When it comes to teaching our little ones essential life skills, cooking often tops the list. Not only does it help in fostering creativity, but it also instills a sense of independence and accomplishment. And what better way to introduce them to the kitchen than through a recipe that is as delicious as it is nutritious?
Today, we bring you a special recipe for Lemon and Chia Seed Muffin Cakes, taught by none other than Florence Rebattet, chef, and founder of En Cuisine Cooking School
From the Chef’s Kitchen
Florence Rebattet is a celebrated chef who has made it her mission to teach children the joy and skill of cooking.
The Lemon and Chia Seed Muffin Cakes recipe holds a special place in her heart, as it was one of the first sweet recipes she taught at En Cuisine Cooking School. You can also find this recipe in her cookbook ‘Cook with Flo,’ a treasure trove of child-friendly recipes that are both easy and fun to make.
A Recipe for the Whole Family
What makes this recipe stand out is its simplicity and the room it allows for children to get creative. With a preparation time of 20 minutes and a cooking time of 20 minutes, you and your young chefs can whip up a batch of these muffin cakes in no time.
The recipe is also quite flexible, as Flo’s ‘Little chef tips’ suggest that you can even swap out the chia seeds with poppy seeds for a different twist.
The Benefits of Chia Seeds
The addition of chia seeds to this recipe doesn’t just add texture; it also packs a nutritional punch. These tiny seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and even protein.
So, while your kids enjoy the delectable lemon flavor, they’ll also be getting some important nutrients.
The Lemon and Chia Seed Muffin Cakes are a delightful blend of tangy and sweet, offering a burst of lemony zest with every bite.
The chia seeds give the muffins a unique texture, adding a subtle crunch that pairs beautifully with the soft, moist crumb of the cake.
These muffin cakes are not just a treat for the taste buds but also a visual delight, emerging from the oven as golden-brown domes that will have everyone—from kids to adults—reaching for seconds.
- 100g of plain flour * A wooden spoon
- 80g of coconut sugar * Weighing scale
- 80g of unsalted butter * 2 large bowls
- ½ lemon + zest
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- ½ tablespoon of baking powder
- 2 eggs
- Melt the butter and let it cool down on the side.
- In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and the sugar until the mix is slightly white with bubbles on the top.
- Then, pour the flour into the mixture and stir.
- Squeeze the lemon and add the zest.
- Pour the melted butter in the mix.
- Add the chia seeds and the baking powder.
- Stir until you combine all the ingredients together.
- Pour the mixture into the muffin tray and put it in the oven at 220°C for 15 minutes.
You can swap the chia seeds with poppy seeds for a different flavour.
This recipe is suitable for children with adult supervision, if necessary. Always make sure to keep an eye on the little ones, especially when using kitchen appliances or hot surfaces.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 4g
So gather your wooden spoons, your bowls, and of course, your enthusiastic little chefs for a fun-filled cooking session. This Lemon and Chia Seed Muffin Cakes recipe is a wonderful way to bond with your children and teach them valuable skills that they’ll use for a lifetime.
And, of course, if you find yourself falling in love with this recipe (which we’re sure you will!), you can learn more such skills and recipes from the expert herself by attending classes at En Cuisine Cooking School or by picking up a copy of ‘Cook with Flo.’
Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.