Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


Lately, Kenya has been going through a big muffin phase (or rather mommy has been going through a big testing spree making muffins and there's not much else for Kenya to eat!). Growing up, my mother used to make us blueberry muffins for breakfast and I always remember them being warm, soft and delicious. A very comforting way to start the day. The only problem with most muffin recipes is that they're loaded with sugar and some can be as heavy as hockey pucks.

These sweet lemon poppy seed muffins are so light and airy, you'll want to sit around and eat them all day (as Kenya likes to demonstrate when I make them!) One more reason to love poppy seeds, aside from their flavor, is their extensive quantities of calcium and high percentage of protein. Who knew those little black seeds were so packed with nutrients?

These little morsels are the perfect treat for breakfast, lunch box snacks or even dessert!

We used these to make this recipe_


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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (makes 12 muffins)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

nut free


  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 Cup agave nectar
  • 3/4 Cup Rice, Almond, Low fat or Whole Milk
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 Tsp lemon zest


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease a muffin tin or line tins with cupcake papers.
3. Sift the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl and whisk to mix.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, agave nectar, milk, and lemon juice, poppy seeds, and lemon zest.
5. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and mix until the batter is smooth making sure not to over mix.
6. Pour the batter into 12 muffin cups, dividing evenly. Bake on a center rack of the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Terra

    I tried the half oil/apple sauce route. But, these were beyond horrible. I followed the directions completely from there on out. I even tried topping these with a lemon juice/confection sugar glase. It was of no help. They ended in the trash can.

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    • JessicaR

      I would think that the applesauce would change the taste and texture/consistency and depending on what type of oil you used, I would think that that could affect taste as well. Maybe you could use lemon flavored yogurt?

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  • Daiga

    I am out of the Agave. If I use honey will the amount still be half a cup?

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    • JessicaR

      From comments on other recipes I've seen, it sounds like you can use honey and agave interchangeably.

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  • Gray

    If I use a mini muffin pan do I still cook the muffins for 25-30 min?

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    • JessicaR

      I would think that the smaller muffins would need a shorter cook time. Maybe start checking it at about 15 or 20 minutes and then just keep a close eye on them to see what works best for you, your mini muffins and your oven!

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  • Gayu

    i made this cake with few low fat subs and it turned out delicious! i used quarter cup applesauce and quarter cup butter, and 110 ml egg whites (equivalent liquid of 2 eggs). i poured a lemon glaze at the end, which gave the cake a sweet and tangy kick. overall, very light in calories, yet awesome texture and flavour. thanks for the recipe, my husband and i loved them!!

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  • Amy

    I was going to make these, but then I was afraid of giving poppy seeds to my 14 month old. Should I be concerned about that? Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      After 1 year you can start giving your baby a lot more foods. Of course, always consult your pediatrician and watch for signs of allergic reactions. If there isn't a history or poppy seed allergy in your family they should be fine.

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  • Allison

    I made these today and they are delicious! So light and fluffy even with all white whole wheat flour. Catherine, I love how your muffins are healthier than other recipes. I have tried about 10 of your muffin recipes is the past 2 years. All awesome and made again and again! My kids especially love the very berry kind. I love yourbblog and own both books. Your family dinner-type recipes are awesome too! We love the beef with brocoli and pest meatballs. You rock!!!

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  • Jen

    I'm sorry but these just turned out terrible. I followed the recipe exactly but the tops were flat, they were very greasy and pretty much no flavor at all. They did have crunchy edges and the poppy seeds are good:-) Won't be making these again:-(

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