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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe - Healthy and Low-Fat

Updated on October 26, 2015
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | Source

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!

Please Rate This Healthy Muffin Recipe

4.5 stars from 8 ratings of Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 muffins

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
Lemon Poppy-Seed Muffin Batter
Lemon Poppy-Seed Muffin Batter | Source
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Before Baking
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Before Baking | Source
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Cooling on a Wire Rack
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Cooling on a Wire Rack | Source

How to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Scratch

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. Beat together egg white, low-fat yogurt, canola oil, lemon juice and lemon zest until combined.
  4. 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.
  5. Line your muffin tins with paper liners. Fill about 2/3 of each muffin tin with your lemon poppy seed batter.
  6. Bake in the preheated for about 20 - 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | Source

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

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 muffin (without the glaze)
Calories 180
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 5 g
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 19 g
Protein 4 g8%
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.

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!


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    6 years ago

    Poppy seed muffins are my favorite. They are the only muffin that I will eat. I will be making these. Voted up!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @Lizam1 - Hi. I've never frozen these muffins, so I don't know whether they will still be good after reheating or not. I've refrigerated them, though. And they didn't get soggy at all after I warmed them in a microwave. :)

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    6 years ago from Scotland

    My daughter loves lemon poppyseed muffins and our local store has stopped selling them on a regular basis. I will try making this recipe. Do you know if the muffins freeze well? Some muffins when I re-heat them for school lunches end up soggy and very unappetizing:-(

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @torrilynn - Thanks! Give this healthy muffin recipe a try sometime. You won't be disappointed!

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    6 years ago

    I love your idea of a lemon poppy seed muffin. It includes healthy ingredients while still having that sweet flavor. Great. Voted Up.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @Rusticliving - Hi, Lisa. I'm glad you're going to give this recipe a try. Have a lovely weekend :)

    @idigwebsites - "Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins" does sound good, doesn't it? Thanks a lot for your kind words.

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    6 years ago from United States

    The name itself really sounds delicious! And I'm happy that it's also healthy, I want to make of those! Voted up and shared. :)

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    Liz Rayen 

    6 years ago from California

    I LOVE lemon poppy seed muffins! I have all the ingredients and these will be made this weekend. So happy I found this hub and your recipe!---Lisa

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @Peggy W - Thanks for your kind comment and 5-star rating, Peggy. Hope your husband enjoy the muffins!

    @jamesbali - You're very welcome!

    @RTalloni - Thanks, RTalloni. Hope you try this low-fat muffin recipe a try sometime :)

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    6 years ago from the short journey

    Yes, thanks for posting your recipe for us. It's a good reminder of how good lemon poppy seed muffins are, and a new, healthier recipe for them!

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    James Bali 

    6 years ago from London

    Thanks for sharing this. It's very useful!

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    Peggy Woods 

    6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Om,

    Now this is a recipe that I can't wait to try! I love lemon poppy seed cake although I have not had it in ages. I like the idea that these are low fat. I have all of the ingredients in the house save canola oil. I'll substitute light olive oil instead and skip the glaze. Might just surprise my husband with these tomorrow. Gave this 5 stars and up ratings. Sharing!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @leahlefler - Haha yeah, you can move in (and pay my rent for me, too!). So glad you like this lemon poppy-seed muffin recipe, Leah. Cheers!

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    Leah Lefler 

    6 years ago from Western New York

    Om, if you continue to post these gorgeous pictures of your food, I am going to move in with you. These look SO delicious (I love lemon flavored food). I am off to the grocery store to pick up some poppy seeds - yum!

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    6 years ago from Washington

    That and all the meals, eh? He cooks though and SUPER well so I can't complain.....poor guy is afraid he's going to be stuck with 2 elderly parents the rest of his life though. I told him wait until your dad goes into diapers~ He does not think that's too sense of humor!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @akirchner - LOL Hey, your son should be grateful; being with you guys and the malamutes is like attending a comedy club for free!

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    6 years ago from Washington

    Ha--he coulda been--it was just hysterical though and my son who's 30 something and staying with us just shook his head. He proceeded to call his 2 siblings later in the week and describe the incident to them in graphic (if not embelished detail). Yeah--mom and dad were ready for bed so they were in their PJ's and freaking out thinking a mountain lion jumped the fence and got their Griffin dog--they were checking him hysterically for wounds of all kinds and Griffin is just lying there enjoying the belly rubs! Then he smashed the rest of the raspberry into their coverlet on the bed.....then mom freaked out about that and was trying to get the stain out---and they let THEM drive--can you believe it?

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @akirchner - Ha! That wasn't an accident at all. Griff was just playing a prank on you guys. hehehe....As for tofu-based muffins, yes that sounds like a delightful plan!

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    6 years ago from Washington

    Ya know--I bet between the 2 of us, we could come up with a recipe that HAD/HAS tofu and we could try to sneak it by Bob....or Griffin first....although I haven't met 1 food item that my hammerheaded food scarf does not like--although he DID spit out a raspberry that I gave him recently. Bob and I almost had a heart attack--it got stuck to his mass of neck fur and we thought he'd been bitten/attacked by something and were frantically looking for a wound! OMG--and to think they let us have children---and drive!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @carol7777 - Hehee Yep, no drug test, no problem! You can eat a bunch of these poppy seed muffins.

    @healthylife - Yes, try them first to see how you like the recipe. You might want to add a little more sugar or use a little less. Or 400 degrees might be too hot for your oven. It's always smart to try a recipe at least once before baking for a party.

    @prasetio - That's awesome, Pras! I hope she likes these low-fat muffins.

    @Cardisa - Here's your virtual napkin, Carolee. Sorry for making you drool. LOL

    @akirchner - Yeah, I totally agree. Muffins made with yogurt or sour cream tend to be very nice and moist. No tofu, though? Ah no fun :P

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    6 years ago from Washington

    Another fabulous muffin recipe~ I love muffins with sour cream or yogurt as they seem to always stay moister that way. Definitely trying this one~~~ And no tofu, Bob!

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    Carolee Samuda 

    6 years ago from Jamaica

    A mouthful of awesomeness!!! My mouth is watering and that doesn't happen love one of those right now. I suppose they would be great for people with a sweet tooth without the calories and sugar.

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    6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Hi, Sister. I am so happy to see you again with a new recipe. I love Muffin and your recipe looks delicious. As usual, I'll show this hub to my mom. I hope she want to make it for me. Voted up!

    Best wishes,Prasetio

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    Healthy Life 

    6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    These look delicious and great for company for breakfast but I better try them first in case a little trial and error is involved. Voted up!

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    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    I love lemon and since I don't get drug tested I can eat poppy seeds. Sounds luscious...Going to bookmark this recipe.


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