Flax Meal Muffins

When I first made these for M, he poked at them and said, “I can eat these?  Are you sure?”  Of course I was sure!  I had tried a gluten-free diet for six weeks, just to see if it had any positive effect on me (it didn’t).  I did a lot of research to make sure I was 100% gf, and tried out some gf baking recipes.  He ate one and simply asked, “How??”  He didn’t understand how a gluten- and dairy-free muffin could be so fluffy and delicious!

Here’s how…

Ingredients:

  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup flax meal (remember to keep your flax meal refrigerated!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

What I did:

  • Beat the eggs and add the other wet ingredients.
  • Add the dry ingredients, combine well.
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 350F.
  • Bake in well-greased muffin tins for 15-20 minutes (tops should not look squishy).

Variations:

  • 1 cup berries or fruit (if you add these, omit the 2 T water).  Suggestions: blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, apple, fuyu persimmon.  The best way to add apple or persimmon is to peel, core, cut into about eight pieces, and roughly chop in a food processor.  If using these, add a dash of cardamom to your recipe!
  • 3/4 cup nuts.
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel.

My CSA box has apples on a semi-regular basis.  During the spring and summer, we often are treated to baskets of berries.  I can’t wait!

1/2 cup of sugar means there are just two teaspoons of sugar per muffin!

Read a little about the benefits of flax, including lowering cholesterol, fighting inflammation, and easing constipation.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeff on February 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Angela’s been trying to kick-start a gluten-free diet for the same reason: to see if gluten may be adversely affecting her with frequent headaches (which she’s experienced most of her life). Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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  2. These are really good, I hope she enjoys them! Make sure she avoids “modified food starch”.

    Tell her that my headaches were a result of store-bought cleaning products, and I have some great recipes for natural cleaning products that work really well. 🙂

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  3. P.S. almost all my recipes posted here are gluten-free!

    Reply

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