Lemon Chia Seed Muffins from Premeditated Leftovers

Gluten-Free Lemon Chia Seed Muffins from Alea Milham Premeditated Leftovers


Today for our March Muffin Madness event I have the pleasure of sharing a gluten-free muffin recipe from Alea Milham of Premeditated LeftoversLemon Chia Seed Muffins. Her recipe is gluten free and nut free, with a dairy-free option.

Alea Milham Premeditated Leftovers Bio PicWhen Alea was diagnosed with celiac disease, she chose to just eat naturally gluten-free foods. And she was fine with that lifestyle. However, once she discovered that her kids had to give up gluten she started developing recipes for gluten-free baked goods, so that they could still enjoy all their favorite desserts.

You can usually find Alea sharing tips for saving money on her blog, Premeditated Leftovers. While Alea shares that a gluten-free diet can be more expensive, she saves money by growing her own vegetables and cooking from scratch as much as possible.

Enjoy today’s recipe in our series (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment non today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor—and, holy moly, even a Blendtec! Yes, the folks from Blendtec have kindly stepped in to sponsor the MMM giveaway by giving one of their prized all-in-one kitchen appliances as the Super Grand Prize! Woohoo! I sure love all these items! Every comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)

gfe-march-muffin-madness-225And now I’ll turn the floor over to Alea, so she can tell you more about her Lemon Chia Seed Muffins!

There is nothing quite like citrus to brighten even the dreariest of winter days. Just the scent of the lemons as I juice them gives me a little boost! I served the lemon chia seed muffins to my kids on a dreary, overcast day and my youngest son said they tasted like sunshine. Which is a good thing, because I think it will be a while be for we see the sun again.

I started replacing poppy seeds with chia seeds in recipes once I learned about the health benefits of chia seeds. In addition to being a great source of Omega 3s, chia seeds are also a lot less expensive than poppy seeds. Since gluten-free flours are more expensive, I am always looking for a ways to save money on my other baking ingredients.

Alea’s Lemon Chia Seed Muffins Recipe

Gluten-free Lemon Chia Seed Muffins from Premeditated Leftovers

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins from Premeditated Leftovers
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert
  • 2 cups rice flour (either white rice flour or brown rice flour)
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup milk (use almond or rice milk to make this dairy-free)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl mix the rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, baking powder, guar gum, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend the lemon zest, lemon juice, milk, oil, and egg. Add the granulated and brown sugar.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just moist.
  5. Add the chia seeds and mix until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  6. Fill pre-greased (or lined) muffin cups ¾ full with batter.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 24

 This post is linked to Gluten-Free Tuesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Whole Food Fridays.

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88 Responses to “Lemon Chia Seed Muffins from Premeditated Leftovers”

  1. Johnna on March 2nd, 2014 11:25 pm

    This is brilliant! Using chia seeds instead of poppy seeds makes so much sense. Love it!

  2. Kathryn on March 3rd, 2014 12:00 am

    Looks delicious – what a brilliant use of chia seeds.

  3. Janelle on March 3rd, 2014 10:32 am

    I love lemon so I am anxious to give these a try. I never thought of substituting chia seeds for poppy!

  4. BJMarley on March 3rd, 2014 12:27 pm

    I want to try these. My husband won’t eat things with poppy seeds because he doesn’t want to jeopardize work-related drug testing. Chia seeds should be safe.

  5. Terisa on March 3rd, 2014 12:35 pm

    Oh I miss lemon muffins and the addition of chai seeds is brilliant. I need to get everything so I can make these soon.

  6. Jessica Holmes on March 3rd, 2014 1:28 pm

    Those sound so yummy! Might have to try soon!

  7. Heather on March 3rd, 2014 2:28 pm

    Ooh these sound delicious AND I already have most of the ingredients! I might make these tomorrow for Kitchen Day!!

  8. Sarah on March 3rd, 2014 3:02 pm

    GREAT idea. Love the chia add in.

  9. Sharon on March 3rd, 2014 3:32 pm

    I never make anything with poppy seeds because I never have them on hand but I always have chia seeds. What a great idea! Will try these for sure!!

  10. Cindy on March 3rd, 2014 4:09 pm

    chia seeds! never thought of that, can’t wait to try these

  11. Bev on March 3rd, 2014 4:21 pm

    Love the idea of chia seeds instead of poppy seeds.

  12. Tiffany on March 3rd, 2014 4:47 pm

    I’ve eaten chia seeds regularly (in almond milk which is my favorite milk product). Never thought to put them in a muffin. Seems most of these gluten free maidens have superior ideas. Even tho this recipe makes 24, I’ll half it and make 12 (only 2 people here). Also thinking of using a GF premix. By the way, this is a great website.

  13. Chrystal in Canada on March 3rd, 2014 4:50 pm

    Mmmmm…lemon muffins! Do you think that a mix of sorghum and rice flour will work? I’m a bit short on rice at the moment, and these sound great!
    Also, what a great contest too.

    • Laura on March 3rd, 2014 9:01 pm

      I think you could substitute sorghum for some of the rice flour. They might be a little darker and heartier. The one to be careful of when subbing is coconut flour (I have found) because it absorbs a lot of moisture

    • Alea on March 3rd, 2014 9:38 pm

      Yes, you can replace up to half of the rice flour with sorghum flour.

  14. Ruby Lin on March 3rd, 2014 5:26 pm

    i got some lemon in my yard. Perfect for this recipe.

  15. Jacqui on March 3rd, 2014 7:37 pm

    these look so good! Never would have thought about chia seeds instead of poppy.. brilliant!

  16. Heather on March 4th, 2014 3:55 pm

    I just made these today. The outsides are perfect, but the insides are more “gummy” (but cooked through) & less “muffin like”. The flavor is amazing though! I haven’t had lemon anything in years & these are tasty!

  17. Susan on March 5th, 2014 11:34 am

    These sound wonderful! I think this will be my afternoon to-do!

  18. julie on March 5th, 2014 9:08 pm

    I have never had lemon muffins before but these look yummy

  19. Janis S on March 6th, 2014 1:55 am

    love the use of chia seeds. this is on my list to make!

  20. Lori on March 6th, 2014 5:21 pm

    So glad I found you on GF Wednesday! This is a fabulous idea that I’m pinning…Thanks so much for sharing…Aloha, Lori

  21. Laureen on March 6th, 2014 9:45 pm

    Wow! All I need is chia seeds and I can make these! It’s nice to find a recipe using thing I actually have in the house!

  22. Amanda (amethystjean) on March 6th, 2014 9:52 pm

    I love lemon poppy seed muffins, so I am excited to try this version with chia seeds.

  23. Janet G on March 7th, 2014 12:20 am

    Okay so these have become a favourite, time to hit the exercise machine a little harder ;)

  24. Bri on March 7th, 2014 1:56 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying chia seeds1

  25. Lindsay Ham on March 7th, 2014 4:51 pm

    I was just telling my husband how I wanted to bake something Lemony! These sound delightful! I’ll have to tweak for Paleo reasons, but we’ll see how it goes! :)

  26. Sarah on March 7th, 2014 6:43 pm

    I love everything lemon flavored, looks great!

  27. Stacy on March 7th, 2014 7:37 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. They look great. I love chia seeds too.

  28. Sheila S on March 7th, 2014 10:26 pm

    Love the idea of using chia in place of poppy seeds!

  29. Lorri T on March 7th, 2014 11:25 pm

    Oh these look delicious!

  30. Kristen on March 7th, 2014 11:42 pm

    Cool idea to use chia seeds!

  31. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva on March 8th, 2014 10:09 am

    Funny Alea, I often use chia seeds too! Great minds think alike. (;

  32. Karen on March 8th, 2014 1:54 pm

    I wonder if I could do this with my paleo lemon muffins……gonna try it!! Love the creativity and the new idea. Thanks!

  33. Linda S on March 8th, 2014 7:46 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!

  34. Emily on March 9th, 2014 12:44 am

    What a great idea to use chia seeds instead of poppy seeds!

  35. mysweetiepiepie on March 9th, 2014 11:52 am

    I love lemon muffins and these look so yummy.

  36. Venessa F. on March 9th, 2014 2:40 pm

    I like the chia idea, I never have poppy seeds in my pantry. Thanks!

  37. Susan on March 9th, 2014 4:51 pm

    These are great! My husband-who isn’t gluten free and not very enthusiastic about gf foods-thought these were “real” muffins! These are definitely a keeper for the gf recipe file-thank you!

  38. insiya on March 10th, 2014 4:41 am

    They sure would taste like sunshine!

  39. Carina on March 10th, 2014 2:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m always on the lookout for recipes using lemons!

  40. wendy brazeau on March 10th, 2014 7:28 pm

    such a smart idea to use chia seeds instead of poppy seeds..

  41. Elise Braverman-Plotkin on March 10th, 2014 7:29 pm

    Sounds like lemony goodness to me!

  42. Karen H. on March 10th, 2014 8:30 pm

    Looks yummy! I have yet to try Chia seeds. I will be making these with my kids during Spring Break!!

  43. Becca on March 10th, 2014 8:36 pm

    I love lemon and the chia seed muffins idea. Will be making these soon!

  44. A. on March 11th, 2014 6:06 pm

    These look very yummy. Could instant potato flakes or cornstarch be substituted for the potato starch? Thank you.

  45. Lynn Slabaugh Grate on March 11th, 2014 6:47 pm

    I may try substitute a rice flour blend baking mix (with xanthan gum in it) for the flours in this recipe. I’ll let you know how it turns out. – I have to buy lemons first. All I have a limes.

  46. Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats on March 11th, 2014 9:17 pm

    Hi Alea,

    Chia seeds are an nutritional powder house. These muffins look awesome!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats

  47. Nichole on March 12th, 2014 12:17 pm

    Oooh, these look delicious! I’m going to try these today. Could be a little tricky since my oven is currently on the fritz (runaway temp issue) but the baking adventure will make them all the more wonderful to have. :)

  48. Mary on March 12th, 2014 7:01 pm

    Thanks for bringing one of my favorite muffins to “life” by adding the healthy chia seed. Excited to share this recipe with my friends at our breakfast meeting. Love it when I can wow them with GF and make them jealous that they aren’t!! Hahaha!

  49. Heather on March 12th, 2014 8:58 pm

    I love chia seeds, and muffins are an excuse for me to have cake and call it healthy, so this is next up on my must-try list!

  50. clarissa west on March 12th, 2014 10:37 pm

    Sounds good!

  51. Andrea Padgett on March 12th, 2014 11:33 pm

    I have chia seeds on my list already and LOVE the idea of using them verses poppy seeds… And what can be better than lemon!?!

  52. Teufelchen on March 13th, 2014 1:53 am

    I really need to modify them, as they look so delicious, but rice is nono for me.

  53. Julia on March 13th, 2014 10:25 am

    I want to try these lemon muffins! I’ve been craving citrus all winter long! Do you think that ground chia seeds would work? That’s what I have on hand.

  54. Laurel on March 13th, 2014 10:36 am

    Chchchchia – never too many excuses and paired with a lemon muffin? Ah, you know me much too well. :-)

  55. Mary Tokar on March 14th, 2014 12:11 am

    They look delicious!

  56. Susan on March 15th, 2014 11:19 am

    This looks like an exciting recipe because of the chia! I discovered chia about 2 years ago, but only started using it last year in recipes. I love all the benefits chia offers.

  57. patricia on March 15th, 2014 10:47 pm

    I love the idea of adding in the chia seed. So much more nutrition added in.

  58. Christa on March 16th, 2014 10:55 am

    This looks amazing. I’ve heard you can also use chia to substitute for eggs for those with egg allergies. will have to try!

  59. Marcie on March 17th, 2014 1:33 pm

    These sound yummy. Need to buy some eggs!

  60. Lisa Rago on March 18th, 2014 1:18 pm

    I have been wanting to try chia seeds. I use a lot of flax to help with my diabetes. I heard chia was better. Now I have a reason to try.

  61. Katie on March 18th, 2014 1:20 pm

    Yum! My mom always made us the most delicious lemon poppy seed loaf growing up and I haven’t been able to have it in so long! Can’t wait to try these as they look like a great substitute :)

  62. Michelle Cantwell on March 18th, 2014 9:52 pm

    Never tried chia yet but I have been wanting to, this gives me a great reason to!!

  63. Kinsey on March 20th, 2014 1:21 am


  64. Heather on March 20th, 2014 3:24 pm

    Chia seeds are awesome. Can’t wait to make this.

  65. eileen on March 21st, 2014 9:37 pm

    Love lemon. And how creative to use chia. Making these!

  66. Kay on March 21st, 2014 11:53 pm

    Mmm, lemon is a favorite.

  67. Helen V on March 22nd, 2014 6:30 pm

    Love lemon!

  68. Jillian on March 25th, 2014 8:36 am

    These are very intriguing! I will definitely make them!

  69. Erin on March 25th, 2014 3:29 pm

    Oh they look so fluffy. Can’t wait to try them.

  70. Mackenzie on March 26th, 2014 11:45 am

    I knew there would be good ways to cook with chia seeds! Can’t wait to try this recipe :) YUMMY

  71. Michelle on March 26th, 2014 7:19 pm

    Is there a substitute for the tapioca flour and potato starch? I can’t eat either of those.

  72. Laura on March 27th, 2014 6:59 am

    Sweet white rice flour is a starch that you could substitute. This is not the same as white rice flour. You might combine it with another starch like cornstarch or arrowroot.

  73. Robin on March 27th, 2014 12:29 pm

    I’ve never cooked or baked with chia seeds. This is definitely a recipe I want to try. Looks yummy!.

  74. Wendy on March 28th, 2014 8:39 pm

    A way to incorporate chia seeds in a delicious way. Very nice.

  75. susan reed on March 29th, 2014 7:53 pm

    so good!

  76. Lewann Rice on March 29th, 2014 11:16 pm

    Can’t wait to try baking with Chia seeds. I am on a huge lemon kick right now so this is right up my alley.

  77. Rita S on March 31st, 2014 4:18 pm

    I have a few lemons that need using right about now. Sounds wonderful.

  78. Megan on March 31st, 2014 7:57 pm

    Could you use poppy seeds instead of chia? Just wondering, they look good!

  79. Carrie on March 31st, 2014 10:17 pm

    Lemon is my favorite flavor!

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  81. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 10:47 pm

    Lemon poppy seeds are one of my favourite muffins, will have to try them with chia seeds! Thanks for the recipe!

  82. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:07 pm

    Yum! Such a neat idea using chia seeds instead of poppy.

  83. Renee on May 4th, 2014 2:37 am

    Great recipe! It’s important to note that chia seeds lose the effectiveness of the Omega 3′s when they are baked. Heat diminishes those benefits. In addition, chia seeds are a fairly high carbohydrate choice (compared to say hemp seeds) so you are actually adding carbs to the muffins and not getting the Omega 3, fatty acid benefit. Cost effective substitute for poppy seeds? For sure! But I would be careful if one is making this to not believe you are getting more health benefits than you really are.

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