Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins & An Announcement!

Gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins

I’ve been withholding information.

I’ve practiced this speech in front of the mirror and through false starts, a shaky voice, slurred speech and the communication skills of a 2-year-old, there’s no other way to say it than to say it.

I’m writing a cookbook!

I signed a contract to make a probiotic beverage cookbook. A cookbook. A book with recipes. That’s a cookbook and I’m writing one, holy mother of pearl!

I was approached by Skyhorse Publishing a couple of weeks ago after they came across my post for Lavender Kombucha.  They asked if I was interested in making a whole cookbook with fermented probiotic beverage recipes. After pacing around the house about 15 times while my heart exploded with joy and shock, I replied that I was indeed interested, and the rest is history.

Probiotic Cookbook

For thousands of years, probiotics have been fermented, brewed, cooked up by many cultures but it hasn’t been until recent years that we’ve been listening to our ancestors on a mainstream basis. More and more evidence about the health benefits of probiotics is being published and more and more people are taking steps to include probiotic foods and drinks in their diets.

Ginger Beer

Probiotics are essential for a healthy digestive system. Consuming fermented foods containing probiotic and yeast cultures can aid in digestion, regulate your metabolism, prohibit pathogens (bad bugs) from causing health problems, and boost your immune system.  “Psssht Danger Dog, come in Danger Dog, our camp has been infiltrated by bad bugs, send in good bug reinforcements, you copy? Pssht”

Ginger Beer

All of the probiotic drinks I’m making are pretty straight forward and are well worth the effort. They require just a little attention to detail and then once you get the hang of them, they’re easy peasy lemon squeezy. Plus, making probiotic beverages homemade is much more cost effective than buying them from the grocery store. We’re in a DIY era. Let’s DIY some probiotics!

This is what’s all up on my table:

homemade yogurt

Here are the cookbook details:

What types of recipes will my book include?  75 (that’s Seventy-Five, pronounced syevunty fighve if you’re from Minneota) Probiotic beverage recipes, such as kombucha, kefir, probiotic sodas, lactofermented lemonade (say what now?), rejuvalac (come again?), ginger beer, smoothies and yogurt.

When is it due?  August 1, 2013 (if you do some calculating, that’s allota recipes in notallota time).

When will it be published? January 2014.

How will I do it? With a lot of water, sugar, milk, lemons, good juju and support from my really really really ridiculously good looking boyfriend.

homemade yogurt

After I signed the contract to write the book, my insides became anxious and fluttery, similar to the effect of injesting absurd amounts of high fructose corn syrup. And with pitter patter heart syndrome, I began planning. I did research. I made a schedule. I bought some props. I boiled water. I added sugar. I heated milk. I bottled.  I began fermenting.

So far, I have made:

1 gallon of yogurt

4 gallons of kombucha

1 gallon of ginger beer

2 quarts kefir

…and my first batch of rejuvalac was a fail. Hopefully next go-round will bring better results.

Homemade Kefir

Thank you, probiotics, you’re the mash to my potato.

Throughout my cookbook journey, I will be sharing with you what I’m working on, what I’m stuck on, how much sleep I’ve gotten and ask you to forgive my scattered brain. I’m excited, nervous and am learning so much every day! Next time I post about my probiotics cookbook, I will give you more details about all the beverages I’m making.

homemade Lemon Ginger Kombucha

There was something else I was going to tell you…..oh yes, Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins!  After making Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Flour Pancakes a few weeks ago, I had a pretty little bag of poppy seeds leftover, begging to be used. I muffin-ed them.  I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose flour, but you can use regular flour, too. Someone also made muffins out of the Lemon Poppy Seed Pancake recipe and said they turned out great, so there’s always that option too.

Basically, these muffins are wonderful and I hope you try them.

Thank you for your continued support, for being a part of this growing adventure of mine, for allowing me to post bacteria all over my page and talk about it. You’re wonderful!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins & An Announcement!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins & An Announcement!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2-1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar (or cane sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a lightly oiled muffin pan (or put paper muffin cups in the muffin pan).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, oil, and lemon juice.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder & soda, salt, coconut sugar and poppyseeds. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the “dry mixture” in with the wet, and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the batter ¾ of the way up the muffin holes and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until the muffins test clean when poked with a toothpick.
  6. Enjoy with your favorite smoothie!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway for garbanzo bean flour! A winner was selected using a random number generator and has been notified via email. There will be another Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway on Friday (2/22)!

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


  1. Lisa-Garnish with Lemon says:

    Congratulations! Such exciting news! Good luck with your creating and recipe writing- I can’t wait to see the final product!

  2. AHHHHH!!!!! That is so exciting :D congrats Julia! I’ll be the first one at the bookstore in august.

  3. Wow– exciting! Congratulations :)

    I love lemon poppy seed muffin. I’m not even really sure if poppy seeds have a flavor, but they just look so much fun in a muffin…

  4. Wow! Congrats! I heard “I’m pregnant” coming out of your mouth for a second there. You kind of rock a little bit. You know that right? Good effing luck, man!

    • LOL, I figured some folks would think I was going to announce an engagement or a pregnancy. Not quite yet! :) Thanks for the compliment…I happen to think you rock, too! :)

  5. Weeeee!!!! Congrats, lady!

  6. Congratulations on the cookbook! And the muffins look yummy! I don’t have almond milk though. Can I use coconut milk? (No poppy seeds either, but I like anything with lemon in it, so I don’t think I’ll miss them much.) The coconut sugar, Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour and grapeseed oil I happen to have on hand. :) I look forward to making them! (and eating them of course!)

    • Thanks, Kelly!! I imagine coconut milk will work just fine – I’ve used it in various baked goods but never in this specific recipe, but it sounds delicious! Let me know if it works out!! :)

      • I will definitely! Though I may need more of the gluten free flour… Not sure if I have enough for the recipe. But that makes a good excuse to go to the organic store. :)

  7. How fun is that! congrats!!

  8. Congrats!! That is so exciting! August 1st… no problem :)

  9. Congrats! This is wonderful news!!! I can’t wait to read your recipes :)

  10. Incredible! Congratulations! It will be beautiful and wholesome and I can’t wait to see it.

  11. No way, Julia, that’s amazing!! Congratulations! So happy for you and excited for all that’s to come. We’ll be your cheerleaders the whole way through! Also, these muffins look delicious and lovely. Great recipe!

  12. CONGRATS!!!!!!!! I super, duper excited for you! I can’t wait to get my mitts on this book! #high-freaking-five

  13. CONGRATS!!! That is wonderful news and I am sure the book is going to be fantastic.

  14. Congratulations! What a fantastic news! I’m really happy for you. Wow, that’s a very tight deadline. But I know you can do it. :) I look forward to holding your book in my hands and cook along with it.

    • Thanks so much Amy! I can’t wait to have it in my possession too! The whole thing still feels a little un-real! Thanks so much for your support, it means the world to me!!

  15. Congrats!!! Your book will be awesome.

  16. Congratulations, Julia!
    You’ll be great at a cookbook! It sounds awesome and totally unique! The muffins sound yummy! I am in love with that first picture!

  17. Congrats!!!!!! So excited for you!! :) I love the idea, it’s so so awesome, I can’t wait to see it!! Yay!!

  18. Great news! Congratulations!

  19. Congratulations on your exciting book news! This is my first time here – I found your beautiful site through BlogHer. I love the sound of these muffins, especially with the almond milk and coconut sugar. How lovely! I’ll be trying these out once our lemons are fully grown.

  20. Congratulations Julia! How exciting! And those muffins look heavenly! Keep up the good work and congrats again! P.S. Sorry for my overuse of exclamation points but I’m just really excited for ya! Lol…

  21. Brava!! Cookbook writing is challenging…I’ve done one myself, but it was just an extended family and friends production. I found the most difficult part was the editing prior to printing. Wonder what you will find? Good luck to you.

  22. This is so exciting! I am so happy for you and I know the book will be awesome! I can not wait to read it!! Goo luck with all your brewing!

  23. That’s so exciting! Congratulations, let the sleepless nights begin! j/k… kinda :) But really, that’s awesome!

  24. You GO Girl!!! That’s Awesome!!! and so are those Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins ..

  25. Congratulations, Julia, that is incredibly exciting!

    Lovely, lovely food blog you have here with absolutely gorgeous photography.

  26. YAY!!! congrats lady!!! so excited for you. And these muffins are my favorite!

  27. Congratulations…again and again! I’m so excited for you and this book. And these muffins look just scrumptious, my friend. Thank you for sharing….and for injecting a dose of sweetness into my day. I hope you have a great end to your week!

  28. Congrats!!

  29. CONGRATS!! I’m so excited for you and I will be one of many people to buy a bunch of copies because my family is BIG on kombucha and all things probiotic! I’m so stinkin’ thrilled for YOU! XXO

  30. Wow Julia, that is SO exciting – congratulations!
    PS. Lemon poppy seed muffins are one of my favorites!

  31. Julia that is AMAZING news! I’m so excited for you!!!!!! And these muffins…. they look perfect. One of my favorite breakfast treats!

    • Thanks Carrie!! I’m pretty dern happy about it myself and am so excited by everyone’s kind words and support! :) Have a great weekend!

  32. Congratulations Julia!!! I will definitely have to pick up a copy of your book. I love making rejuvelac, but I have never tried kombucha, which sounds very interesting. What exciting news…congrats again :)

    • Sandra! Thank you so much! Would you mind sending me instructions on rejuvalac? I couldn’t get mind to work…I used buckwheat groats and the tails never really sprouted….I couldn’t tell when the rejuvalac was ready and furthermore, I didn’t know what to do with it! Do you just pour it in a glass and drink it? I’d love your suggestions! :) My email is roastedrootfood (at) gmail (dot) com! Have a great weekend!

      • Hey Julia, actually it’s funny that you ask because I will be posting how to make Rejuvalac on my blog (probably Monday) as part of a vegan cheese post that I did last week. I normally will put rejuvalac into my children’s homemade juice and I personally just like to sip a small glass of it occasionally…you have to get used to the taste…but it grows on you.

        • Thanks for getting back to me, Sandra! I’m gonna take a look at your how-to on Monday because I’d love to make it. I think I let mine sit for too long on the counter…it ended up sitting there for 9 days cause I didn’t know what to do with it, lol! Looking forward to your post and thanks again!

  33. Holy Moly Congrats! :)


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