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.