You won’t be able to resist the smell, the flavor, or the perfectly moist texture of these Almond Poppy Seed Muffins!
I recommend making a double batch while you’re at it because these muffins will go FAST! Yes, for the ultimate Almond Poppy Seed Muffins recipe, you’ve come to the right place!
For store-bought muffins, Otis Spunkmeyer makes some pretty darn good ones. And his Almond Poppy Seed muffins are no exception. And so I’ve created a copycat version of these muffins but mine rival Spunkmeyer’s for two reasons: 1) The list of ingredients in my version is much shorter (and that’s usually a very good thing), and 2) Otis stopped making this particular flavor several years ago, so that makes my claim easy!
Who doesn’t love a good muffin? Whether sweet or savory, a good muffin is almost universally loved. Muffins as we know them today became popular some time in the 1800’s and recipes can found in cookbooks dating back to that time. The flavor varieties nowadays are limitless, but poppy seed muffins remain one of the most popular flavors of all.
The Almond Poppy Seed Muffins are absolutely delicious and a favorite in our home. They smell phenomenal, their flavor is so vibrant, and the texture is perfectly moist. The wonderful texture comes from the buttermilk and the inclusion of coconut oil in addition to the butter.
There are several elements that go into making the perfect muffin. The ingredients, the ratios, how much or little you mix the batter, the oven temperature, the length of baking time, etc. I’m going to walk you through the steps so that you can achieve perfection!
Almond Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe
Let’s get started!
Place the butter, coconut oil and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Beat until the ingredients are fully incorporated, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Note: Be sure to use good quality pure almond extract. Low quality ones won’t yield much flavor.
Add the buttermilk and beat just until combined. It’s okay if there are some lumps of flour. Do not over-beat or the muffins won’t rise properly and will be dense.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Beat just until combined. Some lumps of flour will remain and that’s okay. Do not over-beat or the muffins will not rise properly and be dense.
Add the poppy seeds.
Stir gently just until combined.
Fill some jumbo/king-size muffin tins until almost full. This will help give you a good rise and dome on the top of the muffin.
Sprinkle with a few sliced almonds.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean but moist. Be careful not to over-bake.
Muffins, glorious muffins!
Let the muffins remain in the muffin pan for at least 5 minutes before removing and transferring them to a cooling rack.
For more delicious muffin recipes be sure to try our:
- Pink Grapefruit Buttermilk Muffins
- Apple Crisp Streusel Muffins
- Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins
- Lemon Coconut Muffins
- Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Streusel Muffins
- Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins
Almond Poppy Seed Muffins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon quality pure almond extract
- 1 teaspoon quality pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk (or substitute by stirring one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in one cup of milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes)
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- Sliced almonds
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, coconut oil, and sugar for at least 3 minutes. Add the eggs, almond and vanilla extract, and buttermilk and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat just until combined, being careful not to over-beat. Lumps of flour will remain and that's okay. Add the poppy seeds and stir gently until combined. Fill 6 jumbo/king-sized muffin tins or 12 regular sized muffins until almost full.Sprinkle with a few sliced almonds.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean but moist. Be careful not to over-bake.Remove from oven and let the muffins sit in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
Originally published on The Daring Gourmet June 27, 2013