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Lemon Chia Seed Blueberry Superhero Muffins

Lemon Chia Seed Blueberry Superhero Muffins

Mother's Day Recipe 

Healthy Quarantine Baking 

By Elyse Kopecky

I’m posting my absolute favorite new Superhero Muffin recipe here, in case anyone asks me what I want for Mother’s Day Brunch (hint, hint!). Since “Superhero Muffins” is the number one searched term on our website and everyone is quarantine baking, we figured you guys would want this recipe. You might recognize the recipe because we shared it a while ago in our email newsletter. We received so many rave reviews and requests to resend the email that we are making it a permanent post here. Also this version has a few updates.

Take the classic Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin to a whole new level by using power-packed chia seeds instead of poppies. Stir in fresh or frozen blueberries and you have a muffin that will impress mom (and everyone in the family!). 

For a fancier look we recommend using almond flour instead of almond meal, which keeps the muffins the color of lemons. Also use yellow or white carrots instead of orange ones so they blend in (if you have picky kids).

Theses muffins pair perfectly with any of our other favorite Mother's Day breakfast recipes. Plan a Run Fast Eat Slow-themed menu for mom that she can enjoy after heading out for a morning run. Complete the gift with an autographed Run Fast Eat Slow Meal Planner or cookbook. 

From now until the end of April, we are offering all three of our books at a discount and with every cookbook purchased, you'll receive an autographed bookplate signed by Shalane and Elyse. More info here.


Lemon Chia Seed Blueberry Superhero Muffins

For quarantine baking you can feel good about

Makes 12


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if sensitive)
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup grated yellow or white carrots (about 2 carrots), peeled
  • 1⁄2 cup honey
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)


Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper muffin cups.

In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, oats, chia seeds, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, carrot, honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, and melted coconut oil. Add to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in the blueberries.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each to the brim. Bake until the tops are golden and a knife inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. 

GLUTEN-FREE: Use certified gluten-free oats. DAIRY-FREE. VEGETARIAN.



Jun 25, 2020

Love it! Used 5 tbsp of melted butter, 1/4 cup honey and added a sugar crust on top. Didn’t fall apart.

May 17, 2020

Can I make this without chia seeds? What would the substitution be, since they absorb so much liquid?

May 16, 2020

Oh these are good! I used a cup of almond meal and a cup of all purpose flour, and I used 6 tbsp of butter instead of the coconut oil and they are goooood. 201 Calories per muffin that way because I got 16 muffins out of the batch. 10 g of fat (3.4 g saturated fat), 3.3 g fiber, 10.7 g sugar, 24 g total carbs, 5 g protein per muffin.

May 12, 2020

I am enjoying these so much. Thank you for the tips on melting the coconut oil first. I am tracking my calories, but I’m pretty bad at estimating… Can anyone else estimate the calorie count on a muffin?

May 08, 2020

Love the flavor of these muffins! I also had the problem that my muffins fell apart easily. Not sure if they just needed to bake longer, but I haven’t had this happen before with the other Superhero Muffin recipes. Any tips?!

May 07, 2020

These are my favorite flavor and have made them twice already! I added a little cinnamon which never hurts. Added the coconut oil as a liquid and didn’t seem to have any issues with the muffins being too greasy or the flavor being over powering.
Can you tell us the nutritional value and calories?

May 06, 2020

Can I substitute grapefruit juice for lemon juice?

Linda Soresi
May 03, 2020

Utter failure for me; flat and falling apart. Not sure what the problem is but have never had a problem with any of the other superhero recipes.

Apr 30, 2020

I used 1/4 cup of melted butter instead of the coconut oil and they were awesome. I’m not a huge fan of coconut and was afraid the flavor would overpower the lemon and blueberry. Really happy with the substitution.

Apr 28, 2020

These are by far my favorite superhero muffin flavor! So sweet and light and delicious. Perfect for spring! Would definitely recommend and I will for sure be making them again!


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