Monday, December 10, 2012

Flax Morning Glory Muffins

A morning glory muffin makeover. These muffins resemble a traditional morning glory muffin, but are packed with flaxseed meal and whole wheat flour for extra fiber and health benefits. There are no added fats, making it a lower calorie treat. I swapped some ingredients often found in the muffins because I didn't have them on hand. You can add additional fillings as you see fit (pineapple, coconut flakes, nuts, raisins).  This recipe made 12 regular size muffins (perfect for breakfast) and 12 mini muffins (great for snacks or dining on the go). The mini ones are super cute and I'm sure would be a hit with kids!

2 Tbsp of flax meal provides 15% of your daily fiber, 3 g fiber, a healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids... all for 60 calories! Did you know that flaxseed meal can be used as an egg substitute in recipes? For one egg: Mix 1 Tbsp of flax seed meal with 3 Tbsp water and let sit for 2 minutes!

To reduce the amount of sugar and calories by half, I opted for Splenda brown sugar blend. You can use brown sugar if you prefer. 

Flax Morning Glory Muffins
Makes 18 medium muffins

2 cups whole wheat white flour (I use King Arthur)
1 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar blend, packed*
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 apple, peeled and finely chopped or shredded
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup chopped dates (or raisins)
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.
2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, form a well in the center
3. Stir in carrots, apple, and dates.
4. Mix the milk, beaten eggs, and vanilla in a small bowl.
5. Pour liquid ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients and mix until combined (over mixing will result in tough muffins).
6. Fill muffin tins to 2/3 full and bake for 15-20 minutes.

*or 1 cup of regular brown sugar

Nutrition Facts: 1 medium muffin or 2 mini muffins
130 calories, 5 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 5 g fiber, 225 mg sodium

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