Health Muffins


Made with whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, flax seed -- and sweetened with honey, carrots, and, dried figs -- these hearty muffins are healthy and delicious.


  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 1 cup wheat bran

  • 3 tablespoons flax seed, ground, plus more for garnish

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 5 carrots, finely grated

  • 10 ounces (about 15) dried figs, sliced into eighths

  • cup applesauce

  • cup honey

  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Nonstick cooking spray (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a 2/3-cup muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with paper cups; set aside.

  2. Combine wheat flour, bran, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl; whisk to combine. Add carrots, figs, applesauce, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Using a large rubber spatula, stir until mixture is just combined.

  3. Spoon 1/2 cup batter into each prepared cup, and bake until tops are golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool in pan 12 to 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Notes

If you prefer, you can bake these muffins in a standard muffin tin; spoon a quarter cup of batter into each cup.

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