Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! Moist and bursting with bright citrus flavor, with a little added crunch from the poppy seeds. A delicious morning treat!

Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

How about a nice homemade breakfast? What do you think? I think we are due.

At this time of year, when the days are short and the weather is gloomy, I love nothing more than a bright, sunny citrus treat. Seasonal fruit can be scarce in the winter time, and lemons just make you feel so happy and warm. Some of my favorite lemon recipes include these Lemon Cupcakes, this Lemon Pound Cake, and of course this Homemade Lemon Curd.

And these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are a great addition to that collection. They’re easy to make, so moist, and just bursting with tons of bright lemon flavor, with a little bit of added crunch from the poppy seeds. A great way to treat yourself in the morning!

Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS

Muffins fall into the quick bread category of baking, so they’re as simple as mixing up some dry ingredients in one bowl, some liquids in another, combining the two, and baking!

Start by whisking the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest together in a big bowl.

Melt the butter in a large liquid measuring cup, and stir in Greek yogurt, milk, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon extract until smooth.

Then just pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry, and fold everything together.

Once your batter is just barely combined, scoop it into your muffin pan. You are going to fill each well all the way up. There will be about 3/4 cup batter for each muffin. It looks like a lot, but that is how you get those sky-high, puffy muffin tops!

You can scoop your muffins smaller if you like, just keep an eye on the bake time because smaller muffins will probably need less time to bake.

IS THE BATTER SUPPOSED TO BE THICK?

This muffin batter is meant to be very thick!

At first you might think it’s way too dry to ever come together, but it does! If you don’t believe me, just check out the video in the recipe card below. As you can see, if you keep folding it does eventually come together into a thick, sticky batter.

A thicker, stiffer muffin batter makes for a tall, puffy, bakery-style muffin. No flat-topped muffins here!

Even though the dough is stiff, the muffins will still bake up very light, fluffy and moist. It’s like magic!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins From Scratch

INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Muffin recipes are generally pretty forgiving, and will still work well even if you need to sub out certain ingredients. Here’s info on some of the most common substitutions I get asked about:

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

To make gluten-free lemon poppy seed muffins, just substitute the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. Look for one that that subs 1:1 for regular flour. Here are a few good options:

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins without Yogurt

Greek yogurt makes for a slightly more healthy muffin, but if you don’t have it, sour cream can be substituted. This will provide a really rich flavor, and a moist texture.

Moist Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS WITH GLAZE

These muffins are fantastic as-is, but they’re even better drizzled with a tangy, citrus-y lemon glaze.

It’s really easy to make! Just stir powdered sugar and lemon juice together until you get a nice, drippy consistency. Then squiggle it over the muffins and allow it to set for about 20 minutes.

If you don’t feel like making a glaze, clear sanding sugar is another great option. I use this coarse, sparkly sugar a lot for garnishing muffins. It gives extra sweetness and a little bit of crunch.

Or try my favorite basic streusel recipe! This crumb topping would be fantastic made with white sugar and lemon zest.

HOW TO STORE LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS

Once baked, these muffins can sit out at room temperature for a few days.

I actually like to keep them in the muffin pan, and just cover them loosely with plastic wrap. I find that if they are tightly covered or kept in an airtight container, they tend to become a little soggy. And if they are drizzled with glaze, that’s not really a good thing because the glaze will weep. So just a loose covering is best, to allow a little airflow but still keep things somewhat moist.

Another option is to freeze the muffins. In a zip-top bag, they will keep for about 2 months. Pop them in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds to thaw and re-warm.

How to Make Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Mix up a batch of these sunny lemon poppy seed muffins! They’re so quick and easy to make, and they make such a special treat for breakfast, brunch, or snack.


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Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! Moist and bursting with bright citrus flavor, with a little added crunch from the poppy seeds. A delicious morning treat! 

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: glaze, Lemon, Muffins, poppy seed
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 338 kcal
Ingredients
For the lemon poppy seed muffins:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (zest of 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
For the lemon glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon)
Instructions
To make the lemon poppy seed muffins:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and line a muffin pan with papers. 

  2. Place the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. 

  3. Melt the butter in a large liquid measuring cup, and whisk together with the Greek yogurt, milk, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon extract. 

  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, and fold together until just barely combined (batter will be very thick). 

  5. Divide the batter equally between all 12 wells of the muffin pan. 

  6. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425 degrees F, then turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for 14 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest part of a muffin comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

  7. Drizzle with lemon glaze and serve. 

To make the lemon glaze:
  1. Place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl, and stir in the lemon juice, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is achieved. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Potassium 193mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 32g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Vitamin C 4.3%
Calcium 10%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.