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Lemon, Chia Seed and Coconut Protein Muffins

Lemon, Chia Seed and Coconut Protein Muffins

These delicious muffins are a well-balanced treat – definitely right up your street! Whether you are after a tasty afternoon snack or one for on-the-go, these muffins are just the thing to fill that gap until dinner. They are super tasty yet still provide a great amount of protein to keep your body moving and repairing. 

Lemon Chia and Coconut Muffins

Why are Chia Seeds so good for you? 

Despite their compact sizing, chia seeds are jam-packed full of essential nutrients that support a well-balanced diet. Our Chia Seeds are in fact 100% Organic and packed with 20% protein! Chia Seeds are a super simple yet efficient way of ensuring that you are getting enough protein in your diet, therefore successfully growing and repairing your bones, muscles and cartilage. 1  

Here are 5 of the key benefits of chia seeds that are an essential-have when obtaining a plant-based diet: 

1. A Great Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

– Ensuring that you are getting omega-3 in your diet is key, especially when plant-based. Omega-3 Fatty Acids help raise high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is the good one that protects you from diseases. Chia Seeds are also one of the highest sources of omega-3 and have anti-inflammatory effects.2

2. Rich in Anti-oxidants 

– Gaining anti-oxidants from food sources has been proven to have positive effects on your health.3 Not to mention, anti-oxidants fight free radical production – these contribute towards many diseases.4

3. Rich in Fibre  

– This being extremely useful for the functioning of the intestine, greatly minimising the risk of constipation5 

4. Rich in Essential Minerals 

– Research has found chia seeds to be highly rich in many essential minerals; zinc, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium – these are only a few! 6 

5. A High in Quality Source of Protein 

– Compared to other plants, chia seeds provide a solid protein source and they are also high in amino acids. This meaning that your body has a strong chance of making great use of the protein they provide. Check out our 100% Organic Chia Seeds here7 

Lemon Chia and Coconut Muffins

Tips and Tricks

Storage – Ensure your muffins are kept in tupperware for ultimate freshness!

Serving – These muffins taste delicious hot or cold – pop them into the microwave for 15-20 seconds for a warm treat.

Don’t forget the extra trimmings – Why not add a squeeze of maple syrup for an extra kick of sweetness.

Did you know? Chia Seeds can actually resemble an egg! A Chia-Egg! When baking up a storm in the kitchen, if you mix chia seeds with water then it creates an egg-like consistency, allowing the ingredients to combine together and pretty much duplicate an egg. You can actually do this with ground Flaxseed too using the same method! 

Chia Seeds on a spoon

Cook up these delicious Lemon, Chia Seed and Coconut Protein Muffins in 4 simple steps! Discover the full ingredients list and method below: 

Lemon, Chia Seed and Coconut Protein Muffins Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup oat flour (make your own by blending regular oats in a blender) 
  • 2 scoops Vegan Protein Blend
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce 
  • 2 tbsp soy vanilla yoghurt 
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds 
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • Zest of one lemon 
  • Juice of 1 1/2 lemons 
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar 

Method 

  1. Heat your oven to 180’c 
  2. Add in the lemon zest, half the juice and baking powder and mix. In a separate medium-sized bowl, stir together the oat flour, protein powder, apple sauce, soy yoghurt, syrup, chia seeds and desiccated coconut. 
  3. Add the lemon mixture to the medium bowl and stir well.
  4. Pour into lined muffin tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on top. 

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  1. Triharini, M., Nursalam, N., Sulistyono, A., Adriani, M. and Hsieh, P.L (2018). Perceived Benefits and Intakes of Protein, Vitamin C and Iron in Preventing Anemia among Pregnant Women. Jurnal Ners13(2), pp.156-161. 
  2. Ghena, M. and Amany, M.B (2020). CHIA (SALVIA HISPANICA L.) SEED OIL A NEW SOURCE OF OMEGA-3. Plant Archives20(1), pp.2678-2683. 
  3. Taga, M., Miller, E. and Pratt, D (1984). Chia seeds as a source of natural lipid antioxidants. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 61(5), pp.928-931. 
  4. Cross, J (2006). MEDLINE, PubMed, PubMed Central, and the NLM. Editors’ Bulletin, 2(1), pp.1-5. 
  5. Prathyusha, P., Kumari, B.A., Suneetha, W.J. and Sai, M.N (2019). Chia seeds for nutritional security. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry8(3), pp.2702-2707. 
  6. Prathyusha, P., Kumari, B.A., Suneetha, W.J. and Sai, M.N (2019). Chia seeds for nutritional security. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry8(3), pp.2702-2707. 
  7. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2020). Protein. [online] The Nutrition Source. Available at: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/protein/. 


Jennifer Blow

Jennifer Blow

Writer and expert

Jennifer Blow is our UKVRN Registered Associate Nutritionist – the UK’s register of competent and qualified nutrition professionals. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Science and a Master’s of Science by Research in Nutrition, and now specialises in the use of sports supplements for health and fitness, underpinned by evidence-based research.

Jennifer has been quoted or mentioned as a nutritionist in major online publications including Vogue, Elle, and Grazia, for her expertise in nutritional science for exercise and healthy living.

Her experience spans from working with the NHS on dietary intervention trials, to specific scientific research into omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and also the effect of fast foods on health, which she has presented at the annual Nutrition Society Conference. Jennifer is involved in many continuing professional development events to ensure her practise remains at the highest level. Find out more about Jennifer’s experience here.

In her spare time, Jennifer loves hill walking and cycling, and in her posts you’ll see that she loves proving healthy eating doesn’t mean a lifetime of hunger.