I love the feeling of knowing my children are starting their day with a proper breakfast and since they keep reminding me “it’s the most important meal of the day.”
made a mental record of the things I wanted them to have: protein, fibre and fruit topped the list. I also wanted something that would taste good and would be relatively fast and easy to prepare.
I came across an amazing muffin recipe that tastes like carrot cake. It’s moist and filling and full of deliciously healthy things like flax, oat bran, apples and carrots. I omitted the nuts and raisins and added a streusel topping instead. The muffins are lovely on their own but the streusel adds a touch of sweetness that I think makes them just perfect.
Apple, Carrot & Flax Muffins with Steusel Topping
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup ground flax seed
3/4 cup oat bran
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
2 ggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons canola oil
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups shredded apples
Handful raisins, nuts (optional)
5 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease muffin pan or line with paper muffin liners.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, flax seed. oat bran, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- Add the milk eggs, vannila and oil. Mix until just blended. Stir in the carrots, apples, raisins and nuts.
- Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Add streusel topping and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Nicholetta Bokolas is a food writer based out of Halifax, NS. She is the author of the food blog Pepper + Paint where she captivates readers with her stories, recipe development, food styling and photography. She is a regular contributor for a local parenting web site and has been highlighted in magazines and other web and print media. She continues to collaborate with businesses on culinary-related projects and is proud to support the locally-sourced food movement. Pepper + Paint was voted one of Canada’s best-designed web blogs in 2012.
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