Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic celebration. Us? Well, we had a nice dinner and then slept through the new year for (I think) the second year in a row. The thing is – I’ve become a morning person. It wasn’t intentional – it just happened. On weekdays, I find that I get my best work done first thing in the morning. On weekends and holidays, I like to get up, pour coffee, and bake something for breakfast. So here are some yummy Meyer lemon muffins that I’ve been baking lately!
This post is in partnership with ALDI, because I wanted to tell you about some new exciting healthy/veggie-forward products that they have like Meyer lemons(!), organic coconut sugar(!), and even vegan cream cheese, which I used to make a simple frosting for my muffins.
I love Meyer lemons because they’re juicier and sweeter than other lemons. They’re sometimes hard to find but, conveniently, they’re at ALDI.
Did I mention that these muffins are vegan? There’s no need for an egg here – they rise perfectly without one. I used almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil in lieu of any dairy. I especially love using olive oil in lemon recipes because lemon and olive oil are a great flavor pairing. Coconut sugar makes these refined sugar free.
These muffins are made with some almond flour, which gives them a nutty texture and flavor. Pro tip: you don’t have to buy almond flour, you can just blend slivered almonds in blender until they become a fine meal.
Instead of putting poppy seeds in my lemon muffins, I used chia seeds. You get that same look and a tiny bit of crunch, but chia seeds also add some extra nutritional value, so I love using them here. Plus, chia seeds are a more common pantry staple for me; I always have them on hand.
The frosting here is light and lemony – it’s made with vegan cream cheese, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, and lemon zest. The muffins themselves have a lighter lemon flavor, but the frosting and the zest on top make them bright and tangy.
Like all muffins, these are best on the day they’re made. They freeze well, and the frosting can be stored in the fridge for a few days (it’s best to freeze them un-frosted).
Find these ingredients and more fresh and affordable healthy finds at ALDI.
Vegan Meyer Lemon Chia Muffins
- 1 cup Friendly Farms AlmondMilk, Original
- 1 teaspoon Simply Nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1¾ cups Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour
- ½ cup almond flour*
- 2½ teaspoons Baker’s Corner Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Baker’s Corner Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Stonemill Sea Salt
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons Simply Nature Organic Coconut Sugar
- ⅓ cup Specially Selected Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Stonemill Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 tablespoon Simply Nature Chia Seeds, more for garnish
- ½ cup Earth Grown Vegan Cream Cheese
- 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Specially Selected Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest, more for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly oil a 12-cup non-stick muffin tin.
- In a small bowl, combine the almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Stir in the almond milk mixture. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the chia seeds and use a ⅓-cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the muffin tins. Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Make the glaze. Using a hand mixer or a food processor, mix the cream cheese, lemon juice, maple syrup, and lemon zest until smooth. Dollop onto the cooled muffins and garnish with chia seeds and lemon zest.
*Make your own almond flour by blending slivered almonds in a blender until they become a fine meal.