipe, loaded with nutrients and perfect for breakfast or snack time!
Morning Glory Muffins
I've always loved a good Morning Glory Muffin recipe. I think because the recipe is so versatile, I can just add in whatever my heart desires that day! Whether it's the crunch from nuts or seeds, sweetness from different fruits or a tropical feel from shredded coconut.
These muffins are perfect for breakfast because they contain adequate amounts of protein, fiber and healthy fats-which is exactly how you want to start your day. The almond flour and arrowroot powder mix together well to keep them light and fluffy. Baking with almond flour can be a great option because it is high in healthy fats and fiber. Let's look at some other benefits from the ingredients!
Did you know that pumpkin seeds contain more iron than liver by weight? They're also a great source of essential fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium and magnesium.
Ok, maybe we didn't really need both pumpkin and sunflower seeds in this recipe, but I just couldn't decide which one, so the muffins got both! Sunflower seeds are higher than any other nut or seed in the antioxidant phytochemical tocopherol- offering oxidative protection for our brains. They're also great sources of protein, fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium.
You'll start to notice a trend here, as these seeds are also a source of protein, fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium. I like adding chia to our recipes for the essential fatty acids, amino acids and phytochemicals.
Another nutritional superfood, these goji berries work really well in this recipe, adding in antioxidants that support immune function. Antioxidants are compounds that help neutralize harmful molecules called free radicals, preventing cell damage. This plays a role in our mental health because these free radicals create oxidative stress affecting the brain. It's also important to note that a healthy gut microbiome is essential to absorbing these antioxidants through food. If you want to learn more about your gut microbiome and it's connection to your mental health, stay tuned! You can also download the free guide found on the home page.
Ok, now for the recipe! If you make this and want to share your finished, delicious product please tag me so I can see! Happy baking!
1 ½ cups almond flour
½ cup arrowroot powder
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup apple, peeled and diced
½ cup goji berries (or other dried fruit)
½ cup applesauce
½ cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
½ tsp apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with 12 parchment paper liners. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add in the seeds and coconut. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, applesauce, oil, honey and vinegar. Fold in the carrots, apple and goji berries. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together. Fill the muffin tins and bake for approximately 25 minutes, until they are done in the center.
Instead of goji berries, try raisins or cranberries
Instead of sunflower and pumpkin seeds, try walnuts
The apple could be replaced with pineapple for a much sweeter muffin
If you prefer maple syrup over honey, that will work
If dairy isn't a concern, use butter instead of coconut oil