These are the lemon poppy-seed muffins we enjoyed for breakfast this morning. They were made from a Betty Crocker box mix. I followed the recipe as written and included my secret ingredient, ground flaxseed. Flaxseed offers great fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. It is this nutritional profile that gives flaxseed a potential role in fighting heart disease, cancer and diabetes. For a more thorough report on flaxseed’s nutrition and health benefits, check out this article from WebMD.
Where do I buy flaxseed? It’s widely available in grocery stores and health food stores. The flaxseed needs to be ground if purchased as whole seeds (whole flaxseed can be ground in a coffee mill and stored in an airtight container).
What makes it secret? No one notices. Not even my picky eater. I aim for up to 1 tablespoon per serving of whatever I am making. For a 12 muffin recipe, I added 1/2 cup (6 tablespoons) to the muffin mix. I’ve also been known to add it to smoothies, instant oatmeal, and yogurt.
I’m really not good at keeping secrets!