Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins labeled

When I think muffins, I think of my Grandma’s house in Stamford, Connecticut. Not because she baked muffins, actually I can’t really remember anything she baked except chicken wings (baking wasn’t really her thing).

I do remember my mom and my Aunt MaryAnn coming in the house after a long morning walk, arms overflowing with Dunkin’ Doughnut Bags. Picture 7 kids (me, siblings, and cousins) and about 30 sleeping bags arguing over which cartoon to watch while desperately awaiting breakfast. These bags came complete with individual orders from all 7 of us spoiled brats.

I always ordered a large chocolate chip muffin while my sisters typically went for the doughnuts. At the time, I thought I was making the “healthy choice”. I would pour myself a glass of milk and go to town on my oversized muffin blissfully thinking I was being healthy.

It wasn’t until I got a little bit older (and wiser) that I realized just how wrong I was. It turns out that at Dunkin’ Doughnuts …

A chocolate frosted doughnut with sprinkles is about 290 calories and 16 grams of fat, whereas, a chocolate chip muffin is about 550 calories and 21 grams of fat.


The truth is I love muffins and I’m going to eat them no matter what, so I’ll make my own less monstrous version.

I came up with these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins because I’m still having dreams about the Lemon Poppy Seed pancakes I ate in New York Last Weekend. I did some experimenting in the kitchen and the result is worth sharing.


Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins 

Lemone Poppy seed stacked

Serves: 12


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • zest from one lemon
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 Tbsp honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well
  3. Coat muffin pan with non-stick spray and divide batter evenly
  4. Bake for 18-25 minutes
  5. Allow to cool before serving

Lemon Poppy Seed aligned


  1. Heather says

    YUM!!!!! Those look amazing. I will definitely be trying those out soon. Thanks for the recipe and for reminding me of our fun doughnut/muffin/bagel filled summers :)

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