Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Orange Chia Seed Streusel Muffins

Orange Chia Seed Streusel Muffins will brighten your morning!  The subtle orange flavor of these muffins pairs so nicely with with a cup of coffee or a glass of juice.  And the chia seeds add a texture similar to poppy seeds.  Are you familiar with chia seeds?  Honestly, they won’t make your hair look like this . . .

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. . . although they may leave you singing the “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!” song from the Chia Pet commercial.  Not only do these little seeds grow on the clay figurines known as Chia Pets, but they are also good for you!  Chia seeds are mild in flavor, high in fiber, easily digestible, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.  The seeds that I used were white seeds, so you don’t really even see them in the muffins.  These muffins are a delicious way to start your morning!

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Orange Chia Seed Streusel Muffins
Orange muffins with chia seeds and streusel topping.

  • 2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (about 2 oranges)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange flavoring
  • 1 cup milk
           For Streusel Topping:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and butter or spray muffin tin.2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chia seeds.3. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; mix in the orange zest.4. Stir in the eggs one at a time; mix in the vanilla and orange flavoring.5. Alternate adding the milk and the dry ingredients to the mixture; mix until ingredients are just combined.6. To make streusel topping, combine flour, brown sugar, and salt; use a pastry blender to cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.7. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with muffin batter and spoon streusel topping over each.8. Bake muffins for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.9. Remove muffins from tin and allow to cool before serving.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 18

Recipe adapted from Bob’s Red Mill.


  1. Jill, these are awesome. I have been loving baking with chia seeds! Streusel topping is the best too!

  2. What stunning muffins my friend :D
    Can never go wrong with the streusel orange combo!


  3. I like that muffin Jill perfect. I have seen somewhere chia seed is used as egg substitute. My hubby bought some from Wholefoods, thinking of consuming with his breakfast oatmeal, but he never did. So it is siting there.Now I found a way to use them.

  4. Oh man I forgot about the cha-cha-cha-chia pets! Too funny.

    As for these muffins, I definitely need to make these. They'll be the perfect pick-me-up when I'm taking breakfast to-go.

  5. Beautiful muffins! They look sooo delicious. It makes me think about chia seeds in a whole new way!


  6. I am totally singing this song right now :) And my kids are looking at me like I am crazy! Love these muffins, Jill! The crumb looks prefect. They must smell divine when baking!

  7. These muffins are certainly unique...I'll bet the chia seeds add a nice little crunch!

  8. Holy Cow! This is a great idea...I am in trouble because I MUST make these now. Thanks for this fantastic idea!

  9. Ive never had chia seeds before or did it know that they were even good for you. I honestly thought they were seeds that grow like grass. I never bothered to read up about them. Wow do I feel silly. Especially when you post this recipe and tell me the seeds are good for you.

    You learn something new everyday!

  10. This sounds like a totally fantastic flavour combination, would totally love to have some of these muffins! :)

  11. I have the commercials seared into my brain, lol. I haven't eaten the seeds, something new to try. I love streusel topping. Hope you are having a great week.

  12. These look and sound wonderful my friend. I had no idea these little seeds could be used like this. Seems like you're always teaching this old bag something new :))

  13. I'm loving this combination Jill! The streusel on top just makes it a perfect tea time treat! :)

  14. When chia is made into gel, it becomes a very healthy drink that can fill you up immediately. If you want to make chia gel, you just need to add 1/3 cup of chia seeds to 2 cups of water.


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