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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Snack Smart: Whole grain lemon poppy seed muffins

Hello everybody.

When it comes to breakfast, the options are endless. Over here, you can go to a small-scale bakery and get some tasty "snail-wrapped-roll" cheese filled pastry. but, your options are quite large: Pancakes or waffles? Bacon and eggs? Maybe you would like to opt for a tasty muffin?

All the ingredients listed in here, I'm sure, can be found anywhere in the world. 
Poppy seeds are harmless, but: yes, they do come from the same plant that produces opium. Fear not, when you buy your tiny black seeds in a grocery store, you will not get arrested. :)
If you are trying to avoid some additional fat, use low fat (or ever fat-free) cream - you can also substitute butter and egg for a vegetable-based substitute. 

How to substitute an egg?
1. Flax Seed - The basic ratio is 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 3 tablespoons of water to replace 1 egg.
2. Tofu - Use 1/4 cup of puréed tofu for 1 egg
3. Baking Soda and Vinegar (for fluffier dough) - Use 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for 1 egg.
4. Banana - Different sources recommend anywhere from 1/2 to 1 mashed banana as a replacement for 1 egg.
I've also heard that you can use chia seeds, applesauce, or even mashed avocado in baked goods — have you ever tried? 
How do you substitute eggs?!
Share your own tips and experiences in the comments.


  1. Several years ago now I developed a rather bad allergy to eggs, so I've had to avoid them like the plague ever since. I can attest to the effectiveness of all those items, and am also very fond of using yogurt, cooked and mashed/pureed pumpkin, and apple sauce as well, just depending on the particular recipe and how much leavening is, or isn't called for.

    Many hugs & thanks for sharing this tasty muffin recipe with us,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. I don't tend to substitute ingredients in my baking. Though using mashed banana instead of egg sounds like a very tasty variation.