Morning Glory Muffins

As made by Insatiable Thirst for the 21st Check Hash check (and numerous other excursions)

Recipe from La Vista Plantation Bed & Breakfast. Makes 3 dozen.

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking soda
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups oil
6 eggs, lightly beaten
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups grated, peeled apples
1 cup raisins
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl mix the oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the apples, raisins, coconut, carrots and nuts. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full, Bake in a 350F/180C/Gas mark 4 oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center muffin comes out clean.


I.T. notes: 
* apples: 4 cups = about 4 apples. I quarter the apples without peeling then grate leaving the peel behind i.e. I don't grate the peel as well.
* carrots: 1 cup shredded carrots = about 1 large carrot
* My process: grate apples & carrot into large bowl. This might be a good time to turn on oven to preheat. To large bowl, add dry ingredients (I use 2 cups sugar not 2 1/2 and might try for 1 1/2). Add wet ingredients (for oil, I use sunflower oil). I don't like flaked coconut so have never added it in. Also don't do the walnuts cos I hardly ever have them around. 
* I use silicon muffin cups so don't grease them and fill using a (slightly heaping) medium ice cream scoop.