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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe - Healthy and Low-Fat
What I love about these lemon poppy seed muffins is that they're a nice blend of sweet and tangy flavors with a little nutty punch in every bite. Since they're low in calories and fat, you can enjoy a couple of them for breakfast without taking up much of your daily calorie allotment. Plus, they're not too high in sugar so you can grab one for an afternoon snack without risking a sugar crash afterwards. Who wouldn't enjoy yummy and healthy muffins like these? Now if you're ready to embark on a little muffin adventure, here are step-by-step instructions on how to make these muffins from scratch!
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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - Ingredients
- 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 1 large egg white
- 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
- 2 tbsps canola oil
- 2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp grated lemon zest
How to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Scratch
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Stir together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, poppy seeds and salt. The best tool for this is a whisk; it can help disperse all the ingredients evenly.
- Beat together egg white, low-fat yogurt, canola oil, lemon juice and lemon zest until combined.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, and gently mix together until the batter is thoroughly moist. Don't vigorously beat the ingredients together or stir too much. It's better for the batter to be slightly lumpy than perfectly smooth. An overmixed batter usually results in very dry and dense muffins.
- Line your muffin tins with paper liners. Fill about 2/3 of each muffin tin with your lemon poppy seed batter.
- Bake in the preheated for about 20 - 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove your lemon poppy seed muffins from the tins and let them cool down a little on a wire rack. Top with lemon glaze (optional) and let them sit for another few minutes or until the glaze is dry.
- These healthy low-fat muffins are best served warm, but they can also be refrigerated for up to a few days and reheated before serving.
How to Make Lemon Glaze for These Low-Fat Muffins
These lemon poppy seed muffins are already yummy, but with a little bit of sweet-and-tangy lemon glaze on top, they get even better! Keep in mind, though, that it will also add about 15 extra calories to each muffin. The lemon glaze does not contain any fat but has quite a bit of sugar.
Preparation - Mix together 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice in a bowl. Stir together until the mixture turns into a thick and smooth liquid. Use it to glaze your muffins right away.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - Nutrition and Calorie Information
|Serving size: 1 muffin (without the glaze)|
|Calories from Fat||45|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 5 g||8%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 5 g|
|Carbohydrates 30 g||10%|
|Sugar 19 g|
|Protein 4 g||8%|
|Cholesterol 1 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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Plus Points about Poppy Seeds
- Containing a good amount of antioxidants, poppy seeds can potentially strengthen your immune system, increase energy, aid in digestion, improve blood circulation and even boost your brain function.
- Rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, these nutty seeds can help decrease LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol" levels in your blood. In other words, they are a heart-friendly ingredient.
- Poppy seeds are a good source of several nutrients including vitamin B, iron, magnesium and potassium.
- Compared to many other seeds and nuts, poppy seeds have been proven to be less allergenic.
A Downside of Poppy Seeds
As you may know, opium and poppy seeds are derived from the same plant. Although the levels of opium alkaloids in poppy seeds are way too low to produce any narcotic effects, poppy seed consumption can sometimes cause a false positive in a drug test!