Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Holy Omegas!: Flax & Oat Breakfast Muffins!

Nothing makes me happier than a muffin in the morning. But what makes me even happier is a muffin that's packed with good-for-you ingredients! A muffin you can feel good about! A muffin that will power you through the day.

If you've never been on Oh She Glows, you should stop what you're doing right now and start surfing the web immediately. The site's filled with amazing recipes that will give you plenty of ideas for making breakfast, lunch AND dinner the healthy way. Today, I wanted to make Angela's Flax & Oat Breakfast Power Muffins. Having a pre-made breakfast that you can grab on the go this week will leave you plenty of time for a few moments of peace and quiet before you book it out the door!

So here we go...

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash 1 very ripe banana in a large mixing bowl.
Grab some extra-virgin olive oil, brown sugar and 1 organic egg.
Add 2 tsp. of the olive oil and 1 organic egg to the banana mixture.
Now add 1/4 cup non-packed brown sugar. This is the minimum for a hint of sweetness. If you want them to be a bit sweeter, add a bit more (I rarely advocate sugar, but sometimes a recipe just needs a bit!). Now mix well to combine all the ingredients.
In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup ground flax seeds and 1/2 tsp. baking soda. Mix well (NOTE: You can find ground flax seeds in a bag near the vitamin section of Whole Foods).
Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture - mixing as you go.
Mix in 1/4 cup of chopped nuts if you have them lying around. We only had peanuts, but I imagine walnuts or almonds would be better!
Check out that batter!
In a greased muffin tray, distribute your batter into 6 cups...
...and bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Look at that simple, healthy breakfast goodness!
And here's why this is the perfect breakfast-on-the-run...

FLAX SEEDS - These little guys are packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids, the good fats that aid in heart health and help prevent inflammation. Flax seeds are also full of antioxidants, which help you fight cancer-causing free radicals.

BANANA - The potassium in bananas help maintain the fluid balance in your body and literally helps trigger each beat of your heart.

EGGS - If you eat animal products, eggs are a great source of protein to fuel you through the day and help your muscles repair after a workout. Eggs are also high in antioxidants, which help you ward off illness.

Seize the day, my friends, with muffin in hand!

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