Recipes on February 3, 2012 by

Ch-ch-ch-chia! (Orange Chia Seed Muffins)

Do you remember that jingle?  The catchy tune that sold millions of Chia Pets over the years?  Well, those same seeds that grow the “fur” on chia pets is the same seed that’s one of the best superfoods!  I’d never made that connection until this weekend when my mother, who was taste-testing the muffins I’m about to tell you about, asked if she was eating a Chia Pet.  After laughing about it for a while, I got on the trusty old Internet and found that that they were, indeed, one and the same.  Who knew???

But chia seeds are more than a fun As Seen on TV buy.  They’re a nutritional powerhouse.  Full of protein and fiber, they pack a huge punch in a tiny little package.  I sprinkle them in smoothies, in pancakes and waffles, and in these amazing muffins.

These muffins are great for a Sunday brunch party.  Or dessert.  Or mid-day snack.  Or whenever.  Because they’re completely awesome.  And that’s saying a lot for a chocoholic like myself.

Orange Chia Seed Muffins with Streusel and Orange Glaze

Makes 24 muffins


For the muffins:

For the streusel:

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled
For the glaze:
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice (use the oranges you zested)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 12-cup muffin tin well, being sure to butter the top of the tin as well so the muffin tops don’t stick to the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, make the streusel by mixing the flour, brown sugar, and salt.  Cut in the 3/4 cup of chilled butter using a pastry cutter.  Refrigerate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  4. To make the muffins, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy.  Add the orange zest and, with the mixer on low, blend in one egg at a time.  Add the vanilla.  Blend in one-third of the milk, alternating with the flour mixture, until it’s all incorporated.  Do not overbeat.
  5. Divide the batter among the muffin cups and then sprinkle with the streusel.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool completely.
  6. To make the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar with the orange juice, and let sit for a few minutes to thicken.  Using a spoon, drizzle over the muffins.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Prep ahead tips:  Make the streusel ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.

Amy blogs at A Little Nosh where she shares recipes for busy working moms like herself.  She also hosts a weekly recipe party where other bloggers come to share what they’ve made that particular week.  Amy lives in the Washington, DC suburbs in a tiny condo, with an equally tiny kitchen. With no time (or space) for fancy, complicated recipes, most of what you’ll see on her blog are very simple and user-friendly recipes, with an emphasis on “from scratch” cooking.


Hi Amy! these look incredible and since I have a bag of chia seeds in my pantry..a must make!

Great recipe Amy! Can’t wait to try it. Plus now I’ve got a catchy song stuck in my head that will remind me to make this. 🙂

Danielle says:

I started eating chia seeds in my oatmeal after hearing of their nutritional value. It wasn’t until months later that I realized those little black seeds were the same ones that grew hair on clay animals! Love your recipe incorporating them.

abbi says:

These look yummy! I definitely need to try some recipes to incorporate the chia seeds I have!

Sara P. says:

I just discovered Chia seeds a couple weeks ago. I have been putting them on top of my yogurt in the morning. I am excited to try baking with them!

Mom says:

Hi Amy,
Thanks for posting. These look delicious. Will have to try these. I buy other products from Bob’s Red Mill, but never this one.

Debbie says:

This recipe is pretty good BUT it makes WAY too much streusel topping for the amount of muffins it makes!

Thanks for your feedback! We really appreciate it.

Christine says:

For the streusel, does it take 1.5 cups of butter as in the ingredients list, or 3/4 cup as in the instructions? there is a discrepancy here. Since the PP said there was too much streusel perhaps I will try halving the streusel amounts and see what happens.

Hi Christine!

We’re so sorry about this. We’re guessing 3/4 cups is correct, but not entirely sure. How did it come out?

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