Hi there!

Welcome to Planted Families. I am documenting my adventures in creating recipes that make kids want to eat their veggies...hope you try a recipe or two out on your own family!

P.S. if you don't tell them it's good for them, they may never know the difference ;)

Happy cooking, 


semolina lemon chia muffins (or cake)

semolina lemon chia muffins (or cake)


I love love love lemon poppyseed muffins!!!! Does anyone remember those massive ones that you used to get at Costco?  So addicting!  But I don't really consume basically anything that is in those anymore, so I set out to make a perfect plant-based look alike, and I think I finally have the recipe!  I am so excited to share this one with you all...it's the right balance of fluffy, moist and crumbly that I have been looking for and I have made quite a few healthy swaps too.

First of all I used chia seeds instead of poppy, because if you can get extra omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium in your diet by eating a delicious muffin or piece of cake, why wouldn't you?  Secondly, this recipe is low in sugar, so each muffin or slice comes in at just under 3 grams.  And thirdly, it is dairy, egg, nut and refined sugar/flour free.  So this is a great recipe for your kids to bring to school for celebrations!  Oh and did I mention you only need to use one bowl?!

As always, adjust the sugar to your level of taste, in this recipe up to 1 cup.  My family and I felt that 1/3 cup of sugar plus the drizzle of honey on top was just right.  Also, I have made this as muffins, and as a cake and I can't decide which I like better.  Tonight I made it in cake form because it is my half birthday (hence the half cake lol).  It will make a dozen muffins or one 9 inch round cake.  


semolina lemon chia muffins (or cake)


1 cup semolina (sub cornmeal)

1 cup spelt flour

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup coconut milk (full fat)

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 cold water

1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon lemon extract or 3 drops doTerra lemon essential oil

Zest of 2 lemons

Raw honey to drizzle on top



preheat oven to 350°F.  Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together.  Add all of the wet ingredients, and then mix until well combined.  Pour into greased muffin tin or 9 inch cake pan.  Bake for 25 ish minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool, remove from pans, and drizzle with honey before serving.  Enjoy a healthy version of a guilty food :)

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