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I love a good lemon cake, something about the tanginess combined with sweetness, and Lemon & Poppy Seed is one of my favourite combinations. The poppy seeds add a kind of savoury nuttiness which just works so well with the lemon. These Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins are made without any refined ingredients so they are perfect for anyone avoiding sugar or flour. Made with almond flour (ground almonds) and using honey as a sweetener they are dense and sticky and great with a cup of tea or as a snack. Lemon is such a springtime flavour that these muffins are just perfect at this time of year.
How to make Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins
They really are so easy to make, it’s a one-bowl mix and everything is just stirred together.
Start by pre-heating the oven to 180C (350F) and line a muffin tray with muffin cases.
Zest and juice the lemons. I zest them by grating them on the fine side of a grater – make sure you don’t grate too deep and get the white pith as it can be bitter. You just want the yellow rind.
Then in a mixing bowl, add the almond flour (ground almonds), melted coconut oil, poppy seeds, vanilla essence, honey and eggs. Mix in the lemon juice and lemon zest and stir everything together. Finally, add the bicarbonate of soda, mix well again and spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
Pop the tray into the oven for 12-15 minutes. Watch carefully that the tops aren’t getting too brown as almond flour can burn quite easily. If the tops start to brown before the muffins are ready, cover with a piece of tin foil to prevent further browning.
They’re ready when a skewer inserted in to the muffin comes out clean.
Remove them from the muffin tray and allow them to cool on a wire rack.
They will keep in an airtight container for about a week or they can be frozen. You could always make double the amount and freeze half. It’s always a good idea to have muffins in the freezer for those moments when you’re desperate for a sweet snack!
If you liked these I’m sure you’ll love my Carrot, Date & Pecan Muffins. Made with a similar recipe they are also grain, gluten and refined sugar-free.
Allergy & Dietary Information for Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins
This recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free & Dairy-Free. It’s also suitable for SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), Vegetarian, Primal & Paleo Diets.