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Flax Carrot Apple Muffins

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!

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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

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In separate bowl

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

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Combine dried ingredients with the wet. Add

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

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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

DSC_2005 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!

Flax Carrot Apple Muffins


Instructions

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 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.

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Comments

04/06/2010 8:41am
Oh my word! These sounds amazing! I just emptied my bag of flax meal. I love Bob's Red Mill. My mom once gave me a bag of golden flax seed. Do you know if there is a difference? I'm so thankful for your blog. It's great to have the support and inspiration of someone so health conscious. Thanks!
04/06/2010 10:33am
These sound yummy! I put flax meal in practically all of my baked goods. In addition to all of the lovely benefits you listed, it's a little omega-3 boost!
04/06/2010 11:06am
I know what you mean. I just posted on this today too. Hope it warms up soon, but glad we're spending the weekend in St. George. Hang in there! I know it's hard. Oooo. Maybe we can get the kids together for lunch this week and I can finally meet you! http://healthydealsnsteals.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/easter-candy-hangover-solution/
laura
04/06/2010 11:59am
looks like a great recipe! so, this is a very basic question, do you shred your carrots and apples in a food processor or with a peeler? (or a julienne slicer?) I don't have a food processor but am thinking of investing in a good one.
04/06/2010 12:02pm
I used a cheese grater. I used the food processor to blend up the already shredded carrots a little bit. My food processor is really small, but it was only $25 at Costco, and it's been GREAT!! I would love a big one though.
04/06/2010 12:18pm
hehe - love your reasons to get us to eat more flax!! And great recipe. I'll have to peep the other suggested ones, too! Did you make these with whole wheat flour?
04/06/2010 12:43pm
Normally, yes- wheat flour! These, this morning, no. I'm out and had to return my Mother in law's wheat grinder to her!! But it works perfectly fine!
Liz
04/06/2010 1:05pm
I think I'll try to get my mom to make these while she is here. It's so annoying to find new recipes I want to try and not be able to make them! Is flax seed meal the same thing as ground flax seeds?
04/06/2010 1:12pm
Yes, they are the same.
04/06/2010 1:12pm
Stacey-still working on the golden flax thing. Not sure.. anyone know?
Susan
04/07/2010 8:20am
Golden is supposed to be higher in whatever it is that's good, but brown works just fine. Golden is a little pricier, too. Love the recipe. I'm anxious to try it. Can I cut down on the brown sugar? Should I used something else to sweeten it like applesauce?
Liz
04/07/2010 10:45am
Do you think I could substitute applesauce for the shredded apple or would that throw off the moisture?
04/07/2010 4:38pm
I did already cut back on the brown sugar, but I'm sure you could even more.
04/08/2010 2:58pm
Liz- I'm not sure, if I try it, I'll let you know!
04/17/2010 11:16pm
Liz - I would think you could substitute applesauce. Apples are going to have a lot of moisture and applesauce shouldn't have more - maybe a little less? Apples though are going to give you fiber & all the whole vitamins and minerals.
04/17/2010 11:19pm
flax meal - do you keep it in the freezer? Doesn't it go bad pretty fast if you already have it ground? (I'd never take the time to grind it myself)
04/18/2010 2:25pm
Hi Tina, I do buy it ground and keep it in the fridge. I feel like we use it fast enough that it doesn't go bad. Interestingly though, the ground flax meal they sell at Costco claims that due to the low temperature they grind the flax, that it lasts up to a year?!? I haven't looked into it to see if that is true or not, but that is what the package claims.
Lynn
05/24/2010 8:03am
I made these this weekend to take to our ballgames. The kids loved them. For me they were "different." I'm not used to the flax tatse I guess, and they are not sweet. But after having several mini ones they grew on me! :) Other mom's at the ball field loved them too!
05/24/2010 8:06am
Thanks for the feedback Lynn. Some healthy things I just have to get used to also! Definitely not a Coscto Pumpkin muffin :)
05/27/2010 11:02am
mine are in the oven as i type. I processed the heck out of the carrots and apples (so they were more a puree-consistency...did it in the vita mix and added the milk during this step to keep things smooth) as a few of my boys will freak out if they see anything resembling a carrot or apple. I also omitted the craisins for the same reason. they smell good...can't wait to try them!
05/27/2010 11:15am
The pressure is on for my recipe skills! I'm a little nervous. I really, really hope you like them!!
05/27/2010 1:36pm
update! they turned out great! even my super-picky 6 year old had one and said he liked it. Everyone (6, 5, 3 & 1) ate them. It's rare we can find something that pleases everyone...We will be making them again!
Kristen
07/30/2010 7:39pm
I just made these tonight and LOVED them! My husband even said they were good which is HUGE! :) I used 1 cup all-purpose flour (slowly working on switching to whole wheat) and 1/2 cup whole wheat. I also didn't make oat flour just left the oats whole which I think gave them a nice texture. I discovered that when shredding apples you need to use the coarse side of the shredder or you make apple sauce. :) And I put the apple peels and half of the carrots in the blendtec and pulverized them into a liquid. According to the about.com recipe analyzer (I got 16 big muffins) they have 151 calories, 3.8g of fiber, and 47% of your daily of Vitamin A! Great recipe, I'm excited to try others!
Marisa
09/12/2010 4:46pm
I've made these muffins several times so far this school year and never the same way. lol Tonight I made them with shredded zucchini and unsweetened applesauce. I've also made them with pureed pumpkin and applesauce. I made them the first time and felt they were a little bit bland (I was afraid my kids wouldn't like them)....added just a little splenda in addition to the brown sugar the last two times and found that a cinnamon blend (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, orange peel) that I bought at a home cookware party gave it just enough "something" to make all the difference with my two little ones and my husband. Thank you for this wonderful recipe....I have enjoyed coming up with alternate recipes based on things my family likes, and to keep them from getting bored. Next we will try adding a little banana (and if that doesn't work, I'll add banana extract to the original recipe.)..it's also fun adding things like walnuts and regular raisins. I'm just so happy my family loves these as I am working hard to introduce healthier snacks for school and home. This is a keeper, and I've referred several other Mom's to this site. THANK YOU!!
Julie Gosselin
10/12/2010 12:11pm
I was so excited about this recipe - my kids LOVE apples and carrots. I made these muffins today and gave one to my daughter for snack after school. In return she gave me a "I don't really like these". Grrr. When I questioned her she said "If it was just plain I would like it." She did not want the apples visible - i.e. I should have pureed them. I am struggling to find things my kids will eat that isn't processed JUNK! I saw the warning about your kids not liking them the first time. I may just freeze these and try them in a day or two.
02/27/2011 6:28pm
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03/26/2011 2:41am
Carrot and apple is very good comination to cook healthy muffins. I will try it
Brittany
10/02/2011 9:34pm
Loved! Used low fat buttermilk instead of low fat milk. Very very Yummy and warming.
11/13/2011 11:52am
I just made these I think I will puree the apple and carrot next time, I haven't tried it out on the kids yet but to me the texture is off with the amount of grated 'bits' in it, the taste is nice though so definately a keeper with some tweaks for my liking!
11/13/2011 12:03pm
Ok I take it back DS aged 5 just grabbed one ate it and rubbed his stomach making some weird MMmmmm noise! I almost fell over :)
12/01/2011 7:06am
I can't wait to try these! I put flax meal in a lot of items - even my no-bake cookies! - and love it. I have it mixed in my breakfast yogurt most mornings. I lost a recipe for flax carrot apple muffins I used to use and this looks the same without the protein powder. This will be perfect for my stepdaughter to take to school for her snack since her school lunch isn't until 1:40!
Yolande
02/12/2012 3:28pm
I just made these, but made several changes: I added earth balance butter, replaced milk with almond milk(we're lactose intolerant), and replaced oatmeal with coconut flour. It loved and so did my 1yr-old daughter. Thank you for posting this. Next time, though, I'll add more milk, some nutmeg, and maybe some honey because they needed something extra and were a bit dry.
Katie
06/08/2012 9:58pm
How many calories if we make a batch of 15? I love this recipe, by the way. Ive been mAking a batch a week for about 2 months now.
Katie
06/08/2012 10:03pm
Oh, also... I use whole oats for the oatflour and actually sub the wheat flour for oatflour instead. You must add 2.5 tsp baking powder to the recipe though... LOVE this muffin. Its my Go-to breakfast, for me and my son!
06/11/2012 6:23am
Thanks for your tips Katie! For 12 muffins, it's around 230 calories per muffin! Kind of high, but they are good calories, right? Lol. So, if you made 15 of them, it would be closer to 184 calories per muffin.
Gail
01/17/2013 8:44pm
These have become a staple in our house! Everyone *loves* them. My sister in law has dubbed them "Poo Muffins"!!
01/18/2013 6:48am
LOL!! Oh dear! And you still eat them?? Ha ha!!
Leeanne
03/28/2014 1:20pm
I cannot have wheat .. Can I subsitute all Oat flour for the whole wheat flour??
03/31/2014 8:06am
I bet it would be fine Leeanne, although I haven't tried it myself. If you do it, let us know how it turns out!
Debra Pearson
04/01/2014 11:29pm
What does flaxseed taste like?
04/02/2014 12:25pm
There is almost no flavor to this Debra!
Jamie Witkowski
04/29/2014 7:16am
I made these this past weekend for my 1 year old. I ended up pureeing the carrots and apples (great idea). He loves them! I made some bigger ones for me and my husband and we love them too! What a great, easy recipe to sneak in some fruit and especially veggies. Definitely making these again!!!
05/05/2014 2:22pm
@Jamie! Thanks for letting us know- we love this one too.

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