Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves

I have a confession to make. I have never been a fan of lemon recipes. Ever. Cakes, pies, cookies, you name it…lemon just wasn’t appealing to me.  Especially lemon meringue pies. Something about the texture of the actual pie and the meringue on top makes me recoil in disgust! Sorry to all you lemon meringue fans out there! I’m probably in the minority here. And you’re probably thinking two things right now: how in the world can you not like lemon? And why are you posting a lemon recipe?! Am I right?


Ok let me make a slight adjustment to what I just stated. I do enjoy lemon poppy seed muffins and more cakey-not-too-lemony type treats, but that’s about the extent of it. Make sense? Anyways, I’ve been keeping this Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves recipe from you for several weeks now. The reason? These loaves were just too good to part with! Only kidding (but these are out-of-this-world delicious)! I actually made these Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves for Mother’s Day, as a little treat for the hubster’s mom, my mom, and step-mom. I knew that my step-mom loved lemon, and figured that everyone else in the world (besides me) does too, so why not make something that both the moms and I would enjoy? Thus, enter these delicious bite-sized, mini loaves of lemon perfection!


And guess what? I actually devoured these Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves! Well, the ones that the mothers’ didn’t receive, anyways. And the hubster adored these beauties, too. I mean, how could you not? I love foods in mini form. There’s just something so eye appealing to me about mini desserts (remember my Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donuts recipe) that make me want to snap pictures of them all day! And, now you’re thinking, weird Gayle, just weird! These mini loaves are full of lemon flavor, but not too-overpowering for those that don’t adore lemons. They also work perfectly as a home-made gift for that special someone.


The ingredients in these Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves are fairly simple. In fact, you probably have most ingredients in your kitchen already (which is a huge bonus in my book). And to make these mini loaves on the lighter side, I used Greek yogurt in place of the oil in this recipe. So you can feel good about eating these. 


If you don’t have a mini loaf pan, feel free to use a regular loaf pan, or even a muffin tin. But since I just bought a mini loaf pan a few weeks ago, I was eager to test mine out. Didn’t these mini loves turn out so cute? Ok back to the recipe!  To start, you first want to mix your dry ingredients together. So into a bowl goes the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poppy seeds and lemon zest. In another bowl, you’ll cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then add the eggs, vanilla, yogurt and lemon juice. I used the juice of one lemon, which resulted in a mild lemon flavor. But if you want your loaves to have a more prominent lemon taste, feel free to add more.


Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix, otherwise your batter will become tough. And we want to be sure these mini loaves come out light and moist! Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan (or muffin tin), bake until golden brown on the edges, and let cool. While the loaves are cooling, prepare the glaze. Simply mix together the juice of one or two lemons and powdered sugar. Simple, right? That’s the glaze! I used the juice of one lemon and about 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar, but it will vary depending on how much you want.


These Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves turned out light, moist and delicious! I knew the moms would adore their mini cuteness and love the mild lemon flavor. I wrapped the loaves in decorative cellophane bags and delivered them on Mother’s Day.  And guess what? They were a hit! The moms enjoyed the lemon flavor, enveloped in a moist and airy mini loaf.


So the next time you want to make something to give away, why not try these Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves? I guarantee you’ll love the lemon flavor and will make them again and again!


Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 10 mini loaves

These mini lemon poppy seed loaves are light, moist, and full of lemon flavor! Perfect for the summer and to give as a home-made gift for that special someone!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • juice of one lemon
  • For the Glaze:
  • juice of two lemons
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray mini loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poppy seeds, and lemon zest. Stir thoroughly.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla, yogurt, and lemon juice. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Pour batter into mini loaves, filling about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes in loaf pan. Then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. To make the glaze, stir together the lemon and powdered sugar until reaches desired consistency.


This recipe can be made in a regular loaf pan or muffin tin. Baking time will increase depending on what you choose to bake your loaves in.

You may use more or less lemon juice for the glaze, depending on how much and how sweet you would like it.


Lovely comments

    • Gayle says

      Thanks, Mary Frances! I wish I liked lemon desserts more, but these mini loaves really hit the spot for me! Not too lemony and light!

    • Gayle says

      Thanks, Natalie! Lemon definitely reminds me of the spring and summer. And I had a great time baking with poppy seeds, too!

  1. says

    I’m a huge fan of lemon desserts, these are so cute! I’m pinning these for later, I need to go buy poppy seeds now! By the way I’m making your baked donuts this weekend for my husband’s birthday. The man could eat donuts all day long. I can’t wait to make them for him.
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    • Gayle says

      This was my first time baking with poppy seeds and I loved them! Now I have to think of what to use them in next. I hope you and your husband love the donuts! My husband loves donuts, too…especially chocolate ones! I would love to hear how they turned out if you make them!

  2. says

    I think lemon must be one of those flavours that divides because my husband doesn’t like lemon meringue pie or lemon-flavoured cakes, either. I, on the other hand, love them! I love lemon on or in anything, really. Such cute little cakies! I know what you mean about the appeal of ‘mini’ things. I’ve just bought a couple of mini cake pans and am dying to try them out, too! :-)
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    • Gayle says

      Your husband just might like these mini loaves, lemony, but not too strong. I think this would be a great recipe to try out with your mini cake pans!

    • Gayle says

      I think you would have a lot of fun using a mini loaf pan! So many recipes to try, and these lemon loaves are the perfect ones to test out!

  3. says

    You know, it’s funny — as a kid, I definitely could not get down with anything citrus-flavored. A lemon dessert would not have interested me in the least. But now, as an adult? Obsessed. These look delicious! How could they not be a big hit?

    • Gayle says

      Thanks, Meg! These loaves have just the right amount of lemon flavored. Perfect for all the citrus fans out there!

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