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Morning Glory Muffins With Fresh Peaches

Whether you eat this with a little yogurt or as a snack in the morning, this muffin is filling, healthy and has a little bit of summer in every bite.

Morning Glory Muffins With Peaches

Photo: Heather Tallman

To combat my kids' early morning cravings, I keep these Morning Glory Muffins With Peaches on hand.

Summer Routines

I have had quite a dilemma this summer in the varying times both of my children wake up.

My younger child wakes up bright and early three days a week when he has swimming, but on his off days I am lucky if he is up by 10:00am. The older guy is always, without fail, awake by 7:30am. He is my little alarm clock and always has been. That’s great during the school year, but in the summer feeding them breakfast at two different times can be a real drag. I have not graduated to the level of the mother that lets her kids forage for their own meals yet, and I don’t know if I will ever get there.

What I have decided is that I need to have something on hand for each of them to grab and eat at their chosen breakfast time. That way I don’t feel like I am in the kitchen so much. Some mornings I feel like I no sooner get breakfast cleaned up when one asks about lunch! I know those of you who are home with your kids right now know what I mean.

Food At The Ready

So, to combat their early morning cravings I keep a few dishes on hand and at the ready.

Of course baked oatmeal is a family favorite as well as fruit salads and granola. We eat a lot of this during the school year so I like to shake it up a bit and try new things.

This is where the peaches comes in.

I have a base muffin recipe that I use and I add in whatever is in season or what I have on hand. Right now I have a bounty of peaches.

This is a hearty morning muffin that is healthy and not one you would have to worry has fillers and artificial flavors. I do not add sugar to the batter but if you want it to have a sweeter taste you can add two tablespoons of brown sugar. It all depends on how ripe your peaches are. The more ripe, the better.

Whether you eat this with a little yogurt or as a snack in the morning, this muffin is filling, healthy and has a little bit of summer in every bite.

So, next time you are at the farmers market grab something new. Maybe a basket of peaches will be calling to you like they always do to me. Grill them, saute, add to a fruit salad or on a pizza. The fresh taste of summer can be yours!

Peaches Drizzled With Honey

Photo: Heather Tallman

The peaches are being drizzled with local honey from Hunter's Honey Farm.

Morning Glory Muffins With Peaches

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons milled flax seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 fresh very ripe peaches with the peel on, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey (I use Hunter's Honey Farm)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (or less if you like a sweeter muffin)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. To a muffin pan, add liners or spray with a non-stick spray.
  2. In a bowl, add the peaches and honey. Mash them. Add the milk, brown sugar, oil and egg and blend.
  3. In another large bowl, combine flours, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Make a well in the center.
  4. Add wet mixture to the well in the bowl of dry mix. Lightly stir until moistened (batter will be lumpy).
  5. Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden.

Heather Tallman

Heather Tallman is a Bloomington native, freelance writer and mother to 2 busy boys. She is also a food writer for her local newspaper as well as the creator of Basilmomma, a cooking blog. She writes about her culinary hits and misses and all of the life that goes along with it. Her goal is to create fast, fresh and family-friendly meals that teach her children and others that creating meals from farm to table is not only attainable but easier than you think.

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  • http://twitter.com/Selsi_Ent Nicole Henderson

    This looks like a great recipe.  I will have to try it in the coming weeks.  Thanks for sharing!

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