Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flax and Bran Muffins - Create a Quick Bread

Sometimes healthy muffins get a bad reputation. I'm not talking about applesauce muffins or muffins with a few raisins in them, but the serious Hard-Core really really good for you - packed with vitamins and fiber and really really healthy stuff - good for you muffins. 

Muffins that could be a Shock to Your System if all you eat is Egg McMuffins. 

Yah, I am talking about those kind of muffins. But this recipe is going to change your mind about healthy muffins being delicious. In fact, not only is it going to change your mind, but it is going to blow your mind!  wooooaah, that is some heavy talk right there. 

I suggest that the first time you make them, you stick to the recipe - it will be worth it. But if they end up being a little too over the top for you, try substituting some of the ingredients with 1/2 less healthy ingredients. Like 1/2 AP flour instead of the wheat pastry flour. 

But these are fantastic! Did I mention they were kinda good. They were gobbled down in not time flat here at my house and not a single eater was any the wiser that I was pumping them full of fiber for heart health, and colon health and whole grains and fruit and vegetables. 


1-1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour 
3/4 cup Flaxseed Meal
3/4 cup Oat Bran Cereal 
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1-1/2 cups Carrots finely shredded
2 Apples peeled & shredded
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup Nuts chopped (I used sunflower seeds - unsalted)
3/4 cup Milk
2 Eggs beaten
1 tsp Vanilla Extract


Step 1
Mix together flour, Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal, oat bran, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Step 2
Stir in carrots, apples, raisins (if desired) and nuts. Combine milk, beaten eggs and vanilla. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are moistened. DO NOT OVER MIX.

Step 3
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

Yield: 15 medium muffins

*You can also use 1 1/2 cups Unbleached White Flour in place of the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. 
**For a twist on this great recipe- try substituting 3/4 cup Hazelnut Meal in place of the Oat Bran.