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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!


Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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Servings: 12
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 250mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g
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Catherine is a 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. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 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:-(

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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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