Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Fall is here and the colder temperatures are perfect for baking some of your favorite treats! I love baking muffins, cakes, and cookies during the Fall and Winter months so I wanted to share a recipe created by my friend Susan for a citrus packed lemon poppy seed muffin. Muffins are so versatile and perfect for eating anytime of the day or night. These lemon poppy seed muffins are light, fluffy and gluten-free too. You can enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Moreover, muffins are small enough to be placed in your bag, taken on the go, and eaten whenever hunger strikes.

These lemon poppy seeds muffins are so delicious and nutritious. They include healthy ingredients like coconut flour, almond flour, poppy seeds, lemon and honey. They’re easy to prepare and you will only need around 30 minutes to finish the entire recipe.

This recipe is simple to make even for non-bakers. In less than an hour, you can have several lemon poppy seed muffins that you can serve to your guests. Or you can bring them to work as your mid-day or mid-afternoon snack.

Aside from being very filling, these muffins are more delicious than your typical snacks because of the use of lemon, raw honey, applesauce, and poppy seeds.

Before I share the recipe, I wanted to tell you about some of the health benefits of the ingredients in the muffins.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

 

Health benefits of poppy seeds

Poppy seeds have that distinctive nutty and pleasant taste. They are seeds derived from the dry fruits or pods of the poppy plant. Don’t worry, though, as poppy seeds are completely free from the harmful side effects of poppy plant, unlike the opium poppy.

Poppy seeds are rich in fatty acids and essential oils. These seeds have high levels of oleic acids that help lower LDL cholesterol and help increase the HDL cholesterol levels in blood.

Moreover, the outer husk of poppy seeds has high levels of dietary fiber. In fact, 100 grams of the raw seeds contain more than half of the recommended daily requirement for fiber. Dietary fiber can increase bulk in food by absorbing the water in the digestive tract. It also helps prevents constipation.

Dietary fiber can also help lower LDL cholesterol level by binding itself to bile salts, which is a byproduct of cholesterol, and lowering their re-absorption in the colon.

Poppy seeds are also rich in B-complex vitamins like folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin and pantothenic acid. Many of these vitamins can help in promoting a healthy metabolism.

Poppy seeds also contain small amounts of copper which can promote red blood cell production and zinc which helps in regulating growth and development.

 

Health benefits of lemon

We often think of lemon as a fruit rich only in vitamin C. However, there are other beneficial compounds that you can get when you incorporate more lemon into your diet.

Lemons, for one, have anti-cancer compounds including limonene that help slow down the growth of cancer tumors. Citric acid found in lemons can help prevent calcium stones.

Lemons are also good for people who want to lose weight. Studies have shown that lemon contains polyphenol antioxidants that can slow down weight gain and improve insulin resistance.

Potassium is a mineral which is found in lemons. In fact, lemons have more potassium than apples and grapes. This mineral is known to stimulate brain function, stabilize blood sugar levels and help strengthen the bones and muscles.

 

Health benefits of raw honey

With sugar getting a bad nutritional rep, many healthy recipes call for substituting it with other better alternatives like raw honey.

Like poppy seeds and lemons, honey is a superfood that is a nutrient-rich sweetener.

Raw honey can enhance our bodies’ immunity against allergies and can also help boost energy. It is even called the perfect running fuel. Many pre-workout and post-workout meals incorporate raw honey.

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

 

Lemon poppy seed muffins

Makes around 12 muffins

2 cups blanched Almond flour (My favorite almond flour)

¼ cup Coconut flour (My favorite coconut flour)

½ teaspoon Baking soda

1 teaspoon Baking powder

½ teaspoon Sea salt

½ cup unsweetened Applesauce

½ cup fresh Lemon juice

Zest of one lemon

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon pure Vanilla extract

¼ cup Raw honey

2 tablespoons Poppy seeds

1. Preheat the oven to a temperature of 350° F. I suggest using a convection oven with the fans to circulate the heat throughout the muffins. This also helps you to prevent burned muffins as much as possible.

2. Combine the almond flour, baking soda, coconut flour, sea salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

3. Combine the lemon juice, applesauce, lemon zest, honey, vanilla extract and eggs in another bowl. Add this to the almond-coconut flour mixture. Stir well to combine. Stir in the poppy seeds.

4. Line a muffin tray with silicone liners or paper liners. Grease well and divide the batter equally. Bake the muffins for 25 minutes. Check it every now and then as you don’t want them to get burned.

5. Remove from the muffins from the oven then let them cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

What are you waiting for? Try this yummy recipe now. If you find it satisfying, please share the recipe with family and friends! What’s your favorite baked good? Muffins, cookies, pies, or cakes? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

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Author Biography: Hello! I’m Susan and I write Cook The Stone. My site is where I collect all the recipes and useful food information that I love. My blog is focused on foods that are good for both the body and mind. Happy cooking!

 

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Comments

  1. Hi, Susan!

    I love anything lemon and poppy seeds adds a little something extra that makes for a special treat. I’ll make these soon, for sure!

    Take care,
    Evelyn

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