I Got It Right: Chia Clementine Muffins

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My roommate said, “These have the perfect consistency, which is where muffins sometimes suffer.”

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I am inclined to agree that muffins can turn out rock-like, if you’re heavy-handed. Don’t overmix the batter, and you should be fine. These muffins in particular are almost a little too delicate. As I was pulling them out of the tin, the tops threatened to separate, so take care when you remove them to cool. The payoff is a perfectly moist, springy ball of sunshine.

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And with chia seeds on the ingredient list? They are just a superfood version of your classic lemon poppyseed muffins. Except you can’t tell that they are healthy. I’ll bet you could replace the chia seeds with poppy seeds if you have them and the clementines with lemons. I’ll bet.



Chia Clementine Muffins

Adapted from Little Accidents in the Kitchen

2 cups (9 ounces/256 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon (12 grams) baking powder
¼ cup (2 ounces/50grams) granulated sugar
½ tsp (4 grams) salt
¾ cup (6 ounces/177 grams) milk (or 1/2 cup milk + 1/4 cup water)
Juice and zest of three clementines
½ cup (3 1/2 ounces/100 grams canola oil)
¼ cup (3 ounces/82 grams) maple syrup
2 tablespoons (20 grams) chia seeds
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit  (180 degrees Celsius), and line a muffin tin with paper liners. The original recipe made six muffins, but I found that the batter fit better into eight or even 10 muffin tins.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the milk, juice, zest, oil and maple syrup. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined, then stir in the chia seeds.
Scoop evenly into 8-10 holes of the muffin tin, depending on how big you like your muffins. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a skewer poked in the center comes out clean. Cool for 3-4 minutes in the muffin tin, then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. These freeze well.

6 Responses to “I Got It Right: Chia Clementine Muffins”

  1. 1 frugalfeeding March 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    They look fantastic – it’s always nice to get it right…

  2. 2 Deena Kakaya March 11, 2014 at 4:17 am

    I do enjoy chia and oranges, definitely one to try for me x

  3. 3 Lauren March 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Thanks! Let me know if they turn out for you.

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