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Lemon Chia Seed Pudding Muffins

 These Lemon Chia Seed Muffins are the perfect spring breakfast! They’re sweet and tart, and chia seeds give them an extra boost of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids! Just like Lemon Poppy Seed, but so much better! And adding pudding mix to the batter makes them extra soft and fluffy, plus it adds a little extra lemon flavor!

If you love Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, you'll go nuts over these Lemon Chia seed muffins! They taste just as good, but they're also chock full of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Yes, please! www.somethingswanky.com

If you’ve been reading along with my Skinny Saturday posts, you know full well how much I struggle with healthy eating. It’s not easy, is it!? But easy or not, it seems that it must be done… *sigh*

As much as I like my fast food, desserts, and other generally unhealthy foods, I am planning on living beyond my late thirties. So I actually do like to keep up with my health foods, despite all the incriminating contradicting evidence.

Chia seeds are pretty amazing little guys. I first started hearing about them in smoothie and oatmeal recipes. And, honestly… I just didn’t love those. It was like seed overload in my food! Which was especially irritating in the smoothies, since I already have plenty of strawberry and raspberry seeds in those.

But they are so full of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, and in only 1 tablespoon! So I really wanted to find a way to use them, but the texture just kept getting in the way. When I saw this Chia Seed Lemon Coffee Cake, I knew I had my answer! I love lemon poppy seed muffins and cakes, so why would Chia Seeds be any different in those same recipes? Other than the fact that they’re so much healthier!

As for the pudding mix? You don’t have to add it to the batter, but I’ve fallen in love with pudding mix in my muffins. It makes them so soft and fluffy. Plus, the lemon pudding mix gives it a little extra flavor!
If you love Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, you'll go nuts over these Lemon Chia seed muffins! They taste just as good, but they're also chock full of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Yes, please! www.somethingswanky.com

These definitely won’t disappoint. They taste just like the Lemon Poppy Seed muffins we all love, but with health benefits!

Lemon Chia Seed Pudding Muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest or 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 package lemon flavored instant pudding mix
  • Optional: 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. lemon juice


  1. Cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, lemon extract or zest until creamy.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients until smooth.
  3. Distribute batter evenly among muffin tin cups (about 15).
  4. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
  5. Optional: whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice to make a glaze (add more lemon juice for a thinner glaze, add more powdered sugar for a thicker glaze). Dip the tops of the muffins in the glaze before serving for an extra sweet lemon kick!


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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

21 comments on “Lemon Chia Seed Pudding Muffins”

  1. These are gorgeous Ashton! I need to try chia seeds. And these muffins!

  2. I LOVE chia seeds! I need to bake with them! These muffins look gorgeous and I love all the lemon.

  3. Prettiest chia muffins evah!

  4. Looks especially tasty Ashton!

  5. I try to incorporate chia seeds wherever I can. It took a little while for me to warm up to them too, but they are so healthy that I finally just decided to like them whether I wanted to or not. Adding them to muffins is a great idea to sneak in healthy nutrients and protein. I still haven’t tried adding pudding mix to a muffin recipe, but it’s on my list of things to try very soon!!

  6. There is a bag of chia seeds in my cupboard…I should really use those up :-) These muffins look gorgeous!!

  7. Yum! Everyone is feeding my lemon obsession.
    I love these!

  8. Can’t believe I never thought of using chia seeds in place of poppy seeds! Thanks for the fantastic idea :)

  9. I can’t wait to bake these!! What size box of instant pudding does the recipe call for?

  10. So I really want to make these- they look so good! But I don’t want to use the pudding mix…any suggestions on substituting that? Any advice would be appreciated! thanks!!!

    • You can omit it :) It just adds to the flavor a texture some, but the muffins should be just fine without it!

    • Awesome, thanks!!! I’m sure they make them a trillion times better, but reducing some of the processed foods in our diet, so thanks for the advice!

  11. Do you have the nutrition info per muffin?

    • Not yet. I’m working to get the nutrition information for all of my recipes put up on my myrecipemagic.com database. When I do that, there will be a button in each post that you can click for nutrition information!

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  14. I just made this recipe and loved it! I was nervous because the batter was much thicker than most muffin batters I have made, but the muffins turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  16. Can I substitute the all purpose flour for a gluten free one?

  17. Hello! just made a slightly modified version of your muffins up on my blog, and they were absolutely delicious!! I love the lemon glaze, especially. I would be thrilled if you checked out my blog, it’s brand new, but I have big hopes for it, so if you have the time please check it out! Thanks again for the recipe!

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