These Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are full of lemon flavor! They are a delicious way to celebrate spring. This easy and healthy muffin recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. 

muffin on a plate ready to eat

For my friends who are vegan or who can’t eat eggs, gluten, or dairy, this recipe is perfect for you! There is just something special about lemon muffins. The lemon zest and lemon juice goes so well with the poppy seeds.

And, even though this muffin recipe is both vegan and gluten-free, the muffins are fluffy, tender, and absolutely perfect.

This recipe is:

  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • dairy-free
  • egg-free
  • nut-free
  • and soy free!

muffins on a plate ready to serve

Recipe Steps

Step One

Preheat your oven and line your muffin tin with muffin liners.

Step Two

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

Step Three

Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl and pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir to combine. 

Step Four

Divide the batter between the muffin wells and bake for 15-18 minutes. Let the muffins cool slightly before serving.

lemon muffin ready to eat

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Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

lemon muffin served on a plate with a gold fork

These Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are full of lemon flavor! They are a delicious way to celebrate spring. This easy and healthy dessert recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. 

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Gluten-Free
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a muffin tin with muffin liners (or spray the wells with nonstick cooking spray).
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, coconut sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, and sea salt. Use a whisk or spoon to mix together.
  • In a small bowl, combine the almond milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and use a spatula to stir together. Make sure there are no lumps in the batter. 
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin tin and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the tops of the muffins are golden brown.
  • Remove the muffins to a drying rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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