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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.

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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.

Nour’s guidance and expertise was the key to dramatically halting our son’s [Crohn’s] disease progression! His pediatric gastroenterologist is now in agreement of our choice to treat solely with diet and supplements. All his labs have improved and his inflammatory markers are so low they are practically nonexistent.

Before working with Nour, I experienced intestinal pain off and on for for 54 years with minimal success on medications. I have benefited 100% from Nour’s program as I am now pain free!

A lot of time and money was wasted on foods that I thought would help my digestive struggles [diarrhea, bloating, hunger], but in fact I was making it worse. The main benefit is getting a handle on what negatively affects my digestive symptom. Doing a total 180 to my eating habits has been pretty amazing.


10 thoughts on “Recipe: Banana Flax and Walnut Muffins”

  1. Nour El-Zibdeh, RD

    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 🙂

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

    1. Nour El-Zibdeh, RD

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

  3. Dalia Mahadin

    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?

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  7. Danielle Ulam RD

    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?

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