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Chia, Flaxseed and Banana Oat Muffins


  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 30ml sunflower oil
  • 130ml almond or soya milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 145g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 75g oats
  • 75g soft brown sugar
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of ginger


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.
  3. Mix the flaxseed with 3 tbsp water.
  4. Add to a blender along with the bananas, vanilla extract, oil, almond milk, vinegar and maple syrup, then blitz until smooth. You could also do this by hand, but a blender gives the best results.
  5. In another bowl, put the remaining ingredients, keeping ½ tbsp oats and 1 tsp sugar to the side.
  6. Pour the smooth banana mixture into the bowl and mix using a large metal spoon.
  7. Divide the mixture between the cases.
  8. Before baking, sprinkle the reserved oats and sugar on the muffins.
  9. Bake for 25 mins, until risen and golden.