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How To: Flax Eggs


Happy Mother's Day! If that doesn't apply to you, then Happy Sunday!

I love eggs. I would eat them 3 times a day, if I could, but Joel isn't as big of a fan of them as I am, so I basically only reserve eggs for breakfast on the weekends. I still go through more eggs than one probably should, which sometimes leaves my egg carton empty. That poses a problem because I also like to bake, and baking usually requires eggs. For mother's day, I baked up a delicious breakfast treat that I will be sharing later in the month. Since I didn't have any eggs in the house, and I didn't have time to run to the store to buy some, I decided to try making flax eggs as a replacement. I had heard about them in several recipes before, and since I happened to have ground flax seeds in my freezer from some smoothies I made, it was perfect timing to try them. After sitting for about 15 minutes in the fridge, I was amazed at how similar the consistency of the flax eggs was to that of real eggs. My baked good came out of the oven just as perfectly as it would have if I had used real eggs. Now that I know this trick, I may use it for all of my baked goods!

1 tablespoon Ground Flaxseed or Flaxseed Meal
3 tablespoons Water

Mix the water and flaxseed in a bowl and refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Whisk once more and use in place of eggs in baked goods.

SOURCE: Bob's Red Mill


Double Chocolate Muffins {Vegan}

Vegan chocolate muffins

By no means do I follow a vegan lifestyle. However, for some reason, when I see that word "vegan"  in the title of a recipe, I convince myself that it means "healthy."  So, when I saw this recipe posted over at Prevention RD, I knew I had to give it a try. When I get a "healthy" double dose of chocolate in the morning, I know it's going to be a good day! This is the second vegan muffin recipe that I have tried, and I'm starting to think that from now on, I'll only make vegan muffins. The texture and flavor of these muffins were spectacular! I made them early in the week and they lasted throughout the whole week, which made what could have been an ordinary week extraordinary!

1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt 
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/2 cup Canola Oil
1 tablespoon Vanilla
2 ounces Dark Chocolate (72% cocao), chopped

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl and whisk until blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, canola oil, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the chopped chocolate. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill each tin nearly full. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins come out clean. Makes about 14 muffins.  


Double Coconut Muffins {Vegan}

Coconut muffins

I've never cooked with coconut oil. I've been wanting to give it a try, but I couldn't justify spending almost $10 for a jar when I didn't have anything specific to use it in. Then, Bridget posted these Smitten Kitchen muffins on her blog, The Way The Cookie Crumbles. I saw the recipe and moments later, found myself pulling my car out of the driveway, driving to the grocery store! To this day, I've only used the 8 tablespoons that this recipe calls for, but you know what? I have absolutely no regrets! I just look at that as a reason to make these muffins again…then again and again. They are a bit more dense than most other muffins that I've had, but they are very delicious! If you like coconut, you will not be disappointed with this recipe!

8 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
3/4 cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Greek Yogurt, room temperature
1/3 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla

In a small saucepan, warm the coconut oil just until it melts; do not heat it until it is hot. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, coconut oil, yogurt, and vanilla. Add the coconut oil mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Divide the batter among 10 muffin cups that have been lined with paper liners or sprayed with nonstick spray. Top each muffin with about 1 teaspoon of the remaining shredded coconut. Bake at 375 degrees until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.  Transfer the muffins to a cooling rack; cool for 5 minutes, then remove them from the pan.