Almond Poppy Seed Muffins with Lemon

learning about baking substitutions

Imagine you go to bake something and you find you are out of something. It isn’t a great time to go to the store and your neighbor isn’t home to ask.

This doesn’t have to mean abandoning the plan there are easy substitutions that can work for a lot of common ingredients.

Check out this list at

In today’s recipe we substitute banana for oil and mayonnaise for egg. The muffins are still tasty. Ingredients:

  • Muffin mix
  • 4 packets (about 3.5 Tablespoons) Mayonnaise
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup smashed banana
  • Lemon (juice and zest from 1/2)
  • 12 muffin cup liners


  • Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Smash 1/4 cup banana till fairly smooth
  • Add muffin mix into a mixing bowl
  • Combine the water, mayonnaise, and banana into the mix
  • Wash and zest the lemon with a zester/grater, or use a knife to cut off just the most exterior yellow layer, leaving the white pith intact. Chop the lemon peel very finely. Add to the mixture.
  • Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze half a lemon into the mix (or to your liking, watch for seeds)
  • Add the poppy seed packet in and mix well.
  • Next scoop muffin mix into the paper muffin liners (mix should make 12)
  • Bake in the oven for 17-19 min or until golden brown on top
  • Let cool, and enjoy!
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