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Jun 25, 2009 01:08 PM

Health Food muffins from the 1970s

Does anyone remember a commercially produced muffin sold in health food stores around 1972? I thought it was called Barbara's Incredible Fruit and Nut Muffin, but I can't find any references to that. I was actually in New Jersey at the time, but got the impression the muffins were nationally distributed.

The muffins were small by current standard, and quite dense. Unlike Morning Glory muffins, these did not have carrots, and also seemed to have a lot less oil than most muffins nowadays.
They were packaged in clear printed cellophane.

I'm interested in what the exact name was, and if anyone has a recipe that bears a resemblance to the muffins.

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    1. I loved those muffins too! While working at a health food store, those muffins were my go to for coffee breaks. I remember them with raisins, prunes, apricots, apples and walnuts. I would love to duplicate that delicious recipe.

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      1. re: mfezziwig

        Wow, two years later someone replies! In the interim I emailed Barbara's Bakery and they confirm that they discontinued the muffins a long time ago and they were unwilling to give me the recipe, or even an ingredient list.

        It may be a case of sour grapes, but I suspect I would be somewhat disappointed if I was to eat a muffin made from the recipe.

        1. re: jira

          Thank you for the follow-up. It is sad that the were unwilling to share.

      2. i love morning glory muffins!!

        1. First, I can't believe I just googled Barbara's Fruit and Nut Muffins in the continuing hope that I would find the recipe. Or even a fossil muffin. Second, I can't believe someone wrote EXACTLY what I would have written about them. Dense (seriously dense), not too sweet, small (notably by today's standards). Individually wrapped (or was it two) in cellophane. Loved them as a Michigan student in Ann Arbor (73-77). Ordered a case when I moved to Woods Hole! I too wrote the company, probably 15 - 20+ years ago and they just said they didn't make them any more.

          OK - we have to get this recipe. Or rather, convince them to make them again. (Unlikely we could really imitate them, even with the recipe) Company was started in 1971 by a 17 year old acc to website (presumably named Barbara). She's our age. Well at least mine. She must have loved these muffins to make and sell them. (Clearly a niche market).

          Maybe if we start a petition.... ?

          Will keep you posted.

          1. I have been looking for this also. Last week my friend made some muffins that reminded me so much of Barbara's. The recipe is here:
            Now it is not identical, not as much fruit, and it has carrots, which I like. But I am sure you could add more raisins, prunes, bananas, whatever you like. I am going to try it!
            If the link does not work, google Bob's Red Mill Bran Flax Muffins Recipe and it will come up.