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Tart and Sweet Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

4.65 from 53 votes
Lemon poppy seed muffins may be a cafe classic, but try my simple homemade recipe and you may find yourself more than happy to stay in with a basket of these lemony, fresh-from-the-oven delights!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Through these days of staying home, I have been thinking a lot about what I’ve gained and lost, even in the simplest of moments like breakfast. The lemon trees here in California are still heavy with an abundance of fruit. The recent rains have washed away all the desert dust and made them pop out in bright yellow relief against their glossy leaves. It’s no surprise that our daily neighborhood walks have gotten me thinking about all things lemon!

While I miss going to my favorite coffee shop for a most excellent latte, there is no cafe muffin that can quite replace the warmth and the scent of pulling out a pan of my homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from the oven. Not only will they fill your kitchen with a lovely lemony fragrance, but when you bite into this sweet, tart muffin with the satisfying crunch of poppy seeds, it will make you want to keep reaching for just one more. Try my easy lemon poppy seed muffins, and you will see what I mean!

What Are Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins?

Lemon poppy seed muffins are simply my easy, basic muffin recipe with lemon zest and poppy seeds added in. If you have made my muffins before (or even if you haven’t) you will find this variation to be easy and delicious!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins recipe, arranged on a tray, ready to eat

All About Poppy Seeds

Poppy seeds come from the dried fruits of the poppy plant and have a subtle, nutty taste that goes perfectly with lemons. Although these seeds come from the opium poppy, they are very safe to eat. They are a good source of B vitamins and minerals. Poppy seeds were first found in ancient Egypt, and have for centuries been used culinarily throughout eastern Europe and also in parts of Western Europe and Asia.  

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How To Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Place 9 muffin liners in a muffin tin.
  2. In one mixing bowl, add the sugar, egg, yogurt, oil, milk, lemon zest, and vanilla and whisk until well combined.
  3. In the other bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, and salt.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups, filling almost to the top.
  6. Bake muffins on an upper-middle rack for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Let cool for ten minutes before removing muffins from the tin.

For the full written recipe with measurements, just scroll down!

How Do I Store Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins?

Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 8 weeks. Either way, rewarm in a 300°F (150°C) oven or just pop them in the microwave! 

A closeup and cross section of Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, showing color and texture.

Gemma’s Pro Tips For Making Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins!

  • Use a whisk! To fully mix the dry ingredients and ensure that the baking powder is evenly distributed, a whisk is the best mixing tool.
  • Check your zest! When combining the wet ingredients, check to make sure the lemon zest hasn’t clumped together but is evenly mixed in.
  • Don’t overmix! When combining the wet and dry ingredients, a few small lumps are ok in your batter to keep muffins nice and tender.
  • Fill them up! Fill muffin cups almost to the top so the muffins bake up with nice high rounded tops.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

4.65 from 53 votes
Try my Tart and Sweet Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins recipe and you won't feel like you're missing out on heading to the bakery for a box!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 9 muffins
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Try my Tart and Sweet Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins recipe and you won't feel like you're missing out on heading to the bakery for a box!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 9 muffins

Ingredients

  • cup (5oz/142g) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) plain yogurt
  • ½ cup (4floz/115ml) vegetable oil
  • cup (2 ½ floz/71ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (from about two lemons)
  • 1 ¼ cups (6 ¼ oz/177g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Place 9 muffin liners in a muffin tin. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, egg, yogurt, oil, milk, vanilla and lemon zest, and whisk until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined. A few lumps are ok.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups, filling almost to the top.
  • Bake muffins on an upper-middle rack for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Let cool for ten minutes before removing muffins from the tin.
  • These muffins are the most delicious the day they are made. Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days

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Lois Crawford
Lois Crawford
4 months ago

Can I substitute sour milk for yogurt and chia seeds for poppy seeds?

Jayasri Ganesh
3 months ago

Hi Gemma, these muffins are awesome. I added lemon glaze and they are heavenly. I can swear that all your recipes are simple and easy to follow

Kellie
Kellie
4 months ago

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose?

Mary Comfort
Mary Comfort
2 months ago

Gemma, I forgot to tell you besides forgetting the egg and adding in juice from lemon lemon I didn’t have yogurt so I used 1/2 cup cream cheese. Also, I am gluten intolerant and so I used multipurpose gluten free flour and the muffins came out great. I made sure I didn’t over combine the ingredients. I have used this flour for a couple other recipes on your website and they all turned out great…just in case your readers are interested in that tidbit of information.

Amy
Amy
4 months ago

No lemon juice just lemon zest!

Sai09
12 days ago

These muffins were extremely easy to make… And they are extremely yum yum. Just perfect 😍… Forgot to rate it.. Hit its definitely a 5 star

Mary Comfort
Mary Comfort
2 months ago

Gemma, Lemon Poppy Seed muffins are one of my favorites. I made these last night…I added the juice from one lemon, along with the lemon zest and I forgot to add the egg – They still came out great. Thank you for making one my favorites so easy to bake, usually they are so complicated I just never begin. I’m so happy!

Sue
Sue
3 months ago

Completely dissapointing. Came out nothing like the picture and the texture of the muffins was gummy. Find another recipe!

jing jing
jing jing
3 months ago

What else can I substitute with milk?

Amy
Amy
3 months ago

Hi Gemma!

Would I be able to use orange instead of lemon? Thanks!

Amy

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