These Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are light fluffy breakfast muffins with bursting lemon flavors with a sweet tangy lemon glaze.
Nothing beats these vegan lemon poppy seed muffins for breakfast any time of the year to feel like it’s spring! I’ve always been quite a muffin afficionado, making all kinds of vegan versions of the classic muffins from my Vegan Banana Muffins to my Vegan Raspberry Muffins, or the classic of the classics Vegan Blueberry Muffins.
These easy lemon muffins are moist and sweet with a tangy lemon flavor and deliciously nutty, fruity poppy seeds.
Why You’ll Love These Muffins
Vegan lemon poppy seed muffins are easy egg-free, dairy-free breakfast muffins with a refreshing lemon flavor and filled with poppy seeds for a nutty flavor.
They are fluffy, moist, and topped with a lovely sweet lemon glaze. They are similar to my Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins but with the added benefits of the poppy seeds: taste, texture, and nutrition.
Ingredients and Substitution Tips
All you need to make this vegan lemon poppy seed muffins recipe are:
- All-Purpose Flour – While the recipe might work with gluten-free flour and spelt flour, I haven’t tried these options.
- Almond Milk or any non-dairy milk you love such as coconut milk, cashew milk, or oat milk.
- Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Lemon Zest
- Sugar – I prefer using unrefined cane sugar. It has a light color that is preferable to keep the lemon muffins pale. You can also use coconut sugar, but the muffins will be darker.
- Poppy Seeds – You can soak the seeds in water for 30 minutes to soften their texture and avoid a crunchy texture. Soaking poppy seeds also makes them easier to digest. To do so, soak the seeds for 30 minutes in a small bowl with cold tap water. Set aside 30 minutes, drain over a small sieve, and use in the recipe.
- Avocado Oil or any vegetable oil you have at home that doesn’t have a too strong flavor for baking. Refined melted coconut oil works great for example, or melted vegan butter.
- Vanilla Extract
- Baking Powder
How To Make Vegan Poppy Seed Muffins
- First, you are going to make vegan buttermilk by stirring non-dairy milk and lemon juice together (photo 1). Set aside for 10 minutes until the mixture curdles.
- Next, in a large mixing bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside (photo 2).
- In a large bowl, add the vegan buttermilk made in step 1, avocado oil, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until light and fluffy lemon muffin batter firms (photo 3).
- In the end, fold in the poppy seeds, soaked and drained, or raw. Stir to evenly incorporate in the vegan muffin batter (photo 4).
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper muffin liners and lightly spray with cooking oil spray.
- Fill the muffin tins evenly with the muffin batter. I like using an ice cream scoop to make muffins of the same size (photo 5).
- Bake the muffins on the center rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Bake until lightly golden brown on the top, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean.
- Let them cool down completely at room temperature on a cooling rack before glazing.
- It’s optional to glaze these muffins. But the lemon glaze enhances the lemon flavor of the recipe (photo 6).
To glaze your vegan lemon muffins you will need:
- Powdered Sugar
- Lemon Juice – freshly squeezed
- Lemon Zest – optional
Stir the ingredients in a small mixing bowl until the glazing is thick and runny. If too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar to thicken it up.
If too thick, thin it out with more milk adding a few drops at a time.
Drizzle the lemon glaze on top of the vegan muffins and add a pinch of lemon zest on top if you like extra citrus, tangy flavor.
These vegan lemon poppy seed muffins don’t need any toppings to be enjoyed.
You can slightly spread vegan butter or cashew butter in the crumb for a touch of flavor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are my answers to your most common questions about this recipe.
No, this recipe works only with all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, or white spelt flour. They will be crumbly with oat flour and too dry with wholewheat flour.
You can swap the baking powder for half the baking soda. Two teaspoons of baking powder equal one teaspoon of baking soda.
This technique works only if the batter has an acidic element, like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. If not, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the wet ingredients.
Yes, there is a lot of muffin mixes that are vegan-friendly.
You can also often buy a regular baking mix – often naturally vegan – and add an egg replacer and dairy-free milk instead of the recommended eggs and milk.
Stored in an airtight container, these muffins last in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
You can freeze them in freezer bags for up to one month. Thaw at room temperature the day before.
More Vegan Muffin Recipes
I have countless vegan muffin recipes for you to try.
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Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 12-hole muffin tray with a paper liner. Lightly oil the paper with cooking oil spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir lemon juice with almond milk. Set aside for 10 minutes until it curdles.
- In another large mixing bowl, whisk the dry ingredients : all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- Bring back the bowl with the milk mixture and add in the remaining liquid ingredients: oil and vanilla extract.
- Stir until just combined and no flour can be seen.
- Fold in the poppy seeds and lemon zest and give an extra stir to incorporate evenly.
- Divide the muffin batter evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake the muffins in the center rack of your oven until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean. It takes 25 to 30 minutes.
- Cool down on a rack completely before adding any glazing.
- To glaze, stir powdered sugar, plant-based milk, and lemon juice – add the dairy-free milk gradually. If too thin, add more icing sugar, one tablespoon at a time, and if too thick, add more lemon juice.
- Drizzle on top of the lemon muffins with a pinch of freshly grated lemon zest.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
- You can freeze in freezer bags for up to one month. Thaw at room temperature the day before.
Storage InstructionsStore the lemon muffins in an airtight box in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days. You can place the lemon muffins in freezer bags and freeze them for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature the day before.
Allergy SwapsIf you have food allergies, pick some of the options below.
- Nut-Free – Pick nut-free milk like oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
- Gluten-Free – I didn’t try all-purpose gluten-free flour for this lemon poppy seed muffin recipe and I can’t guarantee it will work.
- Oil-Free – I haven’t tried replacing the oil in this recipe. Some readers suggested using unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana, or vegan yogurt. You can try this option but expect a different texture, probably less fluffy.