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A Spoonful of Luxe recipe: Morning Glory Muffin and Fruit Jars

Posted May 12, 2014

Diana's Morning Glory Muffin and Fruit Jars

Diana Kostigen, a local food blogger and Smart Shopper reader, brings us a new weekly recipe including ingredients that are on sale that week!  This week she shares her delicious recipe for Morning Glory Muffin and Fruit Jars (Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Nut, Soy-free)!

Diana has been cooking professionally for many years and she has already shared multiple recipes here on the blog in the What's for Dinner posts.  Her website, A Spoonful of Luxe, includes many more recipes.  My thanks to Diana for her willingness to share her gift. My family will most certainly benefit from her creative and fun approach to cooking!

Morning Glory Muffin and Fruit Jars (Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Nut, Soy-free)

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet? "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said. ~A.A. Milne

If you haven't noticed, I, like Pooh, get very excited about food... especially breakfast. But just like any relationship, the way we look at our food and how we eat it, has to be nurtured and respected in order to make it work. There were times when I'd be in such a rush, I'd make unhealthy choices, like grabbing a super-sized bagel, slathered with cream cheese. Or end up making my way through the fast food drive-thru, answering, "well, sure, I'd like hash browns and a diet coke with that." And even some days when I skipped it altogether. And I ended up not only feeling less productive in the morning, but I then ate even more than I typically would, throughout the rest of the day, because I was suddenly “starving.” Low energy and hungry are not a good recipe for success.

But, these days, I do it a differently. Sure, it takes some planning, and yes, I might even get 10 minutes less sleep in the morning. But, now I cherish the mornings, with my cup of hot Irish Breakfast Tea, and a breakfast that includes real foods, like eggs or toast (yes, I eat carbs now), or like this one.

And, what could be cuter than food in jars? Or more convenient?

So, this week, I decided to create a recipe using all the wonderful fruits on sale, but I didn't stop there. I also saw lots of vegetables, like carrots and zucchini marked down. And I couldn't help but think of my beloved Morning Glory Muffins from my B&B days, but lightened up. Then I thought how good they'd be baked in jars with fresh fruit, allowing you to make a week's worth of breakfasts in one shot. So healthy, so simple to put together, and versatile enough to use whatever fruits or vegetables you have on hand.

Have leftover muffin mix? Roll it into balls and cook them up as breakfast cookies to snack on, on the go.

Morning Glory Muffin and Fruit Jars

For the muffins:

2 cups oats (I used organic, but for gluten-free, make sure the package notes it)
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 zucchini, grated
1/2 apple, grated
1 large banana, mashed
1/3 c. rice milk (I used organic Rice Dream)
2-4 tablespoons honey, depending on desired sweetness level (I used less when cooked in the jars, as the fruit added some sweetness. And more when they were cooked alone as a cookie)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the fruit:

2 cups cut up fruit for the base- I used peeled apples, pears and blueberries, but you could use anything that you like baked, including other berries and peaches when they come into season.


Combine all of the muffin ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Let sit for about 20 minutes to moisten the oats completely. Next, spray 6 small jelly jars with non-stick spray. Add in the cut up fruit and top with the muffin mix. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes, or until fruit is soft (I check it with a sharp knife). Remove to a cooling rack and serve. Store in the refrigerator with the lid on, for up to 1 week.

Serves 6
Cost per serving: .64 cents

*Note: all costs are approximate due to regional sale prices, amounts needed just for this specific recipe, and ingredients on hand. This recipe was created to utilize sale ingredients listed for the current week in Raleigh, NC stores.



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  • bparrish004 May 14, 2014

    Thanks DR D & Raleighfloodblogger for checking on nutriton info!!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 12, 2014

    DR D- that is so cool! I've heard of them and will check it out. Thanks!

  • Dr D May 12, 2014

    There are some free recipe nutrition calculators available online. I've tried the one at and it was pretty quick and simple to use. You do need to create a free account with them first. You import or paste a recipe, remove everything but the ingredients, then it asks you to confirm the ingredients, and voila, it produces a standard nutrition label.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 12, 2014

    BPARRISH004- I've actually thought of doing that, but the software options that I've found that calculate nutritional facts, are pretty pricey. Does anyone have any suggestions? And I'll keep looking in the meantime, as I know that would be really helpful for folks! Thanks for the suggestion!!

  • bparrish004 May 12, 2014

    If you could post any nutrion facts breakdown
    that would be so great.

  • raesmom1612 May 12, 2014

    LOSLTP~she is certainly fun to say the least when it comes to making a mess.....I mean cooking in the kitchen LOL. I look forward to it everyday and even more on the weekends when we get to make even bigger messes.....I mean even bigger meals hahahaha

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 12, 2014

    Losltp- Hope you enjoy! And I would just pop them in the microwave for a minute or so. Just to make sure the delicious fruit (which is the key to it all!) down on the bottom is warm. They are especially good when you eat a bit of both layers in one bite :-)

  • losltp May 12, 2014

    Rae is going to be the envy of everyone when she gets older - she will know how to cook !
    What wonderful memories you both will have

  • losltp May 12, 2014

    I am making these ASAP !
    Maybe a batch for elderly neighbor if I can get them out my door
    Do you recommend reheating in oven or microwave ??

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 12, 2014

    Raesmom- So cute!!! I used to love cooking with my nieces and nephews when they were young, and even now that they're in their late teens!