Omega Oatmeal Muffins

  • Makes12 servings

These delicious baked goodies contain three different sources of omega-3 fats: ground flaxseed, omega-3 eggs and walnuts. They freeze well. Pop a frozen one in a plastic bag and into your purse in the morning and it will have defrosted by mid-morning snack time!


  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, or soft whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  • 1 tbsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a muffin tray with extra-large paper cups, or lightly oil.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together oatmeal, flour, ground flaxseed, brown sugar, toasted walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until fully mixed.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk and applesauce.

  • Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and stir until just mixed.

  • Fill each cup to the top.

  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in baking tray, then transfer individually to rack.

  • Tips: To make your own buttermilk, measure 1 cup 1% or 2% milk, whisk in 1 tbsp lemon juice or distilled vinegar, let stand 10 minutes and it's ready (and curdled). – Flaxseed must be ground for your body to absorb its valuable nutrients. Store ground flaxseed in your freezer. Or purchase whole flaxseeds, store in your refrigerator and grind in a coffee grinder as needed. – To toast walnuts, use a baking sheet in a 350°F (180°C) oven for about 10 minutes, checking and shaking the pan occasionally, until the nuts are fragrant and golden.

This article was originally published on Sep 01, 2005