Orange & chia seed muffins

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I absolutely love muffins as a snack. They are so versatile- sweet or savory, and can have basically any ingredients added to them. Best of all, they can be frozen for another day (or another lunchbox)!

I’m also still struggling with morning sickness (at 25 weeks pregnant) so am trying to eat foods that won’t make me sick, yet still have a high nutritional content, so we made these orange and chia seed muffins. The chia seeds boost the nutritional value of these muffins as they are high in plant protein, healthy fats, fiber and calcium; while the orange gives you an added vitamin C boost- just what we need as we come into winter!

Yield: 12

Orange & Chia Seed Muffins

prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins


  • 1 x 400ml can coconut cream
  • 1 orange (juice and zest)
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup sweetener of choice (I use stevia, but coconut sugar and other refined sugars can be used)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp bicarb (baking) soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • coconut flakes to decorate (optional)
  • Coconut oil for greasing muffin tray


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees for fan-forced oven)
  2. Combine the coconut cream, orange zest and juice, chia seeds, sugar and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until well combined.
  3. Place in fridge for about an hour (long enough for chia seeds to absorb some of the liquid)
  4. Combine the flour, desiccated coconut, bicarb soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. 
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir until it forms a thick batter consistency.
  6. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with coconut oil or muffin cases. 
  7. Spread the batter evenly between the muffin trays. Top with coconut flakes and extra chia seeds.
  8. Cook in over for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 
  9. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. 


Orange can be substituted for lemon juice and zest to make orange and chia seed muffins.
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Hi, I’m Aspen, a university qualified teacher and nutritionist. As one of seven kids, a mum and ten years teaching experience, I understand just how challenging mealtimes can be. That’s why I’m so passionate about giving families a range of strategies to reduce fussy eating and make mealtimes an enjoyable family experience. I also work with schools doing incursions, parent information sessions and canteen menu assessment.