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A lemon and chia seed muffin with a creamy cream cheese filling. Baked with almond flour these lemon muffins are low carb and gluten free.
A popular muffin flavour is lemon and poppy seed, so thought I would substitute the poppy seed with chia seeds. They were lovely and crunchy and everything they should be.
To add to the delightful lemony taste, I thought I’d fill the muffins with a creamy cream cheese filling. I was not wrong with this decision and the Chief Taster munched happily on them. I thought that the creamy centre gives the muffin an extra taste of lemon to the lemon sponge.
The chia seeds, however tiny they may be, pack a nutritional punch as well as being high in fibre. I normally soak the chia seeds in coconut milk to make a pudding as they will expand with liquid. Bear this in mind as you munch the muffins as they will be keeping you full as you take a drink with the muffins. I am assuming water will be your drink and not a few vodkas! What you do in the afternoon with a muffin is your own business though..hee hee!
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup butter, unsalted melted
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup erythritol or sugar substitute
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Lemons, juice & grated rind
- 1/2 cup cream cheese softened
- 2 tablespoon ground erythritol or sugar substitute
- 1/2 Lemon, juice
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees.
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Add the melted butter, eggs and lemon juice with the rind and stir thoroughly.
Add the chia seeds and stir.
To make the filling, simple blend the cream cheese, lemon juice and erythritol together until blended.
Lightly grease a muffin tin.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin about half way.
Spoon about a large teaspoon of the cream cheese filling into the centre of the cake mixture.
Place the remaining muffin batter over the filling and smooth out so that the filling is covered.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Eat and enjoy!
Makes 6 - 8 muffins
Nutritional Info per muffin- 290 Calories, 25g Fat, 10g Protein, 10g Total Carbs, 5g Fibre, 5g Net Carbs