Trips to the grocery store were big deals for my sister and me when we were growing up. While my mom filled the cart up, Marian and I raced around the store trying to grab as many coupons as possible — only to “collect them.”
It always turned into a big contest and I was just a little bit competitive. There was no time to spare…
Except for when my mom was in the bakery section. Then, I would pause from racing around the store to spend a few minutes trying to talk her into buying a package of assorted muffins.
Orange blossom, blueberry and — my favorite — lemon poppy-seed.
On those lucky days where I did manage to talk my mom into buying the muffins, it didn’t seem to matter whether my sister scored more coupons than I.
That same idea holds true to this day, when, at the end of a long day, baking a batch of these muffins make everything seem better.
Lemon Poppy-Seed Muffins
- 1 C whole-wheat flour
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 C unsweetened almond milk (alternatively, any milk)
- 2 lemons, zest and juice
- 1 egg (alternatively, 1 T milled flax-seed + 3 T water)
- 2 T poppy-seeds
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, lemon zest, lemon juice and egg.
- Pour the milk mixture over the flour mixture and stir everything together until all the flour is combined. Be careful not to over mix. Fold in the poppy-seeds.
- Using a greased or lined muffin pan, fill each slot 2/3 way up. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-24 minutes, until a wooden skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool thoroughly on a cooling rack.
These muffins are slightly less sweet than those of my childhood — but they are also virtually guilt free and entirely delicious!
So, even though some things do change in time, other things stay the same — such as me being competitive. Seriously, these are the best lemon poppy-seed muffins ever.
Questions: What’s your favorite kind of muffin? Do you collect coupons?