Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – Gluten Free

by Marla on August 3, 2011 · 84 comments

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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.

Family Fresh Cooking 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 Family Fresh Cooking

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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Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 19 mini muffins

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


  • 1/2 cup (74 grams) gluten free Oat Flour + 1 teaspoon
  • 1 cup (118 grams) blanched Almond Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 4 ounces Egg Whites (from about 3-4 large eggs)
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams/4 ounces) unsweetened Light Coconut Milk
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • zest from 1 Lemon
  • 2-3 droppers full of Vanilla Stevia Drops, adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds (coat in 1 teaspoon of the Oat Flour)


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Prepare muffin pans with liners. In a medium bowl whisk together almond flour, oat flour, baking soda and sea salt. In another bowl combine eggs, coconut milk, lemon zest, lemon juice and stevia. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Taste batter and make any stevia/sweetness adjustments. Gently fold in poppy seeds. Fill muffin pans about 3/4 full with batter and top each with some more poppy seeds. Bake muffins for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out virtually crumb free.
  • Notes
  • If poppy seeds aren't your thing, no worries just leave them out. Or you can add sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

More Gluten Free Muffins & Cakes on Family Fresh Cooking

Gluten Free Ratio Rally Links

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


{ 74 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria August 3, 2011 at 6:29 am

Beautiful photos! Looks like you are having a good time! Enjoy!


2 Rosa August 3, 2011 at 6:29 am

Lovely! That is one of my favorite muffin flavor.




3 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 3, 2011 at 6:31 am

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…



4 Marla August 3, 2011 at 6:37 am

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


5 Kristen August 3, 2011 at 6:44 am

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!


6 Marla August 3, 2011 at 7:05 am

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


7 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit August 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

I love the composition of these photos, Marla! So beautiful. I’m a huge fan of lemon poppy seed anything – I even enjoy a poppy seed smoothie from time to time. Great recipe :)


8 Marla August 3, 2011 at 7:06 am

Ohhh Leanne, a poppy seed smoothie sounds interesting. What else do you put in that?


9 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] August 3, 2011 at 7:08 am

I would love one of these muffins with a small pat of butter. Mmm!


10 Heather @ Heather's Dish August 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

Those muffin cups are adorable!!!!! Perfect for perfect muffins :)


11 Marla August 3, 2011 at 7:31 am

Heather, yay! Here’s to Perfect + Perfect. *smiles*


12 susan August 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

these muffins are so great, but your links to gluten free ratios is quite remarkable! I llove watching your growth! xx


13 HeatherChristo August 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

What a view! I am a sucker for muffins, and these look delicious. I have never tried a gluten-free muffin, but this may be the time!


14 Marla August 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

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!


15 Lisa {With Style and Grace} August 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

These looks great, Marla – love poppy seed muffins!! Hope you’re having a fabulous vacation!! xo


16 Winnie August 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

I love the oat and almond flour combo. These look really tasty, and that Telluride scenery? Whoa. Hope you’re having fun :)


17 Katrina August 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

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.


18 Angie August 3, 2011 at 10:40 am

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


19 Heidi @ Food Doodles August 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

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!


20 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

Looks fabulous. I will try this one for sure. Great photos girl!


21 charissa (zest bakery) August 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

what a beautiful post! the liners AND the muffins themselves are totally adorable. Loved the scenic photos as well. Yum!


22 gretchen August 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

your vacation photos are fantastic… looks like a great time away from home. thanks for sharing them and your delicious-looking muffins!


23 Marla August 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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!


24 shelly (cookies and cups) August 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

These look so good! I recently have been experimenting with gluten free baking…also those liners are adorable!
oh, and can you take me with you on your next telluride trip? :)


25 Marla August 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Sure Shelly! Come on over :) We play hard here.


26 Cristie August 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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.


27 Marla August 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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 :)


28 carolinaheartstrings August 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love lemon poppy seed muffins and this looks like a great recipe for everyone. As always your pictures are fantastic.


29 Lucy August 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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.


30 Marla August 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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.


31 tinytearoom August 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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.


32 Maris (In Good Taste) August 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Adorable wrappers!


33 Caroline @ The G-Spot August 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm

These muffins look heavenly — and those pictures of Telluride are ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING!! I am just in love with this whole post. So happy to be a part of the rally with you, Marla! :)


34 Marla August 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Hi Caroline, thanks so much! I am having so much fun meeting all of you and learning tons of new recipes.


35 brooke @B & the boy! August 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

gorgeous and fun!! :) I may have to make these for my mom who loves lemon-poppyseed. (thanks for stopping by!)


36 Claire August 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

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


37 Brooke @ Food Woolf August 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Uh, GORGE! I love the fact that these babies are so bite-sized and cute. Me wanty. Just like the view of Telluride. Hope you’re having a great time, no matter where you are.


38 Ira Rodrigues August 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

i just rooming around your recipe tab and i love it!
my eyes entertained by


39 Kathleen August 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Looks like an incredible vacay! These muffins sound delicious and they look really pretty too!


40 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner August 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Oh My Gosh. ABOSUTELY GORGEOUS! I love that you are participating in that Gluten Free Challenge! Your recipes are the BEST!


41 Marla August 4, 2011 at 4:24 am

Thanks Kat. I am loving the GFRR and am learning so much from these talented bakers.


42 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots August 4, 2011 at 3:58 am

Beautiful! Love lemon poppy seed treats. :-)


43 Joanne August 4, 2011 at 4:02 am

Lemon poppyseed muffins have been my muffins of choice since…well…forever! So I can’t wait to try this guilt-free version!


44 Clair August 4, 2011 at 4:24 am

Yum, this is one of the easiest gluten-free recipes I’ve ever seen!


45 Marla August 4, 2011 at 4:28 am

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.


46 claudia lamascolo August 4, 2011 at 4:37 am

I love your presentation at the end they just draw you into wanting one now!


47 Marla August 4, 2011 at 4:53 am

Thanks Claudia! A nice smear of butter will do that, huh :) My kids can’t resist as soon as I take out the butter :)


48 Diane August 4, 2011 at 5:41 am

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


49 Nicole, RD August 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

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!


50 Heather {Multiply Delicious} August 4, 2011 at 6:32 am

Beautiful muffins Marla! And love the views from Telluride! Looks amazing! No wonder you love it so much!


51 TidyMom August 4, 2011 at 7:28 am

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


52 Barbara August 4, 2011 at 8:18 am

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!


53 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

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.


54 Jeanette August 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

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.


55 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I sure love poppy seeds too! These look so cute. The western theme is so fun. I bet your shoot was a hoot (hehe unplanned rhym but totally worth it).


56 Georgia Pellegrini August 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I’m so into trying these muffins! Like you, I have never thought of them as something I could eat without crashing… love, love your recipes girl.


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58 Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 5, 2011 at 7:12 am

omg I love those paisley muffin cups!


59 bridget {bake at 350} August 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm

What gorgeous photos…and muffins!


60 Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef August 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm

These look gorgeous, Marla! And the perfect flavor for summer, too!


61 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} August 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Gorgeous pics, they are making my mouth water! Blogging on a gondola has to be a first…love it!


62 megan @ whatmegansmaking August 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I love lemon poppyseed – beautiful pictures as always!


63 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets August 6, 2011 at 6:29 am

Yum! One of my favorite muffins — even better GF!


64 Kate@Diethood August 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

Oh holy wow. These look absolutely adorable and definitely delicious! My favorite muffins are those with lemon and poppy seeds! :)


65 Caneel @ Mama Me Gluten Free August 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Oh these muffins look delicious! I love lemon poppy seed anything – and your tip on the “twisted” French toast using these muffins. Wow. Beautiful photos – looks so much fun! (And I love those cute baking cups!)


66 leslie August 7, 2011 at 6:14 am

These sound wonderful. I have never had a poppy seed anything..weird I know :)


67 Marla August 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

Leslie, grab a jar of poppy seeds. Bet you will find lots of things to do with them!


68 Deliciously Organic August 7, 2011 at 7:30 am

Oh, how I love poppyseed muffins! Your liners are too cute. I hope you’re enjoying your time in Telluride!


69 TidyMom August 7, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thanks for linking up Marla! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/great-ideas-3/ Have a great rest of the weekend!


70 Nenad @ Stavros Apartmani August 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

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


71 Tickled Red August 9, 2011 at 6:08 am

These look so good! Wish I had one with my coffee right now. I just love that photo of the trees as well :)


72 Shaina August 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

I love you for suggesting you smear muffins with cream cheese!


73 Jennifer (Savor) August 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

I want those cupcake liners. You can share right? oh, and dont forget the muffins!


74 Joanne Bryant August 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

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


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