Sunshine Muffins (Honey Orange Poppy Seed Muffins)

IMG_3088I’m on a mission to create the perfect healthy morning muffin. Which means minimal sugar and fat yet still a delicious pick-me-up for those early morning blues. These Honey Orange Poppy Seed Muffins, which I’d like to call Sunshine Muffins if the name was descriptive enough, are well on their way to reaching that title – subtly sweet and tangy, they’re good without the guilt.

IMG_3094We all know that citrus is an excellent source of vitamin C, but it also has a wealth of other great nutrients (making it a perfect addition to a morning muffin). Citrus fruits are a good source of carbohydrates. Maybe you’re thinking “Carbohydrates?? Carbs? But carbs are evil!” In reality, carbs help our body run, and because citrus fruits have no fat and contain the simple carbohydrates fructose, sucrose, and glucose along with citric acid, they are a great source for a pop of energy. Citrus also contains dietary fiber, which helps with digestion. Other delicious nutrients in citrus fruits are folate (aids in cell production and growth), potassium (maintains body’s water and acid level), and phytochemicals (thought to protect the body against cancer and heart disease).

IMG_3092IMG_3091These muffins are extra special because they combine the nutrients of oranges with the probiotics of Greek Yogurt, the fiber of ground flax, and the deliciousness of honey. They are fat free and full of heart healthy grains.


Sunshine Muffins


3/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1/3 cup ground flax

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

zest and juice from 1 medium orange

2 tbsp orange juice

1 tbsp poppy seeds


1. Preheat oven to 400F. Set aside greased or lined muffin tin (I used a mini muffin tin).  Mix yogurt, honey, vanilla, and egg until well combined.

2. In separate bowl, mix flour, flax, salt, and soda. Add to wet mixture. Mix until just moist.

4. Stir in zest, juice, and poppy seeds.

5. Place batter in muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.


3 thoughts on “Sunshine Muffins (Honey Orange Poppy Seed Muffins)

  1. I’m cooking with lots of ‘sunshiny’ ingredients like honey and citrus right now too, I think it’s a kitchen substitute for the real thing! So, I was wondering, if I don’t have the flax, should I substitute ground nuts or more flour or something like wheatgerm as I’ve no idea how absorbant or not, ground flax is! Any thoughts?

    1. Wheatgerm is a great substitute for flax – I find that it has basically the same effect in recipes. Otherwise, you can add more flour or oatmeal. If you add ground nuts like almonds it would alter the taste a little bit, but I think that that could be pretty tasty too!

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