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 lovely treat. They are gluten free + dairy free and can very easily be made refined sugar free. 

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 NotEnoughCinnamon.com

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 ☀️

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 NotEnoughCinnamon.com

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 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 beautiful day.

Despite being healthy, these 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 confectionner’s sugar for the 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 glaze, I think they’d make a great low sugar grab-and-go breakfast (and 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 glaze, they’ll be a perfect treat/snack to be eaten with a cup of tea or coffee! Enjoy ????

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 NotEnoughCinnamon.com

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 NotEnoughCinnamon.com
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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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 241 kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Potassium 164mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 18g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 1.5%
Vitamin C 5.5%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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25 Comments
  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

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