While putting my flaxseed meal into mason jars for storage, I noticed a muffin recipe on the back of the flax bag. Well clearly I had to try it!
Since the recipe wasn’t vegan, I changed a few ingredients around and was happily surprised by the result. They were quite a hit at my Friday Night painting party. 🙂
Carrot & Apple Flax Muffins with Cashew Cream Frosting
Recipe adapted from Bob’s Red Mill’s Bran Flax Muffin Recipe
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 3/4 cup oat bran
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 medium carrots, shredded
- 2 medium apples, shredded (I did not peel them)
- 1 cup raw almonds, chopped
- 2 tbl chia seed
- 6 tbl water
- 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (soy, almond, rice, etc.)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
What to do:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, flax, bran, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to incorporate everything.
- In a food processor shred the carrots and apples. Add them and the chopped almonds to the dry ingredients. Mix to combine.
- In a small bowl combine the chia seeds and water to create a chia “egg”. This is your eggs replacer. Allow this to sit for about 5 minutes, for the seeds to absorb the water.
- Add the chia “egg”, milk, and vanilla extract to a medium bowl, and stir. Now you can add the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry.
- Give the batter a final stir, and start filling some muffin tins!
- Cook the muffins in the oven for around 20 minutes. While the muffins are baking, prep the frosting recipe as follows.
- 1.5 cups raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours
- 1 tbl fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbl coconut oil (room temperature or melted)
- 1/3 cup liquid sweetener of choice (agave, maple syrup, or honey (though not vegan))
- splash of water
What to do:
- Place all ingredients in a high powdered blender (I use a Vitamix), and blend until smooth. I stuck the frosting in the refrigerator while the muffins finished cooking to let the frosting thicken a bit.