Easy and light vegan lemon poppy seed muffins that are full of zest and sweetness, yet lower in sugar than most muffins and completely gluten free!

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Not going to lie, I lived off of lemon poppy seed muffins as a kid. My mom packed them into almost every school lunch from grades 1-5 (then I had to put on some big girl shoes, and make my own lunch haha!). Lemon poppy seed muffins have a special place in my heart!

So naturally, I decided to create a vegan and gluten free version that tastes just like the one I had growing up. Mind you, the ones from my childhood probably weren’t made with the best ingredients, but these vegan muffins?

Absolutely heavenly. And with a little immune-boosting twist!

tea mug with gluten free lemon poppy seed muffin

The BEST healthy lemon poppy seed muffins

I’m currently swooning over these gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins. They taste just like a bakery muffin, yet with ingredients that are easy to find, light, and completely vegan as well!

Bursting with lemon zest and deliciously tender and moist, these healthier vegan muffins are soon to be your go to for citrus and cold season!

lemon poppy seed muffins with tea bags

OH, and the secret ingredient for these deliciously easy vegan muffins?

Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support tea steeped in coconut milk! It adds the most delicate flavor to boost the lemon and lemon zest, all while giving you some great immune boosting support!

How to make gluten free vegan lemon poppy seed muffins

Let’s start with the ingredients, shall we? I’ve already given away one secret ingredient, but let’s go over the rest!

muffin tin of lemon poppy seed muffins

For these gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins you’ll need:

  • Gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour: this is different than just straight up gluten free baking flour! Make sure that the blend you use contains xanthan gum. Additionally, if you don’t want to make these vegan lemon poppy seed muffins gluten free, you can also just swap in all-purpose flour!
  • Vegan butter or coconut oil
  • Maple Syrup and coconut sugar: both are necessary here because the maple syrup adds some moisture to the recipe! If we were to do just maple syrup or just coconut sugar, it wouldn’t come out as well 🙂 Also, I highly recommend using pure maple syrup- it tastes much better!
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Dairy free yogurt: I recommend cashew yogurt, but if you’re going nut free, you can absolutely use coconut yogurt!
  • Coconut milk steeped with Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support tea: as I mentioned above, this is the secret ingredient that not only boosts the lemon flavor with a little bit of lemongrass, but it also adds Echinacea, perfect for immune support during cold season!
  • Lemon and lemon zest
  • Poppy seeds

Now that we’ve gone over the main ingredients, let’s make these lemon poppy seed muffins! They’re super simple, I promise 🙂 I’ve even separated the ingredients from the wet and the dry to make it simpler!

clos euh of muffin tin with lemon poppy seed muffins

First up, just make sure that you have your oven set and preheated to 350F and you’ve lined your muffin tray with cupcake or muffin liners.

Then, prep your coconut milk and Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support tea my heating the coconut milk to a boil then steeping the tea for about 5-10 minutes, depending how strong you want it. I recommend somewhere in the middle (about 7 😉 ).

lemon poppy seed muffin with liner pulled down

And now we’re onto the actual baking!

  1. First, combine all of the dry ingredients for your vegan lemon poppy seed muffins in one bowl, then set that aside.
  2. Mix together your wet ingredients in a separate bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, and mix again until you have a thick and consistent batter.
  4. Spoon the lemon poppy seed muffin batter into each cupcake liner, about 3/4 of the way up the liner, and bake the muffins for 35-37 minutes.

That’s it! Serve with a cup of Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support tea and you have the best afternoon snack, or enjoy for an on the go healthy vegan breakfast!

hand holding tea mug with lemon poppy seed muffin

Answering a common question: can you substitute chia seeds for poppy seeds?

Short answer: absolutely! Chia seeds are a great substitute for poppyseeds when you don’t have them on hand or are avoiding them for safety reasons (they’re toxic to cats and dogs!).

Chia seeds can be swapped in at a one-to-one ratio for poppyseeds, so not to worry if you’re itching to make this recipe, but only have chia seeds! They’ll still be the most delicious healthy lemon poppy seed muffins ever 🙂

lemon poppy seed muffin

I hope you love these easy gluten free vegan lemon poppy seed muffins as much as I do! They’re like a burst of sunshine during this wintery season, and a great way to get some immune support all while having a delicious treat, thanks to the immune tea!

If you make this recipe, let me know down below in the comments section! As always, I love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag both Yogi Tea and myself there!

Happy baking!

lemon poppy seed muffin with bite taken out of it

More delicious and easy vegan baked goods

Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Paleo Vegan Banana Bread

Paleo Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Star Bread

Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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lemon poppy seed muffin

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (Gluten Free)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Category: Bread and Baked Goods
  • Method: Baking

Description

Easy and light vegan lemon poppy seed muffins that are full of zest and sweetness, yet lower in sugar than most muffins and completely gluten free!


Ingredients

Scale

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free 1-to-1 flour (make sure it contains xanthan gum)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp poppyseeds

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support Tea tea bag
  • 1/2 cup dairy free yogurt (such as coconut yogurt or cashew yogurt)
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 12-tin muffin tin with liners.
  2. Heat the coconut milk to boiling, then steep Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support Tea for 5-10 minutes. Prepare the dry ingredients while that is steeping.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients listed under “Dry Ingredients” and set aside.
  4. In large bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients, including the steeped Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support Tea coconut milk mixture until thoroughly combined.
  5. Sift in the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until it forms a thick and consistent batter.
  6. Fill each muffin liner about 3/4 of the way full with batter and place the muffin tin into the oven to bake for 35-37 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Enjoy your vegan lemon poppyseed muffins for up to 2 days stored covered on the counter or 7 days stored in the fridge.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 179
  • Sugar: 7.9 g
  • Sodium: 112 mg
  • Fat: 8.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.4 g
  • Protein: 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 19.7 mg

Keywords: vegan lemon poppyseed muffins, healthy lemon poppyseed muffins, gluten free lemon poppyseed muffins

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