Lemon Chia Muffins


Lemon Chia Muffins

My little one loves anything lemon-flavored, so I made these vegan muffins specially for him. They are super easy to make and the perfect after-school snack with a cup of tea or coffee for Mom. Sweetened with applesauce and maple syrup, they are wonderfully guilt-free and satisfying!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Allergens: Gluten, Nuts
  • Servings: 12 muffins


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole spelt flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Grated lemon zest from 3 large lemons
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together almond milk and chia seeds, then set aside for 10 minutes.

  4. Place almond meal in a separate medium bowl and sift in spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, and turmeric, whisking to combine.

  5. Whisk maple syrup, apple nectar, coconut oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, cardamom powder, and sea salt into chia seed mixture.

  6. Pour that into the flour mixture and stir until the batter is just combined.

  7. Scoop rounded ⅓-cup balls of batter into each prepared muffin cup. 

  8. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of muffins comes out clean and edges are golden (about 35 minutes).

  9. Cool in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool.

Bon appétit!