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Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Oats and Flaxseed

Published June 10, 2013 by jenmatteson

I was picking up ingredients for my no-bake energy bites, and thought I’d take a peek to see if my store had ground flaxseed.  In the past, I’ve purchased the whole flaxseed from the bulk section at the store.  Unfortunately, it was too fine already for me to process in a food processor, so I just used it as is.  In the baking section, there is a large section of Bob’s Red Mill brand items, different types of specialty flours, mixes, grains and more.  Of course they did have it, and I never even looked.  Oh well.  Now I have a whole bag.  As I grabbed the bag, I noticed the bran muffin recipe on the back.  I already had all the other ingredients besides bran, so I thought I’d try them out and use rolled oats instead of bran. I know it’s not the same thing, but no sense in buying something I can easily sub with something I already have, right?

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Oats and Flaxseed

I now have the opportunity to work until 8 PM every Wednesday and every third Thursday.  Did you watch the last season of The Office?  You know when Jim and Pam start marriage counseling and they are supposed to use the word “opportunity” for things they’d rather not do.  Please note the use of the word “opportunity” in that first sentence of this paragraph.  However, working until 8 means I don’t have to be in the office until 11 AM.  Seeing as though I was up and at the gym by 5:30 Thursday morning, I decided to use the rest of my time to get some grocery shopping done and make us a healthy snack.  The snack was going to be the energy bites I mentioned earlier, but I was excited to try something new and went with the recipe I just discovered from Bob’s Red Mill.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Oats and Flaxseed

My decision was a pretty good choice.  I really enjoyed the muffins.  I altered the recipe on the bag slightly by using some whole wheat flour, of course adding oats in place of bran, and omitting the nuts.  The only reason for this is because I forgot.  Next time.  The batter was pretty thick and I was afraid they’d be dry, but they were super moist and quite filling.  Even better, they are only 155 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per muffin.  Not bad!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Flaxseed and Oats

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Oats and Flaxseed

Source: Bob’s Red Mill
Servings: Makes 18 muffins

Ingredients:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed)
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cup shredded carrots (3-5 carrots, depending on size)
3 small apples or 2 large, peeled, seeded and shredded
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, flaxseed, oats, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Stir in shredded carrots, apples and raisins.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla.  Add to other mixture and stir until well combined.  Mixture will appear dry, but just keep folding it until the entire mixture is moistened.

3. Spoon mixture into muffin pan, filling cups about 3/4 of the way.  Bake for 15-18 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes in muffin pan, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.

No-Bake Energy Bites

Published September 1, 2012 by jenmatteson

I love a good granola bar, and not the kind packed full of preservatives and other ingredients I can’t even pronounce.  I mean the really good for you granola bars, with real, whole ingredients.  I was thrilled to come across these no-bake bites from the Dainty Chef and try them out.

The best part is that you can substitute ingredients if you prefer something else, but I liked the sound of the original combination.  The only change I made was using dark chocolate chips.  These were a little difficult to roll up, feeling like I got more on my hands than I did in the bites themselves.  Maybe next time I’ll spray my hands with cooking spray (or I suppose I could invest $5 into a cookie scoop!), because there will be a next time.  Or even try putting them in a pan and cutting them into bars.

These would be a great little snack for camping or hiking, good for the kids, and perfect for back to school.  Speaking of kids, Nate likes to put a couple of these in his lunch and really enjoys them.  They really fill you up.  I love the coconut, though I know most people either love it or hate it, and the peanut butter with the dark chocolate combination is heavenly.

No-Bake Energy Bites

Source: Adapted from Dainty Chef
Servings: 15-20 Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/3 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 dark chocolate chips (sub your favorite)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, flaxseed/wheat germ, and chocolate chips.  Stir in peanut butter, honey, and vanilla until well combined.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.

2. Using a cookies scoop or your hands, roll the mixture into 1-2″ balls.  Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

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