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chippers-style morning glory muffins

In recipe on May 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm

when my family used to visit my grandparents in ipswich, massachusetts, breakfast always meant morning glory muffins from chippers river cafe.

you might think of “morning glory muffins” as having carrots, maybe zucchini, pineapple… all sorts of things in them.

but chippers morning glory muffins were super-duper dark bran, and had peaches in them, along with raisins and walnuts.

they were also huge – texas-sized. this was a time before people cared about this sort of thing, but a single one was probably in the high hundreds of calories. sometimes i ate two. i was also 8 and had the metabolism of a young racehorse.

unfortunately, chippers closed several years (a decade?) ago, and then my grandparents moved away. i have searched the entire internet to see if i could track down this recipe, but to no avail. so i’m trying to do my best to recreate them, and maybe even make them a little healthier along the way. (unless you have the recipe! in which case, please send immediately!)

my first try started with a fannie farmer recipe and some adjustments. it was a good start, but it turns out oat bran and wheat bran might not be the same thing… my bad!

here’s my second try, heavily adapted from the all-bran cereal box:

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chippers-style morning glory muffins

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1 cup canned peaches in fruit juice, drained and chopped
1 cup all-bran cereal
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce or 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 – 1 cup raisins (depending on your taste for raisins)
1/2 – 1 cup walnuts (if your household isn’t allergic to them)

preheat oven to 400 degrees. chop peaches and lightly toast walnuts, if using.

chipperspeaches

in large mixing bowl, beat egg slightly. stir in peaches, cereal, molasses, milk, vanilla, and applesauce/oil. let stand about 5 minutes while you do the next step and get your muffin pan ready. you want the cereal to soften.

chippersbranandpeaches

(could that look any less appetizing?! hang in there.)

stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a smaller bowl.

add flour mixture and rasins to egg-cereal mixture, stirring only until well combined.

chippersbatter

(god my pictures are so crappy…)

pour into a muffin tin lined with papers.

chippersinpan

since there’s not a lot of sweetening in the muffins, i felt ok adding a pinch of large-grained sugar to the top of each to make a crunchy topping. not traditional chippers, but something i like.

bake for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.

chippersdone2

still not perfect. not dense, moist, or dark enough. but definitely tasty! the search goes on…

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