I’ve made these Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins more times than I can count. Not only are they moist and totally yummy, but they are a great way to include some sneaky nutrition into a kid-favorite. I almost always make two batches, freeze one for later, and then ration them out for breakfast and snacks.
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Now, before we get to the Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins recipe, let’s look at some health motivation and thrifty tips that I think will motivate you to make these. Shall we?
#1 – Why Eat Flaxseed?
This is important to answer, because once you do I think you’ll be highly motivated to find ways to ingest it (i.e. by making the muffin recipe below). Here are just a few of the health benefits listed on www.whfoods.org, which explains them in much further detail:
- helps reduce inflammation (which can be a significant factor in conditions such as migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.
- protects bone health
- protects against heart disease, cancer (especially colon, breast, and prostate), and diabetes
- helps prevent and control high blood pressure
- rich in beneficial fiber
- fends off dry eyes
#2 – Time & Food Saving Ideas
This is one of those recipes that is very forgiving and a great way to use up old or frozen fruits and vegetables. Check out some of these ideas I’ve done in the past to save food and time when making these Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins.
- Grate zucchini or summer squash using a box grater and freeze it in a freezer bag until you’re ready to use it. To defrost, leave on the counter, in the fridge (with a plate under it), or run under warm water while in the freezer bag.
- Use the leftover pulp in your juicer after juicing! I have been freezing my pulp to use when I’m ready to make muffins like these. It worked beautifully in place of the grated carrots in the recipe. My pulp consisted of carrots, apples, grapes, and spinach! It all went in the blender and no one ever knew the difference. Amazing what you can put in muffins!
- Throw old bananas in the fridge (lasts about a week longer) or the freezer (lasts about a month or so longer) and use in this recipe when ready.
- Make a double batch of these and freeze them for healthy and quick breakfasts and lunches. To warm up, microwave for 30 seconds and check on them. Then turn and microwave 15 seconds more at a time until warmed through.
Now that you’re motivated to kick your health up a notch and save some old food from going bad (I mean, hopefully), let’s get to making some delicious Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins. Enjoy!
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- 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use the white variety of whole wheat flour)
- ½ cup unbleached white flour
- ¾ cup ground flaxseed (or you can sub dried coconut)
- ¾ cup oats (quick or rolled works fine)
- 1 cup turbinado sugar or brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup grated zucchini or summer squash
- ½ cup grated carrots
- 1 ripe banana, smashed
- 1 c nuts, chopped (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix together flours, flaxseed, oats, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, blend together the following wet ingredients: milk, eggs, vanilla, grated zucchini, grated carrots, banana. (Note: I often use my blender for this step, as I have found it makes all the veggies "disappear" into the batter for picky eaters.)
- Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until ingredients are just moistened. Stir in nuts, if wanted. Do not over mix.
- Fill greased muffin tins about ¾ of the way full (about ¼ cup of batter per muffin hole).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
To Freeze: Fully bake and cool muffins. Store in a single layer in a gallon-sized freezer bag or container.
To Prepare: Let thaw on the counter. Or wrap a frozen muffin in a moist paper towel and microwave in 30 seconds increments until warmed through.