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Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake

An adaptation of EatingWell's popular Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake, this recipe is from reader Barr Hogen of San Francisco.

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Date-Oat Muffins

Toasting the oats for this hearty muffin enhances their nutty flavor; orange zest contributes a citrus fragrance that plays well with the sweet dates.

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Blueberry-Maple Muffins

Whole-wheat flour and flaxseeds give these maple syrup-sweetened blueberry muffins a delicious, nutty flavor. Compared to a traditional version of the recipe, they have four times the dietary fiber and substitute healthful monounsaturated fat (canola oil) for saturated fat (butter).

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Healthy Pancake Mix

With this whole-grain mix on hand, you can enjoy homemade pancakes on busy weekday mornings. This is also a great item to pack on camping trips. Be sure to refrigerate or freeze the mix as flaxseed meal is highly perishable.

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Whole-Wheat Flax Bread

The bakers at King Arthur Flour came up with this super-high-fiber bread. Its nutty whole-grain taste and texture make particularly great sandwiches and toast.

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Seeded Multigrain Boule

Yes, this 3-pound, seeded, very attractive loaf seems to call for everything but the kitchen sink, but it's worth it! Not only is it high in fiber, but the blend of seeds and grains lends it a wonderfully nutty flavor, aroma and texture. The boule is baked in a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven or similar ovenproof casserole dish. A heavy container with a tight-fitting lid works best, as the steam trapped inside the pot helps crisp the crust. Keep in mind that in a very wide-bottomed pot the loaf will spread out and be fairly flat; in a taller, narrower one it will be thicker and have more height (and may take slightly longer to bake through). Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

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Fig ’n’ Flax Thumbprint Cookies

We love how the ground flax adds a nutty flavor and the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside of these thumbprint cookies. Fig preserves make this cookie special; other fruit preserves could be used as well.

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You may know that flax is good for you. It contains compounds called lignans that may help prevent cancer and relieve hot flashes. It has alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid linked to cardiovascular health. But aside from stirring it into yogurt, what the heck do you do with it? Answer: You add flax to your favorite bread and muffin recipes—or use it to infuse nutty flavor into a rich chocolate cake. Try our healthy flax recipes for a delicious nutrient boost.

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