Top 10 Ultimate Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipes

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The Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipes.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, warm from the oven.  Just look at that glaze! I can’t think of anything more tempting first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. Rich in texture, zesty lemon flavour, and just a little crunch from those yummy poppy seeds!

plate of lemon poppy seed muffins with glaze icing, green mug and basket of oranges in the background

Oh I know.  It’s really hard to find time to bake right?

Well what if I were to share with you 10 of The Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipes ever – that are the absolute best on the web, and any one of them can be made easily and quickly.  Muffins are one of the most fun recipes to make IMHO, and give instant gratification every time.


And this list of the best lemon poppy seed muffins includes healthy lemon poppy seed muffins, muffins with glaze, muffins without glaze, gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins, paleo lemon poppy seed muffins and everything in between.

These lemon poppy seed muffin recipes include ingredients such as :

  • Yoghurt
  • Whole wheat
  • Almond flour
  • Cake mix
  • Biscuit mix
  • Coconut flour
  • honey
  • brown sugar

There is lots and lot of variety! Quick question first! Is it poppy seed or poppyseed?

Now Starbucks makes this amazing Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin, have you tried it?  I decided to try it and used a cake mix!  Yayyssss!  Just to see what it would turn out like.  A-maaaazing!

yellow plate with several lemon poppy seed muffins and one muffin broken in two on a blue and white checked cloth

Google says Lemon Poppy seed muffins are in the top 10 list of favorite muffins, and I can see why!  That moist delicious lemony flavour can’t be beat.

Each of the bloggers in this roundup of the best lemon poppy seed muffin recipes includes important baking tips.

  • My favorite – and very new tip is to take the time to sift your dry ingredients together.  I guarantee you will enjoy a lighter, fluffier bake if you do.
  • Letting your eggs get to room temperature will eliminate flat muffin tops.  The extra few minutes is just so worth it!
  • Also, while muffins come together quickly, be careful not to over-mix, or you will have a tough, chewy muffin and we don’t want that!  I’m sure you experienced bakers know that, but some of us are brand new and still learning!

So I’ve compiled The Top 10 Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipes just for you, no matter what your particular diet preference is! These recipes come from top bloggers, so be sure to check out their blogs!

Are you ready? Then let’s get started


golden lemon poppy seed muffin in muffin tray with two lemons to the side

Image credit goes to Pie Lady Bakes

This Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe from Pie Lady Bakes is light on calories – but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins! And weighing in at only 224 calories and 6 g fat they are BIG on flavour!  And we think it’s even better than the ones you can buy from that famous coffee shop.  You know?


lemon poppy seed muffin on white plate, cut lemons and white mug in background

Image Credit goes to A Kitchen Addiction

A Kitchen Addiction has some wonderful recipes, and this muffin recipe comes from American’s Test Kitchen Cookbook.  What I love about this lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is the choice you have to use either Whole Milk, or plain yogurt.  The recipe also makes 12 really fat muffins, because after all your hard work, you want something substantial to bite into right?


four lemon poppy seed muffins with dripped icing on a blue table

Image Credit goes to La Creme de la Crumb

These Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are from La Creme de la Crumb!  I’m really loving the glaze that’s drizzled back and forth on the tops!  Did you know that baking powder has an expiry date?  Be sure to check before you bake!


six lemon poppy seed muffins with a glaze on a white plate

Image Credit goes to Nourish Your Glow

These Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Nourish Your Glow are gluten free and paleo!  This recipe uses coconut oil, coconut flour, and honey as a sweetener.  Aren’t they beautiful?  I really appreciate the tips that are included in the recipe, like “melt the coconut oil” .


lemon yoghurt poppy seed muffins on a wire baking rack and a spoon in the foreground

Image credit goes to Betty Crocker

What is different about this Lemon Yoghurt Poppy Seed Muffin recipe by Betty Crocker is that it uses a lemon flavored yogurt.  Have you tried that before?  And there is also a ‘light version’ that allows for swapping out the egg for an egg substitute, skim milk and applesauce for a sweetener.  The lighter version is 150 calories, compared to 180 calories for the full, so if you asked me, I’d go for the full on recipe for and enjoy my 30 calories!


7 lemon poppy seed muffins with multi coloured paper muffin cups on a glass plate

Image Credit goes to Recipe Tips

This Quick and Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe from Recipe Tips will take you from start to finish in 35 minutes, and uses a lemon cake mix, and lemon pudding as part of the ingredients!  And while most of the other recipes provide 12 muffins, this recipe will make 22 muffins, but I think they are much smaller.  This recipe sounds similar to my Starbucks (Copycat) Lemon Loaf.


white latticed plate with several lemon poppyseed muffins with piped icing on top and white paper muffin cups

Image Credit goes to Taste of Home

An easy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin recipe from Taste of Home that will give you delicious Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins in 30 minutes.  What I love about Taste of Home is that most of their recipes come from great cooks, just like you and me! J  This recipe uses baking mix, and instant lemon pudding and gets really good reviews.


wire baker's rack with lemon poppy seed muffins on top and white mixing bowl in background with a blue stripe and a fresh lemon in front

Image credit goes to Genius Kitchen

With these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Genius Kitchen I love that you can use buttermilk or yoghurt in these muffins, and the ingredients includes butter instead of oil as the fat.  You need to separate the eggs too, beating the yolks, and then beating the egg whites.


4 lemon poppy seed muffins on white parchment paper and poppy speeds sprinkled around table

Image credit goes to Amy’s Healthy Baking

This recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking will make you a lemon poppy seed recipe fan 4-ever! Healthy yes, but the flavors that are packed into these little muffins are insane! White whole wheat flour, egg whites, and vanilla crème stevia.  Enjoy!


lemon poppy seed muffin with spoon drizzling white sugar glaze on top and lots of dripping icing sugar on table muffin in background and sliced lemons

Image credit goes to Kitchen Meets Girl

A simple Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin recipe from Kitchen Meets Girl, that uses unsalted butter, low fat yogurt, and light brown sugar to sweeten! I like the idea of starting the bake out at a higher temperature and then turning it back after a few minutes – that’s the way we bake our pies right?


So that’s a wrap.


Which one of the 10 best lemon poppy seed muffin recipes is your favorite?

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This is Your Top 10 Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipes! All right here, we've got healthy, bakery style, paleo, gluten free, yogurt, honey, and yes poppy seeds! Lots and lots of poppy seeds.
This is Your Top 10 Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipes! All right here, we've got healthy, bakery style, paleo, gluten free, yogurt, honey, and yes poppy seeds! Lots and lots of poppy seeds.

Do you have a favorite Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe?  Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.

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