by Holly on June 28, 2012

in breakfast,dessert,obsessions,PROJECT CLEANOUT,rambling,recipes


Usually, I can take them or leave them.

Very much unlike Downtown Abbey, which I am always taking lately! Barely two weeks after discovering the PBS show, I’m done watching season one and on the serious prowl for season two. It’s turn of the century British drama at its finest. Maids, butlers and servants vs. lords and ladies. Good vs. evil. Love vs. hate. And the accents! Don’t even get me started on about British accents. They are and always will be the easiest pathway to my heart.

I’ve also been googling Downton Abbey like a crazy woman…stalking IMDB, memorizing cast bios, gawking over the ridiculously gorgeous Vogue spread and deciding which character I am most like. I’m going to go between a cross of Lady Mary and Lady Sybil, minus the lady part.

We all know I’m klassy, not classy.

While I’ve probably alienated most of you with my Downton ramblings, please stay with me. I’ve got the easiest muffin recipe for you that is about to change.your.life.

That is if you like muffins.

Because if you don’t like muffins AND don’t like Downton Abbey, then what are you doing still reading this blog post? Go practice handstands or exfoliate with quinoa or trim your cuticles.

But if you do like muffins and are obsessed with Downton Abbey, then please stay.

Let’s talk Kemal Pamuk (dreamy). Matthew Crawley (growing on me). Thomas and O’Brien (skeevy). Daisy (annoying yet charming). Mrs. Hughes (le sigh after the Downton Fair). Violet and Isobel (HIGH-larious). Mary (infuriating yet I still have an affinity for her). Edith (ugh). Anna and Mr. Bates (THE BEST!). Lord and Lady Grantham (he’s cool, her accent slightly bothers me).

Now let’s talk muffins!

While flaxseeds live in the has-been shadows of the much trendier chia and hemp seeds, they are not to be forgotten for everyday consumption. Two tablespoons boast more than 130% of your RDA for omega-3 fatty acids. Hello boosting heart health and lowering cholesterol levels! This recipe is an overachiever and boasts three tablespoons and enough fiber to keep you + the bathroom on speaking terms.

Most importantly, this muffin can be made in four minutes flat in the microwave, giving us more time in our precious lives to do whatever we please.

Watch more Downton Abbey, perhaps?

2-Minute Strawberry Flax Muffin
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutesĀ 

3 T ground flaxseed
1 T flour
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t baking powder
pinch of ginger
pinch of salt
1 T agave nectar or maple syrup
1 t olive oil
1 egg
1 strawberry, diced

In a coffee mug or small bowl, sift together flaxseed, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger and salt. Add agave, oil and egg, mixing well. Fold in diced strawberries. Cook in the microwave for two minutes.

Makes 1 muffin


lynn @ the actor's diet June 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

love downton. i had a bunch of posts on my blog too:

Lauren June 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I need to try this because my microwave muffins never seem to turn out. You make them look so good!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

These look deeeelish! I love a microwave muffin, as I am ridiculously impatient and when I want dessert I want it NOW. Off to the microwave! :)

Ally June 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Breakfast dilemma, what breakfast dilemma?! Thanks for giving me the perfect recipe (that, thankfully, uses ingredients I miraculously have on hand 8 days after my latest grocery store run) to start my day off with a bang.

Note: I don’t have strawberries, so I am going to give this a whirl with raisins…wish me luck!

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats June 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I love Downton Abbey! Just started season 2 <3 I will dfeinitely be trying out this super easy muffin recipe as soon as I buy some flour.

Erin June 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Holly, I just THIS MOMENT finished season 2 of Downton Abbey with my husband! You’re going to absolutely adore the second season, and I hope you’re reading this comment with a British accent because that’s certainly how I’m typing it.

Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Microwave muffins? Holly. You have just taken muffin love to the next level.
As for people who don’t like muffins, I baked banana bread muffins the other day, only to find out that my dad doesn’t like muffins (meaning that I was the only person in the house who could finish off the batch). I’m still giving him a hard time for his muffin prejudice :P

Joelle (on a pink typewriter) June 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I have that same yellow placemat a la Target! And I have Downtown Abbey waiting in my Netflix queque.. Time to make that muffin and get down to business I guess.

Ann June 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Love Downtown. Prepare for giggles while checking out Downton Abbeyonce. http://downtonabbeyonce.tumblr.com/

No seriously.

Season 2 is mildly infuriating at times. Just a warning. You will throw things.

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Microwaved muffin in a cup? Sweet! I really need to get on this Downton Abbey bandwagon; it sounds like it’s right up my alley. I can’t resist anyone with a British accent.

emily (a nutritionist eats) June 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Surprisingly I saw tons of flax at Expo West this past year – I was surprised but also glad, I’m still a big flax fan!

Brooke June 29, 2012 at 1:21 am

Omg. Just read the Vogue article… I can’t.

You’re going to become obsessed with Mary. And with Matthew (OMG). But with the same hmmm about them. OMG the show is so amazing you go through love and hate with all the characters. I NEED SEASON 3!

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] June 29, 2012 at 6:43 am

those. look. awesome. And i love that there’s hardly any flour in them!

So….I haven’t watched Downtown Abbey…

Nicole June 29, 2012 at 7:07 am

Check out HGTV “Selling London” for 30 minutes of straight-up British accents!

Karey @ Nutty About Health June 29, 2012 at 8:46 am

They look delicious!! :)
I haven’t seen Downtown Abbey, but you have my curiosity peaked… I’ve been a bit of a Homeland junkie lately. It fills the void until Dexter starts again or Game of Thrones. lol

Stacie@ Snaps and Bits June 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

I’m definitely making those, so simple and healthy! I have heard such good things about Downtown Abby. I need to just do it!

brandi June 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

i….still have not watched this. maybe you can initiate me in Boston! BUT I do always read it as DownTOWN Abbey.

love this muffin! i’m going to make it soon.

Katie June 29, 2012 at 10:39 am

TWO MINUTES?!?! You win.

Hillary June 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

Downton is on my “to-watch” list; I think you just convinced me to finally get around to it!

Megan (Braise the Roof) June 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

THIS is the kind of baking that I’m capable of….ie, no oven. :) I still have yet to rip the Downton Abbey bandaid. I have a feeling once I start, I won’t be able to stop.

Kathryn June 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I do love me a muffin and I love the idea of having one within minutes of the craving hitting!

Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food June 30, 2012 at 3:00 am

Phew goof thing i like muffins since I’ve never seen the show. Is it on netflix??Rocking muffin Holly!!

Mackenzie June 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

OH MY GOD. COME LIVE WITH ME ALREADY. or at least teach me some of the muffin-making-cooking-awesomeness magic. also, i am seriously sending you ideas later this week, i sweeeear! xo

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