Maple Flax Breakfast Cake

Bursting with health appeal, flavor, and convenience, Maple Flax Breakfast Cakes are a twist on a reader-favorite mug muffin—and a personal go-to breakfast!

Bursting with health appeal, flavor, and convenience, Maple Flax Breakfast Cakes are a twist on a reader-favorite mug muffin—and a personal go-to breakfast that I’ve enjoyed countless times.  

 

Several years ago, a reader request inspired me to share a simple mug muffin that I frequently whip up to start my day.  (Full disclosure: Although it’s quick and easy, I typically make it the night before because every extra minute in the morning is appreciated, right?)

What I really like about this muffin, aside from its great taste and ability to ward off hunger for hours, is that the main component is über-nutritious flaxseed meal.  (Note the handy canister I get from Barlean’s, pictured further down the page.)

A single-serve, flax meal-based muffin that’s tender, delicious, and so very healthy

For something so tiny, flaxseeds lay claim to some big benefits. Flax is an excellent plant source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants called lignans. It’s rich in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and fiber. These are just some of the reasons why flax consumption is linked with reducing inflammation, improving heart and digestive health, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and fending off some forms of cancer.

To reap the reported health benefits, a daily “dose” of at least two tablespoons of flax meal is recommended.  Realistically, the typical sprinkle over oatmeal, yogurt, or a smoothie falls short of that.

These muffins are a game changer.  (For the quicker cook times, I’ve been making these in ramekins instead of mugs recently.  “Breakfast cake” and “muffin” can be considered interchangeable here.🙃)

Bursting with health appeal, flavor, and convenience, Maple Flax Breakfast Cakes are a twist on a reader-favorite mug muffin—and a personal go-to breakfast!

Over the years, I’ve made that muffin so many times, experimenting with and tweaking the original recipe.  It’s said that baking is an exact science, but sometimes the margin for error is greater than others. This muffin is a good example.

I’ve made it with oil or a variety of nut and seed butters for the fat component and tested an egg white in lieu of a whole egg.  (For those who prefer not to eat the yolk, it works with no need for additional liquid, albeit with a little less overall rise.)  I’ve made it with and without fruit puree, and a variety of types and amounts at that.  (Two to four tablespoons of puree will work with slight variations on the overall cook time.  Three tablespoons of mashed, overripe banana is my personal favorite, although applesauce, apple butter, and pumpkin butter provide worthy options.)

The use of a naturally sweet fruit, like overripe banana, allows for minimal added sweetener.  Lately, I’ve been reaching for maple syrup, although honey or a granular sweetener of choice may be used instead.  Moreover, the level of sweetness can be adjusted to personal preference.  The same goes for any add-ins like nuts, raisins, shredded coconut, and/or chocolate chips.

Of note, the one substitution I have never made is with the flax meal, although the recipe would likely work with all-purpose, oat, or almond flour instead.  The flax meal tastes great, produces an excellent crumb, and is just so healthy.  It seemed silly to replace it!

When my friends at Barlean’s recently asked me to create a recipe incorporating their flax meal, I had an idea.  In addition to the standard flax meal, Barlean’s offers flax meal blends, which in addition to the flax, contain wholesome ingredients like chia, coconut, and berries.

Bursting with health appeal, flavor, and convenience, Maple Flax Breakfast Cakes are a twist on a reader-favorite mug muffin—and a personal go-to breakfast!

I wondered if the blends would work, and perhaps offer a slightly different flavor profile, than the standard flax.  I tried several of the blends, like the pictured Superfruit Seed Blend, and found that the replacement does, in fact, work.

After several trials, I discovered that, because of the additional components in the blends, the recipe worked better when an extra tablespoon was incorporated.  Though the blends are available in a variety of flavors, those flavors are subtle and do not substantially alter the final taste of the breakfast cake.

noteworthy aside: Those who have followed my blog have likely noticed that I’ve developed quite a few recipes for Barlean’s over the past several years.  In addition to creating quality products, the company cultivates good people and spirit of giving. They recently matched a $200 donation my husband and I made to Girls on the Run, an organization for which I’ve long volunteered and that is near and dear to my heart.  That money will allow several girls to participate in this truly transformative program.❤ 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Bursting with health appeal, flavor, and convenience, Maple Flax Breakfast Cakes are a twist on a reader-favorite mug muffin—and a personal go-to breakfast!

Maple Flax Breakfast Cake
Yield: 1 serving
Bursting with health appeal, flavor, and convenience, Maple Flax Breakfast Cakes are a twist on a reader-favorite mug muffin—and a personal go-to breakfast!
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons mashed overripe banana or applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (or nut or seed butter of choice)
  • 1 egg*
  • 1/4 cup (25 grams) flaxseed meal (like Barlean’s regular or one of their flavored blends**)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons maple syrup (may sub honey or sweetener of choice, liquid or granular)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/16 teaspoon (a pinch) kosher or sea salt
  • Optional add-ins:  1 tablespoon nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, and/or shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Stir the fruit puree and nut butter in a ramekin or bowl with a capacity of approximately 8-10 ounces until smooth.  There is no need to grease the ramekin.  (A mug may also be used; keep in mind that narrower, taller proportions will increase cooking time. Ultimately, you want a microwaveable vessel that the batter will fill about halfway to allow for rise.)
  2. Whisk in the egg  (I do this with a dinner fork), followed by the flax meal, maple syrup, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and any optional add-ins,
  3. Make sure all of the ingredients are well combined, and then wipe the edges of the mug with a small piece of paper towel.
  4. Microwave for 90 seconds on high.  (The time may vary based on microwave and container size.  Check 10-15 seconds early the first time.  If you have an older microwave, it may take longer.  After making the first one you will figure it out.  You just don’t want to overcook the muffin, as it will dry out.  As a test, I undercooked a muffin by 15 seconds and then popped it out of the mug to find it slightly uncooked in the center.  I immediately returned it the mug, cooked for 15 seconds more, and the texture was fine.  You may wish to try this method the first time.)  The muffin will easily pop out of the mug with a gentle pry of a knife.  It will be moist (and very hot) from the steam at first but will quickly dry as it cools.
Notes

*For those who prefer not to eat the egg yolk, I have tried this recipe with one egg white, keeping all other measurements the same.  This will work, although the cake will have slightly less rise.

**If using one of the flax meal blends (which contain ingredients like finely shredded coconut, chia, and fruit) in place of the standard flax meal, I recommend adding an additional 1 tablespoon of the blend to match the rise of the cake when pure flax meal is used.

A few more things...

You may mix all of the ingredients, cover the ramekin, and refrigerate overnight.  When cooking cold from the fridge, you’ll likely need to add 5-10 seconds of cooking time. (In this case, there is no need to stir again before cooking.)

Optionally, you may cook the muffin the night before, remove to a plate to cool completely, and then cover and refrigerate until morning.

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  1. Ellen Post author

    I’ve been a fan of your original flax muffin for several years now. I’ve probably made hundreds of them!!

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