Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins

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.        Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Dairyfree, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

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!Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Dairyfree, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

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.Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Dairyfree, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Dairyfree, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Dairyfree, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases.
  3. Zest and juice the lemons.
  4. Add the almond flour (ground almonds) to a mixing bowl along with the melted coconut oil, poppy seeds, eggs, vanilla essence and honey.
  5. Add in the lemon juice and zest and mix well.
  6. Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix well again.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
  8. Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean after it's been inserted. Keep an eye on the muffins as almond flour tends to burn quite easily. If the tops look like they are starting to brown too much, cover with a piece of tin foil.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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Allergy & Dietary Information for Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins

This recipe for Lemon & Poppyseed Muffins is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free & Dairy-Free.  It’s also suitable for SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), Vegetarian, Primal & Paleo Diets.

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122 Comments Add yours

  1. Azlin Bloor says:

    I love all sorts of lemon bakes! And these look so good, I bet they taste and smell awesome!

  2. Kacie Morgan says:

    These look so tasty – I can’t believe they don’t contain any refined ingredients! Amazing 😀

  3. Emma says:

    These look amazing x

  4. Ana De-Jesus says:

    Lemon muffins are my second fave after blueberry muffins and I like the addition of poppy seeds. They look quite easy to make which is great as well x

  5. Yum… these look so good and moist. Do you do your own food photography? If so, have you done a post on how you set up?

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I do do my own photography but I’m just learning at the moment!

      1. Well you’re a quick learner then… I’ve been through a lot of your posts lately because of a group we’re in on FB and your pictures get my drooling before I even read the post. So, great job.

  6. fashionbeyondforty says:

    I LOOOVEEE Poppy seed lemon muffins! I have never made them myself but I may need to try. I had to chuckle when I saw this all I could think of was the Seinfeld episode with the poppyseed muffins!

  7. GodlyDivaGal says:

    It looks SO easy to make! And so appetizing!

  8. Sarah Bailey says:

    Lemon poppyseed is a favourite of mine and I love how healthy this recipe is. These look so delicious!

  9. These sounds so yum. I love lemon desserts! I really need to get into baking 🙂 x

  10. alisonrost says:

    I absolutely love lemon poppy seed muffins! I haven’t made them in forever .. and I think that’s about to change. Thanks for the recipe .. it’s on the menu for this weekend

  11. momknowsbest15 says:

    Love that these are gluten free! They sure do look tasty

  12. Amber says:

    Mmm, I love muffins! These look fabulous.

  13. Elizabeth O. says:

    I usually add poppy seed in banana bread but this is awesome too. I love lemon in treats like this! I’m definitely keeping the recipe!

  14. We love lemon anything! Going to pin these for this weekend. They look really good.

  15. These look so yummy I just want to eat them off the computer screen, LOL

  16. Shoshana Sue says:

    I am a fan of anything with lime and lemon in it. This recipe is worth giving a go 🙂 Thank you for sharing it

  17. Lindsey says:

    These look great and I’ve a Mummy and daughter day I think me and Leanora will make a batch

  18. Sounds and looks delicous i love lemon and poppy seed cake but never made my own.

  19. These look delicious! Nice and moist!

  20. chei says:

    These muffins looks so yummy! Getting hungry now…

  21. My 4 year old was demanding a baking session yesterday! I promised him I would so these have been very timely! Thanks

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Awww these are so easy to make – a one bowl mix – he’ll love them!

  22. Lemon is my favourite taste within cakes, I actually just made some lemon drizzle cake this morning. These sound yummy x

  23. Lynne Harper says:

    I love Lemon and I love Muffins so fabulous combo for me. Nice idea with the added poppy seeds. What makes this stand out more is the fact its suitable for allergy sufferers which my son is, so a great recipe for us, thank you x

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I aim to create delicious recipes for people that cant eat standard diets so this means a lot – thank you. Hope your son enjoys them!

  24. I love the lemon and poppy seed combination and these muffins look amazing! x

  25. Lisa prince says:

    oh wow these sound and look wonderful x

  26. Hannah says:

    I’m always on the hunt for freezable cakes. These sound great!

  27. serenityyou says:

    These look really nice! I love the taste of lemon with poppy seeds

  28. I FRIGGIN LOVEEEEE LEMON POPPYSEED which is interesting because I actually am not a huge LEMON person, AT ALL! YUMMMM!

  29. SAVED! i’ll definitely be making these. I wonder if they’ll work well with coconut flour?

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I’m sure they would but you’d have to adjust quantities for the wet ingredients as coconut flour soaks up a lot more moisture.

  30. kage2015 says:

    Lemon poppyseed is a muffin we enjoy eating. Muffins are easy and quick to make and they make a great grab and go breakfast.

  31. These look soooo delicious! I’m definitely pinning this for later!

  32. Dawn says:

    This looks so yummy. I love recipes that are grain free, diary free, etc. Thank you. Pinned this.

  33. These sound absolutely amazing and super lemon-y! I will definitely be giving these a try.

  34. Tiana Harris says:

    This is awesome. I love the research and thought you put into this most. I feel like I learned something new!

  35. Renee says:

    Oh my gosh! Can you mail me some? Haha just kidding. However, my hubby is allergic to coconut and nuts. Is there some other flour (besides regular flour) and oil that could be used for these?

  36. Sandy KS says:

    I love the fact this recipe is sugar free. I have been looking for more sugar free recipes like this. Thank you for sharing this!

  37. Stressed Mum says:

    I love anything with lemon, these sound delicious, I do have all the ingredients in for this, might have to have a baking session x

  38. Abbey Phipps says:

    Those sound quite delicious!

  39. Healthy and Psyched says:

    These look so yummy. I love using almond flour 🙂

  40. Lisa Rios says:

    OMGoodness… these muffins look amazing! I have to try this recipe.

  41. Dannii says:

    This is one of my favourite muffins and one I always order in a coffee shop. But I have never made one myself. Definitely giving these a go.

  42. I love lemon and poppy seed together as a combination, it goes so well x

  43. Elodie says:

    These look delicious and so easy to make! I might have to make them this weekend!

  44. These sound amazing! I used to make lemon and poppyseed muffins all the time when I was at uni, but haven’t made them for about 6 years now!

  45. Lanae Bond says:

    Excellent recipe and I love the pictures!

  46. TheLondonMum says:

    I’m really into citrus flavours right now- this sounds delicious!

  47. These muffins sound delicious. I would love to try making them with my children I bet they would love them.

  48. Oh I’m for sure making these with my daughter! They look and sound delicious!

  49. My mummy loves a yummy lemon cake/sponge but not so keen on poppy seeds. But these look delicious x

  50. These would be perfect for my office bake sale, covers everyones allergies and they look simple to make.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thats such a nice idea and great that you can include everyone!

  51. bethany1980 says:

    These looks amazing. I love muffins in the morning and lemon are one of my favorite flavors. Must try these.

  52. These look SO good and don’t require a lot of ingredients! I am definitely seeing some baking in my future! 😉

  53. These looks yummy! I love an easy to make muffins and this is right up my alley. I know my children is going to like it. Thanks for sharing!

  54. featherflint says:

    Ahhh I love anything with lemon in it, and the combination with the coconut oil sounds so good! Bookmarking this to try soon! 🙂

  55. MayaNyssa says:

    They look good! How does cooking with almond flour compare to regular flour? I know some of the grain-free flours (like coconut flour) can be tricky.

  56. simplelifedreamer says:

    Oh MAN these look delish! I love that it’s not packed with refined sugar, totally my kind of recipe. I pinned this to try later. Love it!

  57. Chloe says:

    My daughter would absolutely love these! I will have to try the recipe and let you know what I think 🙂

  58. Omg can we say yum?!?! These muffins look absolutely delicious!!!

  59. Anosa says:

    I have to save this link for my future reference. Been trying to bake and I love to try different recipes. Thanks for this!

  60. Anything that includes the word ‘Cupcake’ and I’m there! These do look especially nice and I wouldn’t have thought to use poppy seeds.

  61. Britta says:

    I adore lemon cake – so fresh and delicious! I might try and make a vegan version of these, they sound delicious!

  62. Great recipe, these look delicious and so adorable! 🙂

  63. Emily says:

    Such a classic flavour combination, and these look so easy to make. Great idea to make a big batch and freeze some for emergencies too!

  64. Oh yum these look and sound delicious, I love lemony cakes, so refreshing

  65. Erin F says:

    Lemon poppy seed muffins were the first “grown up” dessert I liked. I thought I was hot stuff eating something as fancy as lemons and poppy seeds! As an adult, they are still a favorite!

  66. Freya Farrington says:

    I love lemon and poppy seed, it’s my favourite muffin flavour, I’d love these with some icing on the top too!

  67. niksmendoza says:

    Im just starting to bake and would really like to try this recipe sometime but im nervous it may not turn out as good. i lovee your pictures too btw

  68. Oh my gosh THANK YOU for this recipe! I love lemon poppy seed muffins but I’m really trying to be healthier and limit my grain intake. These look absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try them! Pinning for later!

  69. cheskaaanels says:

    Oh yum!!!! Lemon and poppy seed muffins are a big favourite of mine!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe I’m going to give these a go and get the kids involved too!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It’s a great one for the kids as it’s a one-bowl recipe

  70. Steph says:

    This look delicious. I love lemon and poppy seeds together

  71. Clarissa says:

    I am obsessed with lemon bars….now I need to whip these up for a newfound lemon dessert love!


  72. These look yummy! Nice and moist.

  73. These lemon and poppy seed muffins sound absolutely delicious! I love the taste of lemon so these would be ideal for me xxx

  74. Oohh these sound yummy. I love that they are gluten free!

  75. I’ve never made lemon and poppy seed muffins before and always wondered how to make them!

  76. bitesofflavor says:

    I love making muffins at home! Perfect for breakfast on the go. Great recipe!!

  77. Anthea says:

    These sound wonderful. I love putting poppy seeds in cupcakes and always feel I’m adding a bit of sneaky healthy food into something naughty!

  78. These sound great. I’ve actually been wanting a gluten free lemon Poppyseed recipe. It’s also one of my favorite combinations.

  79. Lyndsey says:

    ohh these look fab I love lemon anything!! Can’t wait to try the recipe out! L x

  80. YUM! I love making muffins because for some reason it makes me feel super domestic! My laundry may not be folded, but I made yummy muffins! I have such strong memories of lemon poppyseed muffins from childhood, so I will have to make these!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I feel exactly the same too – as long as there’s something yummy in the oven, the rest doesn’t matter!

  81. Elizabeth says:

    Mmm these sound lovely! I love the use of almond flour too, they’d really pack a protein punch as well as being tasty!

  82. wildish jess says:

    These sound amazing! I’ll have to give them a shot!

  83. These look like amazing muffins, never tried lemon & poppy seed muffins before

  84. i love poppy seed muffins. this looks nice and moist. which i love.

  85. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I just had to pin it for later. Love that it’s “refined” free. And, I love love love lemon and poppyseed muffins. Thanks again. Can’t wait to try them. ?

  86. Oh yum! These look delish! I love that they are sugar free, I will definitely be adding them to my baking list.

    Lennae xxx

  87. nicol says:

    these came out absolutely amazing. you can’t go wrong with lemon. great recipe!

  88. Meenal Ranka says:

    I love muffins <3. They are so easy to make and looks delicious. Great recipe,

  89. I had one of these at our local coffee shop. I didn’t know they were this easy to make though!

  90. Lubka Henry says:

    I don’t think I’ve actually had a lemon cake, but this sounds and looks pretty amazing.

  91. These look delicious, I’ve tried them before but never made them myself. I need to try this recipe out! xo

  92. Ooh these simply ooze spring time flavours! They look at great bake and fantastic idea to use ground almonds as flour.

  93. The Matthew says:

    These look delicious! Lemon works great in muffin form! I will make these as soon as I’m back in the US and can get a muffin tin! #thestruggle

  94. Claudia says:

    These look delicious! I’ll have to give them a try!

  95. Ayesha Heart says:

    Sugar- free??? That’s amazing! Bookmarked this. I am excited to make some this weekend and surprise my fam

  96. Julie Cao says:

    I am a fan of the lemon deserts and the lemon and poppy seed muffins sounds especially tempting for me. I do not bake the sweet snacks much as it so time-consuming, but 15-minute does not sounds too bad.

  97. danay says:

    I’m going to have to test these out. They look yummy and easy enough to make.

  98. I’m sitting here with my coffee, just thinking how great it would be to have one of these right now! My mouth is watering for one!

  99. Charli Bruce says:

    These sound like they would be beautiful! Is there anything I could replace the coconut oil with if I made them as I can’t eat it? x

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Melted butter or any other flavourless oil – any liquid fat will work ?

  100. Helen says:

    Hi, I can’t see anyone else that commented that actually made these. Ive made them, doubled the recipe and the mixture has turned out really runny! `They are taking ages to bake and Im worried they won’t turn out. Ive double checked that I did all the correct quantities for doubling and definitely haven’t done anything different. Should the mixture be like this??

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Sorry Helen -I’ve only just seen this – did they come out ok? Please let me know and if not we can try and figure out what didn’t work for you. I know other people who have followed the recipe without issue but happy to try and work through it with you. Happy to send you my email address if it’s easier to talk that way? Emma

  101. Lisa says:

    I love lemon anything, pinned this to make, the almond flour has me intrigued!

  102. I love lemon and poppy seed muffins! These look so delicious!

  103. Dianna says:

    Yummy treat for crisp fall mornings. I’m in!!

  104. I love homemade lemon poppy seed muffins! These look great

  105. Kristi says:

    I can’t wait to make these. They look delicious!

  106. Lemon poppy seed is one of my favorite muffins! I’d love to try these. I’ve never tried an almond flour muffin.

  107. Kate says:

    Yum! I love lemon poppy seed anything! I try to make some new baked breakfast item for each work week, so I’ll need to save this for next week!

  108. These muffins not only look amazing, but I love that they are actually good for you! I have not used almond flour before in muffins and I would love to make that swap. I also love that these include coconut oil. That is my favorite ingredient these days!

  109. I LOVE poppyseed muffins!!! Love that you used Almond Flour in this recipe- definitely going to try these out this weekend!

  110. YUM! I love lemon poppyseed muffins but I’ve never made them from scratch myself. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  111. Bailey says:

    These are my favorite muffins! Can’t wait to make them.

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