Friday, March 22, 2013
Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins
Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
These healthful muffins freeze well! Low-fat buttermilk and applesauce help lower the fat in these, and the whole-wheat flour and flax seed add fiber.
Minutes to Prepare: 10
Minutes to Cook: 15
Number of Servings: 12
1 T flax seeds
1 c blueberries
1 c quick oats
1 c lowfat buttermilk (CHANGE: Vanilla almond milk)
1 c whole wheat flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda (CHANGE: Omitted. Hate the taste.)
1/4 t cinnamon
1 t salt
1 whole egg
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c brown sugar
Make a batch on them on the weekend for a quick and tasty breakfast. Serve with a piece of fruit and a glass of low-fat milk.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants and fiber. Buy organic when possible, and when they're in season, freeze them in large batches for use throughout the year. You can use frozen blueberries in this recipe, but thaw them and reserve the juice (use it in a smoothie or add to a glass of water for a treat).
NOTE: Be sure to grind the flax seed to get the full health benefits. Your body can't break down whole flax seeds, and they pass through undigested.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray muffin pans with nonstick spray or line with paper liners. Use a clean coffee grinder to roughly grind the flax seeds, trying not to process them into a mealy texture. (You can use pre-ground flax if that's what you have on hand.) Wash and dry the blueberries. In a small bowl, combine the oats and buttermilk, and let stand at room temperature for five minutes. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix with a fork to blend and set aside. In a large bowl and using a hand mixer, beat the egg, applesauce, brown sugar at medium speed for 3 minutes. Blend in the oat-buttermilk mixture. Stir in the flour mixture only to combine, try not to overwork the mixture. Fold in the blueberries. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and top with a sprinkle of flax seed. Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
These are delicious! I always try to have frozen blueberries from Costco on hand.