Sugarfree Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

First off and before we get all hot and bothered about the ‘sugarfree’ claim, there are natural sweeteners included in this recipe. Yes, some might argue that these are technically still sugar but I’m not getting into that right now. I’m only interested at this point in the fact there is no cane sugar used and that in itself is a minor triumph. All I do know is that many people cannot consume cane sugar or wish not to, so that is where I’m coming from – I hope you’ll understand and cut me a wee bit of slack. Cheers.

These muffins were made in a baking haste – the haste being I wanted something quick. And sweet(ish). And lemony. And whilst I briefly toyed with idea of making a lemon drizzle cake (I loves me some drizzle cake) I finally settled on these. They are not my greatest baking achievement but that’s what happens when you act before you think. That’s not to say they weren’t perfectly light (they were) and palatable (my husband ate four of them) but for my tastes they definitely could have been a bit sweeter.

Now, I don’t think that was anything to do with the lack of cane sugar and more to do with my conservative use of sweeteners – I was trying to use as little as possible. Of course, that aspect of the recipe can be easily ammended, as can the choice of flour…..

I’ve always had issues with spelt flour so why I insist on trying to include it is beyond me – as soon as this bag is finished I’m done. No more spelt – laters! I think it gives a very dry floury taste and even though I only used a quarter cup it still negatively affected the texture. Wholewheat would’ve been a much better choice and that’s what I’ll use next time.

Now, in my haste I forgot to stir in the frozen cranberries (doh!) hence why I popped one on the top. I’m glad I did now because it makes them look super cute – like little dipples.

I was really pleased with the appearance of these muffins and like I said they were extremely light and fluffy. With a few minor tweaks these could be a really fantastic treat. Cooking is all about trial and error and we learn from everything we make even when it doesn’t turn out as we’d hoped – especially when it doesn’t turn out as we’d hoped.

sugarfree vegan lemon poppy seed muffins

1/2 cup plain flour

1/4 cup spelt flour (sub wholewheat or even brown rice flour)

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

3/4 tbsp baking soda

1/2 tsp malt syrup (I would up it to 1 tsp in future)

1/2 tsp sweet freedom or agave (again, up it to 1 tsp for a sweeter muffin)

zest 2 lemons

juice 1 1/2 lemons

1 tbsp poppy seeds

1/4 unsweetened apple sauce

1 tbsp lemon oil (or olive oil plus juice of an extra 1/2 lemon)

Pre-heat the oven the 175 degrees celsius/350 fahrenheit.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and thoroughly combine with a spatula. Stir in the lemon zest.

Whisk together the apple sauce, lemon juice, sweeteners and oil in a separate bowl. The sweetener can be quite sticky so persevere until it dissolves.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently fold in using a spatula. Be careful not to over mix.

Divide the mixture between six silicon muffin cases and bake for 20-25mins. Check at 20 by inserting a toothpick into the centre – or thereabouts, as the cranberry might be in the way. If it comes out clean they are done. If not leave them in for a further five or so minutes. Remember every oven is different – I recommend getting a separate oven thermometer.

17 responses to “Sugarfree Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins”

  1. Amazing. They look delicious and well done that they’re sugar free AND vegan! Love the touch of apple sauce in there, too.

  2. peasoupeats says:

    You always leave such lovely comments Jill, thank you:)

  3. Janice says:

    Well done on creating a ‘sugar free’ muffin. They look really good.

  4. blog by tina says:

    how are these sugarfree and vegan?! they look too delicious!

  5. Choclette says:

    They certainly look and sound good. I’ve used maple syrup to good effect in the past and date syrup is good too. Best of all is stevia because that actually isn’t sugar at all, but although you can buy this in the US, the UK sadly banned it a few years ago. We grow our own from time to time, but in leaf format, it’s good for fruit and sweetening tomato sauce, but not really great for cakes.

  6. peasoupeats says:

    ah, that’s why I can’t get my hands on stevia – i’ve heard lots about it on the vegan grapevine. I use maple syrup, agave and date syrup often but for a more subtle sweetness I think sweet freedom works best. Malt syrup ain’t bad either but it’s probably my least favourite sweetener to be honest.I also love including molasses for a deep flavour. Have you heard of or ever used yacon syrup?

    • Choclette says:

      A bit late in the day for a reply, sorry. I’ve heard of yacon syrup but never bought it. We do, however, grow yacon and it is very sweet. The sugars are not digested by our guts and it has other properties that are meant to be good for us. It would be great if we could create our own syrup from it, but it sounds a step too far.

      • peasoupeats says:

        Interesting! I wish we could get those sweeteners here – I have a feeling stevia might become available soon, just a hunch. In the meantime I’ll stick to agave, sweet freedom, date and maple syrup – all in moderation, of course;)

  7. Sneaky Vegan says:

    i love how you always make food look so happy 🙂

  8. MG says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I will totally make them. I love that you only added natural sweeteners. They also look extra adorable in the magenta cups!

  9. Anne says:

    I’m just about to start making some of these yummy looking muffins, but I have a problem. I have no idea how to get myhands on neither malt syrup nor sweet freedom, or agave, I live in Norway. How much of will I be using molasses? How much should I use to do up for not using neither malt syrup nor sweet freedom/agave?

    Thank you!

  10. Anne says:

    That was a stupid question, of course I’ll be far off using molasses as that’s often made of cane sugar. I’ll just go to my local shop who sells health food.

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