Flaxseed is a great whole grain that provides a lot of nutritional benefits, including high levels of potassium, magnesium, healthy fat, Omega 3 fatty acids and the all-important fiber. It can be used over cereal, yogurt, in smoothies and protein shakes and is also available in organic oil form that is perfect for vegans and vegetarians.
Flaxseed has been shown to help encourage cardiovascular health, and due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it can protect skin tissue. Another great perk of using this whole grain is it helps to prevent cancer because it contains high levels of Omega 3-fatty acids.
Here is a wonderful apple flax muffin recipe that is both delicious and nutritious. A great option for healthy kid snacks, and of course, a healthy solution for sweet tooths in people of all ages.
Apple Flax Muffins
- 1 and 1/4 cup of flax seed meal (make sure it is fresh)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Artificial sweetener equal to 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup oil (canola, coconut or vegetable are good options)
- 1/2 cup liquid, either water or flavored syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 small or medium apple that is chopped into small pieces
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder (freshly ground works great)
- 1 tablespoon of nutmeg (freshly ground works great)
- Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
- Grease a 12 tin muffin pan or use muffin tins.
- Mix all the dry ingredients.
- Fold in the rest of the ingredients. Do not over mix as this can result in tough muffins.
- Let your batter stand for 10 minutes, and pour into muffin pan.
- Bake for about 18 minutes, or until the muffins start to move away from the tin’s sides.