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August 9, 2022

by Alyssa

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Coconut Butter Icing

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These Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are the perfect healthy breakfast treat! They're packed with flavor, made in just one bowl and ready in about 30 minutes!

Glazed lemon poppy seed muffin

These aren't just any lemon poppy seed muffins! This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free, but you’ll never miss any of those ingredients because they’re also perfectly sweet, with a tender crumb, bright citrusy flavor, and light, fluffy texture. 

For the base of our healthy lemon poppy seed muffins, we're using a blend of almond flour and quinoa flour. I love this combo because it's high in protein, but still yields a nice, light muffin. I've used this blend in my all of my quinoa almond flour bread recipes, as well as quinoa pancakes and my almond flour waffles. It’s like magic, friends!

Drizzling glaze onto gluten-free lemon poppy seed muffin

Also noteworthy here? The amaaazing coconut butter icing, which you’ll want to add to all the things. It uses just 4 ingredients, and instead of being sweetened with cup upon cup of powdered sugar (seriously, have you seen how much sugar is in a traditional glaze recipe?!), this one calls for just a teaspoon of honey.

So, to sum things up, we’ve got delicious lemon poppy seed muffins that just so happen to be gluten-free and made without any refined sugar. And they come together in a few minutes, with only one mixing bowl to clean up. Could these be the best muffins ever? 

(Well, maybe they’re tied with my Healthy Blueberry Muffins, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, or Carrot Cake Blender Muffins. How can I choose?!)

Lemon poppy seed muffins on wire rack

What You’ll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

For the muffins:

  • Mashed banana – The riper the banana, the sweeter your muffins will be.
  • Eggs – Let these come to room temperature; they’ll hold more air that way, giving your lemon poppy seed muffins more lift.
  • Coconut yogurt – Or your yogurt of choice.
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Almond milk – Or your favorite plant-milk.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond flour – Be sure to use almond flour, not almond meal.
  • Quinoa flour
  • Coconut sugar
  • Coconut flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sea salt
  • Lemon zest – Zest the lemons first, then juice them.
  • Poppy seeds – Although these are lemon poppy seed muffins, you can leave the poppy seeds out if you’re not a fan.

For the icing:

  • Coconut butter
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey

What Is the Difference Between Coconut Oil and Coconut Butter?

First: there is a difference, so don’t substitute coconut oil here. Coconut oil is made from the fat of the coconut, while coconut butter is made from pureed coconut meat. It’s solid at room temperature, creamy and smooth when heated, and has a fantastic coconut flavor.

how to make gluten-free lemon poppy seed muffins

How to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

It’s time to start baking! Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Mix the wet ingredients. Place all of the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat them until they’re smooth and creamy.

Add the dry ingredients. Stir the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients, then fold in the lemon zest and poppy seeds.

Lemon poppy seed muffin batter in liner

Bake. Fill the muffin liners 3/4 of the way full; you should have enough batter for 9 to 10 muffins. Fill any empty tins with a splash of water, then bake on the center rack for 21 to 23 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Make the icing. While the muffins cool, melt the icing ingredients in a small saucepan set over low heat. Whisk constantly until smooth, adding more almond milk if needed. Drizzle the icing over the cooled muffins.

Overhead view of lemon poppy seed muffins on wire rack

Tips for Success

These tips will help you make perfect lemon poppy seed muffins:

  • Measure the banana. If you just mash a medium banana and add it to the recipe, you may have more or less than you actually need. Mash the banana, then measure it to make sure you have the right amount.
  • No zester? You can use a box grater instead, or use a paring knife or vegetable peeler to remove a piece of peel from the lemon, being careful to avoid the white pith underneath. Use a chef’s knife to finely mince the peel.
  • Don’t frost the muffins while they’re hot. The icing will simply absorb into the muffins because coconut butter liquefies when it’s warm.
Overhead view of glazed lemon poppy seed muffins

How to Store

Store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Freeze lemon poppy seed muffins in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw them at room temperature before serving, or warm them up in the microwave.

Gluten-free lemon poppy seed muffin with bite taken out

More Muffin Recipes To Try


Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Coconut Butter Icing

Start your day with these gluten-free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! They're healthy, flavorful, and made in just one bowl!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 9 muffins
Calories 231kcal
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Glazed lemon poppy seed muffin
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for the muffins

for the icing

  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  • Beat together the wet ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and stir together. Fold in lemon zest and poppy seeds.
  • Fill the muffin tins 3/4 of the way full. This recipe yields between 9 and 10 muffins, so fill any empty tins with a splash of water.
  • Bake on the center rack for 21 – 23 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the muffins are baking, make the icing. Melt all the icing ingredients in a small pan over low heat. Whisk constantly until you get a smooth texture. Add a dash more almond milk if needed to thin it out.
  • When muffins are done baking, allow to cool completely before icing.


Store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 185mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g

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  1. i would like to make these but there are no instructions or notes so not sure which ingredients make up the icing.


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