Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

If you love baked goods for breakfast, you’ll want to make delicious Vegan Orange Poppy Seed Muffins, full of flavor and topped with orange-infused glaze. This is the best poppy seed muffin recipe because it yields tender, moist muffins that are easy to make. Poppyseed muffins are perfect for an indulgent weekend breakfast, but you can have them during the week too!

Serve these muffins with a hot cup of Chocolate Green Tea.

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My muse was an orange in the fridge that was on its last leg. All I can say now, is thank goodness for “day-old” oranges because it inspired these orange poppy seed muffins!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Orange zest adds flavor and bits of texture throughout each muffin
  • Using vinegar helps soften the proteins in the flour creating super moist and tender muffins
  • Vegan butter added to the batter creates a buttery flavor making these muffins irresistibly delicious!

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time!

Here are the ingredients in this vegan muffins recipe:

  • Vegan butter — I used Earth Balance buttery sticks
  • Sugar — We’ll add just enough sugar to make these muffins sweet…but not too sweet
  • Vegan buttermilk — Combining plant-based milk with vinegar makes a great vegan buttermilk
  • Orange — We’ll use both the juice and the zest of one orange
  • Vegan sour cream — This makes your muffins so moist and tender. If you don’t have vegan sour cream vegan yogurt will work
  • All-purpose flour — You can substitute whole wheat pastry flour or gluten-free flour
  • Poppy seeds — Obviously the star of the show. Make sure your poppyseeds are fresh
  • Salt — Adding a little bit of salt adds a depth of flavor that makes a difference
  • Baking powder + baking soda — These two ingredients make for big, fluffy muffins.

That’s a pretty simple list of ingredients for some pretty amazing muffins!

How to Make Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

The process for making these poppy muffins is pretty straight forward. You can easily put the ingredients together in around 5 – 10 minutes, bake them for 20 and have them cooling on the counter and ready to be frosted (and eaten) soon after that.

Here are the basic steps to making these homemade vegan muffins:

  1. Create vegan buttermilk by combining plant-based milk with apple cider vinegar
  2. Cream vegan butter and sugar with a mixer and add the vegan buttermilk, vegan sour cream, orange zest, and vanilla and mix again
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl
  4. Make the batter by pouring the flour mixture in with the vegan butter mixture being sure not to overmix
  5. Spoon the muffin batter into a greased muffin tins (I used a large muffin tin with 6 compartments) and then bake
  6. Prepare the icing by combining powdered sugar with the juice from the orange and drizzle this over finished muffins.

Make and Eat or Meal Plan

You can make these orange poppyseed muffins on a Saturday morning and have some folks over and eat them right there on the spot. They’re delicious freshly baked!

However, you can also make the muffins, allow them to cool on the counter, and then freeze them. Then you’ll have muffins available on a whim. And that’s a delicious way to live life!

To serve these muffins after freezing, set them on the counter for a bit so they can come to room temperature and then microwave them in short bursts until warm enough for your liking. Here are some great tips for using a microwave to thaw frozen foods.

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A vegan orange poppyseed muffin on a piece of brown pepper with more muffins behind it.

We hope you love this recipe for vegan orange poppyseed muffins as much as we do! If you decide to make them, grab your phone and snap a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your photos!

A vegan orange poppyseed muffin on a piece of brown pepper with more muffins behind it.

Orange Poppyseed Muffins

Delicious orange-infused muffins with an orange glaze. These orange poppyseed muffins make a delicious weekend or weekday breakfast.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orange Poppyseed Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Marly


Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

  • ½ cup plant-based milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 cup vegan sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Orange Glaze


For the Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Heat your oven to 350F and prepare your muffin pans (spray with vegetable spray or line with papers).
  • Make vegan buttermilke by stirring together soy milk and vinegar. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a mixer. Add the buttermilk, vegan sour cream, and orange zest. Mix again with your mixer until well-combined.
  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, poppy seeds, salt, baking powder and baking soda). Add to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Drop the batter into prepared muffin compartments and bake for approximately 20 minutes. A tester inserted in the center of a muffin should come out clean. When the muffins are done, remove them from oven and cool on a wire rack.

For the Orange Glaze

  • While you’re waiting for the muffins to cool, stir together the powdered sugar and orange juice. Don’t worry if the mixture is a little runny – that’s what we’re looking for. Drizzle the glaze over the muffins.

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Nutrition Facts
Orange Poppyseed Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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5 Responses to Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

    • Hi Katrina! Yes, use the orange muffin batter to make a loaf and increase the baking time — I’d say to 45 – 50 minutes. Check it around 45 minutes for doneness by inserting a tester in the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Please send me a photo on IG – I’d love to see it!!


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