Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe

Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe

Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe

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What could be more perfect on a sunny weekend morning than to bake a batch of yummy muffins?

This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!

You know when you’re the only one up, the dogs have been walked, and you’ve just finished that first cup of coffee.

You with me?

This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!

What if I were to tell you that I’d come up with the easiest recipe yet – Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins that you could make start to finish in 35 minutes.

Sound good?  And besides that these muffins were only 224 calories and 6 grams of fat?

Well, that’s what we’re going to do together today. Bake my skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe, and make it light, because you know those muffins carry a lot of calories in them, and we want BIG flavor and less calories. Am I right?

This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!

 

OK, so I thought about how I could help you make the best ever lemon poppy seed muffins recipe. And I know that baking from scratch is best, but sometimes we all need a little help in the time department. As in, I don’t have a lot of time to bake, Judy. I hear ya!

So this skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is full of amazing goodness, like plain yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix.

Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix I had in the pantry and I checked the expiry date (you should always do this) and we were good to go.

 

This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!

 

You can usually buy cake mixes when they are on sale, and pick up half a dozen at a time, and I bought this one for a dollar.  Seriously!  Because we all have budgets and need to spend our pennies wisely, right?

Now before we get into the ingredients and “how to make lemon poppy seed muffins” I do have a few baking tips that will give you the lightest, most delicious muffins.

 

This lemon poppy seed muffin recipe makes 15 medium sized muffins.

Random Muffin Baking Tips:

• Use ingredients at room temperature and this tip includes eggs especially. Cold eggs will give you a flat muffin top and we want that muffin to have a golden round top.
• Sift the dry ingredients for the reason that you will end up with a lighter, fluffier batter. I know it takes a few extra minutes, but it’s so worth it and you’ll be glad you did!
• Mix the wet in the dry – and fold them together ever so lightly. Because heavy mixing of muffin batter equals heavy, tough muffins. Enough said.

 

 

 

Who came up with the first recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins?  Well wiki says poppy seed muffins have been around a long time, Americans have been making a variety of muffins since the 19th century.

What You Need:

• 1 white cake mix
• 2 tbsp. poppy seeds
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1 medium egg & one egg yolk
• 1 cup non fat yogurt plain
• 1/4 cup canola oil
• 1/3 cup lemon juice
• 1 tbsp. zest (lemon)

Lemon Yogurt Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon non fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

This lemon poppy seed muffin recipe makes 15 medium sized muffins.

Let’s make it!

Preheat Oven to 350F/180C
  1. In a large bowl, sift together the cake mix, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Stir in the poppy seeds
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt, oil, lemon juice and zest together
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients (just like the image shown)
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  6. Using a spatula, fold together very gently. You want to mix both, but don’t be fussed if you can see some dry bits. This isn’t like mixing cake batter, ok?
  7. Line your muffin pan with paper muffin cups, and scoop in the batter, filling the cups 2/3.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool and glaze. Store in an air tight container – or freeze.

 

Enjoy this recipe!

Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Course: Dessert/Breakfast
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 15
Calories: 224 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg white cake mix
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup low fat yogurt plain
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. zest lemon
Lemon Yogurt Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon low fat yogurt plain
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350F/180C
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the cake mix, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Mix in the poppy seeds
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt, oil, lemon juice and zest together
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients (just like the image shown)
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  7. Using a spatula, fold together very gently. You want to mix both, but don’t be fussed if you can see some dry bits. This isn’t like mixing cake batter, ok?
  8. Line your muffin pan with paper muffin cups, and scoop in the batter, filling the cups 2/3. This lemon poppy seed muffin recipe makes 15 medium sized muffins.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let cool and glaze. Store in an air tight container – or freeze.
Nutrition Facts
Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Sugars 23g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 15.6%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

This lemon poppy seed muffin recipe makes 15 medium sized muffins.

 

And that’s it! The sweet lemon-y smell will coax the fam out of their beds and there you’ll be, in your sunny kitchen, with a plate of freshly baked lemon poppy seed muffins, looking ever so smart. You’re welcome! Let’s get together and maybe we can make something again soon, ok?

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This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!

This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!
This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!
This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!
This skinny lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is light on calories - but full of amazing goodness, like yogurt, fresh lemon juice and zest, and eggs. And a cake mix. Yep! A white Duncan Hines Cake Mix. To save you a ton of time and give you outstanding muffins!

 

Easy Copycat Starbucks Banana Bread Your Family Will Love

Easy Copycat Starbucks Banana Bread Your Family Will Love

chocolate chunk banana bread on white plate with bananas on the side

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread!

Just add 1/2 cup chocolate chunk bits to the batter and slather on some yummy cream cheese frosting.

Banana bread is real comfort food, chock full of sweet bananas, sugar and crunchy walnuts it satisfies on so many levels! My mother-in-law was an amazing baker and I’ve used her recipe for years, and shared it with so many of my friends.

I like to have a slice after dinner, slightly warmed and spread with butter, it almost melts in my mouth!    I’m one of those people who always has at least 5 or 6 frozen black bananas in the freezer, I just can’t throw them out when the over ripen.  Sometimes I use them in smoothies,and banana chocolate chip pancakes are the bomb!

banana bread

Recently I’ve been itching to bake some copycat recipes and Starbucks was at the top of the list! Their banana bread is so moist and delicious  I don’t know how anyone can resist! So I’m making a copycat version using a recipe I found on food.com – a great recipe database.  I mixed it up a bit by adding an extra banana, so that means 4 large bananas instead of 3.

banana bread

 

Banana Bread is a quick bread or a no yeast bread and just like muffins, requires a light hand when mixing.  In fact you really don’t mix at all – more like folding the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients.  Over mixing might give you a nice smooth batter, but I can guarantee your Banana Bread will be dry and tough.  And that would be just so disappointing!  So lesson here is to treat your batter lovingly and gently mix it together.

banana bread

Here is the banana bread recipe – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

 

Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread (Copycat)
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe medium-large bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts in addition to 1/2 cup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
  3. Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. Mix the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and when blended, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas; mix well.
  6. Fold 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Top the batter with remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

I found that by adding the extra banana I needed to bake the Banana Bread for the full 60 minutes - check your oven - times will vary.

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Apple Pie Muffin Recipe | A Great Breakfast Choice!

Apple Pie Muffin Recipe | A Great Breakfast Choice!

Apple Pie Muffin Recipe

We all love easy muffin recipes and this is a great one using freshly chopped apples!  I like to use Granny Smith apples, like the ones shown here – but any apple that is good for baking will do.

freshly baked apple muffins on a tea towel with granny smith apples and cinnamon sticks

I love this apple pie muffin recipe as a healthy choice that I can grab and go – on my way to work, the golf course, or out to walk the dogs!

 

They are so full of flavor and of course a little brown sugar never hurt anyone, am I right?

apple-pie-muffins-feature

What’s the secret to light fluffy muffins? The trick to making muffins that are light in texture and rise beautifully is less is more.  What I mean by that is muffin batter requires very little mixing.  Just fold the ingredients until everything is moistened, but don’t overmix.  It took me a while to learn this!  I would beat up the batter until it was very smooth, and then end up with very tough and chewy muffins.  Not so good!

apple-pie-muffins-mixing-bowl

 

Drop the muffin batter by spoonfuls into your greased muffin tin. In a pinch you could make this apple pie muffin recipe with prepared apple pie filling, but this recipe only takes one really large apple so chopping it up takes no time at all.

This recipes come from my Grandma’s Recipe Book.  She kept all kinds of handwritten recipes, on cards, backs of envelopes, anything at all really.  See the recipe in the image above?  My Grandma wrote that.  And even though I have most of her recipes electronically, nothing will make me get rid of this special treasure!

A freshly baked batch of homemade muffins makes a wonderful gift for a special friend and a great way to enjoy Saturday coffee shop n the deck with your neighbors.

Enjoy.

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Apple Pie Muffins
Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
 
A moist but light muffin, packed full of fresh apples and loaded with flavor!
Course: Dessert/Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Judy Kahansky
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour or whole wheat if you prefer
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped apples
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Cream butter, sugar and egg
  3. Add Milk
  4. Mix the dry ingredients separately, then fold into the wet ingredients - but don't over stir
  5. Mix in apples
Topping
  1. sprinkle a small amount of brown sugar and cinnamon on top
  2. Bake at 375F/xxC for 20 to 25 minutes until golden -
  3. Makes 8 large muffins or 12 small ones.
  4. Yum! Yum!

An easy apple pie muffin recipe that will become your GO TO for BREAKFAST! Healthy, wholesome, with homemade apple pie filling, a great freezer recipe.

 

Easy Recipe for Lemon Loaf Cake | Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Easy Recipe for Lemon Loaf Cake | Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Lemon loaf cake or lemon bread is one of my favorite quick breads to make.

This Starbucks Copycat Recipe For Lemon Loaf Cake is so easy to make, your family will want you to make it all the time!

I think a freshly baked loaf makes a wonderful gift.  I love to take a freshly baked ‘something’ when I’m invited out for dinner or just because.

lemon-loaf-cake-2

That sweet and tart citrus flavour wrapped up in a dense loaf, when the crumbs all stick together on your fork, you know what I mean? Oh and make sure there is lots of creamy white glaze drizzled all over it.

This is a quick breads recipe, which means when mixing the batter, to use a very light hand when combining the dry ingredients into the wet.

Just like muffins or other quick bread recipes, careful mixing will result in a dense, but very moist and tender Lemon Loaf  Cake.

recipe for lemon loaf cake

I found this copycat recipe for lemon loaf cake on allrecipes.com, they are an amazing database of recipes and what I really love is how readers take the recipe and make their own adjustments, and then post the results for all of us!

[clickToTweet tweet=”If you love the Lemon Loaf Cake at your local Starbucks you will love this!” quote=”If you love the Lemon Loaf Cake at your local Starbucks then you’re in luck! This delicious easy to make recipe will satisfy your lemon cravings.”]

That is of course what I try to do for you – take a classic recipe and make it easy to make so that you have time to bake delicious treats like this lemon loaf cake and find time to do everything else you need to do!

recipe for lemon loaf cake

Recipe for Lemon Loaf Cake | Starbucks Copycat
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
a richly flavored lemon loaf cake - almost like pound cake with a creamy vanilla frosting.
Servings: 8
Calories: 449 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Cake1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 pkgs lemon pudding mix 4.3 ounce (pie filling) non-instant l
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs large
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
Icing
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed, or more to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, sour cream, milk, and 6 tablespoons lemon juice into bowl of stand mixer; beat for 2 minutes and pour into prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in the pans for 20 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Beat confectioners' sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon juice together in a bowl until smooth; spread thickly over the top of the loaves and let set before slicing, sprinkle with lemon zest.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe for Lemon Loaf Cake | Starbucks Copycat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Potassium 107mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Sugars 38g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 6.4%
Vitamin C 8.2%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Want more like this recipe for lemon loaf cake? Check out my other ‘copycat’ recipes like Starbucks Copycat Banana Walnut Bread!

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