Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

These lemon chia seed muffins are full of citrus flavor and PACKED full of healthy chia seeds. So easy to make and even easier to eat!

These lemon chia seed muffins are full of citrus flavor and PACKED full of healthy chia seeds. So easy to make and even easier to eat!

Over the summer I had the opportunity to test out some Bob’s Red Mill products and made these muffins.  They were amazing and everyone loved them! Kids included! They appear to be dense but have a very moist crumb and are perfect when paired with a hot cup of coffee.

I decided to change things around by using chia seeds instead of poppy seeds. Since I had never used chia seeds, except for chia pets, (yes they are the same thing) I was anxious to see how they would turn out.  They had a delicious nutty flavor and (added bonus!) they’re packed full of healthy antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.These lemon chia seed muffins are full of citrus flavor and PACKED full of healthy chia seeds. So easy to make and even easier to eat!

I also swapped out some of the all purpose flour for some coconut flour. I have never worked with coconut flour before so this was a bit of a challenge as well. I had heard that when using coconut flour you should add more moisture.  Since I swapped out 1/2 cup coconut flour I made sure to add another 1/2 cup liquid (in this case buttermilk) to the batter.

These lemon chia seed muffins are full of citrus flavor and PACKED full of healthy chia seeds. So easy to make and even easier to eat!

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Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

These lemon chia seed muffins are full of citrus flavor and PACKED full of healthy chia seeds. So easy to make and even easier to eat!

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For Muffins:

  • 1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 lemon, fully zested
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats

Directions:

Preheat the over to 350 degrees.

Line muffin tin with paper liners.

Mix together yogurt and buttermilk. Set aside.

Combine flours, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Using a whisk, stir together dry ingredients.

In an electric mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing in fully between additions.

Mix in lemon zest and vanilla extract.

With mixer on low speed, add in dry ingredients in two additions alternating with the yogurt/buttermilk mixture, beating each addition just until incorporated.

Divide the batter between prepared liners, filling each about two-thirds full. Sprinkle the tops with addition chia seeds if desired. (If I'm not using the glaze I will add addition seeds now. If using the glaze I wait until after I have glazed the muffins)

Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
While the muffins are still warm, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl to make the glaze. Drizzle a small amount of the glaze over each muffin, sprinkle with chia seeds. Let the glaze set before serving.

Disclosure: These Bob’s Red Mill products were supplied to me for no charge but as always all opinion are 100% my own.

107 Responses to “Lemon Chia Seed Muffins”

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    amy marantino — November 9, 2011 at 1:56 am

    i would make some pancakes

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    Laura Rubinstein — November 9, 2011 at 2:44 am

    This is so exciting. I’m such a foodie but I’ve never cooked with coconut flour. I use coconut milk and coconut oil all the time. Plus, I’ve heard incredibly good things about chia seeds. So my creative food juices are starting to flow…. Given the holiday season, I might try a pumpkin pie with coconut flour crust. And would top the pie with chia seeds and some cranberries. Perhaps make a coconut milk based whipped cream and serve that on top with some hot chocolate or some pomegranate, cinamon and chia seed tea (can you do that?). Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Veronica Miller — November 9, 2011 at 4:25 am

    OK, I’m gonna die. I so want to win this b/c I love Bob’s Red Mill products! I’ve been using their oat bran for breakfast nearly daily lately, and have had success with their brown rice flour in baking. I would soooo make some potato bread with the potato flour first thing, and I’m dying to use those chia seeds in an oatmeal creation ala Oh She Glows. Gimmmeeeeeeeeee!

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    Veronica Miller — November 9, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I gave you a pushy shout out on your fb page. 🙂

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    Veronica Miller — November 9, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this (great idea, BTW!)

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    Veronica Miller — November 9, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I stalk, I mean follow, you on Twitter. 😉

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    Erica — November 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

    So fun!! I know chias are all the rage! Id add them to my granola

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    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — November 9, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Yum!! Those look truly amazing.

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    debbie — November 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I would love to try the coconut flour. Maybe make a banana bread with it? Your muffins look so good and moist!

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    Meg L. — November 9, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I would make this recipe! It definitely caught my eye and looks delicious!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Yum! These look awesome. You can leave me out of the giveaway–I’ve got some products coming my way already 🙂

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    Jeanette — November 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Great idea topping these with healthy chia seeds, still get the crunch but better for you than poppy seeds!

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    Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips — November 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I have been DYING to start using Chia Seeds!!! I just haven’t gotten any yet, so this would be PERFECT!!!

    I want to use them in overnight oats, homemade crackers, muffins, multi grain bread and anything else I can think of!!!!

    As for the flours I would LOVE to experiment with some Gluten Free baked goods!!! I haven’t made anything Gluten Free since my days at the Culinary Institute of America, so this would be the perfect way to give them a try!

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    Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips — November 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

    And I follow you on Twitter 🙂

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    Jessie — November 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I have been wanting to try the coconut flour… I’d make empanadas and fill them with custard.

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    Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips — November 9, 2011 at 9:35 am

    And I follow you on Pinterest and I just pinned this!

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    nicole — November 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’d def make some muffins. Big fan of Bob’s!

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    nicole — November 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

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    nicole — November 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I follow Bob’s on Twitter!

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    nicole — November 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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    Lisa S. — November 9, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I would make these muffins! They look delicious!

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    Squash Blossom Babies — November 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Oh wow! What a great giveaway!!! I would definitely make this recipe with those goodies! I love chia seeds and I also add them to smoothies and my oatmeal.

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    Lisa S. — November 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

    following you on Pinterest, post = pinned. http://pinterest.com/pin/476261325/

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    Squash Blossom Babies — November 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I follow you on twitter too! 🙂

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    Lisa S. — November 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I follow you on Twitter (@allthingsjane)

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    Lisa S. — November 9, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter (@allthingsjane)

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    Squash Blossom Babies — November 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Oh and I follow you on pinterest too! LOVE IT!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I have heard that chia seeds are good on top of oatmeal–I’d love to give that a try in the morning!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I follow you on Twitter. 🙂

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

    And now I follow Bob’s Red Mill, too!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Just tweeted this lovely giveaway.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    And said hi over on your FB page!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I’m following you on Pinterest, and I pinned this post. Whew!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I have no idea what I would make but I would love to experiment with them!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 9, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I follow Bob on Twitter!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Just liked your FB page and said hi! 😛

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    Cee — November 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

    A friend of mine suggested using chia seeds as a breakfast cereal topped with fruit and agave. I’d like to at least try that!

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    Taryn — November 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    What a great giveaway! I bought my first bag of chia seeds a couple of weeks ago and love them – I would add them to my oatmeal in the morning, but would also like to try baking with them! I don’t have much experience baking with unusual flours (like coconut flour), so I would love to try.

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    Taryn — November 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

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    Taryn — November 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I follow Bob’s on Twitter also!

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    Taryn — November 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I also just tweeted about the giveaway 🙂

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    Joanne — November 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I love that you made these muffins with such rock-star ingredients! I’ve been meaning to get baking with chia seeds and coconut flour but just haven’t had the push yet…but now I sure do!

    I want to make something pumpkin-y!

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    Cassie @ bake your day — November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I would love to experiment with the chai seeds…muffins, granola, waffles, etc.

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    Cassie @ bake your day — November 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Cassie @ bake your day — November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — November 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Those do look delicious! The fact that they are healthy is just the icing on the cake so to speak! I would definitely healthify a few of my recipes with this.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — November 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Using chia seeds instead of poppy seeds is such a good idea! I would make chocolate chip cookies with the Bob’s Red Mill goodies, that’s my go-to test for new flours.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — November 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Already following you on Twitter.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — November 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Tweeted it.

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    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — November 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I love Bob’s Red Mill products. Since I’m experimenting baking gluten free their products are now taking place of the all purpose flour bags in my pantry! I’d be very happy winning this giveaway.

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    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — November 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    following you on Twitter @Roxana Greengirl

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    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — November 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Following @Bobs_Red_Mill on twitter

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    Megan Pence @CountryCleaver — November 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Ooo I would make some sweet rice cakes with the coconut flour. They’re light and delicious!! Fabulous giveaway, I heart Bob’s Red Mill! ~Megan

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    Megan Pence @CountryCleaver — November 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I follow you on Twitter 🙂

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    Megan Pence @CountryCleaver — November 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I follow you on Facebook!

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    Megan Pence @CountryCleaver — November 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I follow Bob’s on Twitter as well.

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    Megan Pence @CountryCleaver — November 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I follow your boards on Pinterest 🙂

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    Megan Pence @CountryCleaver — November 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I retweeted your giveaway 🙂

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    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — November 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    like you on facebook

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    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — November 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    follow you on Pinterest

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    Donna F. — November 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I’ve never tried some of these ingredients. I think I would start by making your Lemon Chia Seed Muffins!

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    Donna F. — November 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    following @NutmegNanny on twitter
    @DonnaJustine

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    Donna F. — November 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    following @Bobs_Red_Mill on twitter
    @DonnaJustine

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    Donna F. — November 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm
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    Adele — November 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I would make a delicious bread with these ingredients!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I have never tried the chia seeds, but they are intriguing. I think I would try adding them to biscotti. And, of course, I would have to give these muffins a try. Yum!

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    Winnie — November 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

    These look terrific Brandy. Love lemon and chia seeds, and love Bob’s Red Mill products 🙂

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    Lisa — November 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Those cupcakes look amazing, but I can’t help thinking – ‘If I keep watering it, how cool would a cupcake Ch-Ch-Ch Chia -Pet be?” Naah, I think I’d have to eat these 🙂

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    Lisa — November 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Of course I follow you on Twitter 🙂

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    Lisa — November 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Just followed Bob’s Red Mill, not only for your giveaway, but because I use their products all the time – especially the almond flour, and didn’t even think to look for them on Twitter. No FB or Pinterest for me because I would start to mold.

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    Faith — November 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

    The muffins look great, such a fun use for chia seeds! Don’t enter me in the giveaway since I recently had the chance to try some of Bob’s Red Mill loot — but good luck to all!

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    Bonnie — November 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I would make waffles!!! Because why not?!

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    Bonnie — November 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I follow you on twitter! 🙂 and it’s awesome

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    Bonnie — November 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I tweeted!

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    Bonnie — November 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    And, I am a fan on Facebook! 🙂

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    Jenna — November 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    The muffins look so tasty, and I’m intrigued by the chia seeds.
    Personally, I would make a cake with the coconut flour. And I would find a way to incorporate coconut milk, too. I can’t get enough coconut! =)

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    Katherine Martinelli — November 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    These look delish! I’ve never used chia seeds before – crazy they are the same as chia pets!

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    The Elegant Eggplant — November 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Chia seeds!!! How fun!

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    delishhh@delishhh.com — November 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Ohh i would make some kind of bread!

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    delishhh@delishhh.com — November 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Follow you on twitter already!

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    jeannette — November 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    i would love to make coconut pancakes with that coconut flour!! or make some quick breads! yum!!

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    jeannette — November 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    i follow bobs red mill on twitter 🙂

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    Nisrine — November 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Lemon and chia sound like a match made in heaven. Must try these!

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    jeannette — November 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    i tweeted this giveaway

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    jeannette — November 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    i like you on facebook and i said hi 🙂

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    Claire — November 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I’d make blueberry pancakes with a touch of butter and maple syrup. yum!

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    rebecca — November 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    great idea to make them healthier

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    delia — November 11, 2011 at 1:13 am

    would make quickbreads

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    Sue — November 11, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I would make some sort of quick bread!
    As you said, your muffins look moist and dense~YUM!

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    Blond Duck — November 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Yum!

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    Shannon — November 11, 2011 at 10:01 am

    ooh, i’d make some chia pudding! been meaning to try it but haven’t gotten around to it 🙂

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    Jessie — November 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I follow you on twitter

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    Marla — November 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I love Bob’s Red Mill – great giveaway!
    Love the muffins too 🙂

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    Kerstin — November 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I keep reading about coconut flour but have yet to try it – I’d love to! I’d probably start by making Cara’s crepes that I just saw – http://www.carascravings.com/2011/11/fresh-fig-and-orange-crepes-gluten-free.html 🙂

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    Kerstin — November 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    And, I follow you on twitter!

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    Katie — November 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Great giveaway – I those products, especially the coconut flour which I have just discovered is so versatile and yummy:)

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    Nicole — November 13, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I would make lots of delicious treats to share with my office. They always bring sweets I can’t eat and I’d love to share with them.

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    Carolyn — November 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Oh, girl, what wouldn’t I make with these things? As a diabetic who eats low carb, I use coconut flour and chia seeds all the time! I’d make muffins, quick breads, cookies…you name it!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — November 16, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Can’t enter your contest (Canada gal :)) but wanted to say these look amazing! We LOVE chia seeds and lemon around here, these are getting tried.

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    BigFatBaker — November 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

    MMM these are so pretty! I have been dying to get some Chia..mainly because I think it’s hilarious it’s the same thing as the pets! I would love to use it to make smoothies, cookies and muffins.

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    BigFatBaker — November 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I follow you on Facebook 🙂

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