Cha-Cha-Ch-ia seeds…Lemon Chia Muffins!

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My son Kevin likes lemon poppy seed muffins and so I thought I would ramp them up a bit and substitute chia seeds for the poppy seeds.  I wonder if he’ll notice??

What are chia seeds?  Chia seeds are an ancient seed consumed by the Aztecs and are an excellent plant source of omega fats, protein, soluble fiber, antioxidants, calcium and iron.  Remember the chia pet craze?  This is the same seed, but this time prepared for human consumption. I am a chia seed newbie.  I bought them out of pure curiosity.  I pop them on top of my yogurt parfaits or morning oatmeal, but they are also frequently used in salads, stir fries and in smoothies.  I think they would be a great on a spinach and strawberry salad too!

To make these muffins you will need a zester.  Zesters are fun and easy to use.  I use my zest to add citrus zest into muffin and bread recipes mostly, but sometimes add lemon zest to roasted broccoli, broccoli rabe or asparagus too.

To get the most juice out of my lemon, I use my wooden juicer. Adding the lemon zest and the chia seeds to the muffin mixture adds great texture and a wonderful lemony taste!

I always use Greek yogurt in recipes when possible as it is a great way to boost the protein content, which in muffins and breads is typically low.  Protein at meal times is a good way to keep your belly full.

YUM!  These are very airy, lemony and just sweet enough.

One reply on “Cha-Cha-Ch-ia seeds…Lemon Chia Muffins!

  • Marcia Coakley

    Great idea…I love chia seeds for their thickening capability and nutrition (especially fiber, protein, and omega oils), but this is another nice sub opportunity! I was literally thinking about making lemon-poppy seed “something”, and then remembered I am out of poppy seeds (but have almost every other type of seed!) Too hot to put the oven on today…tomorrow should be cooler. Thanks.

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