Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Muffins


Just in case you missed the Spicy Red Bell Pepper Cream Soup and the Creamy Vegan Polenta, I’ve got one last recipe to help entice you to join in The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. These lemon poppyseed muffins and the challenge were both created by famed vegan author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Muffins - so tender, you won't believe they're made without a drop of dairy or eggs!

If you have her book, The Joy of Vegan Baking, then you already know that Colleen is the master of egg-free treats. Unlike many vegan recipes, these lemon poppyseed muffins are a wonderfully decadent delight. They will easily win over apprehensive friends and family.

As for The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, it is a multimedia series of daily emails that guides participants with tips on cooking, shopping, and socializing, and includes amazing recipes like this one.

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan / plant-based and vegetarian.

For soy-free, vegan lemon poppyseed muffins, be sure to use oil or a soy-free dairy-free margarine variety (Earth Balance has a few).

Milky Options: To note, Colleen uses the richness of coconut milk in these vegan lemon poppyseed muffins. If you want a lighter baked good, you can use almond, coconut, soy, rice, hazelnut, hemp, or oat milk beverage in its place.

Quick Bread Option: Simply pour the batter into a lightly oiled loaf tin (or mini loaf tins) and increase the cooking time to 50 to 55 minutes (for the full size loaf only) or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

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Recipe by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, from The 30 Day Vegan Challenge.
Serves: 12 to 16 muffins
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 cups all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1¼ cups organic granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (from the 3 lemons you use for the juice below)
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can full-fat regular coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice (from 3 lemons)
  • ¾ cup canola oil or melted dairy-free margarine, such as Earth Balance
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and lightly grease 12 to 16 muffin cups.
  2. In a blender or food processor or in a bowl using an electric hand mixer, whip the flaxseed and water together, until you have a thick and creamy consistency. The result should be rather gooey. This can all be done by hand, but a food processor/hand mixer does a better job in about 1 minute.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, poppy seeds, and salt.
  4. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the flax eggs, coconut milk, lemon juice, oil, and vanilla extract, and stir mix until smooth, about 1 minute.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups (about 2 tablespoons each). If you’ve already oiled all of the cups of the muffin tin but don’t fill all of the cups with batter, add a small amount of water to each cup that doesn’t contain batter. Baking an empty, greased cup makes for hard cleanup!
  6. Bake the muffins for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Hmmm, these didn’t work out for me. They didn’t cook through even though I practically doubled the cooking time. I think maybe the flax egg quantity should be significantly reduced; the batter was way too wet and gelatinous.

  2. I was seriously JUST dreaming of Lemon Poppyseed Muffins today and then this recipe lands in my inbox. Think it’s coincidence? I don’t think so! It’s because these are one of the best kind of muffins on the planet 🙂 I love that you made them vegan too! Can’t wait to whip up a batch. xo Alyssa

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