Lemon Chia Seed Muffins


Lemon Chia Muffins

Today is Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  In case you didn’t know, you can go here, to join in the fun!

I was super excited when I received my assignment this month.  I have been secretly stalking Nutmeg Nanny for months.  She has a great site, with all sorts of amazing recipes.  The girl can mix a cocktail like no other as well.  Brandy lives in New York where she really is a nanny, and she recently got engaged.  If you haven’t met Brandy before, go check out her site, lots of yummy stuff!

I had a seriously hard time figuring out what to make.  I actually made her Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken, and it was amazing.  My pictures didn’t do much for me, so I took that opportunity to try something else!  I also have this Marinade recipe, Asian Coleslaw, and Cheesecake Dip recipes printed to try soon!  But in the end I chose a muffin, big surprise!

I had recently purchased Chia Seeds, because I have heard such great things about them.  I have been wondering what do to with them, and then I saw these muffins!  The perfect thing to test them out.  You can’t really even taste them.  So if you don’t have them, just leave them out.  Or you could use poppy seeds instead.  The glaze on top is light and has great lemon flavor to go with the muffins.  You could omit the glaze if you are trying to be a little healthier, but it is just so good!

My 7 year old was a little hesitant at first because of the chia seeds all throughout, but he liked them.  He isn’t big on lemon anything, so they weren’t his favorite.  Which just means more for me!  They are just so moist and light, it is hard to stay away from them!

Super moist and light lemon muffins with chia seeds. Made with Greek yogurt.

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 Tbls chia seeds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 Tbls butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt (non fat)
  • For glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 2 Tbls fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 12 cup muffin tin with non stock spray or liners.
  2. In a small bowl combine flour, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well each addition. Mix in lemon zest and vanilla. Using a spatula mix in the flour and yogurt until just combined. Fill muffin tins about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for a few minutes, before removing to a wire rack.
  3. While the muffins are cooling prepare the glaze. Whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle a little over the top of each muffin. Allow glaze to set before serving.


Adapted from Nutmeg Nanny





  1. Those do look wonderful and chia is a really healthy addition to any baked good. Nice pick for the SRC!

  2. They look so refreshing and wonderful! If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d check out my SRC pick this month, Dark Chocolate S’mores Pie!

  3. I am a chia seed lover and your muffins look wonderful. I have a couple of recipes including baked meatballs and a shrimp salad on my blog which use chia seed if you want to check them out. Great SRC pick.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Candied Popcorn.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. I have been loving chia seeds, especially for baking. These look wonderful!

  5. I’ve never tried chia seeds but these muffins look delish – can’t go wrong when there’s lemon involved! :)

  6. Wow, these look so good! I bet the flavor is just incredible!

  7. I love Chia seeds! Your muffins look just wonderful!!!

  8. WOw, lovely pictures. I love the addition of the chia seeds!

  9. I love lemon anything! These look amazing, great SRC choice!

  10. Give me anything lemon and I am a happy girl. These look amazing and I would absolutely slather them with the glaze, LOL

  11. They look so lemony, my favorite! Everything looks so good in the links;-)

  12. Chia seeds are everywhere these days! These muffins look so moist and delicious.

  13. This is such a great change up from poppy seeds!!

  14. I have never been to her site before, but I am checking it out. Thanks for the great write up! These muffins look delicious.

  15. What a fabulous recipe. Looks delicious!

  16. I’ve been meaning to try chia seeds, and this looks like the perfect recipe to do so. Your muffins look amazing!

  17. I’ve had a recipe like this pinned for ages, I’m glad to know the combo works! I’m not a huge poppyseed fan, so chia seeds are a perfect alternative for me, and between those and the lemon my healthy hubby will loooove these!

  18. Those look incredible Erin! Love the chia seeds, but yes even my 5 year old is kind of resistant at first because of anything dotty in his food makes him lick, smell and than bite:)))

  19. Beautiful muffin… never worked with chia seeds. :) Looking forward to checking out the Nutmeg Nanny. :)

  20. I’ve never had chia seeds, but they look so pretty in the muffin! Those look wonderful, perfectly fluffy and I love the lemon too. Great choice of recipes to do!

  21. I toss Chia in my smoothies, and thought about what to bake with them…thanks for the great idea!

  22. What pretty little muffins! I have never cooked with Chia Seeds before. I’ll have to be on the lookout for them.

  23. Your muffins look wonderful Erin! I am getting ready to make orange muffins and I just may have to add chia seeds to them!

  24. YUM. I’ve started using chia seeds in my smoothies..this sounds good too

  25. Love this muffin SO much! Anything lemon is a winner in my book. I am in group C of SRC – it is such a fun club! Need to browse my selection for this month to find the perfect recipe. Pinning now! :)

  26. I’m pretty sure the chia seeds negate all the extra calories from sugar, right?

    I love lemon muffins!

  27. These look so good! I love lemon-y treats. And I’ve been experimenting a lot with chia lately too and it’s really easy to incorporate into desserts! I made some healthy pb chia chocolate chip cookies last week and the chia also took the place of the eggs! [http://www.treatswithatwist.com/2012/06/peanut-butter-chia-cookies-pb2.html]
    Can’t wait to try these muffins!

  28. These muffins are really delicious, since I heard of the wonders of chia seeds I also decided to try it, in my case chia oil capsules (Aceite de Chia) and so far they offered me good results.

  29. Chia seeds are so wonderful, as are these delightful muffins!

  30. I’ve never had chia seed before but the lemon flavor muffins sound excellent! Wish I have those with my morning tea right now….

  31. You can throw chia seeds into just about anything. I use them daily in my morning smoothies. Your muffins look great.

  32. Healthy and delicious! I tried these out and the first time, they were dense. It didn’t even look done. The second time I used 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. of baking powder and they turned out much more like the picture.

  33. loved these. totally pinned the link onto pinterest.

  34. KitchenLover says:

    I made these today. I was out of lemons so I used orange zest and added some cranberries just for fun. Delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  35. These are delicious! Just made them and they are a hit with my boyfriend as well. Such a great alternative to regular lemon poppyseed muffins. I also subbed in “lite” butter for regular — no flavor loss here! :)

  36. S. Omara says:

    I made these a couple of months ago and they turned out great! I actually ended up with 16 cupcakes. I’m making them again this weekend!

  37. 8 Tbls of butter?! When I think Chia seeds I think healthy’ish. Try applesauce as a substitute. Beautiful muffins though.


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