Lemon Chia Seed Oatmeal

More oatmeal.

But I don’t think you mind, right? How could you go wrong with oatmeal?


My Lemon Chia Seed Oatmeal is like that classic lemon poppy seed loaf that you loved… but in a healthier, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free breakfast.

I used to love that loaf and usually got it from Starbucks. I can still taste it… and even in my memory, it’s super sweet! I used to make a vegan version from a cookbook, and that once was really good, too.

So it was only natural to recreate it along with another one of my favourite things: a steaming hot, creamy bowl of oatmeal.


This oatmeal has a sweet/tart flavour, some crunch and healthy fats from the chia seeds, and will fill you up so you can power through whatever you have planned for the morning. I know I always set myself up for a really good day when I enjoy some oatmeal first thing. I can concentrate in my barre classes, get through my to do-list and am hungry around lunchtime but not crazy starving.

Let me know if you try this Lemon Chia Seed Oatmeal and if you think it compares to that good old-fashioned treat!

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Lemon Chia Seed Oatmeal
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Love lemon poppy seed loaf? This Lemon Chia Seed Oatmeal is dessert for breakfast and totally healthy, too.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small lemon quarter
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  1. Put the ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Alternatively, cook the ingredients on the stovetop in a small pot.
  3. Top with more lemon zest and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.

Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at www.ahealthystory.com. She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  1. I was never a fan of lemon poppy seed bread, but one of my blogging friends sent me a tub of lemon chia granola earlier this year and mmmmm. So good! I imagine I’d love this recipe, too, then! 😀

    1. Thanks so much Claire, I think you would love it! Lemon chia granola sounds absolutely amazing and now I want some.

  2. This looks so delish!! Lemon anything is right up my alley 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Liz! Me too!

  3. I love lemony flavoured things! The day I discovered lemon oatmeal my life was changed forever haha.

    1. Mine too haha. Great minds think alike (and like the same kinds of oatmeal).

  4. OH WOW Aya, this is making me look forward to cooler days and big hot bowls of oatmeal. The way you described it made me think of the moist flavor of lemon poppy seed bread.

    1. Thanks so much Emily! I hope you like it! I’m really excited for fall/cooler weather (especially because we’ve been having heat wave after heat wave this summer…)

  5. so simple and delicious! Great way to make my fav breakfast!

    1. Aw thank you! Oatmeal is my favourite too!

  6. I used to LOVE the lemon loaf cake at starbucks! I can’t wait to try these since I make oatmeal every morning. It definitely helps keep me full until lunch and I love trying new variations.

    1. I loved that so much too! I hope you love this oatmeal just as much 🙂 I’m an oatmeal for breakfast person too!

    1. What would we do without oatmeal?!

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