Healthy Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Vanilla Glaze {Gluten Free}

Easy, healthy orange poppy seed muffins full of citrusy flavors that are perfect for breakfast or as a sweet treat. They are gluten-free, dairy-free and can easily be made refined sugar-free. 

 side view of healthy orange poppy seed muffins with vanilla glaze on white parchment paper

Oh boy, oh boy, I really don’t want to be that girl who makes conversation about the weather, but man, this Parisian gloom is killing my spirit!

Why does it have to be so rainy and grey all the time? I don’t mind the cold but I think I must have been a cat in another life because cloudy and rainy…I can’t ????

I’m living at my mom’s for a month and she’s trying to make me believe it’s not always like that this time of year (you know, like “defending” Paris and all).

And I’m like “yeah right Mum, remember I lived here for 23 years? You can’t fool me, I wasn’t always living in Australia!”

Ok, so technically since last April, I no longer live in Sydney, but since I haven’t had a “real” home for the past nine months as we were traveling, I guess that’s the easiest way to put it!

But anyways, I really can’t wait to move to our new home in Tel Aviv in February (I’ll be telling you more about this soon!). It won’t be super warm yet, but at least it’ll be sunny most of the time!

I think I’ve become dependent on sunshine ☀️

three stacked gluten-free orange poppy seed muffins with vanilla glaze

These gluten-free Orange Poppy Seed Muffins are little rays of sunshine –  the perfect treat for a rainy day!

Is it grey and gloomy where you live too? I have an easy solution to lift our spirits and it’s called “baking these pretty orange poppy seed muffins”!

Every time I’m making something with citrus – be it orange, lemon or lime, I feel like I’m eating a piece of sunshine and I instantly picture myself having a lovely picnic on a beautiful day.

Despite being healthy, these orange poppy seed muffins do not “taste” healthy. They have a great texture (see the pic below!) and are bursting with citrusy flavors thanks to the zest and juice of the oranges.

The poppy seeds add such a lovely crunch too!

I did use some confectioner’s sugar for the vanilla glaze, but it’s totally optional. The muffins are delicious without it so you won’t feel like you’re missing out if you want to skip it.

Without the vanilla glaze, I think they’d make a great low-sugar grab-and-go breakfast. I would personally drink a tea or infusion with two scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen to get a healthy dose of protein!

And if you do want to make the vanilla glaze, they’ll be a perfect breakfast treat/snack to be eaten with a cup of tea or coffee! Enjoy ????

half a gluten-free orange poppy seed muffin with vanilla glaze on a piece of parchment paper

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These healthy orange poppy seeds muffins are like a bite of sunshine! Gluten free and dairy. Perfect for breakfast or as a treat. Recipe on
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Healthy Orange Poppyseed Muffins with Vanilla Glaze {Gluten-free}

Easy + healthy orange poppy seed muffins full of citrusy flavors that are perfect for breakfast or as a lovely treat. They are gluten free + dairy free and can very easily be made refined sugar free. 

Course Breakfast, Treat
Cuisine American
Keyword glutenfree, healthy, muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 241 kcal
Author Marie


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil liquified
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon orange zest from about 2 oranges

Vanilla Orange Glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F / 176C degrees.

  2. Add oats to a food processor. Pulse for 10-15 seconds or until oats become a gritty meal. Add to a large mixing bowl and whisk together with almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, poppyseed and salt.

  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, orange juice + zest. Stir in to dry mixture, making sure to combine well.

  4. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners, then fill 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes or until muffins are browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
  5. Make the glaze. Whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Set aside.

  6. Once muffins have cooled, submerge the top completely with glaze, allowing to drip off evenly, then let set. Continue until all muffins are glazed. 

Recipe Notes

TO MAKE REFINED SUGAR (PERFECT FOR BREAKFAST): leave out the glaze, it's very good without it too. 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Orange Poppyseed Muffins with Vanilla Glaze {Gluten-free}
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin with glaze)
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 209mg9%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hmmm…I don’t have poppy seeds on hand, but I do have chia seeds. Do you think those might work in a pinch? Never tried a substitution like that!

    1. I wouldn’t use chia seeds here. They do look like poppy seeds but they absorb a lot of moisture and will form a sort of gel and expand. The result will be more chewy than crunchy. But you can leave out the poppy seeds if you need to 🙂

  2. There is almond flour in the recipe but does not mention when to put it in. I assume it’s with the dry but I didn’t want to put it in if it wasn’t needed

    1. I haven’t experimented myself but you could try adding 1 small, mashed banana as one of the eggs, then using 2 flax/chia eggs for the two other eggs. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  3. I made this recipe, but with lemon and coconut flour rather than orange and tapioca flour, and they turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  4. This was one of the best if not the best flourless thing I have ever baked. They are actually amazing. The texture is perfect

  5. Hello! I just searched the net for healthy orange and poppy seed muffins and I’m so glad i tried these. Oh my gosh they are AMAZING!! I ran out of maple syrup so used honey and I used wholemeal flour as I don’t have gluten free flour. They were so yummy my 2 year old demolished a whole one straight away. Thank you for creating this recipe!

  6. These turned out great! Lovely flavour and texture. I used 1/3 cup of date puree instead of the maple sugar (blended dried dates with a splash of hot water). I also replaced 1 tablespoon of the almond meal with 1 tablespoon of flaxmeal (ground linseed) for extra nutrition. These muffins are going to become a regular favourite in our house!

    1. Hi Anne! Thanks so much. Potato starch is gluten-free and can replace tapioca flour. However, it has a heavier consistency and may result in a denser product. Cornstarch is another gluten-free substitute for tapioca flour, but be sure to only use half as much cornstarch as you would tapioca.Hope this helps!

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