These citrusy muffins might look tiny, but they’re loaded with enough nutrients to perk up any self-proclaimed ‘non-morning person.’
It’s baked with mandarins that contain vitamin C to repair muscle and support your immune system, while the chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 to prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure. Proof that we should never underestimate the little guys.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes (+ 25 minutes cooking time)
50g (13⁄4oz) strong bread flour
75g (21⁄2oz) plain flour
25g (scant 1oz) wholegrain spelt
1⁄2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3⁄4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp chia seeds
75g (21⁄2oz) golden caster sugar
125g (41⁄2oz) soy yogurt or other plant-based yogurt
2 tbsp soy milk, or other plant-based milk
25g (scant 1oz) agave syrup
2 tbsp oil
1⁄2 tsp edible mandarin oil
Juice and grated zest of 2 unwaxed mandarins
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
Put 6 paper cases into a muffin tray.
Mix together the 3 types of flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, chia seeds, and sugar in a bowl with a balloon whisk.
Whisk the yogurt with the milk, agave syrup, oil and mandarin oil (if using) in another bowl.
Stir in the mandarin juice and zest.
Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and combine everything with a spoon, just until all the ingredients are combined and you have a smooth mixture.
Distribute the mixture between the muffin cases so that they are each around two-thirds full.
Bake the muffins in the centre of the oven for around 25 minutes until golden.
Insert a wooden skewer: if no mixture sticks to it, the muffins are done. Otherwise, continue to cook for a couple of minutes more, then test again.
Lift the muffins in their cases out of the tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.
IMAGE: Brigitte Sporrer/DK Verlag
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Chloe Gray is the senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).