Sunday, August 12, 2012

One Minute Paleo Flax Muffin


This is less of a recipe than a technique; I've shared various paleo mug muffins in the past, but this is a nice, core method to whip up countless variations on the theme. It's also a nice option if you'd prefer not to incorporate almond or coconut flour.

To create a basic, grain-free mug muffin you really need only ground flaxseed, egg, oil and baking powder. Whether you add sweetener and what add-ins you include are up to you. I find that if I include some mashed banana or berries, the end result is plenty sweet on its own. If I'm making this for my kids I usually add some raw honey or pure maple syrup, and they are naturally big fans when I use unsweetened cocoa powder and some chocolate chips.


Today I used 1 tsp. cinnamon, a small handful of blueberries and two chopped strawberries. It was plenty sweet for me, but I would have added a smidge of sweetener if making it for the little guys.

The name "one minute flax muffin" is somewhat of a misnomer, as I've found it always takes 1.5-2 minutes in my microwave for this baby to firm up in the center. Neither of those make a memorable post title, however, so I'll stick with the one minute description.

One Minute Paleo Flax Muffin


3 tbs. ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. melted coconut oil, butter or olive oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
add-ins of your choosing, such as: berries, 1/2 mashed banana, nut butter, shredded coconut, 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tbs. pure maple syrup, 1 tsp. cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug and heat on high for 1.5-2 minutes. Remove with towel or pot holder and turn upside-down to dislodge muffin.

6 comments:

  1. any suggestions on how to do this egg free also? I've tried a couple things like extra flax, applesauce.... but I'm not handy in the kitchen, yet:-) I would love to be able to whip this up for myself but I can't do eggs...
    Thanks!

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  2. that is a great question Courtney! I have used ground flax AS an egg substitute often in baking (just mix 1 tbs. ground flax with 2-3 tbs. water), but I do not know if it would work to omit the egg from this one. I feel the results would be too tense. I will have to experiment a bit and get back to you. Anything else you need to avoid? I will make it my mission to come up with an egg-free mug muffin :)

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  3. These needed flavor so badly. Maybe vanilla? Spices? Cinnamon would have helped. My guest gagged on it and my kids refused to touch it. I ordinarily wouldn't leave negative feedback but this recipe needs some tweaking.

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    1. I welcome all feedback, both positive and negative! I'm so sorry this one didn't work out for you. I did suggest customizing it with various add-ins, cinnamon specifically. Ground flax on its own has little to no flavor, so I do like to include fruit and always add a little additional natural sweetener if I'm serving it to my kids. Do you mind me asking what you included? I kind of look at this one as a quickie and not necessarily something to whip up for guests, but I'm terribly sorry it was such a flop for you!

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  4. Works great with half a banana and a small handful of frozen wild blueberries! Do you know what temp and how long if I wanted to make in the oven and more than 1 at a time?

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    1. great question! I would say keep the oven on the lower side (try 350) and I would start with 15-20 minutes and just watch them. Let me know if you try them in the oven!

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