nutritional information

Per Muffin:

  • Calories: 252
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Total Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48 g
  • Cholesterol: 18 mg
  • Sodium: 201 mg
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugar: 24 g

Banana-Flax Breakfast Muffins

Banana-Flax Breakfast Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

These morning treats are a lot more healthful than they taste. Ground flaxseed gives them a slightly nutty flavor while providing a dose of omega-3s. If you can’t find flaxseed meal, grind whole flaxseeds in a coffee grinder until powdered.
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 cups bran cereal, such as Nature’s Path SmartBran or Kellogg’s Original All-Bran
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal or ground flaxseed
  • 4 bananas, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. salt

1. Place cereal, buttermilk, and flaxseed in bowl of food processor, and pulse to combine. Let stand 30 minutes, or until cereal is soft. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.

2. Add 3 bananas to cereal mixture, and process until smooth. Add sugar, egg, and oil, and process until smooth.

3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in bowl. Add to cereal mixture in food processor, and pulse until smooth.

4. Fill each muffin cup with &frac12; cup batter. Slice remaining banana into &frac12;-inch-thick rounds, and place on tops of muffins. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until muffin tops are browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.

February 2009 p.68

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Michelle - 2013-10-14 23:54:38

Very bland. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're up for tweaking it.

Lauren Stewart - 2013-03-01 16:46:14

I never use wheat, so Coconut Flour is great here. I cannot eat bananas, so apple sauce and oranges work best. Buttermilk can be substituted with yoghurt if you must, but it is fermented so still pretty safe. Can VT work up the nutritional content with these substitutions? Also, add more vanilla, possibly 1 1/2 tsp to add sweeter taste.

Doc Wah - 2012-02-29 22:58:16

What can I use instead of Canola oil? Would butter work?

Heather - 2012-01-18 14:40:04

Yes, this is not a healthy rendition. I would use 1/2 c. sugar, and use whole wheat pastry flour. I also use yogurt as a sub for buttermilk in my recipes.

Carol - 2011-08-24 21:07:16

Can you suggest a way to prepare just the seeds? I have been toasting them in the oven and they are tasty prepared that way but I have heard that much of the nutritional value is lost that way.

Dave - 2011-08-23 22:41:44

I'd really like a flaxseed muffins recipe for chocolate ones too!

SweetOzarksGirl - 2011-08-23 21:04:18

Any ideas on replacing the bran for gluten free?

Bridget Bonehill - 2011-08-21 04:37:54

These are my new favorite muffins. The only changes I made were substituting 1/2 cup Truvia for 1 cup sugar and using white whole wheat flour. They would probably also be excellent with Sucanet--more of a brown sugar flavor. Might also work to use an unsweetened bran cereal.

Chris - 2011-05-30 12:51:27

I live at high altitude so baking is always a little different with the thinner air. For 5300 feet, I added two extra tablespoons of sugar and cut back on the sugar (I just eyeballed it, but the cup wasn't full). I also cut back on the baking powder by a quarter teaspoon. These are very tasty and very easy to make! I'm having one for breakfast right now!

Amy - 2011-05-23 09:31:55

Really disappointed.Not very healthy at all.Try Cooking Light website for healthy and yummy muffins. Btw: even in "healthy" muffin recipes I omit the oil and sub yogurt or applesauce and cut the sugar in half.Muffins never last around here to get dry!

Hydrangea - 2011-03-02 14:40:34

This recipe looks yummy enough to eat, Go ahead and try all the different versions you want, What makes me sad is the "Holier than thou" attitude coming through some of these comments. Not exactly the Yogic attitude

Iris - 2011-02-08 10:58:03

Oh you can totally healthy this up!! I'm gonna try to make this low-fat, whole grain and vegan and see if it doesn't still taste good. As said before the flax works as an egg replacer all on its own Use some whole wheat flower, applesauce instead of oil, brown sugar instead of white (and cut down on the amt of sugar as well 1/2 cup should do). Wonder if anyone else would be willing to give it a try too...won't be able to tackle it til this weekend probably. They're not going to taste quite as fatty and sugary as the original recipe to be sure, but I bet they'd still be pretty great!

Harumi - 2011-02-07 16:16:26

Geez 1 cup of sugar. With obesity and diabetes on the rise how about take it to 1/2 cup sugar or other natural sweetener...just say'n

Denise - 2011-02-07 15:20:06

eggs, white flour, processed sugar, buttermilk and commercial VT!!

Anonymous - 2011-02-07 15:16:00