These dairy-free lemon muffins are perfect for afternoon tea! Not too sweet but with a tangy glaze they make an ideal sweet treat.
Homemade muffins are so easy to make
I have to admit that I love muffins! What could be easier than adding all the ingredients to a big bowl, stirring them together and then spooning into pretty little cases to be baked. It may just be me but I also find that citrus flavours make me feel healthier too! That's got to be a good thing in January.
A Dairy-Free Lemon Muffin Recipe that is not too sweet
The lemon muffins themselves are not very sweet, most of the sweetness comes from the sweet sticky glaze so although I can't claim they are healthy, they are at least more of a January than a December muffin! January may traditionally be the time to give things up but there's no reason not to have a few treats occasionally.
And for those who need to follow a dairy or lactose free diet, there's no reason not to still enjoy a great cup of tea alongside these muffins too.
How are these lemon muffins dairy free?
The lemon muffins are made with Rice Dream, a dairy free alternative to milk with no added sugars. Rice Dream is one of the only hypoallergenic dairy alternatives and is free from dairy, lactose, soy, gluten, wheat and nuts. It also doesn't compromise on taste. This means it's perfect for using in hot drinks like tea and coffee as well as in bakes like these lemon muffins.
We've also enjoyed Rice Dream on breakfast cereals and in homemade smoothies. Although I'm not a milk drinker, my little boy was quite happy to drink it by itself.
If you are looking for other alternatives to dairy products then Dream have a whole range of non-dairy milks as well as ice creams.
More Muffin Recipes
I love making homemade muffins and if you like these then you might also like one of these recipes.
Or if you're looking for more dairy-free bakes then why not try my vegan carrot cake?
- 2 eggs beaten
- 85 g caster sugar
- 240 ml Rice Dream milk
- 100 ml vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoon lemon extract
- 300 g self-raising flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the icing
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 50 g icing sugar
- Put the eggs, sugar, Rice Dream, vegetable oil and lemon extract into a bowl and beat together.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix together until just combined.
- Spoon the mixture into muffin cases. Fill them about ⅔ full.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 30 minutes. Let them cool on a wire rack.
- Make the icing by whisking the lemon and icing sugar together. Use a pastry brush to brush it generously over the top of the muffins or just spoon it on.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However all opinions are my own.
What a great recipe, I love anything baked that includes citrus flavours. These dairy free lemon muffins look absolutely delicious.
Thanks Lesley, We all love lemon flavours in our house and these are always popular when I make them.
Dairy free and lemon flavor! This is a recipe I know my family will love!
Oh I'm so pleased they'd like it!
Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
Ooh yum! I know just what you mean about lemon (and other citrus) bakes feeling a little healthier than regular bakes - I wonder if it's due to the sharpness of the flavour itself? These really do look gorgeous - that glaze finishes them off perfectly.
Thanks Angela! Yes, I think it must be down to the sharpness of the lemon and I love recipes that have a combination of sweetness and sharpness too x
Your muffins look perfect. my kids would be all over them!
I know, my little girl keeps wanting more!
I LOVE lemon muffins! and these sound fab with a sticky glaze on top what more do you need! thanks for sharing! x
Thanks! And my little girl is already asking all the time about when I'm going to make them again!
Wow these little muffins look so delicious! They are perfectly golden and I can almost taste the lemony zing just by looking at them!
Thank you! They were delicious and I'm so pleased you like them!
These lemon muffins look amazing! My neighbor keeps giving lemons off her tree and I'm going to have to try your recipe!
I would love a friendly neighbour with a lemon tree! Lucky you!
Lemon muffins, lemon cake, lemon bars. I love anything with lemon in it, so I am loving this recipe. I've never tried rice milk but I def have to try it out.
Ooooh I don't think I've ever made lemon bars - that's something I'd love to try soon!
Anything lemon and baked is perfection in my book! These sound fabulous!
Thank you! I have to agree that lemony bakes are so tasty!
Oooh Corina these cupcakes sound so good! I love lemon cakes and I bet the rice milk makes them extra tasty. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
I'm so pleased you like them x
They look incredible! Need to try Rice Dream now x
jacquee | i sugar coat it!
It's been all about citrus lately and these sound perfectly lemony and YUMMMM!!
I'm so pleased you like them!
Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed
Your lemon muffins look delicious Corina, I like the sound of them not being too sweet. I haven't come across Rice dream before, I'll be on the look out for some to try.
Thanks Sarah! I don't always like really sweet cakes and these were perfect for me. The glaze is very sweet but I used quite a light coating so they were lovely.
They look fantastic!!Yum!
Yummy! I've never had a lemon muffin. These look scrumptious. I have to try that Rice Dream Milk for my baked goods.
Never had a lemon muffin! I think you need to try one!
Lynn | The Road to Honey
Muffins always make for the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. I'm loving the idea of a lemon flavor to help brighten up these dreary cold days we have been having.
Thanks! I think lemon can be great for winter too - It's a reminder of summer, isn't it?
These look great Corina, I've never tried dairy free milk, I am curious what it tastes like, I think I'll buy it next time I go shopping.
I found it was fine in baking and in tea - It doesn't have a very strong taste. Personally I don't really like the taste of milk so I don't drink it by itself. I just have a little in hot drinks and on breakfast cereals and I'd happily use this in place of standard milk.
I am the same, not too keen on milk on its own, will definitely give this dairy free one a try:)
I love everything lemon. I like experimenting with non diary options as well. Perfect for coffee break or even breakfast.
Thanks Gloria! We usually eat them for an afternoon snack but I agree that they do make a great breakfast too.
I love anything lemon flavored and these muffins look great!
Thank you! I'm so pleased you like them.
Wow Dairy Free? This looks so delish and it looks easy to make! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Fred! I love making muffins at the moment as they are so easy and great for me as I've got children who like to help out too!
These muffins look divine! Can't wait to try them!
Thanks Cindy - I hope you enjoy them!
Allison - Celebrating Sweets
I've been craving lemon muffins - these look delish! I'll have to try that rice milk, I've never had it before.
I hope you enjoy it! I crave muffins sometimes too.
These look so tasty and perfect for make ahead breakfast for those busy mornings!
Exactly! I'm trying to keep batches of muffins in the freezer to at the moment as it also makes life easier!
I'm a sucker for lemon muffins! I love these!
Thanks! We love all muffins here and luckily my daughter loves lemon ones too!
Yum! I love that you made these dairy free with the Rice Dream. Such a delicious way to start the day and they sound perfect with that sticky lemon glaze.
Thank you! The sticky glaze is great to add a little extra sweetness to the muffins.
I love lemony cakes and these sound perfect! #CoolBlogShare
Eb Gargano / easypeasyfoodie.com
Oooh, these muffins look delicious!! I've not heard of Rice Dream but it sounds good. I have no desperate need for dairy-free milk, but I do really like trying different non-dairy milks. I've really got into Rude Health's Almond Milk lately - it's lovely in porridge! Eb x
I'm not sure if I've ever actually tried almond milk but I'll have to give it a go - It sounds good on porridge! x
April J Harris (@apriljharris)
I've heard great things about Rice Dream, and your Lemon Muffins really do look wonderful! I like a muffin that isn't too sweet, just a nice little treat like these.
Love lemons in cake. I'd not tried it before, but was quite impressed with Rice Dream. Love the cup and saucer.
ps this has just reminded me to add mine to Cook Once, Eat Twice!
I love the cup and sauce too and thanks for linking up with #CookOnceEatTwice! I'll come and have a read soon!
I really like the idea of dairy free muffins, especially lemon! Thanks.
Thanks! I think lemon is a lovely lighth flavour to go with a cup of tea too.
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
It's always nice to have muffins ready to go in the morning! It makes breakfast so easy. These look great!
I couldn't agree more! And we especially love these as an afternoon snack!
I am that person that is not into sweets. I love coffee and tea and sometimes I want something kinda sweet to go with it, but not too sweet, like these lemon muffins or a slice of a simple pound cake. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I'm so pleased you like them! I am also the type of person who likes cakes and muffins that are not too sweet!