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An author once told me that much to her objection, publishers made her put the word Diet in the title of her book or it would not sell. I assume the same happened to the authors of another book I’ve discovered thanks to my dad, who lemmings after all things Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic Diet book to me reads like a lifestyle meal plan rather than a gimmicky diet. Sure there’s a two week kick-starter plan, scolding restrictions (like no eating in front of TV), journaling, recipes, but it all ends

with(spoiler alert)……

3 servings each of vegetables and fruits each day.

This is a real food diet. A crunchtime diet.

Ripped from the pages, come these muffins that with a little up front attention, they offer instant well-rounded meal for your crunched mornings. Chopped apples, shredded carrots, walnuts, whole grains – you complete me!

Make ’em, bake ’em, freeze ’em – then on crazy mornings pop two in the microwave for one minute and you’re good to go.

morning glory muffins – all muffin, no top

preptime: 15 min servings: 18 small muffins

baketime: 35 min

1 c all-purpose (plain) flour

1 c whole-wheat flour

3/4 c sugar

2 t baking soda

2 t ground cinnamon

1/4 salt

3/4 c egg substitute (I used egg whites)

1/2 c vegetable oil

1/2 c unsweetened applesauce

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 c chopped apples unpeeled

1/2 c raisins

3/4 c grated carrots

2 T chopped walnuts (pecans or nuts of choice)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Line a muffin pan with paper liners (foil cannot be microwaved).
  3. In a bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to blend evenly.
  4. In a separate bowl, add egg substitute, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Stir in apples, raisins and carrots. Add to the flour mixture and blend just until moistened but still slightly lumpy.
  5. Spoon the batter into muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and bake until springy to the touch, about 35 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack and let cool completely. Serve.
  7. To freeze: Put cooled muffins in muffin tin and freeze. When frozen, transfer muffins to ziploc bag, force out air and seal. Note: putting fresh muffins directly into freezer bag can risk smashing them or they stick together making them more difficult to remove for later use.

crunchtimewarp: (fastest version)

  • Buy shredded carrots, chopped nuts.
  • Use ingredients you have on hand without a trip to store. Here are some substitutes that will help: use all white flour for whole wheat, eliminate raisins, sweetened applesauce (or any sweet baby food).

recipe adapted from The Mayo Clinic Diet Book provided by your friends at crunchtimefood.com


  1. Linda Abrams says Feb 10th 2012 9:33 am

    I’ve never even attempted to make muffins or cupcakes for that matter but, seeing this simple recipe makes me want to try. I think the notion of a quick healthy breakfast that you can eat while walking out the door is also appealing. Thanks Sherri!

    • Sherri says Feb 12th 2012 9:09 pm

      Great Linda. Making them yourself assures you of the ingredients in your food.

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