Flaxseed and Apple Muffins
There is so much healthy nutrition in this muffin I can't even believe it!
I just bought a box of Flaxseeds and Karel and I have been adding a 1 tbsp to almost all our meals (mostly to our oatmeal and smoothies). Flaxseeds are rich in Omega-3's to help fight inflammation and they are also rich in fiber, B-vitamins, magnesium and phytochemicals. I decided to bump up the nutritional value of these muffins by adding carrots and an apple. The muffins are really moist and delicious and you get a bit of sweetness in every bite! You can't go wrong with one of these muffins with scrambled egg whites in the morning or a muffin w/ yogurt as a well-deserved desert after an evening workout.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup Flax seeds
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
1/2 cup skim milk + 1/4 cup water (optional)
2 large carrots (shredded)
1/2 apple (shredded)
1/8 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 cup raisins (chopped)
1/8 cup chocolate chips (chopped)
*Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
1. Add the flour, oatmeal, flax seeds, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir until all ingredients are combined.
2. In another bowl, mix together egg, milk, vanilla and brown sugar.
3. In another bowl, combine shredded carrots and apples. Add raisins, walnuts and chocolate chips.
4. Add the carrot and nut mixture to the flour bowl. Stir until all ingredients are mixed.
5. Add the egg and milk mixture to the flour and blend/whisk until combined. If mixture is thick, slowly add 1/4 cup water until batter slowly drips from your spoon. You do not want a soupy mixture.
6. Spray a muffin pan w/ butter PAM spray. 1-2 sec. spray for each muffin on the pan. Remember-PAM spray has calories!
7. Fill each muffin space to 2/3rds full.
8. Cook for 15-20 minutes.