These zingy whole wheat muffins, with flax seed and a touch of applesauce, make a tasty breakfast or snack for days when you're on-the-go.

Patricia Foreman
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

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  • Mix flour, sugar, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat eggs, milk, applesauce, lemon juice and canola oil in another bowl until smooth. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until just moistened; fold in cranberries. Fill prepared muffin cups about 2/3 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

171 calories; 3.6 g total fat; 33 mg cholesterol; 273 mg sodium. 32 g carbohydrates; 4.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2013
These were really good! I made some of the muffins plain some with dried cranberries (I didn't have fresh ones) and some with dried blueberries. My husband and I both liked the ones with the dried blueberries the best. I used 3 tbs. of lemon juice because that was the amount in one whole lemon and I didn't want to waste it. I also added wheat germ instead of ground flax seed. This made 18 muffins for me. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2018
They re OK but not amazing but probably because they may not have as much sugar and oil as other recipes. Used more cranberries than what the recipe stated and didn t bother to cut them in half as directed. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2013
These were really good! I made some of the muffins plain some with dried cranberries (I didn't have fresh ones) and some with dried blueberries. My husband and I both liked the ones with the dried blueberries the best. I used 3 tbs. of lemon juice because that was the amount in one whole lemon and I didn't want to waste it. I also added wheat germ instead of ground flax seed. This made 18 muffins for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2013
These were really good! I made some of the muffins plain some with dried cranberries (I didn't have fresh ones) and some with dried blueberries. My husband and I both liked the ones with the dried blueberries the best. I used 3 tbs. of lemon juice because that was the amount in one whole lemon and I didn't want to waste it. I also added wheat germ instead of ground flax seed. This made 18 muffins for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2012
These are so soft and moist it's hard to believe they are whole wheat. I made these twice already and made 6 large muffins instead of 12 small ones. Didn't change anything in recipe. Since they are so soft these were hard to get out of the pan the first time (I don't use paper liners) but the second time I buttered and floured the pan first and they came out of the pan easier (see my pic of 6 large muffins). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2017
My family and I loved it. I added extra lemon juice lemon zest. Multiply the recipe x4 for the Bosch and put in 5 bread pans. Added a little extra oil as well. Baked as a bread as I didn't have time for muffin dolloping. 350 for 50ish minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2013
I followed this recipe exactly as written except I didn't have applesauce so I boiled some chopped up apples with a little water and mashed it to make my own. Since it was a little lumpier it actually left chunks of apple in the muffins which was great. I also added sliced almonds and it turned out great!!! Delicious and healthy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2014
So delish!!! Very excited to have a new go-to muffin recipe! Substituted whole flax seed for ground. Used egg whites. Little bit extra apple sauce (1.5c for 2x recipe) doubled the lemon juice (2 lemons for 2x recipe) and added 1 lemon rind (could use 2 next time) used half brown half white sugar (could try using slightly less sugar next time) skim milk and 1/2 the oil. Reserved 3 tbsp of flour and tossed about 3 cups of frozen blueberries in it (instead of cranberries). 2X recipe made 76 mini muffins. Seems like a lot of mods but this is standard for me:-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2014
Altered recipe to 1-1/2 whole wheat flour 1/2 C honey (do not like to use white sugar) 1/3 C flax seed 1/2 C whole oats 1/3 C applesauce 3/4 C chopped walnuts chopped cranberries in food processor increased lemon juice to 4 tablespoons. All else the same. We love them! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2013
I do like this recipe because it is easy. When followed exactly I didn't think it was sweet enough for me. I also didn't like the texture of the cranberries so much. I tried it again replacing the fresh cranberries with a can of "Woodstock Organic Whole Cranberry Sauce" and reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup. I made my own applesauce unsweetened from pink lady apples and added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the 1/2 cup of applesauce. Much better for the sweet-tooth I am. I will make it again like this. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2014
Light and moist but lacked flavor. I recommend adding zest of one lemon and using all the juice (3 tbsp?) from one lemon. More of the flavor comes out especially in the cranberries if you microwave the muffin for 12 seconds before serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2013
These turned out great! I loved them as did many of my friends. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2018
They re OK but not amazing but probably because they may not have as much sugar and oil as other recipes. Used more cranberries than what the recipe stated and didn t bother to cut them in half as directed. Read More