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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – Gluten Free

Healthy gluten free muffin recipe by Marla Meridith

It has been a few months since I posted with the Gluten Free Ratio Rally group and I am so pleased to be back in the mix this month. I could not resist with the cake theme. As you know cake is one of my all time favorite foods. In my book, muffins are just little cakes in pretty wrappers, soooo I made us some Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.

Healthy gluten free muffin recipe by Marla Meridith

Whenever I see recipes with poppy seeds I crack a smile. I love the look of these tiny black specks. Sure they don’t look great poking through your teeth but that is what toothpicks are for right?! Lemon and poppy seeds are a classic pairing. They deserve to be together as much as possible. With the gluten free almond and oat flours these muffins will give you lots of fuel for hikes, workouts and blogging. You might also like these GF Blueberry Lemon Muffins that I created for the Panera Dream Day event.

Colorado mountains ski resort Telluride

The more energy we have the better, right? In the past I never thought I would be able to enjoy a muffin as a feel good food. They are usually sized way too large and filled with refined sugars, white flour and way too much fat. Here is a happy compromise for any time of day. I feel light and great after two or three of these minis.

Healthy gluten free muffin recipe by Marla Meridith

Aren’t those little bandana print cupcake liners super cute? Gives ’em a little western kick huh!

Healthy gluten free muffin recipe by Marla Meridith

Double wrapped is even better. Toss on your cowboy boots & eat a muffin.

Bandana Print cupcake liners in red, green and navy blue

Can I let you in on a little secret? While here in Telluride I have been cutting a few of these babies in half and frying them up in egg whites. Some kind of twisted & very delicious French Toast of sorts. I guess I should have a photo of that for you, but I don’t. I eat this scramble too quickly. Makes a great afternoon snack. In between blogging, hikes and gondola rides. summer vacation in Telluride, CO

Speaking of the Telluride gondola….I took those pictures above and titled ’em Gondola Blogging the other day. I tweeted it and actually scared the folks who are scared of heights. I thought that was kinda funny. *tee hee* 

Healthy gluten free muffin recipe by Marla Meridith

Serve with piping hot coffee. Or a tall glass of ice cold milk…..

Milk with gluten free muffins recipe on

Also don’t forget to add a pat of butter, a smear of cream cheese or your favorite nut butter.

Gluten Free mini Muffins with whipped butter and red knife

Thank you to Kate from Gluten Free Gobsmacked for hosting this months event. Remember you can join in too. Feel free to share your gluten free cake/muffin/cupcake recipes below.

What is your favorite kind of muffin or cake? Are you a fan of poppy seeds?


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*This post was added to Tidymom’s I’m Loving it series


~ Marla Meridith

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84 thoughts on “Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – Gluten Free

  1. Oh my friend these look wonderful!

    And I love the mountain shots. I know that is your happy place. Between the mountains and the muffins, I’d be real happy 🙂

    Wish you were here w/ me at Food & Light and we were in the same mountains at the same time. One day…


    1. Hi Averie, I know it would be such a KICK to be with you in the mountains. I hope you have an amazing experience in Boulder at Food and Light. It was pretty life changing for me in so many ways last year. I cannot believe it was over a year ago. Can’t wait to see your photos and to hear stories. xo

  2. OK – those pics of Telluride are just too gorgeous. I have it on my list of places to visit!
    Good lookin’ muffins too (but I’m not sure about the muffin scramble, girl 😉 ) hehe. Have fun!

    1. Kristin, perhaps I should have not admitted to that 😉 very odd indeed. My hubs looked at me like I had flipped out while I was scrambling. It is sooooo tasty though. You really do need to get to T-ride with your family. I could never disappoint. xo

    1. Heather, you will be amazed at how amazing gluten free muffins are. The crumb on these is awesome. These GF flours have so much more flavor than traditional refined flour. Give it a go & let me know what you think!

  3. Your trip looks awesome. I need to make it to Telluride one day SOON! It’s like Switzerland’s awesome cousin. These muffins are a dream come true too! Yum.

  4. Marla!!! Those muffin wrappers are so cute!
    I love the pictures of telluride. Breath taking. Such gorgeous colors.
    What an amazing inspirational place! Miss you! xo

  5. Oooh, I love poppy seeds! These look great, and I love that they’re GF 😀 I also love the bandana wrappers and your wire basket that you put the muffins in. Jeez, I love a lot of thing about this post 😀 Everything is so nice!

    1. Gretchen, you blog Kumquat just made me so happy!! Love it over there & I will be back to visit often. Your recipes, food styling and photography are awesome!

  6. These look fabulous. I would love to make these but have a nut allergy child. What would be a good replacement flour- I’m not that familiar with all the substitution possibilities with gluten free flours.

    1. Hi Cristie, you can try to use an equal ratio of oat or corn flour to sub out the almond one. Since the almond flour has some fat in it you would probably want to add some egg yolk, butter or coconut oil. I have not tested these muffins like that though, so let me know if you try it out 🙂

  7. After spending a couple of seconds figuring out what GF stood for – Good Food, Girl Friend and another expletive that I won’t sully your lovely blog with I realized how dim I was being GLUTEN FREE! Hope you are having a relaxing time up there.

    1. OMG, Lucy I am rolling! That is hilarious. I suppose going forward I should make myself much more clear. These GF muffins are great after a GF…. oh no things are starting to get racy around here.

  8. these look adorable. thank you for offering a lemon poppy seed muffin that is gluten free. I’ll be sure to pass this on to my sister who is trying to cut out white flour from her diet.

  9. Those look amazingly good! I love lemon poppyseed – I’ll have to try these out soon. Wonderful job!!

    1. Claire, that is good to know. I love using very few ingredients that come together easily & are very tasty. My policy is always less is more when it comes to food. I let great ingredients shine and speak for themselves. I also don’t like to hunt for a million ingredients or find that I don’t have them at home. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Thanks so much for your visit to my blog, it is great to ‘meet’ you. Love your posts here, I will definitely be back. Take care Diane

  11. Yum! I love lemon poppyseed muffins…and I love experimenting with gluten-free…perfect! Thanks for another great recipe, Marla! And those photos…wow! Stunning!

  12. These sound delicious…….but frying them up like french toast? now THAT really sounds FANTASTIC

    so I’m not afraid of hieghts too much, but that picture with the corner of your laptop on the lift while you took a picture…..THAT freaks me out! lol…..on the lifts I hold on to my phone for dear life! haha I can’t imagine having a lap top out, not to mention taking a picture while it’s out ! haha

    gorgeous pics Marla

  13. Oh yeah, mini chocolate chips might to be good too! 🙂 These are great looking muffins, Marla. And you look like you’re having a super Telluride vacation!

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog…glad to be in SRC with you as well! Love your blog…these muffins look great. I need to share your blog with a good girlfriend of mine who eats GF. She’s always looking for new recipes.

  15. Marla – what gorgeous photos of your time in Telluride. Would love to visit there some day. Your GF lemon poppyseed muffins look fantastic – nice crumb! Will have to give these a whirl.

  16. Who is crazy to ever think of gluten again after seeing this fantastic photos? I want these muffins, i want these muffins….. 🙂

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  18. Looking for the bandana cupcake liners – can you tell me where to find them? doing a cowgirl birthday party for my grand-daughter:)