Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins {Eggless}

These eggless lemon poppy seed muffins are soft, moist and bursting with lemon flavor and have a slight crunch from poppy seeds. The topping of perfectly sweet (optional) lemon glaze makes it incredibly delicious.

Lemon poppy seed muffins on a cooling rack.

❤️ You’ll Love Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Quick & Easy: The prep work and batter making take only 15 minutes. Plus, 20 minutes of baking time is required for these muffins.
  • Perfect Texture: These muffins are soft, moist, and fluffy with tender crumbs.
  • Perfect Flavor: It tastes bright and zesty with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy lemon flavor. 

🧾 Ingredient Notes

Lemon poppy seed muffins ingredients in bowls and spoons with labels.
  • Butter: I prefer to use unsalted butter in my baking so I can control the salt intake. But if you have salted available, you can use that. It is fine.
    • The butter has to be softened at room temperature (not chilled, cold, or not too soft like it is melted). Softened butter will cream really well with sugar.
    • Here butter and sugar are whisked until light, smooth and fluffy. This creaming butter and sugar step is important. As we beat both together, it creates air bubbles. As you continue to beat; those air bubbles get bigger in size. And as you bake muffins, those air bubbles give a light texture.
  • Poppy seeds: These are black poppy seeds. To my Indian friend, this is not khas-khas, white poppy seeds. 
  • Yogurt: It creates a tender texture and helps keep muffins moist. Use full-fat plain yogurt.
  • Applesauce: It is used as an egg replacer. While muffins are baking, applesauce gives a rise to muffins and adds moisture to the muffins.
  • Lemon zest: It is the outer bright yellow layer of the lemon rind. Use the Microplane zester to get the zest. Make sure not to grate the inner white part of the rind, just grate the yellow part. The white part is bitter and makes the muffins slightly on the bitter taste.
    • It is easy to zest the lemon first and then squeeze the juice out of it.
  • Optional glaze: it is made from powdered sugar and lemon juice. 

👩‍🍳 How To Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins? 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). 
  • Line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners and keep it ready.

1) Take dry ingredients in a bowl (all purpose flour, poppy seeds, salt, baking soda).

2) Whisk until everything is combined and keep it aside.

Collage of 2 images showing dry ingredients in a bowl and whisking.

3) Take softened butter and sugar to another large bowl.

4) Start beating using a hand mixer (or stand mixer with the whisk attachment or wire whisk) until the mixture looks light, fluffy, airy and smooth.

5) Add the rest of the wet ingredients (yogurt, applesauce, vanilla) and lemon zest.

6) Again beat it until mixed.

Collage of 4 images showing beating butter, sugar and adding, mixing wet ingredients.

7) Add dry flour mixture into the wet.

8) Fold the flour using a spatula and mix until the batter just comes together. Do not overmix the batter.

9) Divide the batter into the prepared muffin pan.

10) Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. Check the doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the muffin and it should come out clean. Let the muffins cool down in the pan itself for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Collage of 4 images showing making batter, divided into muffin pan and baked muffins.

Making Glaze (Optional):

1) Take powdered sugar in a bowl and add lemon juice.

2) Whisk it until smooth.

3) The consistency of the glaze should be smooth and runny (not too thick or not too thin).

4) Drizzle this glaze over the cooled muffins.

Collage of 4 images showing making glaze and dizzling over muffin.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Always zest the lemon first and then squeeze the juice. 
  • Do not overmix the muffin batter otherwise baked muffins will turn tough and dense.
  • For the perfect drizzle of the glaze, transfer the glaze into a ziplock bag, seal it and cut a small tip of the corner off. Then squeeze the glaze over the muffins.
  • Storage:
    • At room temperature, it stays good for a day or two depending on the climate where you live.
    • In the refrigerator, it stays good for 4-5 days. But the muffins become hard as the butter solidifies in the fridge. So bring it to room temperature or warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds only before eating to enjoy the best texture.
    • In the freezer, it stays good for up to 3 months. Wrap the muffins individually in a plastic wrap and freeze in a freeze-safe ziplock bag.
Lemon poppy seed muffin cut into half to show inside texture on a cooling rack.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins {Eggless}

4.84 from 6 votes
Lemon poppy seed muffins on a cooling rack.
These lemon poppy seed muffins are soft and moist with a perfectly sweet, tangy flavor. The lemon glaze on top makes it more incredible.
Kanan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serving Size 12 muffins

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All purpose flour (Maida)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons Poppy seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • ½ cup Unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup White sugar
  • 1 cup Plain yogurt, Whole milk, full-fat
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon zest, (from 1 average sized lemon)

For Glaze (Optional):

  • 1 cup Powdered sugar (Confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners and keep it ready.
  • Take dry ingredients in a bowl (all purpose flour, poppy seeds, salt, baking soda). Whisk until everything is combined and keep it aside.
  • Take softened butter and sugar in another large bowl. Start beating using a hand mixer (or stand mixer with the whisk attachment or wire whisk) until the mixture looks light, fluffy, airy and smooth.
  • Add the rest of the wet ingredients (yogurt, applesauce, vanilla) and lemon zest. Again beat it until mixed.
  • Add dry flour mixture into the wet. Fold the flour using a spatula and mix until the batter just comes together. Do not overmix the batter.
  • Divide the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. Check the doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the muffin and it should come out clean.
  • Let the muffins cool down in the pan itself for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
  • To make a lemon glaze, take powdered sugar in a bowl and add lemon juice. Whisk it until smooth. The consistency of the glaze should be smooth and runny (not too thick or not too thin).
  • Drizzle this glaze over the cooled lemon poppy seed muffins.

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Notes

  • Always zest the lemon first and then squeeze the juice.
  • Do not overmix the muffin batter otherwise baked muffins will turn tough and dense.
  • For the perfect drizzle of the glaze, transfer the glaze into a ziplock bag, seal it and cut a small tip of the corner off. Then squeeze the glaze over the muffins.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal (14%) | Carbohydrates: 44g (15%) | Protein: 3g (6%) | Fat: 9g (14%) | Saturated Fat: 5g (25%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 23mg (8%) | Sodium: 915mg (38%) | Potassium: 81mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 12g (13%) | Vitamin A: 260IU (5%) | Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) | Calcium: 58mg (6%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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20 Comments

  1. Really amazing muffins. Would love to find a sugar alternative at some point, but for now it’s perfect the way it is. I have baked them twice in the last 2 days and my family love them!!! Especially when they’re right out of the oven with a cup of tea… VERY happy to have come across this recipe and will definitely be sharing with with friends and family.

    Thank you 🙂5 stars

      1. Good recipe. I wanted a bit more lemon flavor so I put a bit of lemon juice in a cup before measuring yogurt. Nice recipe. Good for a poppy seed loving allergic daughter.