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Lemon and poppy seeds are one of those classic combinations that work really well and ar perfect when baked together in a lemon poppy seed muffin!

Why not make your own Lemon Icing Glaze for this recipe? Or make this recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake?

lemon poppy seed muffins on a wire baking rack

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon poppy seed muffins are a mainstay of bakeries everywhere, and for a good reason. They are bright, refreshing, and delicious, making them one of the perfect breakfasts that you can prepare ahead of time.

Make sure you drizzle over some lemon icing glaze, or these muffins might be a bit bland without a little extra sweetness.

ingredients for lemon poppy seed muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts, as there are a few fiddly ingredients here.

  • All-purpose flour
  • White sugar
  • Poppy seeds
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Plain yogurt
  • Lemon juice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lemon zest

Lemon Glaze

  • Sugar glaze
  • Lemon zest
drizzling glaze on a lemon poppy seed muffin

How To Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Lightly grease a 12 well muffin tin
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, yogurt, lemon juice, vegetable oil, and lemon zest
  • Blend the wet ingredients together until it is totally combined
  • Add the dry to the wet and mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix
  • Divide the batter between the pre=prepared muffin wells
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until they are lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
  • Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes before drizzling them with sugar glaze
lemon poppy seed muffins on a white plate

Are Poppy Seeds in Food Dangerous?

For those not aware, poppy seeds contain varying amounts of opium on them obtained in processing. This is what is used to produce all sorts of pain-relieving medicines like morphine. When you eat poppy seeds, there is a very small amount of opium that the body processes – however, you really are not going to get any sort of “high” from the seeds.

BUT did you know that there is a small risk of you failing a drug test for a few hours after eating one of these poppy seed muffins!! The things I learn on a day-to-day basis when working on this website!

lemon poppy seed muffins with a bite taken out of it

Do You Have To Use Fresh Lemons For This Recipe?

Whenever lemons are needed for a recipe, there is always the inevitable worry about getting hold of fresh lemons. Maybe you live somewhere that doesn't offer lemons year-round, or maybe you are just the sort of person that doesn't keep citrus on hand and doesn't want to have to buy lemons just for this recipe.

While you could certainly get by with some bottled lemon juice, this is one of those recipes that really benefits from fresh lemons.

For one thing, you need lemon zest as well, which isn’t really something you can get jarred or bottled like lemon juice.

It might be inconvenient, but definitely head to the grocery store and get some lemons for these muffins.

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Enjoy! Happy baking!



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These decadent, flavored loaded lemon poppyseed muffins are the perfect snack or breakfast! Top them with a perfect lemon glaze to really make it a treat!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

 These decadent, flavored loaded lemon poppy seed muffins are the perfect snack or breakfast! Top them with a perfect lemon glaze to really make it a treat!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon zest

Lemon Glaze

  • one batch powdered sugar glaze
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Lightly grease a 12 well muffin tin and set aside,
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, white sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate bowl mix the eggs, yogurt, lemon juice, vegetable oil and lemon zest. Blend until completely combines and then add to the flour mixture.
  • Mix until just combined together.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared muffin wells, I use a large ice cream scoop to make perfect, evenly sized muffins.
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, and the tops spring back when touched.
  • Let muffins cool in pans for 5-6 minutes before removing them and placing them on a baking rack to cool completely.
  • While the muffins are cooling, prepare the powdered sugar glaze. Add in the lemon zest and stir.
  • Once the muffins have cooled, drizzle the lemon glaze over top.
  • Keep in a closed container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 208kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 209mg, Potassium: 141mg, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 1.3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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      Hi Mary, When you cover things in sealed containers, the moisture is kept inside which can lead to this.5 stars

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