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