These paleo and GAPS diet-friendly banana lemon chia seed muffins will brighten up any day with their perfect muffiny texture and delicious flavor!
The most wonderful meal of the day.
There’s no doubt about it, breakfast is the best meal of the day. Especially when you can have dessert for breakfast… Like mocha chia pudding, donuts, or brownies. But we’re not talking about that wonderfulness today. No, today we’re just talking about a normal breakfast food.
You guessed it: muffins.
If you’re not a fan of muffins, you probably should be. They’re practically healthy little cakes without frosting. And how could you go wrong there?
My family is a huge fan of muffins. Well, at least I am. So I convince the rest of my family to eat them. They’d rather have rice cereal, but I think that’s rather boring (plus I can’t eat rice).
If you’re looking for muffin inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few of my grain, dairy, and refined-sugar free favorites:
- Banana Avocado Mint Muffins
- Dark Chocolate Triple Berry Muffins
- Savory Pumpkin Muffins with Apple & Sage
- Personal Pan Paleo Mocha Muffin
- Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Banana Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
Even though I obviously have some amazingly delicious muffin standbys, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. The other day I was perusing Instagram and came across this post on The Big Man’s World’s feed. My brain started buzzing.
After a few tweaks, some additions, and the leaving out of sugars, I was pleased with my new muffin creation. My husband was pleased too! He usually is not a fan of gluten-free muffins, but these were a hit. I even got the much-coveted “These almost taste like real muffins” from him.
That’s how you know you’ve got a winner.
A few notes.
Now, when I came up with this muffin, I was hankerin’ for a lemon poppyseed muffin. Unfortunately, I never ever ever have poppyseeds in my house. But thankfully I usually do have a little wonderful thing called chia seeds. And they are the perfect stand-in! If you happen to have poppyseeds around, you can feel free to use those.
In Arman’s recipe, he says that flax eggs will work instead of regular eggs. I personally have not tried this, but I do trust that he has. With his recipe, anyhow. I did add in coconut flour, which normally doesn’t work with flax eggs. But since it’s not a lot of coconut flour, you could probably get away with using flax eggs if you need to be egg-free.
Last note, I did use my homemade baking powder in this recipe. Baking powder is NOT on the GAPS diet, but you can use it if you are just looking for a paleo muffin. If you’re on GAPS, just use baking soda. The muffins won’t be so fluffy, but they’ll still be delicious!
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Banana Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
Free from grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 2 bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (I like to make my own, or use this kind)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour (I like to make my own)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (for GAPS) or 1 teaspoon baking powder (for normal people)
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Preheat oven to 350 and grease/line 12 muffin cups.
In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add in remaining wet ingredients and mix together.
Dump dry ingredients on top of wet ones and mix well.
Pour 1/4 cupfuls into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.