Low Carb Flax Muffin

Flaxseed is an incredibly healthy ingredient full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber, but I find myself avoiding it because I’m not a fan of its flavor.  Sorry, flax!

Surprisingly though, I absolutely loved this soft, moist and springy healthy flax muffin.  The cinnamon definitely helped get rid of the flax flavor that I am not a fan of…  oh, and pure maple syrup helped a little too  😉

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You jealous?

Because you totally should be!

Low Carb Flax Muffin

(Pure maple syrup makes everything better, am I right?)

This healthy single-serving recipe will get you through hump day (Wednesday), Thursday, Friday…  aaaand then all the days after that, because you will be making it EVERY. DAY.

Trust me  :)

Healthy Single-Serving Flaxseed Microwave Cake

Yield: one serving



  1. Spray a 4" baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flax, cinnamon and baking powder with a fork.
  3. Top with the egg, soymilk, applesauce and stevia and whisk together.
  4. Pour into the prepared dish and microwave for ~4 minutes, or until the surface springs back when tapped and edges pull away from the dish.


This recipe is: sugar free, low carb, high fiber, high protein, gluten free!

Recipe adapted from: Food.com


healthy flax muffin

This nutrition label?  Totally healthy.

This recipe?  Totally yummy.  It has only 210 calories and no sugar or butter.  And it is also incredibly nutritious with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, 9g of both soluble and insoluble filling fiber and on top of that, 13g of protein!

Low Carb Flax Muffin

Mmmm, this is perfect for breakfast.  Takes just 5 minutes to make and 5 minutes to “bake!”


Labels: Applesauce, Breads-and-Muffins, Eggs, Flax, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Carb, Microwave-Baked, Nutrition-Label, Single-Serving, Sugar-Free

Comments (22)

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes: September 11, 2013

    Just 210kcal even with so much caramel sauce (or maple syrup?)

  2. dessertswithbenefits: September 11, 2013

    The nutrition label is for the flax muffin alone, not the gallon of maple syrup I added on top 😉
    I didn’t add that because everyone will top their muffin differently. Someone might opt for fruit, jam or maybe some chocolate peanut butter!

  3. Kay ren: September 11, 2013

    So I saw this post this morning and promptly made this for breakfast! Some slight adjustments … Forgot the cinnamon, used 2 tbsp golden flax meal and 2 tbsp hemp flour, and added a bit of vanilla and butter extracts and a pinch of salt. Also used mashed banana instead of applesauce. This tasted EXAcTLY like a bran muffin with butter on it. Which is cool bc I can’t tolerate bran…

  4. dessertswithbenefits: September 11, 2013

    Kay Ren-
    YAY so glad the substitutions worked out for you, and I’m so glad you liked the flavor. Good idea with the hemp flour, vanilla and butter extract. I need to try that ASAP!

  5. Amy: September 11, 2013

    I’m not a big fan of flax either — it generally tastes slightly bitter or burnt to me — but if you loved this muffin, I might have to give it a second (or third) chance! And I absolutely love your syrup pouring photos. So cute!!

  6. zosia: September 11, 2013

    does anyone know if these would work with an egg replacement?

    this looks too good 😉

  7. dessertswithbenefits: September 11, 2013

    I haven’t tried it, but the reason I used a real egg was because adding a flax egg/chia egg/egg replacer to a prominently “flaxy” recipe, which usually acts as an egg replacer, might not have worked. I am also running low on my flax so I would rather use it on a definitely successful recipe rather than a few failed batches… but I will be getting more soon :) You could try it out in your own kitchen though!

  8. Pauline: September 12, 2013

    I just ran out of my molasses oat date muffins that I’ve been eating every morning for breakfast. I don’t have time to cook or bake this week so this is going to be AWESOME to make tomorrow morning.

    Always healthy, tasty, and quick. Thank you!!!!

  9. dessertswithbenefits: September 12, 2013

    Molasses Oat Date Muffins sound amazing right about now!! I hope you like the recipe :)

  10. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes: September 13, 2013

    This looks like the best alternative to muffins or pancakes. Those bananas and syrup on top are sure to taste incredible on this. :) LOVE this idea and am excited to try it!

  11. aubrey: December 17, 2013

    just made this for a healthy snack, using french vanilla stevia. Very tasty and will make it again, perhaps in the oven for the true muffin-y texture. Taste is delicious!! thanks so much!

  12. dessertswithbenefits: December 17, 2013

    Mmmm french vanilla stevia?! That sounds absolutely delicious! I’m sure this works in the oven just as well, I need to try that soon :)

  13. Teresa: February 24, 2014

    Hi Jessica,
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are a family that tries to remain healthy with regular work outs and beneficial food but with one weakness…. Sweets!!! When I found your website I was ecstatic! I immediately ordered a full grocery cart from Amazon thinking that this would be great for my husband and I. I have made Lemon Bars, Take 5 bars, peppermint patties, chewy ginger cookies, caramel, paydays, chubby hubby protein bars and several batches of microwave muffin/ cakes/ frosting…oh and homemade peanut butter in the last three weeks since discovering you, lol!! Love them all so far and surprise, surprise our 13 year olds like the desserts as well!!! That was a shocker. Thank you for helping us kick the sugar/ processed/ lack of nutrition dessert habit but with yummy results! The only down side is I can’t seem to keep hard to find peanut flour in stock quick enough( we seem to gravitate so far to those recipes)!

    I do gave a question.. If I want to occasionally substitute Stevia in the Raw, truvia or erythritol sweeteners with something else like Stevia extract what’s the ratio to ratio? Sometimes it’s a little hard on the digestive track in daily doses…;)

  14. dessertswithbenefits: February 26, 2014

    YAY I’m so glad you found my blog too!! I’m seriously so happy to hear that you liked my recipes, that just made my entire day :)
    I’m sorry the peanut flour hasn’t been in stock lately… but it’s in stock right now here:
    I think my favorite recipe using peanut flour has definitely gotta be peanut butter icing — soooo easy and super delicious, it tastes so unhealthy but it’s not. It totally confuses your brain 😉
    As for the stevia equivalents, you can find a helpful chart here: (the liquid stevia column in the center)
    Hope this helps, and I’m still super happy you like my recipes! :)
    -Jess <3

  15. Susie: March 1, 2014

    Thanks for a great recipe. I added chia seeds and cacao powder and used maple syrup in place of stevia (stevia always tastes so bitter to me).
    We ate it with some pears which had been poached in water and maple syrup and with some double cream!

  16. dessertswithbenefits: March 2, 2014

    Wow great idea with the chia and cacao!! Now you’ve got me craving this but in a chocolate version :)

  17. Teresa: March 7, 2014

    Thanks Jess,

    Super helpful! I actually have found most of your ingredients on Vitacost. You can
    order through top hatter.com for a 10% rebate (I always find the best offer with cashreporter.com first) and the products were cheaper than amazon or iherb in most cases! They also have a 10% reorder savings, free shipping after a certain price plus promo codes!! Hence I’ve reordered peanut flour! and more.

    Keep up the great work..PS Last night my husband daughter and I ate microwave chocolate cakes with your vanilla frosting! A big hit. . PSS just made individual flaxseed cake.. about to dig in. Yum!


  18. Teresa: March 7, 2014

    Oh and the kids toke chubby hubby protein bars to school this AM! They used to have frozen processed breakfast sandwiches.! So happy to have found your blog :)

  19. dessertswithbenefits: March 7, 2014

    WOW I definitely have to check out Vitacost now! I’ve been using iHerb for the longest time now because they have such great prices and SO many discounts. Thanks :)
    EEK I’m so glad you and your family got to try my recipes :) Hope you like this muffin too!

  20. Teresa: March 11, 2014

    Oops I meant to say topcashback.com not hatter.com! Brain skip. Its similar to ebates.com.


  21. 4theluv: August 8, 2014

    I make these almost every morning for breakfast, both a cinnamon raisin version and a chocolate version (and a blueberry version not included here). I microwave them a much shorter time (2 min) and without the applesauce and they are fantastic.

    Here are my recipes:

    1/4 Cup Flaxseed Meal
    1/2 tsp Baking Powder
    2 tbs Unsweetened Almond Milk
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tbs Splenda (optional)
    1 extra large egg
    1/8 tsp Vanilla Extract

    Option: 1 tbs blueberries. Also substitute nutmeg for cinnamon and add some orange zest.

    Variation: add 1Tablespoon Cocoa Powder and some SF Chocolate Chips. Omit the cinnamon.

    Mix everything together in a coffee cup. Cook for one minute in the microwave. Turn the cup upside down to take the muffin out. If it looks wet, let it sit for a minute or so. I have these for breakfast. You can add blueberries, or try other additions.

    Calories 210
    Fat 9 gram
    Protein 12 gram
    Carbs 9 grams (net carbs 1)
    Fiber 8 grams
    Sugars 0 grams

  22. dessertswithbenefits: August 10, 2014

    YAY I’m so glad you made the recipe and made such DELICIOUS variations! Oh gosh, cinnamon raisin? CHOCOLATE?! Those sound so good!!
    Thanks for providing the recipes, I’ll definitely give them a shot once I buy more ground flaxseed :)

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