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Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Moist, fluffy, sweet paleo lemon poppy seed muffins make for a delicious healthy breakfast or snack.
Grain-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - refined sugar free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly | #healthy #breakfast #recipe

Already 19 days into the 2016,and we’re all doing super swell with our clean eating aspirations, riiiiight? Whenever I do month-long stretches of squeaky clean eating, I tend to get a liiiiiiittle restless by the third week. As in, I begin craving all the sweet and sinful things, like:

Donut holes (of the powdered sugar varietal)

Cheese danishes

Gooey brownies with schmancy pints of ice cream and whipped cream

Cereal (of the cocoa puff or fruity pebble varietal)

Over-sized muffins

Nothing leafy nor green

Now that we’ve got the formula for clean eating and clean treating under control, we can still have our cake and eat it too. For instance, deez muffs. Super not bad for you, totally resemble the real deal. The lemon poppy seed muffin has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. I’m all about the citrus spunk with the tiny seed pop, and sinking my teeth into a homemade baked good? Thur ain’t nuttin betah.

A combination of almond flour, coconut flour, and tapioca flour makes these lemon poppy seed muffins super soft and tender – you’d never know they were gluten-free. Evah! Keeping the recipe dairy-free and refined sugar-free, I used Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk, and pure maple syrup, making these a super healthy alternative to the traditional version.

Psst! These muffins are also paleo-friendly.

Per ush, I whizzed up the muffin batter for this recipe in my blender. You can also take the mixing bowl route if the old fashioned way’s your jam. Just know these muffins come together super quickly, and they’re about as addicting as a watching YouTube videos of small animals sneezing.

Grain-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - refined sugar free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly | #healthy #breakfast #recipe

Get your mitts on a muffin.

Grain-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - refined sugar free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly | #healthy #breakfast #recipe

Grain-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Yield: 9 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Grain-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are zesty, perfectly sweet, moist and amazing!


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, paleo-friendly
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 12-hole muffin tray with liners (or lightly spray/oil the holes).
  2. Add all of the ingredients for the muffins to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir in the lemon poppy seeds.
  3. Pour muffin batter into the muffin holes, filling them ¾ of the way up.
  4. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 23 to 25 minutes, or until muffins are golden-brown on top.
  5. Allow muffins to cool to room temperature before peeling off the muffin liner and devouring (Note: if you don’t allow muffins to cool, they will stick to the muffin liner).
Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk. Per usual, all thoughts, feelings, and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make this site possible!

Grain-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - refined sugar free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly | #healthy #breakfast #recipe

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Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Hey, Julia!

I found this recipe through FabFitFun today, and I’m doing Whole30! Perfect timing! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Can I omit the maple syrup or replace it with something else?


Sunday 24th of May 2020

Hi Sarah! You can replace the pure maple syrup with honey, coconut nectar, or a zero-calorie sweetener. If you replace it with a granulated sweetener, just be sure to add a little liquid, like oil or coconut milk to offset the loss of liquid ;)

Alyssa Carrera

Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

I am so glad I found this!! I make your crepes ALL THE TIME (except I add melted butter... shhhh). I trust you! I trust your taste buds and your abilities, lady. And let's be honest.... muffins made with JUST coconut flour...? Ew. My opinion. You have that ratio right and I know it!


Saturday 17th of December 2016

I'm on a crazy diet for Lyme disease- no gluten, corn, or soy. No red meet or dairy. And no sugar. I'm glad I found your website! I made the lemon poppy seed muffins and they are so moist and good! Just the right amount of lemon tartness and easy to make! Thank you!


Sunday 18th of December 2016

Hi Tory,

I'm so glad you like the muffins, and I'm so sorry to hear about the Lyme. One of my very close friends has been struggling with Lyme disease for a number of years and she always feels better when she eliminates certain inflammatory foods, too, particularly gluten and sugar. It was a rough transition for her at first but she seems to have her restricted diet habits down pat now. Still, it's hard to see the effects when she does veer from her restricted diet. My warmest wishes go out to you, and thank you so much for giving your feedback! xo


Thursday 21st of January 2016

Nutrition facts??


Thursday 21st of January 2016

Hi Tiff, I don't provide nutrition facts for my recipes. You can use a free calorie counter, such as MyFitnessPal to plug in the ingredients list in order to get the nutrition profile. :)

rachel @ athletic avocado

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

I love lemon poppy seed muffins and so does my family! I bet that they will totally appreciate this healthier version that looks even better than the original!


Thursday 21st of January 2016

Yeeeeeeah, so happy to hear your family's all about the lemon poppy seed muff. Let me know if you try them!

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