Confession: I have never made anything using lemon zest before.
Any time a recipe would call for it, I’d end up skipping that recipe altogether and making something else instead. It just seemed so hard.
Turns out, testing a lemon is really easy and takes less than a minute to actually do. All you have to do is take a regular grater or zester and use the smooth grates to get the very outer part of the lemon off. If you’re worried you won’t know what the actual lemon zest is and just end up grating the entire skin, I was the same way—trust me, you’ll know.
Anyway, the point is don’t be intimidated by the lemon zest aspect of these muffins! It’s really easy to do and absolutely worth every second of effort because they are SO. GOOD.
Here’s your Lemon Chia Seed Protein Muffins recipe:
1 cup oat flour (make your own by blending regular oats in a blender)
1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one small Meyer lemon
Heat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
While the oven is heating up, juice a lemon in a small bowl, then add in the lemon zest and baking powder and mix. In a separate medium sized bowl, stir together the oat flour, protein powder, applesauce, Greek yogurt, honey, egg, chia seeds, and salt.
Add the lemon mixture to the medium bowl and stir well. Pour into eight silicon baking cups and bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly browned on top. Let cool and eat up!
Macros (per 1/8th recipe)