Poppy seeds are a power-house little seed full of vitamins and minerals, so don’t miss a chance to make something with them. Especially because they love to be added to breads, muffins, cakes, and other treats—but they’re great in dressings and sauces, too! Try out some of these paleo poppy seed recipes.
1. Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Donuts
These gorgeous little lemon poppy seed donuts have a bright lemon flavor and a mild sweetness from the small amount of honey, so they’re healthy enough to enjoy for an occasional breakfast treat. The only flours you’ll need are coconut and arrowroot.
2. Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Almond flour and cashew milk make this lemon poppy seed bread rich and flavorful, along with honey and juice from three lemons. I love the use of honey to sweeten these recipes, because it does have a flavor that can shine through in baked goods, but it goes well with lemon.
3. Berry Bliss Salad With Spicy Mango Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Little poppy seed speckles in a spicy mango vinaigrette are the perfect dressing for this simple salad of mixed greens, mixed berries, and sliced spring onions. The sweet salad base and savory dressing complement each other so well with red chili pepper and garlic.
4. Orange Poppy Seed Muffins
Why should lemon get to have all the fun? These poppy seed muffins are made with orange juice and zest for a spunky citrus flavor sweetened with vanilla, raw honey, and maple sugar. Coconut flour and arrowroot starch make a perfect base, and you probably already have them on hand.
5. Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Glazed Donuts
You can tell just by looking at the photos how moist and soft these donuts are, and how deliciously shiny with their maple-almond glaze using coconut milk, lemon juice, and coconut oil. They have a bright lemon flavor stuffed with plenty of poppy seeds.
6. Orange and Poppy Seed Slice
The melt-in your-mouth texture of these bars is so fabulous, you won’t even believe they’re made with only six ingredients. All you need is desiccated coconut, medjool dates, orange zest, lemon zest, orange juice, and poppy seeds. They’re super simple and super tasty.
7. Crunchy Mandarin Kale Salad With Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
The colors of this salad are absolutely fabulous, thanks to the Tuscan kale, red cabbage, green onion, grated carrot, mango, mandarins, and avocado. Top it off with a simple lemon poppy seed dressing featuring maple syrup, rice vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil.
8. Maple Mustard Poppy Seed Baked Cod
This cod is so simple and done in under 20 minutes, so this is a recipe you’re going to want to bookmark. It’s a delicious baked cod with a simple maple mustard poppy seed sauce. You only need a handful of ingredients, too, so this makes a great weeknight easy dinner.
9. Coconut and Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
This cake is gorgeous with coconut frosting and lemon poppy seed cake with bits of freeze dried strawberries and vanilla powder in the frosting. The colors and flavors alike are totally perfect for a spring or summer gathering—just make sure the frosting doesn’t get too warm.