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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Made Magic

My favorite muffin for breakfast (but, of course, nothing beats chocolate chip)!

Lemon Poppy Seed, Muffins, Baking, Breakfast, Easy Recipes, Magic, Kitchen Witch, Correspondences, Witchcraft

Now, maybe I'm just fussy, but there are two types of muffins to me: breakfast muffins and dessert muffins. Chocolate chip muffins are by far my favorite muffin, but they scream dessert, not an actual breakfast.

Lemon poppy seed muffins, though—those are breakfast muffins to me. Something light and bright and fresh-tasting to start the day with makes me feel a bit peppier than something that's otherwise decadent and chocolatey (and when you consider lemon's magical properties of purification and the like, it's easy to see how this citrusy flavor wakes you up a bit better).

I got the original recipe from Handle the Heat with Tessa Arias, and while I enjoyed them, I did doctor this a little so that there's more lemon flavor. There wasn't enough for me originally!

Beyond that, I also found the base batter to be pretty standard, meaning you could also supplement other items in this batter depending on your magical needs. Maybe you toss in some apples and cinnamon, or walnuts and banana, or, yes, chocolate chips and vanilla.

Whatever you decide to do, though, chances are you're going to get a damn good muffin.

Magic in Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon, poppy, and dairy are our main magical contenders here, and they're ingredients that help us cleanse, relax, and settle into a loving and cheerful frame of mind. The through-line between them all is love, with lemon providing longevity and purification, poppy helping with luck and sleep, and milk bringing some spiritual and nurturing energy. No better combination to put a spring in your step while keeping you fluid and "going with the flow"—especially considering their correspondences.

The astral body uniting these ingredients, the Moon, as well as the element water, means this is a perfect treat or breakfast to get in touch with yourself. How are you feeling? How are you withstanding the day-to-day hustle? Where are areas you can work on unwinding, following your intuition better, or working through the Moon's pull on your emotional tide? Whatever it is you're looking to do at that emotional and spiritual level, the powers of poppy, lemon, and milk will help you get through it when you call on them to assist you in these classic muffins.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Makes 6 - 12 Muffins


2 cups

All Purpose Flour

3/4 cup


1 Tbsp

Baking Powder

1/2 Tspo

Baking Soda

1/2 tsp


1 large

Egg, room temperature

1 cup

Whole Milk, room temperature

1 stick

Unsalted Butter, melted


2 Tbsp

Lemon Juice

3 Lemons Worth

Lemon Zest

2 Tbsp

Poppy Seeds

*For other muffins, try:

  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon & 1 tsp nutmeg with peeled & finely chopped apple,

  • or remove 1/2 cup milk and add 1 mashed banana and 1 cup toasted & chopped walnuts,

  • or just add 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 cup of chocolate chips!


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Whisk all dry ingredients together in a bowl

  • In a smaller bowl, whisk zest, egg, juice, milk, & butter

  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients

  • Grease or line a muffin tin (6 big muffins or 12 little ones)

  • Optional: let sit in the fridge for a couple hours before baking

  • Bake until toothpick comes out clean (18-20min)

  • Let sit until cool (or eat it warm with some butter!)

Summer's pretty much here, and there's nothing more summery than the taste of fresh lemon! I hope you enjoy these muffins (and make use of the magic associated with these ingredients).

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