Lemon Poppy Seed Crumble Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Crumble Muffins are a delightful combination of zesty lemon, crunchy poppy seeds, and a delectable crumbly topping. These muffins offer a burst of refreshing flavors that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

The base of these muffins is a moist and tender lemon-infused batter. The tangy citrus flavor of the lemon adds a bright and refreshing note, making each bite a delightful experience. The addition of poppy seeds provides a subtle crunch and a unique texture that complements the softness of the muffins.

What sets these muffins apart is the irresistible crumble topping. Made with a mixture of flour, butter, and sugar, the crumble adds a deliciously sweet and buttery element to each muffin. As the muffins bake, the crumble turns golden brown and develops a delightful crispiness that contrasts perfectly with the moistness of the muffin itself.

The combination of flavors and textures in these Lemon Poppy Seed Crumble Muffins creates a delightful balance. With every bite, you’ll experience the tanginess of the lemon, the slight nuttiness of the poppy seeds, and the heavenly sweetness of the crumble topping. These muffins are perfect for any occasion – from a quick breakfast on the go to a delightful treat during afternoon tea.

How to make lemon poppy seed crumble muffins

lemon poppy seed muffins with crispy crumble on top

Begin by preheating the oven to 375F (190C) and lining a 12-cavity muffin pan with paper liners.

First, prepare the muffin batter. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, and salt, ensuring a well-blended mixture. In a separate large bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest. Gently mix to release the fragrant oils and transforming the sugar into a pale yellow hue.

Add eggs to the sugar and lemon zest mixture, stirring until well combined. Incorporate fresh lemon juice and vanilla extract, further enhancing the vibrant citrus flavor. Gradually add oil to the mixture, achieving a smooth consistency.

Alternating between the flour mixture and buttermilk, gradually incorporate both into the batter. Be mindful not to overmix, as it can result in a dense texture.

Evenly divide the batter among the muffin cups, ensuring a balanced distribution.

Prepare the crumb topping by combining sugar, flour, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the crumb mixture on top of each muffin, adding a delightful textural contrast.

Bake the muffins for approximately 25 minutes, or until they turn lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean. Once baked to perfection, transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool.

Whether you’re a fan of lemon desserts or simply looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, Lemon Poppy Seed Crumble Muffins are an absolute delight. Their vibrant flavors and contrasting textures make them a crowd-pleaser for all ages. Whether enjoyed with a hot cup of tea or as a standalone indulgence, these muffins are sure to brighten your day and leave you wanting another bite. Treat yourself to these delectable muffins and experience a burst of lemony goodness in every mouthful. If you do, make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Enjoy!

Other lemon desserts you may like to try

Indulge in the citrusy delight of our Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake. This moist and flavorful cake is infused with zesty lemon and dotted with crunchy poppy seeds. It is a delightful combination of tanginess and texture.

This Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Curd and White Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling is out of this word. It is so flavorful and refreshing and has a great combination of textures. The cake consists of a lemon and poppy seed sponge cake at the bottom. It is topped with a mousse-like texture white chocolate, poppy seed and cream cheese filling and a homemade lemon curd insert and topping. 

This Poppy Seed Blueberry Cake is a delightful and irresistible treat that combines the delicate flavors of poppy seeds, lemon and the burst of sweetness from fresh blueberries. This delectable cake is a perfect fusion of moist texture, nutty undertones, and fruity brightness.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Crumble Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Crumble Muffins

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Lemon Poppy Seed Crumble Muffins are a delightful combination of zesty lemon, crunchy poppy seeds, and a delectable crumbly topping. These muffins offer a burst of refreshing flavors that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Batter

  • 1 ¾ cups (220g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (8g) baking powder
  • 2 tbsp (20g) poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) salt
  • 2/3 cup (135g) sugar
  • Lemon zest from 2 lemons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (110ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (120g) buttermilk

Crumb Topping

  • 3 tbsp (45g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (30g) butter , melted


Prepare the lemon poppy seed muffin batter.

  • Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Line a 12-cavity muffin pan with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour with baking powder, poppy seeds and salt.
  • In a large bowl add sugar and lemon zest. Mix to release oils from the zest and the sugar becomes pale yellow.
  • Add eggs and mix to combine. Add lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix to combine. Gradually incorporate the oil.
  • Incorporate the flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk.
  • Don’t overmix the batter.
  • Divide the batter equally into muffin cups.

Prepare the crumb topping.

  • In a medium bowl combine sugar with flour and melted butter. Divide the crumbs on top of each muffin.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool muffins on a wire rack. Enjoy!



Serving: 1 muffinCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 32.3gProtein: 3.9gFat: 12.3gSaturated Fat: 3.4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 15.9gCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg
Calories: 252kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crumble, crumble muffins, lemon, muffins, poppy seeds

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