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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

This moist Lemon Poppy Seed Bread cuts tender slices of bread with poopy seeds galore and can be topped with a thick lemon icing. And using fresh lemon zest and juice to make this bread recipe will make it pop with the most heavenly lemon taste and smell.

The hubs recently requested my favorite gluten and dairy free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread recipe. He knows a thing or two about bread and says this is the best Lemon Poppy Seed Bread there is. I jokingly call him my "bread connoisseur."

And as a matter of fact my entire family begs for this homemade gluten, dairy, and soy free recipe.

Enjoy a delicious slice with coffee for breakfast, dessert, or even as a work snack your coworkers will droll over. My kids also enjoy fresh baked slices with their lunch.

Large slices of lemon poppy seed bread with a thick icing next to 2 lemons.

First, this recipe is sweet, but has a gentle and inviting lemon tartness to it. And, those wonderful little poppy seeds add a slight crunch to each bite. It also tastes incredibly moist from the dairy free sour cream in this recipe. Yes... dairy free sour cream. ♥

Second, you won't believe how lovely the fresh lemon tastes in this bread! It's not only refreshing, but is bursting with flavor perfect for anytime of the year, but is a must in the spring.

Seriously... lemon poppy seed bread is a spring must, y'all. With the yellow daffodils blooming, our family desperately needs this bread to pull us out any winter funk.

Lastly, the lemon icing is incredible on this lemon poppy seed bread.

And did I mention this recipe tastes and looks like it was bought from a high-end bakery? Yeah... that slices are that delicious and tender. The lemon icing reminds me of something available at Starbucks. You will save yourself so much money with this homemade recipe too.

Slices of tender lemon poppy seed bread with a thick icing on top next to two whole lemons.

Who doesn't love lemon desserts? I always have room in my week to bake a loaf of this bread or these Lemon Streusel Bars.

lemon poppy seed recipe tips + recipe notes

  • dairy free butter-- at room temperature on the countertop, we use the red box Earth Balance Butter Sticks which are soy free and vegan too
  • granulated sugar
  • lemon zest-- 2 lemons
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs-- 4 eggs room temperature
  • dairy free sour cream-- Tofutti, WayFare (soy free) are great brands we've used in this recipe
  • dairy free milk-- unsweetened almond milk is our favorite
  • lemon juice-- fresh from a lemon always taste's best. I own one of these hand-held citrus juicers and it makes this part of the recipe so easy. You will need fresh lemon juice or bottled for the bread and icing recipes.
  • gluten free all purpose flour-- Mama's Almond Blend and Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour bake perfectly in this recipe. I purchase my Bob's Red Mill GF flour in bulk here and save so much money.
  • xanthan gum-- omit if your gluten free flour blend contains this. Mama's Almond Blend does not have xanthan gum in their blend while the Bob's Red Mill GF flour mentioned above does.
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • poppy seeds
  • powdered sugar
  • loaf pan--this 9" x 5" loaf pan bakes a hearty size loaf, perfect every time
  • Releasing bread from a loaf pan can put you in a real pickle at times. I line my loaf pan with parchment paper. Then it's easy peasy to pull on the parchment paper and remove the loaf out of the pan. Or us nonstick spray on the bottom of the pan before baking and run a sharp knife around all four sides of the loaf pan after it has completely cooled.
  • icing-- this lemon poppy seed bread tastes delicious on it's own without the icing. However if you're an icing fan and wanna go all out consider adding it. If you like more of a drizzle icing add in more lemon juice to the powered sugar for a runny icing. And to see the icing thick like in the photos add in just 1 tablespoon of lemon juice at a time until you have the desired thickness for your liking.
A baked loaf of Lemon Poppy Seed Bread in loaf pan next to three lemons.
Glazing a lemon poppy seed loaf with a powdered sugar and lemon juice icing.
Slices of tender lemon poppy seed bread with a thick icing on top next to two whole lemons.

more gluten + dairy free recipes you will love

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  • perfect mashed potatoes-- you will love, love, love this creamy mashed potato recipe with a surprise ingredient
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Slices of tender lemon poppy seed bread with a thick icing on top next to two whole lemons.


As you can see this Lemon Poppy Seed Bread is the best. This recipe is not only easy to make and more affordable than bakery prices. It also tastes moist with dairy free sour cream, and is perfectly sweetened too.

Pin this post, preheat the oven, grab a couple lemons and start baking. You'll be so excited you did!

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Slices of tender lemon poppy seed bread with a thick icing on top next to two whole lemons.

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


  • ½ c dairy free butter stick, softened
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • zest of 2 large lemons
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ c dairy free sour cream suggestions in post
  • ¼ c dairy free almond milk, or other milk alternative
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ⅔ c gluten free flour suggestions in post
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum, omit if your all purpose flour blend has this in it
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ tablespoon poppy seeds

Lemon Drizzle

  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp+ fresh lemon juice see note below


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

  • Cut parchment paper to fit bottom of loaf pan. May also have it drape over the sides of pan to pull bread out with. Spray with non-stick spray.
  • In large bowl beat together butter and sugar until combined.
  • Add in eggs one at a time. Blend well after each addition.
  • Blend in lemon zest, vanilla extract, dairy free sour cream, dairy free milk, and fresh lemon juice.
  • In a medium size bowl whisk together gluten free flour, xanthan gum if needed, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Do not overmix.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. Remove from oven when center is set.
  • Allow bread to cool and remove from loaf pan. Keep in an airtight container.

Lemon Icing

  • Place the powdered sugar in a bowl. For a thicker icing add in 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and mix well. With an angled spatula frost the top of the bread loaf. To frost with a runnier drizzle mix in 2-3 tables of dairy free milk. With a spoon drizzle over the bread.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

If you can eat gluten and dairy, then check out the lemon poppy seed bread recipe that inspired this recipe. ♥

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