Breakfast In Bed: Juice and Pulp Muffins

Breakfast in bed is a luxurious way to start the day and has been enjoyed by people for centuries. Some sources suggest that breakfast in bed may have its roots in Ancient Egypt, where wealthy individuals would have their meals served to them while reclining on beds. Similarly, the Greeks and Romans also enjoyed eating while lying down, with the Romans even having a special couch called a triclinium for dining. During the Middle Ages in Europe, breakfast in bed was primarily reserved for royalty and the wealthy. It was considered a sign of high status to be served meals in bed. By the early 20th century, breakfast in bed had become an indulgence frequently enjoyed by affluent married women who had the luxury of servants in their home.

As the servant in our home, I often have the pleasure of bringing my wife breakfast in bed. Sometimes I make a full breakfast with eggs, bacon, toast, and more… but sometimes, if I know she has a big day or I just want to do something special for her, I will bring her some freshly squeezed juice and some simple things to eat at her leisure as she gets ready. Fruit, oatmeal, and muffins are all good choices. Here is an easy recipe for muffins made with the pulp leftover from juicing a pineapple.


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup pineapple pulp


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
  3. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the butter, honey, egg, vanilla, and applesauce.
  4. Stir ingredients together until combined (do not over mix.)
  5. Fold in the pulp until combined (do not over mix.)
  6. Divide batter evenly among the muffin tin. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Whether you make her a big breakfast or you just give her something simple and healthy, breakfast in bed is a great way for both you and the head of your home to start the day on the right foot- serving and being served.