These Sugar Free Walnut Chia Muffins remind me of the time of the year when I am looking for new and interesting muffins ideas.
While I like the traditional blueberry or cornbread muffins, sometimes I want to serve something different.
Sugar Free Walnut Chia Muffins
I had no idea about the benefits of Chia seeds until recently.
Chia seeds are one of those healthy foods that the experts are suggesting that we eat. That is because chia seeds have a good amount of fiber in them as well as those healthy omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and calcium. Some folks say that you can actually lose weight eating chia seeds although I do not know if there is any truth to that.
By the way, I have nothing against cornbread muffins or blueberry muffins.
You can see my sugar free cornbread muffin recipe here. I also have a sugar free pumpkin spice recipe. There is also a no sugar added chocolate chip banana muffin recipe, as well as a popular sugar free cocoa muffin recipe.
Readers can be happy to know that this recipe can also be made gluten free.
By gluten free, I mean that gluten free flour can be used instead of the usual wheat flour. We will be using a gluten free all purpose flour so that we do not have to go through the trouble of adding a binder. You can find gluten free all purpose flour on Amazon. These flour alternatives already have the binder (usually Xanthan Gum) already added to them.
You can also make these lower carb.
Really, the only carbs that would be added beyond the flour would come from the chia seeds. When I bake low carb I use a low carb flour, Carbalose. Carbalose can be found on Amazon. Chia seeds have about 12 grams of carbs per ounce. However, there are also about 10 grams of fiber which nets us about 2 carbs per ounce of chia seeds used. We will be using .5 ounce of chia seeds in this recipe. As a result, there is about 1 net carb added to this recipe. Thus, it is possible to make these low carb or gluten free. You can choose to use a low carb flour+gluten free flour such as almond flour. Also, you will have to and add a binder such as Xanthan Gum.
Lastly, you will need a brown sugar alternative.
You can use the brown sugar alternative of your choice as long as it is used in the sugar equivalent amount stated in the recipe. Brown sugar alternatives can be easily found online. You can read more about brown sugar alternatives here as well as how to measure sugar alternatives here.
The Recipe for Sugar Free Walnut Chia Muffins
Here is what you will need to make this recipe.
- Chia seeds- 1 tablespoon.
- Water- 1/2 cup.
- All Purpose Flour- 1 3/4 cups (see post for gluten free and low carb alternatives).
- Brown Sugar Alternative- 1/2 sugar equivalent cup (see post for details).
- Sugar alternative- 1/4 sugar equivalent cup .
- Salt- pinch.
- Baking Powder-1 teaspoon.
- Baking Soda-1 teaspoon.
- Greek Yogurt– 1/2 cup.
- Eggs- 2.
- Oil- such as vegetable oil, 1/2 cup.
- Vanilla Extract- 1 1/2 teaspoon.
- Walnuts- 1 cup.
How to make these muffins.
- Before you begin, you will need to soak your chia seeds in the water. This is necessary to do in order to prepare the chia seeds for baking with. You can prepare the recipe as the seeds soak.
- Prep a muffin pan for nonstick (this recipe makes about 12 average muffins) and preheat your oven to 350.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together your flour, sugar alternatives, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set this aside.
- In another bowl, mix together the yogurt, eggs, oil and vanilla. Once your wet ingredients are mixed together you can slowly add them to your dry mix.
- Next, you can fold in the walnuts and the Chia seeds to the batter. Do this by hand.
- Fill your baking cups about 2/3rds full.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.