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Lemon Chia Seed Muffin with Cream Cheese Filling

lemon chia seed muffin

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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.  

lemon chia seed muffin

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.

lemon chia seed muffin

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!

lemon chia seed muffin

Lemon Chia Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling

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Course: Dessert, Muffins
Author: Angela Coleby


  • 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
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  • Reply
    July 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Hi , would it be OK to substitute the lemon for orange?

    • Reply
      July 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Oh yes! That sounds delicious! Let me know how they work out!

  • Reply
    July 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

    What’s the carb count of these muffins please

    • Reply
      July 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Hi, they are 3g net carbs per muffin. Thanks for popping by!

  • Reply
    July 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    What would be the carb count of these

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    Ruth Edwards-Shirley
    June 11, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I love that your low carb recipes are so obviously designed by a foodie, with deliciousness in mind! I hate the thought of being on an eating plan, and feeling as if I have to eat cardboard to manage my weight, as opposed to the delicious recipes you have posted. Thanks so much, I’ll be enjoying them ALL soon!

    • Reply
      June 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Awwh Ruth! You have made my day! Thank you for your kind words! Glad you enjoy the recipes..let me know what one’s you enjoy!

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    Carol Stevens
    May 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I made these instead of 2 cups almond flour, I used 1 cup flax meal and 1 cup almond flour. But I noticed that this recipe did not have baking powder in it was there supposed to be baking powder. In the picture they look like they had . Anyway they tasted really yummy. Carol

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      May 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Doh! I must stop writing up recipes after a glass of wine! There should be baking powder so I’ve corrected this now. Many thanks. I love your substitution of flax meal. Will have to dry that one too!

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    May 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This looks awesome.

    • Reply
      May 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy and glad you stopped by!

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    May 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm


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