[Post #9 for 365 days of Portable Power Pucks]
With blog recipes, as in life, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel to create something new.
Sometimes you only need to rename the wheel. Case in point, power pucks.
That’s what happened with the original version of this recipe. I developed it for my DIY- Power Bars Book, Power Hungry and realized I didn’t know what the name should be. They weren’t bars, nor were they muffins. BUt they were about the size of hockey pucks. Hence, the “puck” was born.
Crispy edges, chewy centers, supremely delicious (like a butterscotch blondie that grew up to be a superhero), and nutrient-packed, they are pucking terrific.
Super-simple to make, too. Stir, scoop, bake, done.
Only 6 ingredients, too, one of which is vanilla and another is optional.
I’ve cut back on the dried fruit (it’s optional, anyway) because it’s just not needed. A sprinkle on top will more than suffice, but if you are heading out on an ultra-long hike or bike ride, add more (or chocolate chips!) to help you refuel during your journey.
Buy a big bag or box of flaxseed meal (store it in the freezer to keep it fresh)–you’re going to make these over and over again!
- ⅔ cup ground flaxseed meal
- ½ cup natural unsweetened almond butter (or any creamy nut or seed butter you like!)
- ½ cup nondairy milk
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: ⅓ to ½ cup dried fruit (chopped if large)
- Preheat oven to 325F. Grease or spray 12 cups of a standard muffin tin.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flaxseed meal, almond butter, milk, maple syrup and vanilla until blended and smooth. Divide batter evenly among prepared cups. Sprinkle tops with dried fruit, if using, lightly pressing into batter.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are browned and the centers are just set. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer pucks directly to rack to cool completely.
Tip: If the nut or seed butter you use is unsalted, add about ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt to the batter.
Milk: Use any nondairy milk you like except for full fat coconut milk. If you are not avoiding dairy, feel free to use dairy milk.
Additional Nutrition Points:
- Very low in cholesterol
- Very low in sodium
- High in iron
- High in manganese
- High in phosphorous
- Very high in vitamin B6