Foodie Blog Roll 2

Friday, April 20, 2012

Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Poppy seeds are so cute and tiny. They take a simple lemon muffin and zing it up a little bit.

Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon poppy seed muffins are perfect for spring with their light lemony flavor and their light yellow color. Because these muffins are whole wheat, they are a little darker than regular lemon poppy seed muffins.

Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
      makes 8 muffins
      adapted from a bicycle built for two
1 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/3 C + 1 T sugar
Zest and juice from 2 small lemons
1/4 C + 1 T non fat Greek yogurt {I like Chobani}
1 tsp vanilla extraxt
1/4 C canola oil
1 1/2 T poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
In a large bowl, mix the sugar with the lemon zest, until the sugar turns a pale yellow color. In the same bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a smaller bowl, mix together the lemon juice, egg, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and oil, until well combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. {Do not over mix}. Gently fold in the poppy seeds.

Grease a muffin tin {I use Baker's Joy} or use muffin liners, and pour the batter into the wells. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

I love these healthy muffins. They are low in fat and use heart healthy oil instead of butter. They also have the Greek yogurt to help keep them moist and to bump up the protein. And in make them a tad more healthy, I swapped all the regular flour for fiber rich whole wheat. The other thing to note is they aren't too sweet. They are muffins and not cupcakes, after all. So eat up. Now you can feel good about having your muffins and eating them too!

Poppy seeds don't add a lot of flavor to bakes goods. They just add a little SURPRISE and a lot of fun.
And these muffins wouldn't be the same with out them. :)
For other fun poppy seed recipes, try my zucchini walnut poppy seed bread, or my lemon poppy seed cookies!


  1. Very Good muffins indeed! I'd like to have one! :)

  2. Lemon Poppy Seed muffins are my favorite! I can't wait to make these, I love that you used whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt!

  3. Lemon + poppyseed is perfect. I love these and can't wait to try them!

  4. These look fantastic! I've pinned this recipe to try it out soon. I'm your newest follower ~ Megan & thanks for stopping by our blog :)

  5. Lemon Poppy Seed muffins are my fave!! For reals! Love that you healthified these!

  6. I love lemon poppyseed goodies this time of year. And I especially love that these are made with whole wheat and yogurt!

  7. I love lemon poppyseed but I haven't had it in ages!!! This healthy version is calling my name:-)

  8. My daughter loves poppy seed muffins...and I like yours with the whole wheat! I can easily make a more healthy version now :)

  9. How many eggs? They aren't in the ingredient list but are listed in the directions.

  10. What a delicious and healthy recipe! I love love love this! So much that I shared it on my own blog!

  11. I did it with one egg. It was a bit too lemony for me, maybe my lemons were not as small as the recipe called? So next time I will try with just one lemon and peel. I used brown sugar instead of white suger and added a bit of honey on top of it while it was cooling. They were delicious and are already gone!


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