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I absolutely love eating purple plants! Purple cabbage, purple carrots, purple eggplant, purple peppers–wow, nature is so colorful and delicious! Navitas Naturals recently sent me generous samples of maqui powder and chia seeds. I have always loved chia seeds for their high omega-3 content and long-lasting protein and energy, and Navitas Naturals’ product is definitely extremely high quality. Maqui berries, which Navitas Naturals sells in a conveniently ground powder, offer more antioxidants than any discovered fruit, and are a great source for vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium, according to the company’s website. Super healthful superfoods, but what to put them in?

After a little bit of brainstorming and experimentation, these gorgeous purple muffins were born! They are gluten-free and vegan, packed with protein and antioxidant punches that pair beautifully with a tall frosty glass of almond mylk. They’re dyed purple with a gorgeous, healthful superfood rather than crappy artificial food dyes, which might be my favorite thing about them, besides the fact that they taste delicious–slightly sweet, perfectly hearty and crunchy thanks to the whole chia and poppy seeds. Here’s the recipe!

Navitas Naturals’ Lemon Maqui Chia Muffins (Makes 14-16 small muffins)

Ingredients:

2 tsp Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder

1 Tbs Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds

1 cup almond mylk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/4 cup applesauce

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 cups gluten-free flour

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbs poppy seeds

5 drops liquid stevia

1/4-1/2 cup coconut sugar or xylitol powder

Instructions:

Grease muffin tins, or use liners. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt coconut oil, and mix it with each of the liquids together. Mix all of the dry ingredients, and then put the wet and dry together. Put in muffin tins, bake for 20-25 minutes, and voila! Purple superfood muffins!

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