Thursday, April 21, 2011

Recipe~No-Guilt Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

In an effort to simplify meal times around here (while packing) I was excited to start with breakfast since it seems to be the easiest meal of the day, right? One would think. In the case of Avery, choosing a breakfast item is without-a-doubt the hardest for her. I offer eggs~ it's too chewy. I offer cereal~ it's too boring. I offer toast~ it's too crunchy. Who's child is this anyway? 

I decided to do some research and discovered that in the past when offered things like....Harvest bread, Banana bread , and of course Lemon poppy seed scones, I often got a look like this

Otherwise, she looks like that

On top of my own cravings for lemon baked goods, and my desire to keep the choices healthful, I thought muffins would be the perfect quick breakfast in times of disorganized madness. 

No Guilt Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tb wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tb poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat plane organic yogurt
  • 2 Tb melted butter
  • 2 Tb unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with liners.
  2. Combine the flour, wheat germ, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium size bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, yogurt, butter, applesauce, lemon zest and lemon juice. Blend well and pour over the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Do no overmix!
  4. Spoon batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups; about 3/4 full. Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes.

Note: Perfect for freezing and a great grab and go breakfast.



  1. Yum, David loves these, I'll have to make a batch! Have you tried them with whole wheat flour?

  2. @CaryYes I have! I was just out, so I used the wheat germ in place of it:)

  3. Love these! They looks so moist and delicious!

  4. I love the way you made those..delicious muffins!
    And photos are just so funny! She is adorable!
    Thanks so much for sharing, I hope you have great Easter weekend!!!

  5. @SandraAw, you too Sandra! Bless you and your family on this special Holiday.

  6. The muffins look delicious and those pictures made me laugh out loud! Have a great weekend!

  7. Love melon poppy seed muffins and these look delicious!

  8. I had to laugh at Avery's pictures...she truly is a beautiful child...what ever look she gives you! And I may have to bake these for my muffin eating daughter...she could use a little more good nutrition :)

    Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

  9. Looks like a great way to have brekkie on the go! I love it! That is quite the pouty face Avery has but her smile is gorgeous! I would eat these fore brekkie, lunch, and dinner!

  10. Lemon poppyseed muffins are a weakness of mine. I love that you used yogurt and applesauce in it. I know that makes them so moist.
    Loved your pictures too! Your daughter is so darn cute!! Hope the packing is coming along okay!

  11. Oooo love these!! Can't wait to try these myself, they look delicious :) Loving your blog and so glad to be your newest follower!