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Healthy Lemon Muffins. This small batch of healthier lemon muffins will definitely brighten up your breakfast in the morning. Made with coconut oil, greek yogurt, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. 

Lemon muffin sitting in a white cupcake liner, with a light white drizzle on top. Bowl of icing with a spoon behind the muffin.


 

Healthier lemon muffins. Start the day off right with these EASY to make, skinny lemon muffins.

  • Simple to make: only one bowl and common pantry items are needed for this recipe! 
  • Small batch: the perfect amount for me and my kids for breakfast with no leftovers. But it’s so easy to make a larger batch if needed.

How to make Healthier Lemon Muffins:

  1. Wet ingredients: combine the wet ingredients. Be sure that the coconut oil is melted but not hot when mixing. Allow time for it to cool to room temperature before mixing.
  2. Dry ingredients: add the dry ingredients to the mixed wet ingredients and stir until just combined. 
  3. Scoop: add the muffin batter to the muffin tin. 
  4. Bake: be sure to check the muffins with a toothpick to ensure they are baked through.
Picture collage showing how to make healthy lemon muffins, showing wet ingredients in a bowl, mixed together. Adding dry ingredients. Then the mixed batter.

Ingredient Breakdown:

  • White Whole Wheat Flour: this is different than whole wheat flour since it’s harvested from different wheat. Whole wheat flour is ground red wheat which gives the color and texture that you know as whole wheat flour. White whole wheat flour is ground white wheat, it is NOT bleached. It’s a light flour that bakes similar to all purpose flour. And it does have the same nutrients as using regular whole wheat flour. 
  • Coconut Oil: adds moisture and gives a wonderful hint of coconut flavor to the muffins.
  • Maple Syrup: to sweeten. Can also be subbed with honey. 
  • Greek Yogurt: extra moisture. Plus if you use a vanilla or lemon flavored yogurt it will give an extra boost of flavor.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: due to the amount of acidic ingredients both are used to give the right amount of lift. 
  • Lemon: fresh squeezed lemon juice and zest give a bright flavor to the muffin.
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract

Pro Tips:

  • Zesting: Zest the lemons first then juice them. This makes it easier to get the zest and leads to less waste of the lemons. 
  • More Lemon Flavor: feel free to add a bit of lemon extract on top of the fresh lemon juice if you’re wanting extra lemon flavor in your muffins.
  • Texture: the batter for these muffins might look thick, it’s a fluffy batter, not a smooth creamy batter. So don’t worry! These muffins will bake up moist and tender. 
  • Glaze right before serving: don’t store glazed muffins as the glaze can become soggy. Store the glaze separate and drizzle right before serving. But keep in mind the glaze is NOT necessary. If you’re wanting to cut the sugar completely skip it. 
Lemon muffin in a white paper, with a bite missing showing the texture of the baked muffin.

More Muffin Recipes:

Healthier Lemon Muffins (Small Batch)

4.99 from 80 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Serene
This small batch of healthier lemon muffins will definitely brighten up your breakfast in the morning. Made with coconut oil, greek yogurt, and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Lemon muffin sitting in a white cupcake liner, with a light white drizzle on top. Bowl of icing with a spoon behind the muffin.

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • Zest from 1 lemon

Icing

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp almond milk/milk/cream
  • ½ tsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tin with baking spray or line with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl add the melted and cooled coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, greek yogurt, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest to the mixing bowl. Stir just until combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin tin to 3/4 full, there will be enough batter for 6 muffins.
  • Bake for 16 minutes or until tops are puffy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes then remove from the muffin tin to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  • To make the icing combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Drizzle over the muffins.

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Notes

Storage: store in a sealed container at room temperature without any glaze. Muffins can be stored for up to 3 days. 
Freezing: wrap individually and then store in a sealed freezer safe container. Thaw at room temperature before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe first published April 1, 2016. Updated May 28, 2020 with new images and changes to recipe of more coconut oil and yogurt for added moisture.

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43 Comments

  1. This is a great recipe. I did not do the icing/glaze but I did add some fresh raspberries at the end and gently folded them in.
    They were really good. Loved the fresh lemon and they are light and not too sweet. Super easy to make. I doubled the recipe and it worked well. I just had to cook them for an extra two mins (It made 12 total)
    I will definitely make these again.

  2. Serving size is unclear. Does this make 12 muffins and the serving size is 2 muffins or does this only make 6 muffins??

  3. Love this recipe! I always double it and I add in chia seeds to make it like a lemon poppyseed muffin but healthier!

  4. Have you tried this with almond or coconut flour? Is there a way to make them fluffy while using a mixture of these flours?

  5. This is by far the best muffins I have ever made. I’m 15 and I’m new to baking and cooking. I made this today and my family and I loved the muffins, especially with the glaze. It was really delicious. Thank you so much 😸

  6. Delicious! I added flaked almonds with raspberries, they were so good 🙂 going to make another batch! 

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Since I haven’t tried to bake this into a cake, I can’t speak on if it will work or not. If you try it out please let me know.

  7.  This is one of the best muffins I have ever eaten. Absolutely delicious! I followed the directions exactly except I used vanilla flavored Greek yogurt, and like some one else mentioned, also found the glaze to be too dry.  Just a little bit more milk and lemon juice did the trick. Thank you for an amazing recipe.