This lemon and poppy seed almond yogurt loaf is irresistibly moist and delicious.  Combining almond meal and yogurt with a combo of lemons and poppy seeds, creates flavours that are bright, tangy with a hint of sweetness.

Topped off with a lemon glaze it’s a winner for sure.

I’ve been wondering if this is a lemon poppy seed cake or a loaf? Well whatever it is I think that you’ll find it to be one of those go-to recipes. If you love the idea of making a sweet loaf with a nice moist texture, then you’ll probably love our Choc Chip Zucchini Loaf and our Easy Date and Almond Loaf too.


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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Everyday pantry ingredients – With ingredients you’ll most likely have on hand at home it’s one you’ll be able to whip up easily with pantry staples. It’s an easy recipe.

Blitz your own flours –  Almond meal and oatmeal flour can be made right before baking keeping things ultra fresh without having to buy more ingredients.

Delicious – This lemon poppy seed bread is delicious and moist, making it your new favorite sweet treat.

The Glaze –  Adds the jewel on the crown.  With a loaf that is not overly sweet the lemon icing makes it just right.  (a bit like Goldilocks) Hey…. doesn’t everyone love lemon icing?


Recipe Ingredients

“You’ll need the following ingredients to make this amazing lemon poppy seed loaf cake.

Dry Ingredients


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Almond Flour – The almond flour is the real secret ingredient here. You won’t taste any almond flavor in your lemon bread, but the texture will thank you.

Oat Flour – I just blended up some quick cooking oats to a fine meal consistency in my Thermomix. If you don’t have a food processor or high-speed blender you can buy oat flour from your local wholefoods or supermarket.

Poppy Seeds – just a tablespoon is all you need. Adds that sprinkle to the loaf.

Salts and Soda – bicarb or baking soda.


Wet Ingredients


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Yogurt – We used plain Greek yogurt but normal plain yogurt is fine too.  Or coconut yogurt is a dairy free option as well.

Maple Syrup – non refined sugar.  Always a golden treat in baking.

Lemon juice and fresh lemon zest – It’s the zing factor!

Eggs – great raising agent. You don’t need overly large eggs. Normal is perfect.


Lemon Glaze

Just two ingredients – icing sugar and lemon juice.  Simples!


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Ingredient Notes

You’ll need 1 cup of almond meal but it will make all the difference in the soft and tender crumb of your loaf. This is a key ingredient and can’t be substituted as there is no vegetable oil or butter in this recipe.


How to make this Lemon and Poppy Seed Almond Yogurt Loaf STEP BY STEP

Step 1. Prep your loaf tin with non-stick cooking spray and parchment paper and pre-heat the oven to 180 C or 350 F. Mix all your dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and your wet ingredients  in a separate bowl.

Step 2. Combine dry with wet ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon and pour cake batter into prepared loaf pan.

Step 3. Pop into oven and cook for around 30-40 mins. (for a more detailed how-to you’ll find it in the recipe card below). Check with a skewer in the centre of the loaf. If it comes out clean it’s sure to be cooked.

Step 4. Pop onto a cooling rack for 5 minutes before taking out of the cake tin.

Step 5. Ice while still just warm.


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Recipe Tips.

It is important to combine the “dry” ingredients well, including baking powder, poppy seeds and salt.

Baking time can vary between the freshness of your ingredients (if your almond meal is fairly new or has been in the pantry for a while)  and also your oven temperature.  After creating this recipe for the first time you’ll know where to adjust in temperature and if you need to swap where you place your loaf tin – whether it be in the middle rack or top shelf for next time.

tablespoon  is just the right amount of poppy seeds. Not too crunchy. Sometimes poppy seeds can absorb more moisture and you may end up with a drier and tougher cake.


Store in an airtight container at room temperature. You can pop into the fridge if you like.


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Additions and Substitutions

Don’t have Oat Flour? If you don’t have oat flour, don’t worry, you can use regular flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour instead. The substitution is easy: just use the same amount of regular flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour  (plain flour) as you would oat flour. You could try whole what flour (though I haven’t as yet) but you may find that it will need a little more moisture.

Sour Cream – you can swap out the yogurt for sour cream if you prefer.  Whatever you have on hand.

Cream cheese frosting – If you want to take this healthy lemon poppy seed bread up a notch then why not add some cream cheese frosting to surely make this very decadent.

Vanilla extract – I’ve tried this with vanilla extract and it’s a lovely combination.

Brown Sugar – a 1/4 cup of soft brown sugar can also be added to the loaf mix.



Can I freeze this Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf?

This loaf is a freezer-friendly delight! Wrap it in plastic and pop into a freezer bag and should keep well for up to 3 months. Let it thaw at room temperature when you are ready to eat it. Or freeze in single slices for easy to grab and go for lunchboxes.


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Recipe Card

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Lemon and Poppy Seed Almond Yogurt Loaf
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This lemon and poppy seed almond yogurt loaf is irresistibly moist and delicious.  Combining almond meal and yogurt and a combo of lemons and poppy seeds, creates flavours that are bright, tangy with a hint of sweetness. 

Course: Cakes, loaf, Lunchbox Ideas, Sweets
Cuisine: American, Australian
Keyword: Almond Meal, poppy seed loaf
Servings: 8
Calories: 270 kcal
Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond meal make your own from almonds if you like
  • 1 cup oat flour blitz up in your food processor
  • ¾ tsp baking soda bicarb soda
  • salt small pinch
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
Wet Ingredients
  • ¾ cup greek yogurt use plain or coconut yogurt if you like
  • cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Lemon Glaze
  • 1 cup icing sugar powdered sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees F. Line your loaf tin (12 cm x 22 cm) with cooking spray and baking paper.

  2. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Oat and almond flour, poppy seeds, salt and baking soda.

  3. Add all the wet ingredients into another bowl and whisk gently till combined. Yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

  4. Pour into your prepared loaf tin and bake for 30-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

  5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on a rack before taking out of the tin.

  6. Mix half the lemon juice in with the icing sugar and mix. Add more lemon juice till you get the right consistency. (1 tabs should be enough juice)

  7. When it's just on the warm side pour over the glaze and top with either a sprinkle of poppy seeds or lemon zest.

    Cut into slices when completely cooled.

Recipe Notes

The almond and oatmeal flours were made in a high-speed food processor prior to baking.  If you don't have one you can use packaged varieties from your wholefoods or supermarket. 


This may vary quite a lot.  I've cooked the same loaf from 30 minutes to 40 minutes plus.  It's best to check with a skewer to see if your lemon poppy seed loaf is cooked maybe 10 minutes before the time is up. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon and Poppy Seed Almond Yogurt Loaf
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 130mg6%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lemon and Poppy Seed Almond Yogurt Loaf 3Helloooo, I'm Sonya and I'm one of those late starter's in the exercise department. (but you know you're never too late to start). A retired beauty therapist who likes geeking out in the online world, loves 4-legged fury friends, baking and gardening.