By Grace Gavilanes
Updated Jan 05, 2015 @ 2:02 pm
Credit: James Ransom

Below is an excerpt from “How to Make the Best (Vegan!) Morning Glory Muffins,” which originally appeared on Food52. Read the full story at

Today: Choosing Raw’s Gena Hamshaw’s secret incredient for the best morning glory muffins? Sweet, caramel-like date paste.

When you think about morning glory muffins, you probably imagine the nuttiest, healthiest, and most wholesome muffins possible (okay, with the possible exception of bran muffins). We all know them well: Usually studded with raisins, nuts, and grated carrot, they’re a combination of soft, sweet, and crunchy---in all of the most delightful ways.

Credit: James Ransom

In this recipe, the unique taste of date paste is on full display, along with the customary morning glory mix of dried fruit, carrots, raisins, and nuts. The muffins as written are only mildly sweet, so do feel free to add some regular ol' sugar to the recipe (about 1/2 cup, as directed) if you like a sweeter muffin. Served with some melted coconut oil or a nice smear of almond butter, these are a perfectly delicious---but still virtuous---way to start the day.