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Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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. 



  • 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.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Gluten-Free

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