Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

Muffins are one of the most under-rated breakfast items, ever! Honestly, I love muffins! Chocolate muffins, blueberry muffins, banana muffins… I love them all! But I can’t tell you the last time I had a poppy seed muffin. Growing up, I used to have this intense hatred of blueberries, so when I bought a muffin it was almost certainly a poppy seed. I was reminded of my love for poppy seed muffins after a friend on Instagram shared a photo of some delicious looking lemon poppy seed muffins she just baked. 

It was all I could do not to think about these muffins… And then I received a box of citrus from my lovely friend Megan (The Beef Jar) in California.

Citrus - Prairie Californian-1

Seriously you guys, I cannot even begin to tell you my excitement of receiving all sorts of fancy citrus in the middle of winter in North Dakota. Just look at how beautiful it is!! I received blood oranges, mandarins, meyer lemons, buddha’s hand, kumquats, and so much more. Now, I love North Dakota, but variety in citrus isn’t a thing here. So receiving this box literally had me frolicing in citrus heaven. And taking photos of citrus fruits on my lunch break. 

Then it donned on me… Citrus + Poppy Seed muffins = a match made in heaven… Citrus heaven. 


These muffins were easy-peeze. No KitchenAid needed! Just barely mix together by hand and only a few ingredients needed. The poppy seed and the citrus…. So good! Plus the blood orange zest is so pretty with the poppy seeds! 

These would be perfect for a brunch, shower, or just for your family for breakfast warm….with a fat slather of butter on top.

Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins
Serves 12
blood orange infused poppy seed muffins
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 2 1/3 cups flour
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  7. pinch salt
  8. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  9. juice and zest of 2 medium sized blood oranges
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Either spray muffin pan with non-stick spray or line with muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugars, poppy seeds, baking powder and soda, and salt together until mixed. Set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the butter, blood orange juice, and blood orange zest together. Add the eggs and whisk together. Whisk in the yogurt and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined and forms a thick batter.
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin/cups, fill them 3/4 to all the way full.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees and then reduce temperature to 375 degrees. Continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until muffins are golden brown. (You can use a toothpick to check for doneness).
  7. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Prairie Californian
Jenny Dewey Rohrich


  1. January 20, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    What would you substitute for the yogurt, if anything? Sounds delicious, I’ve got to make these soon. I’ve been craving muffins like crazy!!!!!
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  2. February 3, 2015 / 2:03 am

    You can never go wrong with the classic combination of citrus and poppy seed. I can imagine how delicious these muffins must have been.. they do look beautiful!
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