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Recipe: Banana Flax and Walnut Muffins

Let’s be honest, we like muffins. Our kids like muffins. Most muffins are not that nutritious.

The credit for the motivation to make this recipe is my son. I wanted something he would eat with his hands, causing minimum mess, and made with as many wholesome ingredients as possible.

Ripe bananas on my counter, ground flax seeds in my fridge, and whole walnuts in my pantry. Viola: banana, flax, walnut muffins! I searched the web for recipes and combined a few of them to make my own that is lower than most in sugar and baked with healthy fats.

These turned out fantastic. Flax seeds give a little of a nutty flavor and somewhat a coarse—but not too much—texture. I used King Arthur Flour White Whole Wheat (it’s really whole wheat, I will be writing about it).

Not only were they a great breakfast, but I also packed one for him on our way to run some errands. They were just perfect.


  • 1 1/2 c white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 c ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c canola oil
  • 1/4 c reduced fat milk
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts



In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, flax, sugar, and baking soda). In a separate bowl, mix the liquid ingredients (egg, vanilla, oil, milk, and bananas).

Stir the liquids in the dry ingredients. Fold in the walnuts. If the batter is too dry, add more milk. Pour into 12 paper-lined muffin cups.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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  • Nicole, RD February 19, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I’ve made a different muffin every week for the past 5 weeks — these may be next! Easy, delicious, and healthy! 🙂

  • rebecca subbiah February 19, 2010, 8:34 pm

    they look great I bet your son loved them

  • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD February 19, 2010, 10:00 pm

    Nicole: I would love to see your muffin recipes! Where can I find them? Let me know how you like these…

    Rebecca: Thank you… he did love them, and my husband too! Next time, I’ll double the amount 🙂

  • Zeina Shennak February 20, 2010, 6:31 am

    thx noor they look yummy, im trying them today 🙂 i bet its amazing , and i loved the ingredients 🙂 thx dear

    • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD February 20, 2010, 11:31 am

      Thank you Zeina… they were really good. Try them and let me know how they taste. I hope the kids love them 🙂

  • Dalia Mahadin March 3, 2010, 3:42 pm

    Nour I wanna ask you is vanilla the same as vanilla extract,or when I use vanilla extract I should use less amount than the amount you used in your recipe?

  • Danielle Ulam RD February 1, 2012, 8:15 pm

    These look great! I would like to make them for a lupus support group that I am doing a presentation for. Do you happen to have the nutritional info?