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I love to eat healthy, but also consider myself a purist when it comes to baking. I use the full fat stuff, the good old white flour, and load up on the whatever makes baked goods taste so great. But, one taste of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flax Seed Mill Bran Flax Muffins, and I became a changed woman. These delicious muffins are chock full of healthy alternatives: Flaxseed Meal, Oat Bran, carrots, apples, and raisins. My kids think they are “special treats” and eat them instead of candy or chocolate.
Flaxseed Health Benefits
With a mild nutty taste, flaxseed is known to help with digestion and lower cholesterol. High in fiber and protein, and low in carbs, flaxseed has been shown to fight heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Because flaxseeds are high in oil content, ground flaxseed makes an excellent substitute for butter or oil in recipes. Grinding the flax seeds actually enhances its nutritional benefits.
Bob's Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal
Bob's Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal is all natural and organic. The product itself has a great smooth texture and is highly convenient, since Bob grinds it for you! It lasts a long time, especially if kept refrigerated (though it doesn't last that long in our house, with requests for more muffins daily!) Instead of selling off his successful company, Bob made it employee-owned in 2010, sharing the company's success - another reason to buy this product.
Uses for Flaxseed Meal
Flaxseed meal has a very mild taste, so it can be added to most things unnoticed. Sprinkle it anywhere you can think of! Here are some favorite ideas:
- Add to oatmeal
- Add to pizza dough
- Add to cereal
- Add to baked goods
- Add to shakes or smoothies
- Add to homemade bread or bread mix
- Add to yogurt or cottage cheese
- Use instead of breadcrumbs in breading for chicken or in meatloafs
Bran Flaxseed Muffins (Adapted from the Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal bag)
- 1 1/2 cups Unbleached White Flour
- 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal
- 3/4 cup Oat Bran
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups Carrots, shredded
- 2 Apples, peeled and shredded (zucchini would work well too!)
- 1/2 cup Raisins
- 1 cup Nuts, chopped (optional)
- 3/4 cup Milk
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Lightly grease muffin tins or line them with muffin tin liners. Mini muffin tins work well too!
- Mix together flour, Flaxseed Meal, oat bran, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- Stir in carrots, raisins, apples, and nuts.
- Combine milk, eggs, and vanilla.
- Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients.
- Stir until moistened.
- Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
- Bake for 15-20 minute (less time for mini muffin tin)
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LauraGT (author) from MA on May 29, 2012:
RTalloni: Thanks for commenting. This recipe is delicious! I think replacing milk should be fine. Let me know how it goes. I'll check out your hub on replacing eggs with flax seed - another great use!
RTalloni on May 28, 2012:
What a great recipe you offer here! I've not used this much ground flax in a recipe before so it will be interesting to try it. I'll have to substitute cow milk products but that usually works out fine. I don't see any reason it will be a problem with this recipe. Have you seen my hub on replacing eggs with ground flax seed?
Aunt Jemima on May 27, 2012:
I puts the flax in my pancakes.
LauraGT (author) from MA on May 27, 2012:
Vocalcoach, glad to have a convert! :) Yes, it's truly amazing stuff. Enjoy your muffins!
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 26, 2012:
Laura - you have won me over with this healthy and delicious recipe for Bran Flaxseed Muffins. I've used Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed for a while now but never thought to add it to Bran muffins like this.
Oh...am I ever excited about the prospect of making these muffins. And guess what I've learned from this hub of yours? I can now substitute flaxseed for butter or oil. So for all of these reasons, I thank you for sharing this and will be voting up and everything else including a share here and there. :-)
LauraGT (author) from MA on May 10, 2012:
Express10 - it's definitely worth having around. I've started using it as a regular part of our pancake mix (instead of plain flour) and sprinkle it here and there in lots of baked goods. It's hardly noticeable! Enjoy!
H C Palting from East Coast on May 10, 2012:
I passed on getting the Bob's RM flaxseed just today at the store and bought various bean soup mixes and Bob's granola instead. Next time I go back I will have to get Bob's Ground Flaxseed Meal. Thanks for sharing these suggestions and the recipe.
LauraGT (author) from MA on April 16, 2012:
Thanks for the comments! Just made pancakes this morning and substituted about 25% of the white flour with flaxseed meal. Tasted great!
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 16, 2012:
I am a flaxseed addict. I grind the seeds twice a week and store the ground seeds in the freezer to use as needed. Flax has so many nutritional benefits. Excellent hub!
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on April 16, 2012:
Very well put together hub. I learned about flaxseed meal and as well have a great recipe here. I vote up and will share too.