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Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

During this historical Texas freeze, I got inspired to bake lemon poppy seed muffins to warm the house. Over the history of humanity, the poppy seed has been of darling remedy for many. From wives' tales of fertility to the proven science of the nutritional compounds that make this plant essence very special. Who wouldn't want to eat more of a plant that supports our body's health?

Poppy seeds come from the poppy plant (Papaver somniferum), which people have turned to for centuries as the source of opium for pain relief and for ailments like cough and diarrhea. Poppy seeds are rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, minerals which can contribute to bone health. These precious seeds contain macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbs), that when pressed to make poppy seed oil, have omega-6 and omega-9 fats. These oils have been found to improve overall health and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

My favorite part of this plant is the pain healing properties. Poppy plants contain the opium alkaloids morphine, codeine, and thebaine (among other compounds), which are known for their pain-relieving and sleep-inducing abilities. Poppy seeds don’t naturally contain these opioid compounds but they can become contaminated during processing and remain that way if unwashed.

Enjoy this gluten-free recipe which adds benefit to your digestive tract. The recipe makes 12 muffins.

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