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Fabulous Flax Muffins

My entire family loves these muffins and they’re super healthy.
Makes 12 small muffins

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups ground flaxseed
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups milk, preferably skim
2 tbsp olive oil
1 egg
finely grated peel of 1 orange
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups raisins, preferably golden

Directions
Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease a muffin pan with vegetable oil, coat with a non-stick cooking spray or line with paper cups. In a large bowl, using a fork, stir flaxseed with whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until evenly blended. In a medium-size bowl, using a fork, whisk milk with oil, egg, peel and vanilla just until blended. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture and stir just until combined. Stir in raisins.

Spoon batter into each muffin cup, filling about three-quarters full. Bake in centre of 350F (180C) oven until a toothpick inserted in centre of muffin comes out clean and top is firm to the touch, about 25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing from cups. Muffins are delicious served warm and spread with strawberry jam. Or cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days. Muffins can also be frozen for up to 2 weeks.

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Banana Bread

This is my gran’s recipe – so it’s full fat, full sugar and other than bananas, has not nutritional value.  Enjoy 😉

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of margarine
1 cup of granulated sugar (I use 1/2 white and 1/2 brown sugar)
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
2 cups flour (whole wheat is fine too)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
Cream butter and sugar together.
Add 1 egg at a time, beating until smooth.  Add mashed bananas and stir together.
In 2nd bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt (I usually add a healthy does of flax seed as well).
Add to banana mixture and stir to moisten only.
Transfer to greased pan and bake in 350F oven for about an hour.
Let stand for 10 min before removing from pan.

This freezes well so feel free to double the recipe and throw the extra in the deep freeze.

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1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c oil
1/4 c molasses
2 eggs
1 c buttermilk
1/4 c flax (ground or whole)
1 c frozen blueberries or raspberries
1 1/4 c wheat bran
1/2 c quinoa flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
3/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda

Preheat oven to 425. Beat the liquid ingredients together. Combine flours and other dry ingredients, toss berries in the flour, fold into the wet mixture. Bake 16 – 20 minutes.

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