Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Cross section of a fluffy, tender strawberry lemon poppy seed muffin. #strawberry #lemon #poppyseed #muffins #lemonpoppyseedmuffins

i know you’ve had lemon poppy seed muffins, but strawberry lemon poppy seed muffins? maybe not. these muffins have the moistness, citrus-y / lemon-y, sweet/tart qualities that the og’s have. with a few upgrades: crunchy sugar on top that goes so well with the soft muffin insides, and plenty of jammy strawberries throughout the muffin. it’s like if strawberry lemonade got cozy and carby but kept the delicious fruity, tangy flavor.

Sliced strawberries make the tops of these strawberry lemon poppy seed muffins pretty (and maybe perfect for Valentine's Day!). #strawberry #lemon #poppyseed #muffins #lemonpoppyseedmuffins

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I'd like a whole batch of these strawberry lemon poppy seed muffins (with homemade strawberry compote!), please. #strawberry #lemon #poppyseed #muffins #lemonpoppyseedmuffins

5 from 3 votes
Cross section of a fluffy, tender strawberry lemon poppy seed muffin. #strawberry #lemon #poppyseed #muffins #lemonpoppyseedmuffins
Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
These strawberry lemon poppy seed muffins are a little sweet from a homemade strawberry compote, and a little tart from the citrusy lemon zest.
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond meal, almonds, breakfast, brunch, lemon, muffins, poppy seed, sour cream, strawberries, vegetarian, yogurt
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 493 kcal
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp kosher salt don’t be afraid
  • 3 T poppy seeds
  • 1 lb very ripe strawberries hulled, halved and sliced thin (frozen also works)
  • 3 T honey or maple syrup or agave or sugar
  • 1 T + 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups neutral oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar plus more for sprinkling
  • finely grated zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups plain whole milk yogurt room temperature
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  1. Cut 12 parchment squares big enough to fit inside the wells of two 6-well large muffin tins. Center the parchment over the well, then use a cup to help smush it in. Use your fingers to help crease the parchment cup against the sides of the muffin well hole even more. 

  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium to low heat, cook the strawberries, honey and 1 tsp vanilla until a light, thin syrup coats the berries (she says about 8 minutes, I say less because I like the berries to be pretty chunky). Strain into a small bowl and reserve the berries separate from the sauce.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the oil, sugar, 1 T vanilla, and zest until combined. Mix in the yogurt. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients, and mix just until combined.
  5. Divide the batter, then berries, then batter, then berries between the 12 lined muffin wells. Drizzle some of the strawberry sauce over the top, then generously sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes until the muffins are golden brown and the centers spring back lightly to the touch. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

From Lemon Fire Brigade.

Highly recommend using parchment muffin cups for these muffins. They're pretty big + the strawberries tend to bubble up, so the taller parchment muffin cups make for easier pan removal and clean-up. Use this guide from The Kitchn if you need more help.

If you're on a time crunch or have a really good strawberry jam, you could use dollops of that instead of making a strawberry compote.

If you want more luxurious muffins, you can do all sour cream (or a combo of sour cream and yogurt) instead of the yogurt.

Feel free to do a combo of lemon and orange zest (or all orange zest) depending on your preferences/what you have on hand.

Normal muffin liners work in a pinch, but taller parchment cups make for easier clean up and more even browning. These strawberry lemon poppy seed muffins are delicious either way though (: #strawberry #lemon #poppyseed #muffins #lemonpoppyseedmuffins

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This healthy baked oatmeal with apples and blueberries is a tasty, easy make-ahead breakfast idea. #bakedoatmeal #apples #blueberries #breakfast

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This matcha coconut breakfast bowl has a base of filling matcha-tinted barley. #matcha #coconut #breakfast #vegan #barley

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If you thought lemon poppy seed muffins were good, then you'll really like these strawberry lemon poppy seed muffins. #strawberry #lemon #poppyseed #muffins #lemonpoppyseedmuffins

22 Replies to “Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins”

  1. Love the strawberry addition and gotta have thatcrunchy sugar topping

    1. adding crunchy sugar make all the muffins better!!

  2. These look so perfect! I love sweets with strawberry bits in it!

    1. strawberry bits make everything better!

  3. Heather, these are beautiful. I love poppyseed anything, and Idk why I’ve never thought of putting it together with strawberries! So delish! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. you’ll have to bake something with poppy seeds and strawberries soon then (:

  4. Poppyseed muffins are my jam. I used to eat them all the time with my Mom when I was a teenager but I haven’t had a good poppyseed muffin in years. perfect excuse to make them. I’m always down for crunchy sugar on top 😉5 stars

    1. ooh you’ll have to make some then (:

  5. Love the idea of a strawberry lemonade flavored muffin! Plus sugar on top #forthewin Yummmmmm Heather!!!

    1. hahah maybe not quite a strawberry lemonade muffin but it does have a nice ring to it (;

  6. The texture is just amazingly light Healther and you have the perfect shot! I feel that poppy seed baked goods are so underrated, this muffin looks so yummy with that strawberry filling.5 stars

    1. thanks!! that shot kept coming out blurry so i’m glad i finally got it (: and yeah poppy seeds should be used so much more in baking!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious! I love jam tarts and lemon poppy seed muffins. You combined the two! Yum!!!

    1. i don’t think i’ve had a jam tart before! but i can imagine how buttery pastry would pair so nicely with jam (:

  8. I need more lemon poppyseed muffins in my life, and these look absolutely scrumptious! Nice addition with the strawberries!5 stars

  9. These muffins look so good, Heather!! I want to eat ALL of them!!

    1. sameee- which is why i have to make a half batch of muffins or take them out of the house asap (;

  10. Oh my that looks so yummy! I have yet to use my newly purchased poppy seeds, so I’ll be sure to try this recipe!

    1. you’ll have to do all sorts of tasty poppy seed baked goods (:

  11. I am loving the strawberries in these muffins, they look delicious.

    1. thanks emma! i’ve been inundated with oranges and apples and pears, so strawberry things sound so good right now.

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