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Posted Jun 28 2012 8:57pm


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

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 minutes 

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

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