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Lemon muffin with poppy seeds on a board.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

These easy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are light and fluffy, with a fresh citrus taste and a little crunch from the seeds. Glazed or not, they are sure to brighten your day!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon poppy seed muffins, poppy seed muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 191 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

  2. Line muffin tin with paper liners. I recommend the parchment kind.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt.
  4. Add lemon zest and poppy seeds and stir in.
  5. In a glass measuring cup, mix buttermilk (or make your own with vinegar and milk), vanilla, egg and oil.
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir in with a spatula.
  7. Divide the batter among muffin cups in the baking pan, using a spring ice cream scoop.
  8. Bake muffins for 7 minutes at the high temperature to achieve the high tops. Without opening the oven door, lower the temperature to 375° F and bake the muffins for 13 to 15 minutes more, or until the tops are domed and golden light brown.

  9. Glaze muffins, if desired. To do so, mix ¼ cup of powdered sugar with 2 teaspoons of milk or lemon juice.

Recipe Notes

  • Make your own buttermilk by following my fail-proof recipe. No reason to buy it at the store.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract, to amp up the flavor.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 53IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.