Fancy a change to your typical chocolate chip muffins? Soft, moist and chocolaty with the slight crunch of chia seeds, these chocolate chia seed muffins are a real treat. Make them for an afternoon snack, breakfast or dessert and just perfect for a coffee or tea break.
I really wasn't intending to make muffins again quite so soon after the last ones. However, sometimes you don't get a choice about what recipe to make and sometimes what you make turns out to be so tasty it really needs to be shared. That's the case with these chocolate chia seed muffins.
Master Spice and I got back home after a morning at the local soft play and I made the mistake of asking him what he wanted for lunch. Now, you should never ask a 2 year old what they want for lunch and I will remember that next time.
Not a sandwich, not jacket potato, not chicken, not scrambled egg but...
Cake. I tried to change his mind but he became even more specific. Pink birthday cake.
Now, luckily being only just 2 his standards are not quite as high as they may become. These little chocolate chia seed muffins (some in pink cases) managed to satisfy him, me, Little Miss Spice and Mr Searching for Spice.
The inspiration for these muffins
We had only just finished eating the Lemon Raspberry and Chia Seed Muffins that I'd made the week before. I loved those muffins so much that I wanted to try and achieve the same texture but with completely different flavours so these chocolate chia seed muffins are an adaptation of that recipe.
If I had to choose between the two chia seed muffins I've made so far, I'd have to choose the Lemon and Raspberry ones but my lovely husband would definitely choose these ones. According to him, they are perfect!
How do you make these chocolate chia muffins?
These muffins are really simple to make. It's just a case of putting all the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a jug. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together.
They couldn't be easier or quicker to make! Perfect if you're a busy parent and need a snack for peckish kids.
What ingredients do you need for these chia muffins?
For these muffins you will need: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, chia seeds, vegetable oil, milk, vanilla extract, an egg and chocolate chips.
What are chia seeds like in muffins?
Although chocolate and chia seed muffins might not be a typical muffin combination, they really do go well together. Just like in the other muffins, the chia seeds give the muffins a delicious crunch while still having that lovely soft muffin texture.
Chia seeds can be used as an egg replacement but these muffins have an egg plus the chia seeds in. The chia seeds are there for texture rather than as a binding agent. However, I do plan to make these soon to test how they work without the egg.
Can you replace the chia seeds?
If you want to replicate these muffins but without chia seeds you could use flax seeds or poppy seeds instead.
Like chia seeds, flax seeds can also be used as an egg replacer and I will soon update this post to include an egg free option.
What kind of chocolate do these have in?
I use milk chocolate in these as it's what my family prefer. However, you could use dark or even white chocolate depening on your preferences.
The first time I made them I used chocolate pieces from a leftover Easter egg that I'd being hiding in the cupboard for a long time. My children go a little bit too crazy over chocolate and don't want to eat anything else around Easter time.
Therefore as a good mother (or bad depending on your point of view!) I end up squirreling it away so they can't find it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who does that and this is a great way to use it up so they can still enjoy it.
What kind of flour do you need?
I used plain flour plus baking powder for these muffins. However, you could replace it with self-raising flour and just half a teaspoon of baking powder.
How long do these muffins keep for?
There are few things more tempting than a warm freshly baked homemade muffin. However, you can still keep these for at least three days. Just store them in a cool airtight container.
Can you freeze chocolate chia muffins?
Yes, you can definitely freeze these homemade muffins. Just put them in an airtight freezerbag and you can store them for up to three months. Defrost them at room temperature for a couple of hours before eating.
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Chocolate Chia Seed Muffins
- 190 g plain flour
- 150 g sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 80 ml vegetable oil I used light olive oil
- 120 ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 70 g chocolate chips I used milk chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 200C
- Put the flour, sugar, salt, chia seeds and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
- Put the oil, milk, egg and vanilla extract into a mixing jug and whisk together with a fork.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together to just combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases and fill each case about ⅔ full.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes. Test with a skewer to see if they are ready. Mine were ready after 15 minutes.