Recipe: Lemon Chickpea Muffins


This recipe for Lemon Chickpea Muffins was developed by the CIA for a Harvard-CIA “Muffin Makeover” project and incorporates healthy fats and whole grains to create a better-for-you version of the massively oversized, calorie-laden muffin found in most restaurants and bakeries. To see a video demonstration on this recipe, click here: Makeover Muffins with Healthy Fats.

Lemon Chickpea Muffins

Serving Size: Makes 12 muffins

Lemon Chickpea Muffins

Recipe source: CIA Chef Scott Samuel


  • 1 ¾ cups chickpeas (1-15 oz. can), drained and rinsed
  • Zest from two lemons
  • Zest from one orange
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon ground almonds
  • 1 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. Purée the chickpeas in a food processor until smooth.
  4. Add the lemon and orange zest and juice, olive oil, sugar, and egg yolks. Purée until smooth.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom. Stir in the chickpea mixture, then add the ground almonds.
  6. Whisk egg whites until they hold semi-soft peaks. Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the ground almonds, sugar, and cardamom. Set aside.
  8. Scoop batter into muffin tin. You can use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to do this, but you’ll only need to add a generous ¼ cup of batter to each muffin cup. Sprinkle the muffin batter with some of the almond-sugar-cardamom mixture.
  9. Bake 12–13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.


Nutrition Analysis per muffin: Calories: 170, Protein: 4 g, Carbohydrate: 23 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sodium: 230 mg, Saturated fat: 1 g, Polyunsaturated fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated fat: 5 g, Trans fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 31 mg


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The Culinary Institute of America is the World's Premier Culinary College. The CIA's main campus in Hyde Park, NY is home to four restaurants. The college offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts and bachelor's degrees in culinary arts management, baking and pastry arts management, and culinary science. Programs for food enthusiasts ranging from one to five days are offered throughout the year.

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