Posted on: October 8, 2021 Posted by: Joven Comments: 0

Bright and fluffy lemon muffins are easy to prepare from scratch in only 40 minutes. They’re made with healthier whole wheat flour, and are eggless for a completely vegan muffin recipe. Here I share my step-by-step instructions with photos to make delicious sweet and tart lemon muffins for breakfast or a snack!

closeup shot of halved lemon muffins showing their fluffy and soft texture

About These Lemon Muffins

This easy recipe was developed on a whim one day when I was really craving something lemony. With just a handful of pantry staples I was able to whip up soft and delicious lemon muffins in under an hour.

In the recipe I have used olive oil, which creates a rich and smooth batter. And pairs great with the vibrant lemon flavor! Since there are no eggs, butter, or dairy needed my simple recipe also happens to be completely vegan-friendly.

I’ve tested and tweaked this eggless lemon muffins recipe to be just right, and I am confident you’ll love it as much as I do!

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Lemon Muffins

Prep and Make Lemon Solution

1. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners. You can also grease the pan with oil instead of using muffin liners.

muffin liners in muffin tray

2. Preheat the oven to 356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degree Celsius). Rinse and dry a large lemon. Then zest the lemon with a zester or grater.

Only remove the yellow or green part of the peel and not the white. Set the lemon zest aside.

lemon being zested

3. Halve and juice the lemon, straining out the seeds. You want ¼ cup lemon juice in total.

lemon juice in measuring cup

4. Add the juice to a mixing bowl or pan.

lemon juice in black mixing bowl

5. Now add ½ cup raw sugar to the lemon juice. You can swap raw sugar with white sugar or muscovado sugar.

mound of sugar over lemon juice

6. Stir, and then add ½ cup water.

water in pan with wired whisk inside

7. With a wired whisk stir well, so that all the sugar is dissolved within the lemon solution.

mixing sugar with wired whisk

8. Add ¼ cup olive oil. You can also use softened butter (dairy or vegan plant-based spread) instead of oil or any other neutral flavored oil.

adding olive oil to the wet ingredients

9. Whisk the oil briskly for 2 to 3 minutes into the lemon mixture until thoroughly combined.

mixing oil for lemon muffin batter

Sift Dry Ingredients

10. Now add 1 cup whole wheat flour (leveled, 120 grams) and ½ teaspoon baking powder in a sieve placed over a bowl or plate.

I am not a fan of baking soda and it is not needed to get a nice rise on the lemon muffins. However, for a more cake-y texture you can add ¼ teaspoon baking soda to the dry ingredients.

Note: You can use the Indian whole wheat flour (called atta) or the regular whole wheat flour and even whole wheat pastry flour in the recipe. If you are not a fan of whole wheat flour, then swap with all-purpose flour or pastry flour.

whole wheat flour and baking powder in a sieve

11. Sift the dry ingredients.

sifted dry ingredients on white plate

12. Then add the dry ingredients and 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of the lemon zest to the wet ingredients.

lemon zest, flour on top of the lemon solution in the black bowl

Make Muffin Batter

13. Stir together with a whisk, but use a gentle touch.

making lemon muffin batter

14. Everything should be mixed very well, but you do not want to over mix. Because there are no eggs in this recipe, the fluffiness comes from the combination of acid (lemon juice) and baking powder.

Keep in mind that if you blend too much the batter will fall flat when baked.

making lemon muffin batter

Bake Lemon Muffins

15. Pour the batter into the muffin liners to fill ⅔ of the way.

muffin liners filled with batter

16. Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. You can also bake them in a convection or microwave oven in the same amount of time.

But be sure to check them after 18 minutes to make sure they don’t over bake. To test for doneness insert a toothpick or bamboo skewer in the center of a lemon muffin. It should come out clean if they are completely baked.

baked whole wheat lemon muffins

17. After 4 to 5 minutes rested in the tin, transfer the lemon muffins to a wire rack to cool. From this recipe, you will get 8 medium sized muffins.

eggless lemon muffins placed on wired tray

18. Serve these egg free and vegan lemon muffins as a sweet snack or dessert. You can also pack them in a lunch box as a sweet side snack!

vegan lemon muffins on wired tray


Can this recipe be doubled or tripled?

Definitely. As-is this lemon muffin recipe yields 8 treats. Double the ingredients to make 16 muffins, or triple to make 2 dozen (24) lemon muffins.

How do I make lemon muffins with all-purpose flour?

I prefer whole wheat flour for a healthier muffin and delicious crumb, but you certainly can use all-purpose flour or pastry flour instead.

Can eggless muffins be made with butter?

Yes, if you are not adhering to a strict vegan diet you can use melted butter or ghee in place of the olive oil. Or, to keep the recipe vegan, simply use your preferred melted dairy-free plant-based butter alternative.

How long do homemade muffins last?

Lemon muffins will keep well for at least a week. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.

More Eggless Muffins To Try!

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These bright and fluffy lemon muffins are made with healthier whole wheat flour, and are eggless for a completely vegan muffin. They are easy to prepare from scratch in only 40 minutes.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 40 mins

Servings 8 regular lemon muffins

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This Lemon Muffins post from the archives (July 2015) has been republished and updated on 8 October 2021.

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