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Vegan Lemon Wheat Muffins

Hi! How was your weekend?

I had a great weekend!

For the first time in a while, I didn’t have any plans or commitments.

I love it when I don’t have to leave the house if I don’t need to.

My cravings were all over the place this weekend!

I don’t know why, but I wanted nice big piece of lemon pound cake.

Since I know this thought is crossing your mind right now… The answer is NO… I’m not pregnant again 🙂


In searching for a “healthier” way to satisfy my craving, I came up with these Lemon Wheat Muffins.

This rich, moist, dense cake combined with a tangy lemon taste satisfied my craving immediately!


I thought about adding a lemon glaze on top, but decided these were perfect as is.

My husband liked them, but isn’t a fan of lemony sweets…

That’s okay… more for me!


I filled the muffins cups only 3/4 full to make a smaller portion. Trust me, a little can go a long way!

These made for the perfect afternoon snack with my hot cup of tea.


Vegan Lemon Wheat Muffins


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Mix sugar, canola oil, applesauce, lemon juice, and vanilla.

Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture. Once combined, gently fold in lemon zest.

Line muffin tin with liners. Spray a little non-stick cooking spray into each liner.

Fill each muffin cup just 3/4 full.

Bake for 24 minutes or until golden brown or toothpick comes out clean.

Place on cooling rack and cool completely.



Question of the Day:

Are you into the Olympics this year? If so, what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m really excited about the Woman’s Figure Skating! I use to watch it when I was little and day dream that I was a figure skater 🙂

28 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on February 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

    These sound delish. I have been enjoying the Olympics. I think they are very fun to watch!

  2. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on February 22, 2010 at 9:58 am

    The muffins look great! Question: What’s the difference between whole wheat pastry flour and white whole wheat flour?

  3. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on February 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Looks like a great solution for a lemon pound cake craving.

  4. Ameena said on February 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    You had me at the lemon and vegan but the wheat I just can’t do. Maybe I can make this for the family and live vicariously through them because this looks awesome!

    Have a great Monday!

  5. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on February 22, 2010 at 10:34 am

    All I have to say about this is YUM!

    I feel like a horrible American, but I’m just not feeling the Olympics this year. (Hanging my head in shame.)

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on February 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

    i love lemon stuff…this sounds amazing! i am TOTALLY into the olympics this year…really all of it, but i love the ice skating/dancing, alpine skiing, and bobsledding 🙂

  7. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on February 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I haven’t watched any of the olympics but I feel I really should! Perhaps I can make it my mini goal this week 🙂

  8. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on February 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

    The muffins look good… I love anything lemon.. thanks for the recipe.

    By the way do you or have you ever watched Big Love? Everytime I see your avator pic I think of Margie from Big Love

  9. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said on February 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Those muffins look delicious! I am always trying to find the healthier option when it comes to cake! My family does love lemon cake!

  10. Kelly @ Healthy Passion said on February 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Yum, Yum AND HOlY YUM! Those look fantastic!!

    I have loved the Olympics! I am such a sucker for the back stories too! I love hearing about the troubled pasts turning into postive futures! 🙂

  11. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on February 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Low-key weekends are my favorite too! The lemon muffins look great and would be perfect with my tea right now!

  12. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on February 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    lol– any time you say “random craving” on the blog, you KNOW what people are going to ask 🙂

    This looks so fresh and yummy!

  13. Jess (Fit Chick in the City) said on February 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I’m loving the Olympics this year! I think I like the speed skating best. I haven’t had lemon muffins in years. I think I forgot that they were even an option. =)

  14. Biz said on February 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I absolutely LOVE lemon zest – it adds so much flavor – these look delicious!

  15. Chrysta said on February 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    ooohh!!! these look amazin hon! I absolutely love lemons! We just got the most amazing meyer lemons in at the market too and these would be perfect. Thanks for such a rockin recipe. Have a fabulous day!

  16. Stef said on February 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    i wouldn’t have thought you were pregnant, bc that craving has popped up SO MANY times in my life, it’s really random but nothing beats a good lemon pound cake lol. those muffins sound fabulous, and they’re vegan to boot! will be making these soon i’m sure

  17. Marisa (Loser for Life) said on February 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Oh, those look great! That’s a nice combo!

  18. Chef Aimee said on February 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I am on such a lemon kick lately and this looks so great and guilt free!

  19. lynn @ the actors diet said on February 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    i’m so excited for the olympics (and esp. women’s skating) i cannot CONTAIN MYSELF!!!

  20. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on February 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Girl i have no time for tv, so sadly, no ive hardly watched it. I’d prefer to blog and read blogs than do tv and as a mom, you know how it is, never enough hours in the day 🙂

  21. sophia said on February 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I’m actually not so into lemony sweets, too…but this muffin doesn’t sound like a sweet, so it’ll be well balanced for me! I LOVED that picture of the lemon zest…it almost looks ethereal!

  22. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on February 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I like the sound of these! Lemon makes me think of Spring and after this long winter the thought of that the sound of Spring sounds awesome!

  23. Lu said on February 23, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Yummy! Lemon reminds me of spring and I can’t get enough of that right now. I love the winter Olympics. They are so much fun. I wanted to see the men’s figure skating competition. I might be in love with Evan Lysacek. Might.

  24. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on February 23, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I’m sooo not into the olympics 🙁 Usually I’ll at least watch figure skating, but I haven’t even done that this year. Summer olympics I watch gymnastics, if it’s on. I’m such a girl 😉

  25. The Candid RD said on February 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Oh my oh my, these looks outstanding. It’s so funny what you said about cravings at the beginning of this post. I get weird and random cravings a lot and I ALWAYS think, “am I pregnant??”. It’s just the first thing that pops in my head! What a fantastic recipe, thanks for sharing it with us.
    I’m glad you had a nice, relaxing weekend. Have a great day!

  26. Nicole, RD said on February 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Love lemon. Love vegan muffins! Yum! Making these this weekend!!

  27. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on February 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    these funny look so good! i love how you scooped out the lemons. my favorite weekends are ones with no plans or commitments, so i cant relate to you. I’m semi into the olympics, I like the coverage on the today show in the morning, that’s about it!

  28. Kristi Rimkus said on February 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I am such a big fan of lemon. These sound terrific. Few ingredients too. Simple and delicious! Terrific pictures too.