A few years age I went to the doctor and after the exam he recommended that I get more fiber into my diet, and he suggested the stuff you find in the drug store, flavored and sweetened psyllium, yuk. I did try it, putting it in a glass of water and drinking it, no I don’t want to go there. I then made a concoction of phyllium powder, ground flax seed and oat bran to which I added a fruit juice. Shortly after it is mixed up it forms a gel and can be eaten like gelatin. I mixed up several containers of this and kept it in the frig. My intent was to eat 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 at night; didn’t work out, I kept forgetting it at night. It did do the job and was not that bad to eat but after about three years or so got tired of it.
After some trial and error I have developed a fiber muffin that not only gives you the fiber we need but tastes okay and is not full of fat or sugar. Here is how I make it.
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup flax seed (adds fiber plus omega 3 )
- 1 cup oat bran
- 3 large bananas, mashed
- 1 cup or 2 single serving size containers of applesauce
- 1 cup of dried cranberries, raisins or other dried fruit
- 1 cup chopped pecans or your favorite nuts
- 3/4 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- The last time I made these I added 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, goes good with the cinnamon and nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
- Mix all ingredients by hand in a large bowl. The bananas and applesauce are your wet ingredients.
- Put paper liners in a regular size muffin pan
- Spoon into muffin pan and press down. I usually get 12 muffins. You can fill all the way to the top, they do not rise. I originally added some flour and baking powder hoping it would rise but it didn’t so I eliminated them from the recipe.
- Bake for about 15 minutes
- Cool completely in pan
- I keep mine in a plastic container in the frig. They keep until I eat them. I eat a half muffin every morning after I get up. You could eat a whole one or one half in the morning and one half in the evening as needed.
I have added a lot of fiber to my diet in the form of whole grains, salads and vegetables and do not have the need for just fiber as I once did. I like the benefits that fiber provides and tomorrow I will tell you what they are.
Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day. David