Healthy Cranberry Chia Muffins

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I love to bake but run into the challenges of 1 not wanting a lot of junk food around and 2 it going to waste because we’re not big cookie, cake, muffin, bread eaters (thank goodness) but having it around will cause us to eat more than usual but not enough to not be wasted so it ends up being a lose-lose situation.

But I’m always trying to find healthier alternatives that wont make me feel guilty for eating and having children in the house that love to munch, I’m really in the search to find a variety of healthy snacks that I don’t mind them eating.

I came across this recipe from over at natural chows which was originally blueberry, cranberry muffins but I didn’t have blueberries so I left it out. I added the chia seeds because I always try to sneak in some extra nutrients.

I also altered the recipe to fit my needs so to see the original recipe head over to natural chows site.


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/3 cup olive oil {olive oil}
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease or line a muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chia seeds.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg, vanilla extract, milk, and oil. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until combined. Fold in cranberries.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

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Changes that I’ll make next time:

1. I’ll make sure I have coconut oil or vegetable oil on hand to use.

2. I’ll add more cranberries. And stick some on top, for added deliciousness.

This recipe was very simple and only took about 30 minutes from start to finish and it made about 12 muffins. My hubby and children love them. I put them in a baggy and warm them for snack time, added addition to breakfast, after lunch treat, or even an after dinner “dessert” lol.