Healthier Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

by Kelli on February 7, 2014

Healthier Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins are the perfect antidote for your winter blues!

Move over lemon poppy muffins, Healthier Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins are taking center stage! TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

Have I ever told you that my first job was in a bakery?  It was.  Kind of fitting, right.  I was fifteen and I pretty much thought it was the greatest thing on earth…until the day I had to work at 5:30am on a Saturday morning.  Just kidding, I still loved it….the job, not the early wake up.

I learned a lot of important skills at that job.  Like, what it meant when someone asked for a coffee, light and sweet.  How to make change without a calculator (I am forever grateful for this).  With a lot of practice I learned how to write on cakes in fancy, scripty letters.  I also developed a love affair with crumb cake, napoleons and lemon poppy seed muffins.  It’s nothing short of a miracle that I didn’t gain five hundred pounds working in that place.

Greek yogurt and olive oil make these Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins healthier & even more tasty!  TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

Right now it’s prime Meyer lemon season!  Unlike their tangy & sour regular ‘ol lemon cousins, Meyer lemons smaller and round, with smooth, thin skin, a deep yellow hue and a bright, sweet flavor.  They still have some tartness, but nothing like a regular lemon.  Have you you ever tried them before?  If you haven’t, do not miss out on the sunshine-y goodness!  And, if you have, you know exactly what I’m gushing about.

Equally gush-worthy in my book – chia seeds!  I eat them in nearly all of my breakfast things…smoothie, oatmeal, yogurt…muffins!

So, a Meyer-lemon-chia-seed mash up seemed like a natural move to make.

Aaand the next obvious move was a fun, healthier take on the beloved lemon poppy seed muffin.

Greek yogurt and olive oil make these Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins healthier & even more tasty!  TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

So, here’s how the transformation to Healthier Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins went down.

Poppy seeds out, chia seeds in.

Regular ‘ol lemons out, Meyer lemons & lemon Greek yogurt in.

Butter out, heart-healthy olive oil in.

And at least half the sugar is outta there and gone for good.

This week I’m sharing my recipe for Healthier Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins on Greatist.  Go check it out…..and, make some muffins this weekend!

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Move over lemon poppy muffins, Healthier Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Muffins are taking center stage! TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

Enjoy!

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Ali @ Inspiralized February 7, 2014 at 7:48 AM

I always tell myself to eat more muffins on the weekends, when I have the time to make them, but I rarely find any recipes that I love – but this one, I love! I’ve been trying to get chai seeds into my diet too, so this is just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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Kelli February 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Such a great way to sneak chia seeds into your diet! Thanks, Ali!

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM

You had me at lemon!! I’ve been freezing muffins lately for busy mornings.. so good!

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Kelli February 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Thanks so much, Liz! Yesss….I do the same thing! Great minds :)

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Carrian February 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Perfect with creamy hot cocoa!

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Kelli February 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I’m think the same thing :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor February 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Ha, I’ve always dreamed of running a cute little bakery, and then I remember that I am not a morning person so it probably would never work out :) I am so glad that you shared these, Kelli because I have all of the ingredients and they would be perfect for breakfast tomorrow!

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Kelli February 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM

You’re also going to love how quickly these come together! Enjoy & have a great weekend, Ashley!

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Tanya Schroeder February 7, 2014 at 8:49 PM

I love anything with Meyer lemons!! I’ve yet to try chia seeds, but this would be the perfect recipe to test the waters!!

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Kelli February 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Thanks, Tanya! You can never go wrong with Meyer lemons :)

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Joanne February 8, 2014 at 8:01 AM

I’ve eaten (and loved) my fair share of lemon poppy seed muffins in my life…definitely want to try out this meyer chia version! I feel like they’ll quickly be my new favorites!

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Kelli February 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Thanks, friend! Chia seeds are where it’s at!!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking February 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Such pretty pictures! These look great. :)

I am ALL about lemons right now. I’m posting chocolate stuff for Valentine’s Day but in reality… I want lemony stuff! And lots of it. :D

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Kelli February 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Thanks so much, Erin! I’ve been the same way about citrus all winter!

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) February 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I am so big on muffins right now and I love anything with a healthier slant!

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Kelli February 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Thanks, Jocelyn! These muffins are totally calling your name :)

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whatjessicabakednext... February 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

These look amazing- love lemon muffins, definitely need to try this recipe! :)

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Kelli February 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Thanks so much! Enjoy!

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Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens February 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Kelli – I worked at a local donut shop, and I had to work at 5:30am on the weekends, too! I loved my job (also not the early hours!) and am thankful for the lessons I learned there, as well (making change = priceless!!). I did not want to eat the donuts, but certainly munched on plenty of bagels and muffins!
I want a Meyer lemon. I have seen so many recipes for them lately, and I am feeling totally deprived. I haven’t seen them, I wonder if Ohio has them in the stores?? I need to look out when I head to the store in a bit! I’ve got almost everything else here (except lemon Greek yogurt!). If I can’t find Meyer lemons, do you think these would work with a regular old lemon? I’ve got those here! :) Should I adjust anything for the tartness?

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Kelli February 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I bought my Meyer lemons at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find them, you can certainly use regular lemons….and maybe add an extra tablespoon of sugar to offset the tartness, it’s up to you.

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Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens February 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I got the Meyer Lemons at Trader Joe’s! I was so happy! I immediately thought of you – I wanted to let you know right away, but decided to not hold up the line by commenting back while I was still in the store! :) I’m super excited to make these! My kiddos are off school tomorrow, and I’m thinking we might just need to play in the kitchen!

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Kelli February 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Yay, I’m so excited for you! These muffins are the perfect long weekend baking project!

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Pat February 11, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Hey, these muffins look amazing and I am sure they taste wonderful. I love lemons, any kind. Thanks for sharing. :)

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Kelli February 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Thanks so much, Pat!!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats February 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I’d love to work in a bakery, but those early mornings sound tough. Hopefully you got rewarded with freshly baked goods ;) These muffins look great. I really need to make some muffins!

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Kelli February 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Oh, trust me, I ate waaaaay more than my fair share of baked goods!

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Abbie @ Needs Salt February 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

These muffins are gorgeous! I’ve been curious about trying chia instead of poppy seeds in lemon muffins – now I’m going to have to give it a go! Looks awesome.
Pinning!

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Kelli February 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Thanks so much, Abbie! The fun thing with these muffins is that most people would never even notice the difference between using chia seeds instead of poppy seeds. Hope you enjoy!

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Sam February 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

These sound amazing! How do you think they would turn out if I replaced 1/2 of the olive oil (saving 60 fat calories per muffin) with a bit of extra yogurt?

Thanks!

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Kelli February 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I’ve never tried it, so it’s hard for me to say. Sorry! I’d love to hear how it turns out if you give it a shot.

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Carolyn August 8, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Hi Kelli, I ran right into the kitchen this morning to make these (I got a link from my Jawbone UP). I have a Meyer lemon tree; but I wondered if your Meyer lemon and mine were the same size – it would be very helpful if you would say how many Tbsp of juice to add (rather than juice of one lemon – I probably had at least 1/4 cup of juice). I used Vanilla Greek yogurt (a 5.3 oz. container) and added a couple of teaspoons of regular yogurt. I added “some” lemon juice to the oil & yogurt mixture, then after mixing in the dry ingredients, I had a somewhat stiff batter, so I added more lemon juice and the batter seemed about the right consistency (like cake batter) to spoon into the muffin cups. I filled 9 cups at 3/4 full. I baked at 400, and had to keep them in much longer; overall, I think I baked about 2x as long as you suggest. The toothpick finally came out with only very tiny crumbs, but when I broke the muffin in half, the interior looked shiny and underdone. Nevertheless, I ate one (they are good), but it tasted more like a custardy lemon bar. Is it supposed to be kind of wet inside and taste custardy? Or did I just not let it cool long enough? Thanks. I’m sure I’ll be making these again.

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Kelli August 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Sorry you had trouble with the muffins, Carolyn.The batter will be on the thicker side. Sounds like your lemon may have been larger (a nice bonus for a fresh off the tree lemon :) )….next time stick with about 3 tablespoons meyer lemon juice (and the zest) and you can skip the additional yogurt. Enjoy!

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