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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Copy of Recipes (6)With the apparent abundance of lemons this time of year, I’ve been incorporating as much lemon into my diet as possible. Whether it be squeezed freshly over a salad, or juiced and frozen into ice blocks for a refreshing glass of sparkling water. It hasn’t been difficult because I love lemons, and use them so regularly. They’re amazingly good for you, as I’ll discuss a little later on.

So, while searching for inspiration, this Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin recipe was created, and I incorporated the ever so delicious Vanilla Cashew Glaze. This creamy sweet concoction paired so well with the zesty lemon muffins ending in a recipe success.

I used natural sugars to sweeten, such as apple sauce and rice malt syrup. The gluten free flour blend, along with the almond meal created a firm muffin base and the lemon just elevated all the flavors. These muffins are Vegan, refined sugar free, gluten free and absolutely scrumptious!

I scoffed a couple with a warm cup of Dandelion tea and enjoyed the warm Spring sun. I cannot explain how excited I am for warmer weather and longer days! Pair these muffins too with a cold glass of lemon water – so refreshing and delicious! 

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Health Benefits of Lemon

  • Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  •  Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial 
  •  It balances to maintain the pH levels in the body 
  • Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins 
  • It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile 
  •  It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium 
  •  It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases 
  •  It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid 
  •  It helps cure the common cold 
  • The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells 
  •  It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute 
  • It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heartburn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
  • It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne 
  • It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems 
  • Aids in the production of digestive juices 
  •  Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session Source

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
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A zesty Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin recipe with a decadent Cashew Vanilla glaze. These muffins are so good, fulling and healthy! Refined sugar free, dairy and gluten free - a must try for a rainy days baking!
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. MUFFIN BATTER
  2. 1 Cup Organic Apple Puree
  3. 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice (or Juice of 4 lemons that have been zested)
  4. 3 Tsp Lemon Zest
  5. 4 TBS Rice Malt Syrup
  6. 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  7. 12 Tsp Baking Soda/Bicarbonate of Soda
  8. 1 Tsp Ground Himalayan Sea Salt
  9. 1 TBS Ground Flax ( Left aside to swell in 3 TBS water)
  10. 1 Cup Self Raising Gluten Free Flour Blend
  11. 1/2 Cup Almond Meal
  12. 1 1/2 Tsp Poppy Seeds
  13. 3 TBS Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil (Melted)
  14. 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  15. CASHEW VANILLA FROSTING
  16. 1/2 Cup Soaked Cashews
  17. 2 TBS Rice Malt Syrup
  18. 2 TBS Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil (Melted)
  19. 1/2 Tsp Ground Vanilla Paste
  20. 10 Tsp Almond Milk - Added bit by bit while blending
  21. Pinch of Pink Himalayan Rock Salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl add the ground flax and water and set aside to swell.
  2. Prepare the lemon juice and zest.
  3. Pre heat the oven to 170C
  4. Add the following into a big mixing bowl and whisk together - apple puree, lemon juice, lemon zest, rice malt syrup, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ground flax mixture.
  5. Once this mixture is smooth, add the gluten free flour, almond meal, poppy seeds, melted coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  6. If you're batter is a little dry add extra apple puree - or a dash of almond milk
  7. In a greased (with coconut oil) miffin tray, evenly divide the batter into the muffin cups.
  8. Place into a 170C fan forced oven for 25-30 mins or until golden brown and cooked through.
  9. While they are baking, make the cashew vanilla frosting.
  10. Blend all the cashew vanilla ingredients together, adding the almond milk bit by bit to reach a smooth consistency. You may need to blend and stop to scrape down the sides and repeat.
  11. Let this mixture chill in the freezer for 10-15 mins. I scooped it all into a plastic zip lock bag and then placed it in the freezer.
  12. Once the muffins have baked and cooled for 15 mins, using a piping bag method, squeeze the cashew vanilla frosting over the top of each muffin, using a knife to spread it evenly.
  13. Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days.
Notes
  1. Use organic where possible
  2. These muffins are quite dense, but full of flavor and the cashew vanilla frosting adds such a great element.
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