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Keto Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

Louise | November 11
Keto Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe #keto

Poppy seed muffins are such a joyful treat – and there’s no need to miss out just because you’re chasing ketosis. This keto lemon poppy seed muffins recipe might make your day!

Reminder: What’s in a Muffin?

Regular muffins are not keto. Or paleo. Or anything in the ballpark of healthy.

They are warm, soft, crumbly softballs of carbs. Delicious, yes, but their contents will send your blood sugar sky high.

Here’s why: Muffins are glorified flour and sugar. And that’s before they are customized. Chocolate chips, caramel, banana, and even blueberries that accessorize these sweet treats add fuel to the fire.

Don’t be fooled into thinking lemon poppy seed muffins are any different. Sure the lemon juice is OK, and sure, there is no problem with the poppy seeds.

But the foundation upon which muffins are built must undergo a massive overhaul to be acceptable for keto.

How to Make Keto Poppy Seed Muffins

All-purpose flour has no purpose in a keto diet. Consider it gone. Instead, you can use almond flour.

Almond flour has more fat in it than grain-based flour. That tends to happen when you use flour derived from nuts.

Anyway, this impacts the amount of other ingredients you use, which often have to be adjusted to get the right balance and texture.

For example, you don’t want to use too many eggs, as this can make for a rubbery result. Three eggs work well for these muffins.

Instead of butter, I used ghee, one of my go-to keto swaps. It tends to be better tolerated than butter, and you can even make your own.

Next, I had to address the sugar issue. To make these muffins keto, they need to be baked without it, but I still want them to be appropriately sweet.

For that, I used erythritol. This sugar alcohol is great for baking and tends to be tolerated well by most people.

The rest of the ingredients are pretty standard: eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, poppy seeds, baking soda, and salt.

A Go-To Source for Keto Recipes

One of the hardest adjustments to keto is having to rethink your meals. All of them.

Humans tend to be creatures of habit, and most of us have a pretty short list of recipes we turn to time and time again.

And then you discover the ketogenic diet, and you have to throw most if not all of your tried and true recipes out the window.

Fear not, my friends. I’ve compiled a fantastic list of recipes that are not only keto, but delicious to boot. Recipes are broken down into categories so you can find just about anything you’re looking for. Enjoy!

Keto Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe #keto


Keto Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Cuisine: American


These classic muffins can now be enjoyed on Keto.


  • 3 cups (360 g) almond flour
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) ghee, melted
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) lemon juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) erythritol
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons (18 g) poppy seeds
  • Dash of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
  2. Mix together all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Pour into muffin pans (use silicone muffin pans or grease the metal pans). Makes 12 muffins.
  4. Bake for 16-18 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when you insert it into a muffin.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 3 g


  • Calories: 233
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 7 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.