Loaded with fruits and nuts, these Morning Glory Muffins are a delicious breakfast treat!
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So the other night, we were fast asleep. I’m talking like that deep sleep where you’re disoriented when you wake up. I’m talking like that 1:45am deep sleep. That’s when I heard it. *beep beep* Two ear-splitting chirps echoed throughout the upstairs of our house. I opened my eyes and tried to figure out if I’d heard those beeps in real life or in a dream. My wife was dead asleep along with our 2 dogs. It must have been a dream. *beep beep* Nope, it was real life. And the dogs heard it this time, too.
I should note that our dogs are terrified of the smoke alarm. Whenever it beeps, they are immediately reduced to shaking balls of fur. They climb up my legs or wedge themselves under the bed…where they promptly get stuck, I might add. And this goes on for no less than an hour after the chirping stops, too. So my first thought when I heard those chirps was the dogs. And yes, the dogs did indeed hear that second set of chirps.
*beep beep* I half-ran/half-stumbled out into the hallway, grabbed a chair and ripped the smoke detector battery out. I’m pretty sure I threw it on the floor. By then, my wife was awake, and the dogs were losing their minds. But I had solved the chirping. *beep beep* Wrong. It was the darned carbon monoxide detector…which for the record was right next to my ear. Sure enough, it had an “Err” message code on the screen. I ripped it out of the wall. *beep beep* Seriously?? I ripped the batteries out of it and threw it on the floor. Problem solved.
Since we are all about safety (and since we were awake now), I headed off to the basement storage room to get some new batteries. My wife took the dogs outside, although that didn’t do much good. They were in full-on panic mode. I put the new batteries in the carbon monoxide detector and plugged it back in the wall. *beep beep* What the beep? The batteries came back out immediately. So here’s a fun fact of the day. Those carbon monoxide detectors are programmed to stop working after 7 years. My wife figured this out after searching the interwebs at 2:30am for the solution to the “Err” and the chirps. I thought back to when we bought that detector. Sure enough, 7 years and 2 weeks.
So I’m ok with carbon monoxide detectors quitting after 7 years. There’s a lot of new technology that comes out in 7 years. I mean, think back to what cell phone you were using 7 years ago. But can’t they come up with a way to alert you without sending out ear-splitting (and dog-wrecking) chirps?
Needless to say, we didn’t get much sleep that night. But lucky for me, I had some of these delicious Morning Glory Muffins left over from the previous day’s baking. I might have been tired, but at least I had something tasty for breakfast. It’s all about priorities, right?
Morning Glory Muffins are loaded with all sorts of fruits and nuts…and they are really quite yummy. There’s tons of variations on this, so feel free to mix it up. I personally went with walnuts, raisins, pineapple, apple and coconut. Don’t like raisins? Leave ’em out. Better yet, throw some dried cranberries in instead. Not a walnut fan? Use pecans. I love pecans in muffins. I just happened to use walnuts this time because my hand landed on them first.
What’s your favorite variety of muffin? What about carbon monoxide detectors…is yours close to 7 years old?
Morning Glory Muffins
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- 1¾ cups all purpose flour
- ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 Granny Smith apple peeled and grated
- ½ cup crushed pineapple drained
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp orange juice
- 2 Tbsp oats
- Line a muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Put raisins into a bowl with 1 cup of very hot water; set aside.
- Spread chopped walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 4-5 minutes. (Tip: Watch walnuts carefully as they can burn quickly!) Remove walnuts from oven and set aside.
- Increase oven temperature to 375°F.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the coconut flakes, grated apple, pineapple and toasted walnuts. Drain raisins and add to the bowl. Stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla and orange juice.
- Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
- Fill each paper liner ¾ full with batter; sprinkle tops with oats.
- Bake at 375°F for 27-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out mostly clean.