I haven’t set an alarm clock in 22 months. True story. As most parents of young children will attest, babies and toddlers are fabulously consistent, and insistent, little wake up calls. There is no sleeping in, no mistakenly hitting snooze one too many times, no drifting back to sleep to the soft sounds of morning radio. Sigh. Is it terrible that I am counting the days until the Bean can pour herself a bowl of Cheerios and flip on morning toons?
In the meantime, when life gives you early mornings, make morning glory muffins! Or cook dinner for later! Or go to one of those 7 am farmers markets! You used to wonder WHO actually goes shopping at 7 am, right? One thing at a time. Starting with the morning glory muffins.
I have long been a fan of the morning glory muffin. And when I learned that the baked good is by far the best vegetable-to-toddler delivery mechanism, I became an even bigger fan. The morning glory muffin is packed with carrots and apples, but you’d never know it, and this version also has plenty of healthy fats and a good dose of fibre-rich flax seed too. It is sweetened with a moderate amount of maple syrup (instead of the pile of white sugar called for in the original recipe), which is about as virtuous as a sweetener can get.
I had a feeling this muffin might be even better with a little cream cheese maple drizzle and–surprise–I was not wrong. Totally optional, however.
No reason to reserve these muffins for morning, despite their name. Whip up a batch anytime of day and throw them in the freezer for snacks or a modestly nutritious sweet end to lunch.
We will sleep in one day. We will sleep in one day. We will sleep in one day…