Muffins From My Past
There is nothing I like more than really good baked goods. There was an amazing little place I used to frequent in L.A. called La Brea Bakery. I didn’t know this at the time, but the baker there was Nancy Silverton. Both she and her then husband Mark Peel are legends in the culinary world. Her little bakery carried the most amazing artisan baked goods. I stopped by daily to see what wonderful things I could be seduced into buying. One of the things I never passed up (if by some miracle there were any left) were her lemon poppy seed muffins. They were second to none. They were moist and lemony and had an abundance of poppy seeds which gave them this wonderful texture that I have given it my best to emulate here.
With these muffins the star of the show is Meyer lemons paired with all the goodness found in chia seeds. The thing with Meyer lemons is, if you’ve never baked with them they are a treasure worth seeking out. The flavor they impart is incomparable. I think what makes them so extra special is their skin. It is very thin and oily. When you zest one to use in a recipe it leaves behind the most wonderful lemony flavor. This hit of lemon flavor is not likely something you will soon forget. On the contrary. That’s why when I spot them I scoop them right into my basket and make myself a batch of these.
When I started sourcing for alternatives for my low carb journey I became fascinated by this odd wonder known as chia. I only knew them from cheesy TV commercials. The ones where you watched someone sprinkle them on a ceramic animal or human shaped head and watched them sprout and grow.
I was surprised when I learned just how nutritionally dense this powerhouse of a seed is and started using them in my smoothies. I decided from there to give them a try in these muffins as a means to boost the nutritional value while also satisfying my urge for something sweet. The only difference you will find between using Chia vs poppy seeds is the nutritional density. How’s that for having your cake and being able to eat it too.
Like the banana coconut muffins these are great for freezing and make an excellent thing to have on hand to grab and go when you are in a hurry. So, if one day you’re out shopping for groceries and you happen upon Meyer lemons, make sure to grab some and try making these. You won’t be sorry you did. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing.