I’ve been reading lately about the value of soaking and fermenting grains. Many societies have traditionally soaked flour before baking in order to aid in digestion. I have a mild gluten sensitivity, and I’ve been experimenting with re-introducing small amounts of whole wheat into my diet.
I’m intrigued by Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions, which advocates fermenting grains before cooking with them. In her book, Fallon explains the benefits of soaking grains: “During the process of soaking and fermenting, gluten and other difficult-to-digest proteins are partially broken down into simpler components that are more readily available for absorption.”
This recipe for morning glory muffins uses her technique of soaking whole wheat flour in yogurt overnight before proceeding with the recipe. They are delicious, moist, and not too sweet – just how I like my muffins. If you’re in a hurry, you can skip the soaking step and these morning glory muffins will still taste great.
Morning Glory Muffins
$.36 per serving
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
- 2 carrots peeled and grated
- 1 apple peeled and grated
- 1/2 cup raisins
Mix the flour and the yogurt and cover. Let it sit overnight (12 to 24 hours) in a warm place such as an oven with the light turned on.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12-muffin pan and a small loaf pan.
Transfer the flour/yogurt mixture to a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix to combine.
Fill the muffin tins until they are 3/4 full. If you have dough remaining, put it in a small loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean. The loaf will take 30-40 minutes.
If you want to jazz up these muffins, top with cream cheese frosting.
Morning Glory Muffins Price Breakdown
This recipe costs $4.97 to make, or $.36 per serving. Morning glory muffins make a wonderful, healthy snack or breakfast on the go.