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Linseed, banana & date muffins

These muffins are high in fibre and gluten free. Plus, each muffin delivers two dessertspoons of linseeds, which may help to relieve some symptoms of menopause.

  • B Breakfast
  • GF Gluten free
  • VG Vegetarian
  • S Sweet
  • S/S Sides/Snacks
  • MP Menopause
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cook Time 25 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Difficulty easy


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Soak chopped dates in boiling water while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  3. Prepare muffin tins by lining with baking paper.
  4. Grind linseeds in an electric seed/spice grinder or coffee grinder until it is a fine meal.
  5. Use a fork to mash bananas in a mixing bowl. Add nutmeg and combine well. Mix through the date mixture and cooled melted butter.
  6. Fold through the linseeds and baking powder followed by the eggs.
  7. Spoon even amounts of the mixture into prepared muffin tins, starting with about 2 heaped dessertspoons in each.
  8. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  9. Remove from tin when cooked and cool slightly on a rack. Delicious eaten while warm!
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Nutritional information

By Jean Hailes naturopath and herbalist Sandra Villella

Linseeds (also known as flaxseeds) contain lignans, which are a type of phytoestrogen (plant oestrogen). Linseeds also are a rich plant source of omega-3 fatty acids and are high in soluble fibre. Some people use flaxseed oil in their diet; however, flaxseed oil does not contain phytoestrogens.

When a woman's oestrogen is low, vaginal dryness can occur. This can happen to women both before and after menopause, during breastfeeding and as a side effect of some medications.

Two daily dessertspoons of linseeds (the amount found in one muffin) can help with vaginal dryness. The muffins are also high in fibre and gluten free.