If you like lemon and poppy seeds you'll love these lemon and raspberry chia seed muffins. They are so morish you'll find it hard to just eat one! The chia seeds give them a gorgeous crunchy texture and the lemon and raspberry are a classic combination.
I normally opt for something savoury for my Secret Recipe Club choice but this month I've gone for something sweet and I'm so pleased I did.
I have to thank Renee at Renee's Kitchen Adventures for the recipe as I was assigned her blog for this month's Secret Recipe Club. Like me, Renee is a stay at home mum and she loves to cook healthy and delicious meals for her family. I also love to cook healthy recipes and Renee's blog is full of tasty choices.
These chia seed muffins were actually the second recipe I made. As I love spices and I love jerk chicken, I tried her grilled jerk chicken thighs first. I marinated them well and was really looking forward to eating them. Unfortunately, as I was cooking them, Master Spice decided he was not going to sleep peacefully. By the time he went to sleep a couple of hours later we'd given in and eaten them without taking any pictures! Although there is sadly no evidence to show you, they were incredibly good.
My next choice was these lemon and raspberry chia seed muffins. Chia seeds are very popular at the moment and often claimed to be a superfood. They're a source of fibre, omega 3 fatty acids and minerals such as iron and calcium. They can be quite expensive but the price is definitely coming down and they are getting easier to find in the supermarket. I bought a big bag recently and love to scatter them on my breakfast cereal or in yoghurt but until now I hadn't done any baking with them. I was just waiting to find the right recipe to try!
This was certainly the right recipe. The muffins have a beautifully soft texture but with the crunch of chia seeds. The whole raspberries give a burst of fruitiness every time you bite into one and the lemon goes perfectly with the raspberries. The recipe makes 12 smallish muffins and they were a big hit with everyone in our household.
These muffins are very easy to make. I love the fact that with muffins you don't need to get a whisk or stand mixer out so of course there's less washing up. You just stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones and then spoon the mixture into the muffin cases. This means they are a perfect recipe for making with young children. Little Miss Spice and Master Spice both helped although they were almost too keen and it was a challenge to stop them from over-mixing the ingredients!
I'm trying to get them to help in the kitchen more and more these days - they are both keen and it is difficult to let them make a mess but it does seem to be encouraging them to at least try new foods.
If you wanted to adapt these muffins I'm sure other berries such as blackberries or blueberries would also be lovely and maybe even cherries. Do let me know if you try them and please take a look below at the other Secret Recipe Club entries for this month.
Recipe for Lemon and Raspberry Chia Seed Muffins
Lemon and Raspberry Chia Seed Muffins
- 190 g plain flour
- 150 g sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 lemon zest and juice
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 80 ml vegetable oil I used light olive oil
- 120 ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 170 g fresh raspberries
- 1 tablespoon plain flour
- Put the flour, sugar, salt, chia seeds, lemon zest and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
- Put the oil, milk, egg, vanilla extract, lemon extract and lemon juice into a mixing jug and whisk together (I just used a fork)
- Put the raspberries and the extra tablespoon of flour in a bowl and stir to coat the raspberries in the flour.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together to just combine. Fold in the raspberries.
- Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases and fill each case about ⅔ full.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C for 15-20 minutes. Test with a skewer to see if they are ready. Mine were ready after 17 minutes.
More Delicious Muffin Recipes
Why not try my cranberry and orange muffins or one of these recipes:
Places I'm sharing these lemon and raspberry chia seed muffins
Tasty Tuesdays at Honest Mum
Bake of the Week hosted by Casa Costello.
Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
Yumm.. These look goopy and delicious! I wish I had one right now 🙂
They are certainly yummy but they are so easy to make too! Have a go!
I only just make chia seed pudding with my chia seeds, but after seeing this I'm definitely going to start baking with them. Delicious combination of flavours with the lemon and raspberry. It's going on the weekend bake list!
That's funny because I've used chia seeds in baking quite a few times recently but still need to make a chia seed pudding! It's on my to make list!
Garlic + Zest
My big problem with the blog is that my family is impatient about the photo-process. I get a lot of angry glares as I'm snapping pictures -- not to mention the whining... "when can we eat?". I would have a hard time keeping them away from your muffins!
I have exactly the same problem! Sometimes I find I have great photo except for a blurry hand in just the wrong place!
I love fruity muffins and have never thought to add chia seeds so thanks for the inspiration:-)
It's always lovely to hear I've inspired someone so thank you!
Everyday Sarah Jane
Lemon and raspberry is one of my favorite summertime flavor combos! These muffins sound delicious and perfect for breakfast...or snacking...because I'm a snacker! Ha! 🙂
I'm so pleased you like them! They are great for snacking and I think that's how we ate most of them - they didn't last long anyway!
These sound fantastic - I have never really made muffins before. Must give them a go #cookblogshare
You should have a go at muffins! They are actually about the easiest type of cake you can make as you don't need to worry about beating everything together enough. With these you just stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones so they are super quick to make too!
These little muffins sounds so good, I love lemon and raspberry and with the chia seeds, well they sounds divine! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
You're welcome! I'm so pleased you like them x
Lemon and raspberry are perfect together. I'd love to try these muffins!
IT is a lovely combination isn't it!
Baked to Imperfection
These look deliiciiouuusss pinning for later #Bakeoftheweek xxx
Thanks! They are so so good so hope you find time to make them and enjoy them as much as I did!
Those sound and look delicious to me.
Thank you Jean!
Rebekah @ Making Miracles
Those look simply gorgeous! What a fantastic pick for reveal day this month!
Thank you Rebekah! I was definitely lucky with my choice this month and even the recipe that didn't make it was absolutely yummy - definitely worthy of being made.
Ooo love the raspberry center 🙂 Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare
You're welcome! And thanks for hosting #CookBlogShare too!
Julie's Family Kitchen
Ooh! They do look yummy, I can see my kids really enjoying these and me too. Great use of chia seeds. 🙂 #TastyTuesdays
Thankyou Julie! My kids loved them too and I'm hoping to try out lots of other recipes using chia seeds too. They add a great texture.
They look wonderful and light! Thanks for linking up to #TastyTuesdays x
They do have a lovely texture! Thanks for hosting #TastyTuesdays - It's one of my favourite link ups.
Ooh these look lovely! We use a LOT of chia seeds here in cakes & muffins instead of eggs and they add such a lovely flavour to things! Thanks for sharing!
I've never thought of using them instead of eggs - I'll have to look into it as my daughter has a friend with an egg allergy.
You can use them to make a 'flax egg' gloopy mess but I just chuck a teaspoon or two into each recipe with a tablespoon of golden syrup and it works fine!
Thanks for the advice! I will try making the goopy mess soon!
I've never made anything with chia seeds. Look delicious.
I hadn't until recently either! The great thing is they go a long way so 12 muffins only needed a tablespoonful.
Linda @ 2 Cookin Mamas
Chia seeds are one of my favorite add in ingredients and they sound perfect for these muffins. Of course loving lemon and berries the way I do I can see these muffins in my future. Great recipe choice!
Thank you Linda! I can't imagine not liking these if you love lemon, berries and chia seeds!
Sorry I'm a little late getting around to comment, but I'm so glad you enjoyed the muffins and the jerk chicken! It's been a while since i've made either of them and your post reminded me I should make them again!
You're welcome! I'm so pleased I found the recipes as both were fantastic.
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
We have been adding chia seeds in to our baked goods recently, as it's good to add a bit of a protein boost.
That's such a great idea! I will be adding them to lots more things now and I forgot to mention in the post that they are a source of protein too.
These look gorgeous. I have so many raspberries to use up so I must give these a try
I'm sure you'll love them! The basic recipe has also become my new favourite muffin recipe too. I've just made some with chocolate and chia seeds!
Yum - these look so delicious! What a great twist on the classic lemon and poppy seed - and I keep hearing great things about chia seeds - I now have some and have already tried raw chia raspberry jam...but must try baking with them soon! Eb x
ooh raw chia raspberry jam sounds lovely - I'll have to try that too x
Kristy from Southern In Law
These look so soft and fluffy and delicious! What a perfect summer treat!
Thank you Kristy, they did have a lovely soft texture.
I love when the dessert there is a lemon. Looks delicious!
Thank you! Lemon always makes a dessert feel a little less heavy too which is always a good thing.
Camilla @ Culinary Adventures
Corina, these look wonderful! I will give them a try soon.
Thank you Camilla! I absolutely loved this recipe and hope you enjoy them too.
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
I always forget about the chia seeds hidden away in my freezer. Thanks for the reminder. These will make a perfect grab and go breakfast this week.
I'm sure you'll love them! I also often forget about the chia seeds but this is definitely a make-again recipe.
Perfect! I just saw some beautiful raspberries at the market. Great SRC choice.
Thank you! I love raspberries and we eat them all the time so it's nice to do some baking with them too.