Low-Carb Apple Flax Seed Muffins Recipe

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  • Prep Time
    15 min
  • Cook Time
    15 min
  • Total Time
    30 min
  • Yield
    12 Apple Flax Seed Muffins

This Low-Carb Apple Flax Seed Muffins recipe is based on Chelsie's Cinnamon Cranberry Flax Muffins. They are sweeter (but not very sweet), and not as intensely spicy.

They offer all the health benefits of flax seed, which is most beneficial when the flax seed is ground, as it is in this recipe. When not ground, flax seeds just pass through the gastrointestinal system without having a chance to work its magic.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flax seed meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Artificial sweetener equal to 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup can be flavored sugar-free syrup)
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup liquid (flavored sugar-free syrup or water)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 medium peeled, cored and fairly finely chopped apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease a 12-muffin tin very well.
     
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cups flax seed meal, 2 teaspoons baking powder,. 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
     
  3. Add artificial sweetener equal to 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup can be flavored sugar-free syrup, 4 large beaten eggs, 1/4 cup oil, 1/2 cup liquid (flavored sugar-free syrup or water), 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 medium fairly finely chopped peeled and cored apple, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans, if using. Mix thoroughly but do not over-mix.
     
  1. Let the batter stand 10 minutes, then portion into the wells of the muffin pan and bake for about 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and muffins just barely start to pull away from the sides of the tin. These muffins are delicious warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information: Each muffin contains 2 grams effective carbohydrate plus 5 grams fiber.

Why Grind Flax Seeds?

Flax seeds (also called linseeds in some places) are the seeds of the flax plant, from which linen cloth is made. The whole seeds keep well, but they need to be ground into meal to get their full nutritional benefit. A simple spice or coffee grinder can do this in seconds.

How to Grind Flax Seeds to Make Meal

The easiest way is with a coffee grinder or spice grinder. The type of coffee grinder or spice grinder doesn't matter. You can also use a blender, but make sure to pulse the seeds or you can end up with a kind of seedy paste.

How to Store Flax Seeds and Flax Seed Meal

Store it in the refrigerator, or better yet, the freezer. I just keep the bag it came in in a second zip-type storage bag, and keep re-using the zip bag.

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