Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins – Gluten Free & Vegan


Five years ago, I would never have thought I could walk into a bakery and not buy anything. I love my cakes, muffins and pastries. The only problem is that I’m allergic to American dairy. Eating anything is a little bit of a risk for me. Although I can drool at the cakes, I rarely eat them and when I do, I take a very small bite.

It was time to try another recipe from the Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free and Vegan Baking book. I love this recipe book, but unfortunately it has a few editorial errors.

The Flying Apron book has given me lots of inspiration to play around with vegan baking, it’s fantastic. This time it was the lemon and poppy seed muffins. I omitted the poppy seeds because I didn’t have any at hand. These muffins are quick and easy to make. They are moist, tender and packed full of lemony goodness and also freezer friendly.




Makes 15-16 muffins

Adapted from “Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book”, by Jennifer Katzinger



  • 135g (1 ½ c) brown rice flour
  • 120g (¾ c) chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 60 ml (4 tablespoons) oil
  • 60 ml (4 tablespoons) apple sauce
  • 240 ml (1 c) water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 240 ml (1 c) maple syrup
  • 2 lemons, zest finely grated
  • 20 g (2 T) poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)



1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).

2. In the jug of a liquidizer (blender), blend together the brown rice flour, chick pea flour, salt, oil, apple sauce, water, lemon juice, vanilla extract, maple syrup, lemon zest and poppy seeds until evenly combined.

3. Add the bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), blitz for a few seconds, then divide equally into greased or case lined muffin tins (pans).

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning the tin (pan) halfway through cooking to ensure even baking. The muffins are done when they are golden and firm to the touch or a skewer inserted into the muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before devouring, enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins – Gluten Free & Vegan

  1. I’m from Seattle and have been to their bakery! It’s hit or miss, so it doesn’t totally surprise me that the cookbook isn’t editorial-free, sadly. 🙂 These muffins look so delicious, and I’m excited to make them for a friend who’s GF! Thanks for posting.

  2. I’ve been trying to find a good gf egg free lemon poppyseed muffin so I’ll give this one a whirl. Any suggestions on subbing the chick pea flour for something else? Not a fan of the bean flours. Thanks!

    • Hi Katherine, Thanks for stopping by. I’ve not tried the recipe with any other flours. However, since chickpea flour is a relatively high protein, I would try quinoa flour, or even buckwheat flour, or a mix… although buckwheat flour may be a little overpowering in flavor. You can also try the gluten-free flour, which will be a blend of other gluten-free flours, including bean flours, but I’m sure the flavor isn’t too strong. Let me know how you get on, good luck!

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