Friday, January 3, 2014

Healthy Flax Seed Oat Bran Muffins

Holidays are over. Here's the obligatory healthy post. These are damn good though.

I was in Trader Joe's last month with my mom. She pointed out this recipe printed on a bag of Bob's Red Mill ground flax seeds. She buys flax seeds all the time and has always wanted to make the recipe. Daughter to the rescue. I had everything in my pantry to make these except oat bran. Mom to the rescue, who had a big bag at home. I measured out enough for the recipe and tucked it in my bag before returning to the city.

The following weekend up in my big kitchen in Pennsylvania, I threw a batch of these together and took them out to my mom the following Monday. She loved them and now and ate one at breakfast for as long as they lasted. I made more. Rinse and repeat.

These freeze well and are a great breakfast or snack alternative. Switching up some of the ingredients is no problem. If you have leftover bits and pieces of nuts, dried berries, etc. from your holiday baking (I did a version with a stray half bag of fresh cranberries), these muffins are a guilt-free, healthy way to make them disappear and make room in your cabinets for more good things in 2014.

Bran Flax Muffins 
 (Recipe from Bob's Red Mill)

  • 1+½ cups AP flour
  • ¾ cup flax meal
  • ¾ cup oat bran
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1&½ cups shredded carrots
  • 2 apples peeled and shredded
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup nuts chopped
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 t vanilla extract

  • Mix all dry ingredients together, stir in carrots, apples, raisins, and nuts.
  • Combine milk, beaten eggs, and vanilla.
  • Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients.
  • Stir until everything is moistened. Do not over mix
  • Fill muffin cups ¾ full.
  • Bake at 350 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove muffins from pan, transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.


  1. Yup, time to get healthy, right? These look delicoius!

  2. I REALLY AM ready for healthy (I JUST got up and retrieved the flaxseed meal and put it on the counter as a reminder:))! Secondly, I went to the fridge to see if I had wheat germ (usually do) as a sub for the oat bran, and lo and behold, I found oat bran! Must be my husband's doing; he's the healthy one around here. Maybe these muffins will help me catch up to him:) Thanks Lora; I love this kind of dense muffin. Happy New Year!

  3. G'day! Your recipe and photos look very healthy indeed, YUM, true!
    Happy New Year to you and your family too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  4. I love it when healthy treats actually taste good! These look pretty great.

  5. I love a healthy and hearty muffin. That this recipe is so versatile is great. Glad your Mom spotted this recipe and that you baked the muffins. They look fabulous. Happy New Year Lora!


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