Linseed, banana and date muffins for ladies 40+
Ladies over 40 will start to experience a decline in oestrogen which results in stiffer and less flexible connective tissue and makes recovery from exercise and those aches and pains more challenging.
Including just two daily dessertspoons of linseeds (the amount in one muffin) are a great way of adding plant based oestrogen into your diet.
Linseeds (also known as flaxseeds) contain lignans, which are a type of phytoestrogen (plant based oestrogen). (Please note that flaxseed oil does not contain phytoestrogen).
12 dessertspoons linseeds
1 cup chopped dates
¼ cup boiling water
1-2 ripe bananas
60g butter, melted (and allowed to cool)
3 teaspoons baking powder (gluten free, if required)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Soak chopped dates in boiling water while preparing the rest of the recipe.
Prepare muffin tins by lining with baking paper.
Grind linseeds in an electric seed/spice grinder or coffee grinder until it is a fine meal.
Use a fork to mash bananas in a mixing bowl. Add nutmeg and combine well. Mix through the date mixture and cooled melted butter.
Fold through the linseeds and baking powder followed by the eggs.
Spoon even amounts of the mixture into prepared muffin tins, starting with about 2 heaped dessertspoons in each.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
Remove from tin when cooked and cool slightly on a rack. Delicious eaten while warm!
Recipe thanks to Sandra Vilella (Jean Hailes Naturopath).