Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on September 28, 2011

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Gluten Free Recipes Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread Recipe

One thing that really gets my goat is when people disparage a gluten free diet by saying we don’t consume enough whole grains.  First of all, the majority of Americans do not eat enough whole grains – it is a common flaw in the Standard American Diet (SAD) so why pick on the gluten intolerant?  Second of all, I personally think that people who follow a gluten free diet are much more health savvy than the average Joe or Jane and we probably do eat more whole grains than most.  But that is just my opinion and unfortunately no one really asks me my opinion!

One thing I do know for sure is that the main streaming of gluten free has resulted in an abundance of processed gluten free foods in the marketplace and our diet can now replicate the Standard American Diet much more closely than ever before.  This has its advantages but also its drawbacks, one being a diet that can be higher in refined grains than in whole grains.

The health benefits of eating a diet rich in whole grains are plenty and they include a lowered risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes as well as better weight management and bettering blood pressure levels.  Ok, great … but what is a whole grain?

A whole grain is defined as a grain that includes the bran, germ and endosperm as opposed to a refined grain in which the bran and germ have been removed in processing.

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Whole grains you want to look for on a gluten free diet include Amaranth, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Sorghum and Teff.

Personally I like to sneak whole grains into things where is not expected and as always, I like to keep things as simple as possible. This gluten free Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread recipe is made with superfine brown rice flour and Solo Foods Poppy Seed Cake and Pastry Filling making it whole grain, super simple and super yummy!

I think this quick bread recipe demonstrates that we gluten free not only can get plenty of whole grains in our diet but that we do it deliciously!

Gluten Free Recipes Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread Recipe


1½ cups superfine brown rice flour
½ cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 – 12.5 ounce can Solo Poppy Seed Cake and Pastry Filling
2 large eggs
¼ cup grapeseed (or other neutral flavored) oil
1 lemon – zest (finely grated) and juice
1 cup milk (dairy free is fine)
½ cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan with gluten free non-stick cooking spray and line with a piece of parchment paper that overhangs on the sides.

Whisk together the brown rice flour, tapioca starch, salt and baking powder.  Beat the Poppy Seed filling, eggs, oil and lemon jest on medium high speed of a mixer until it doubles in volume, 2 – 3 minutes.  Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture slowly.  Add the milk and mix until combined.  Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl well with a spatula.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 50 – 60 minutes or until browned and a tooth pick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Mix the lemon juice with the powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle onto the cooled loaf and let set for a few minutes.


This Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread recipe makes 1 loaf

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Julie September 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

This seems so easy! Thanks. Bookmarking this for sure!


Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Thanks Julie, Enjoy!


Shirley @ gfe September 29, 2011 at 7:19 am

I value your opinion, Carol!! It gets my goat when folks (even those gf experts folks are always quoting) assume that gf folks are eating less healthy, too.

Now lemon poppy seed quick bread?!!! OMG, who can resist that? Not me, for sure. Delish!



Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Thanks Shirley!


InTolerant Chef September 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

A cake like this makes me think of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine tests positive to opium because of all the poppyseed muffins she eats. I’m sure these are just as addictive through yumminess!


Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I never saw that one but that is hilarious!


[email protected]:// September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Love lemon and poppy together. The Solo Poppy Seed Filling is always on my Christmas shopping list for cookies, now it will be there year round. Thanks. Nancy


Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I keep a variety of their products all year long in my pantry in case the urge to bake stikes me :)


Chef Scot Hill October 2, 2011 at 9:46 am

I love this recipe and the prose that you write. I hope to see you at the school again soon.


Carol Kicinski October 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

Thanks Scot! It was a pleasure to teach at Publix cooking school – you guys are the best!


Donna October 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I know what you mean – I read about it all the time – Is a gf diet really healthy and all that – irritates me!!!! Thanks for speaking up and making whole grain look good!


Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm

My pleasure Donna :)


Kim (Cook It Allergy Free) October 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

This is going on my must-make list. My Mother-in-law is obsessed with anything with lemon-poppy seed and I am desperately trying to convert her to going permanently gluten free (not just here and there). The more delicious things I can make for her, the more I think I can convince her. She will love this one.

And I totally agree. People always have comments about how they think you gain weight going gf or that you just do not eat healthy. I feel like I need a sign or something to carry with me for all of the times I get this said to me.


Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

When you get that sign made up, make one for me too! :)


Maggie October 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I am a HUGE lover of the lemon-poppyseed combo! I’m going to have to play with this! It looks delicious.


Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thanks Maggie!


Angie Halten October 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Looks great, can’t wait to try it!


Carol Kicinski October 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Thanks Angie, Enjoy!


Jeanne Zell March 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm

There’s no sugar in the recipe?


Carol Kicinski March 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

You don’t add any sugar but there is sugar in the cake filling so it is sweet enough.


Jacki May 6, 2016 at 11:43 am

I am not able to eat corn syrup or modified food starch. Is there a way to “build” the cake filling with golden syrup?


Carol Kicinski June 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm

I found a recipe for you HERE, you would have to adapt it, I haven’t tried it myself so you might have to play around or do another Google search. Substitute the sugar with golden syrup.


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