Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Banana, flax & apricot {muffins}

It's muffin time! Yay! I know that banana, flax and apricot sound like a funny combination..well, you are right. It is quite an interesting combination. Although, somehow it works! These muffins are healthy and yummy at the same time. Plus who doesn't love having more fiber in their diets! We all love fiber ;) Try 'em out!

 Here is what you will need:

1 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup water
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1/4 cup ground flax seeds (use grinder or food processor)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup milk 

Step one:
Preheat your oven to 350F
Chop your apricots into small pieces. Place them in a small pot with the 1/2 cup of water (feel free to use orange juice as well) and put it on medium heat. Stir and leave it on the heat for a few minutes, then remove from heat. The point of this is for the apricots to absorb the water and thicken/moisten the dried fruit.

Step two:
In a medium bowl mix together all of your dry ingredients. White flour, whole wheat flour, ground flax seeds, baking soda, baking powder & salt.
Step three:
In a separate bowl mix together all of the wet ingredients. The egg, sugar, banana, apricots, olive oil & milk.

Step four:
Now add the wet ingredients to the wet. Mix until fully combined. Do not over mix.
Step five:
Take your muffin batter and evenly separate into muffin cups. I find that using a 1/3 cup is normally the perfect amount. Once they are all ready to go, bake for 20 minutes (or until fully cooked, golden brown).
They look good right?
Have a great night guys! That's enough blogging for me!

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