Peggy’s Muffin-in-a-Minute (MIM)

Blueberry Version with blueberry syrup. Use clear syrups to avoid “pink” batter.

I’ve been playing around with the classic Atkins MIM (Muffin-in-a-Minute) recipe this month.  I’m trying to increase my flax intake for a health issue and so far these flax-based gems are helping.  To the basic Atkins MIM recipe, I add a couple enhancers to improve texture bit.  I also increase sweetener and the amount of butter.  The resulting muffins/cakes are baking up consistently moist and very tasty.  Trials so far include of course, the classic cinnamon version, a chai version, a mango version, a peach version, a cherry version and today a blueberry version.  We love them ALL! My husband’s fav is the cherry; mine is the peach.   FYI the least carb-y versions are the ones with just cinnamon, Boyajian oils or chai tea spice, followed by the Boyajian oil citrus zest versions.

I used blueberry sugar-free syrup for the one I made this morning, which is a dark blue in color, so it made the batter turn pink.  Flavor was scrumptious!  The original cinnamon version and the Boyajian oil versions are suitable for Atkins Induction.  The others are OK once you get to at least the the berries (or higher-carb fruit) level of the Atkins carb re-introduction ladder.

DRY INGREDIENTS:  (I like to measure out 10 sets of the dry ingredients to put in plastic bags so I can have them on hand like a “ready mix”)

¼ c. golden flax meal

½ tsp. baking powder

1 T. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener)

1 T. Resistant Wheat Starch

1 tsp. oat fiber (do not substitute very carb-y oat bran or oat flour)


1 T. melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

2 T. sugar-free syrup (select specialty flavor to compliment your choice below)

DIRECTIONS:  In a 5-6″ round or oval dish, melt the butter in your microwave.  Add the sugar-free syrup (to cool down the butter).  Add the egg and beat all together.  Add in the dry ingredients and stir well with a fork.  Add in your choice of flavorings below by stirring to blend or dropping fruit bits in by hand evenly.  Microwave on HI for about 1 minute 30-40 seconds.  Slide knife tip between cake and bowl and tip cake onto serving plate.  This batter rises as it bakes and then slightly falls when removed from microwave…..that is normal………it is done.


½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. Chai Tea Spice Blend

2 drops Boyajian orange oil + bit of orange zest

2 drops Boyajian lemon oil + bit of lemon zest

2 drops Boyajian lime oil + bit of lime zest

6 chopped raisins + dash cinnamon

1 T. ch. pecans

3 slices peach, chopped

6 canned red tart cherries

10 blueberries

2 T. pumpkin + 1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

6 raspberries cut in halves

2 strawberries, chopped

2 T. ch. pineapple (or canned, crushed)

2 T. grated apple

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 cake the size of 2 small muffins.  Each half is a serving.  Not including any flavoring additives you chose to add from the flavoring options suggested, each half of this cake contains:

183 cals, 14.25g fat, 11.55g carbs, 8.2g fiber, 3.35g NET CARBS, 5.8g protein, 134mg sodium

This entire base cake/muffin recipe (without flavorings) contains:  366 cals, 28.5g fat, 23.1 g carbs, 16.4g fiber, 6.7g NET CARBS, 11.6g protein, 267 mg sodium (eat only half the cake/muffin to cut these numbers in half)


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