Thousands of years ago Aztecs and Mayans included chia seeds in their regular diet. They ground them to make flour, pressed them to make oil or drunk them by simply mixing the seeds in water. These cultures considered the seeds as somewhat magical as they seem to increase the people’s energy and stamina. Overtime these wonderful seeds fell out of favor and were forgotten.
As I mentioned in my previous article, chia seeds were reintroduced into our society only about 30 years ago. Since then they became the darlings of nutritionists. It was discovered that these seeds are powerhouses of nutrients (including fiber) and antioxidants. At only about 60 calories per tablespoon these seeds are a perfect addition to a healthy diet. In this article I will share with you 3 amazing chia seed muffin recipes.
Since the re-introduction of chia seeds into our diet, they have been added to many dishes and numerous recipes have sprouted out. They have been used in salad, baked goods puddings and more. Because the seeds absorb up to 10x their weight in water that results in forming tapioca like gel. This property makes it very useful for thickening sauces and jams.
As well, the water absorbing property appears to make one fuller after eating the seeds. Some people are finding that the feeling of fullness helps them eat less and helps them lose weight.
1. Lemon Chia Seed Muffin Recipe
I was very pleased to find this awesome recipe. I love poppy seeds and these muffins very much remind me of lemon poppy seed muffins. In this recipe the poppy seeds were replaced with chia seeds. This yumminess and the photo comes from Dinner Dishes & Deserts site.
2. Cranberry Chia Muffins
Although these cranberry muffins don’t look as pretty as the poppy seed ones, they are much better for your, especially if weight loss is your objective. The do not contain oil or butter (that has been replaced with apple sauce) and they do not contain sugar. Instead, agave and sweet potatoes were used. They are quite delicious, I must say! The recipe and the image came from The Dr. Oz Show site.
3. Orange Chia Seed Muffins – Gluten Free
This recipe is really out of this world. The muffins are superb! To boot they are gluten free so they are well suited for people on gluten free diet. You will definitely be surprised by the taste of these muffins. They are by Amy Crawford from The Holistic Ingredients, so you can imagine that they are pure goodness.
Hope you’ll have a chance to explore these 3 amazing chia seed muffin recipes. You’ll be in for a very pleasant surprise. Just in case you are wondering where you can purchase these seeds, they should be available in any large supermarket with a health food section. If not, your health food store should carry them. Please let me know which of these muffin recipes was your favorite.