Have you ever started to make school lunches in the morning to find out you were out of bread? This happens to me like once a week, at least! On these days, I try to send these Flax Carrot muffins in their lunch instead of a sandwich!
I can’t believe I haven’t shared this muffin recipe yet! It’s one of my kids favorites, and I’ve been baking them for years. Although the first few times they actually Did NOT like them (just a warning). The original recipe is posted on Bob’s Red Mill package of Flax meal, but I’ve changed it a bit to pacify my children’s tastes.
Why Flax? Tosca Reno’s book, The Eat- Clean Diet for Family and Kids has an entire chapter on pooping! Flax helps the constipated child POOP! We all want that for our kids, right? She says Flax seeds can:
- Help build lean muscle tissue
- Promote regular, healthy elimination
- Stimulate lazy bowels
- prevent blood clots from forming
- reduce high blood pressure
- promote weight loss
- increase energy levels
- increase metabolism
- promote optimal organ function- brain, nervous system, skin, sexual organs
- Provide energy
Convinced yet? Make these flax muffins for a powerful way for your kids to start their day!
Flax Carrot Apple Muffins
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I actually used white, but the original recipe calls for whole wheat.)
- 3/4 cup Flaxseed meal
- 3/4 cup oat flour (by grinding oats in blender)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups pureed or shredded carrots (the first few times I pureed so the kids wouldn’t notice the carrots)
- 2 cups shredded apple
In separate bowl
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
Combine dried ingredients with the wet. Add
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Combined just until moistened. Fill muffin papers. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes (mini muffins) or 15 minutes, large muffins.
I love having hearty muffins like this on hand for my kids. They are appropriate for all meals: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, etc.
Other ways to use flax
My kids have spring break this week…My husband agreed to a weeks worth of grave yard shifts. That means all week I’m trying to keep kids quiet, not letting their friends in the house. Its too yucky to play outside. And Wade is trying to sleep through it all. What a bad week for graveyards!