Magnificent Microwave Muffin Man Mix

 

 
The Magnificient Microwave Muffin Mix Recipe From Javabird.com.

 

A lot of muffins are certainly enjoyable in the moment, but not so much afterward, especially as I begin to get that heavy sugar and fat overload. That’s why I like the recipe I’m sharing here. My “instant” muffins are easy to make in the microwave, healthy for you and they taste terrific.

 

 

If you want to go straight to making muffins and skip all the talk, scan down to the easy to follow graphic. If you do that, I should warn you’ll miss out on some really good information.

 

Credit Where Credit’s Due

 

I’d like to give credit to this recipe to both my good friend Dennis who brought it to my attention and to Doctor Oz. You see, Dennis saw this recipe on the Dr. Oz Show. If you hadn’t heard, Dr. Oz is an expert and veritable whiz when it comes to healthy eating and has written a variety of informative books on the subject. You can check some of them out on Amazon. As Dennis relayed it to me, the doctor’s muffin recipe goes as follows:

 

Truvia is one brand of Stevia.

These ingredients are "Oz-worthy". I used Truvia which is just one brand of Stevia.

Ingredients:

1 egg
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1 packet of Stevia
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

 

Combine all the ingredients in a microwave-safe mug or ramekin and then cook in the microwave for about 50-55 seconds.

 

I could stop there, but I won’t. The good doctor’s recipe was technically edible, but I just don’t see making it again. To me the taste wasn’t sweet enough and since it only used flax the texture was too rough—sort of like sawdust. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it. Coconut oil, flax and Stevia are all healthy foods and that’s why this recipe is so good for you. Really, you should try it so you have something to compare.

 

The Health Benefits Of Coconut, Flax and Stevia

 

Awhile back everyone said coconut oil was high in saturated fat so it wasn’t good for you. Now, it turns out there are different types of saturated fat and coconut oil has the better version. This means we can eat it after all. They say it’s good for lowering cholesterol, weight loss, improving bone and skin health, and even lowering triglycerides (which is important for people with diabetes).  For more on the health benefits of coconut oil see CoconutOil.com.

 

Coconut oil has many amazing health benefits.

This coconut oil is extra virgin, fair trade and all natural.

Flax is one of those ancient grains we’ve mentioned here from time to time. It’s high in lignans, Omega 3’s and fiber. It helps fight heart disease and prostate cancer and even helps mood. For more on the health benefits of flax see World’s Healthiest Foods.

 

If you hadn’t heard, Stevia is a natural sweetener from the leaves of the Stevia plant and it’s calorie free. It’s been used for hundreds of years in South America and was approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA in 2008. For more information on Stevia see this article at WebMD.

 

Taste Can Kill A Good Diet

 

Here’s the thing: A muffin can be very healthy for you if you use the right ingredients, but it’s not much better than eating straight sugar and butter if you don’t. However, as one who has every intention of eating well, I will skip making certain things if I don’t care for the taste. As I see it, that’s the problem with the recipe above. Now, I still like the idea of a quick and easy to make microwave muffin—one that’s much healthier. In fact, that’s what got me to experiment.

 

My microwave muffin recipe below uses olive oil instead of coconut oil. It also uses brown sugar instead of Stevia, Finally, I add both coconut and sunflower seeds. Olive oil has its own terrific health benefits (see our post on it here).

 

One factor that may or may not matter to you is olive oil is much easier to find and that makes it less expensive than coconut oil. I used “light” olive oil here for its mild taste. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is considered the best for you, but may taste too strong to work well in baking.

 

Alright, let’s get to it. To make your microwave muffin just follow the graphic below. Or for a print version of today’s recipe click here.

 

The Magnificent Microwave Muffin Man Mix - A Javabird.com recipe.

Once you've got your ingredients the rest goes together in a snap.

 

 

A couple quick notes: The original recipe from Dr. Oz called for using a mug. I found the mug worked well for mixing, but didn’t leave me with the best muffin shape. For that I needed a ramekin. If you go this route, the Doctor’s original recipe will work with a ramekin that holds 1/2 cup of water, but if you add the extras like I did you’ll want one that holds 3/4 cup of water. Also, the original recipe listed a time of 50-55 seconds in the microwave. However, my recipe took me about 75 seconds. Bottom line: Your microwave and mix may end up affecting the cooking time. Just play with it, until you get it right.

 

This muffin turned out delicious.

I love the coconut and seeds in these muffins, but I bet some blueberries would taste good too.

Mix It Up

 

I hope you try today’s recipes. The point is to have fun and find a healthy muffin mix that works well for you. You many not need to worry about sugar. Others might. You may not be able to afford coconut oil. Try olive oil, instead. You may not like coconut or sunflower seeds. Try walnuts and dates or even fresh berries. Don’t be afraid to try mixing it up, and if you get a good mix, then please think about sharing in a comment below.

 

Enjoy!

 

For more information on Flax and Coconut:

Ground Flaxseed: Better Than Whole?  – Mayo Clinic
Flax Facts – Flax.com – Health Benefits
Coconut Oil.com – Everything you want to know about coconut oil.
What Do You Think Of Coconut Oil – World’s Healthiest Foods
Coconut Oil The Delicious Health Benefits – OrganicAuthority.com
 

Comments are closed.

Categories

Favorite Pages

Comics-2quotes-buttonFood-Recipes-2Recipe-Index-butHome-Project-Tips-2Famous-Ducks-2Personal-Growth-2Great-Savings-Tips-2Investing-Ideas-2

Archives