Whole Wheat Lemon Poppyseed Bread

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This healthy Whole Wheat Lemon Poppyseed Bread is a delicous breakfast bread filled with chia seeds, poppy seeds, and tangy lemon flavor. It’s naturally sweet and perfectly moist!

Want another healthy breakfast bread? You have to try my Carrot Zucchini Bread! It’s just as tasty!

Whole Wheat Lemon Bread Recipe

When I was pregnant with Cason I used to stop almost every morning at this one cafe. It was hands down my favorite place in the morning.

Freshly brewed coffee smelling up the store, fresh out of the oven baked goods, and this particular store had a mini grocery store attached that had the prettiest produce you’ve ever seen.

Basically this store rocked!!! And then … they closed it.. and I was sooo sad! Still am!

Anywho, when they were open I use to stop and pick up a Lemon Poppyseed Muffin and a cup of Kenyan brewed coffee almost every morning. YUM!

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Now that they are closed I had to improvise and make my own Lemon Poppyseed version. And since I’m making it, why not add a few extra healthy nutrients for good measure. 🙂

Why I Love This Breakfast Bread

This recipe is totally a guilt free Lemon Poppyseed breakfast option.

It has minimal sugar, its made with greek yogurt and coconut oil for a nice moist center, a tangy lemon flavor that everyone loves, and then for an extra added nutrient boost there are some chia seeds. Yup, its pretty much your breakfast dream! Your welcome!

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Have you tried making anything with chia seeds?

I had a total flop the first time I attempted a recipe … it was a Chocolate Banana Pudding recipe made with chia seeds. The chia seeds were suppose to serve as the “gelatin” for the pudding.  Definitely did NOT happen that way.. so instead of pudding I ended up with chocolate banana milk… no bueno. Actually kinda disgusting.

Luckily for you AND for me I didn’t give up I chia seeds.

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I pushed through my chia seed failure and ended up with this beauty. And believe me.. its a beauty you need to try! Its great for those quick morning when you are running out the door on the way to work or dropping the kids off at school.

P.S. in case you missed it, there are also chia seeds in my No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites that I posted the other day!

So, after you buy the bag of chia seeds which usually runs about $5.99 a bag… you have two recipes to make. This Whole Wheat Lemon Poppyseed Bread and those Energy Bites. Go get’er done!

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Whole Wheat Lemon Poppyseed Bread

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 50 minutes
  • yield Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This healthy Whole Wheat Lemon Poppyseed Bread is a delicous breakfast bread filled with chia seeds, poppy seeds, and tangy lemon flavor. It’s naturally sweet and perfectly moist!



  • 2 cups of white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup of natural cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1½ tablespoons of poppyseed
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seed
  • ¾ cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup of vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl mix, white whole wheat flour, natural cane sugar, baking soda, lemon zest, salt, poppyseeds, and chia seeds. Whisk together.
  4. In a small bowl mix melted coconut oil, vanilla greek yogurt, vanilla extract, fresh lemon juice, and eggs. Whisk together.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Add batter to prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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27 Responses
  1. Audrey

    Love how simple this recipe is 🙂

    I made a few substitutions because I did not have eggs or coconut oil at home. I used two flax eggs and 1/2 cup grapeseed oil, 1/4 cup applesauce in place of the coconut oil. Happy to report it came out just fine! Very moist! A little less airy and a little more dense but glad I could make it work with what I have at home!!

  2. Alan Hamilton

    I made this morning and it tasted delicious, however it’s a bit heavier than I expected and my wife says it isn’t fully cooked through. The mix was drier than I expected even though I added some extra yogurt. Any tips on where I could have went wrong?
    It tastes great and I’d love to make it again, and impress my wife this time!

    1. Krista

      If you added more yogurt it would make the bread heavier and you’d have to cook it longer because you increased the wet ingredients. So I’d leave the recipe as is or even decrease the yogurt to 3/4 cup and see if that works.

  3. Claire

    Hi there! What a great looking recipe. I had a quick question: if I had plain Greek yogurt, would I need to add some sugar to it before adding it to the recipe? Or is the sweetness of the yogurt negligible? Thanks!

    1. Krista

      Hmm.. I would maybe add 2 tablespoons of honey if you like it sweet. But if you’re ok without not overly sweet it will be fine without the honey.

  4. Dolores

    Hi Krista,
    Met you at the chopped con conference, I am Milisa Armstrongs’s mom. I love your recipes. Thank you for all the recipes you share.

  5. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    This bread sounds amazing, Krista! And I am always so bummed when places that I love close down like that. When I was in college, there was this adorable bagel bakery I loved going to that also served breakfast and brunch. My hubby (then boyfriend!) and I would go there religiously every weekend because they had the best cheese grits and every kind of bagel and muffin you could imagine! I don’t know what happened, but they ended up closing, and we were heartbroken. 🙁 So I know that feeling! Anyway, I LOVE lemony breads and desserts and this sounds fantastic with the addition of the chia seeds! I totally need to make this!

    1. Krista

      OH.. thats the pits especially when you find a place you can be a “regular” at. I feel your pain!!! 🙂

      Thanks so much on the foodie props, hope you get a chance to try this bread girl! 🙂

  6. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Yes, this is definitely my breakfast dream! It’s always a bummer when a favorite little store like that closes. I can just image the produce section… I can bet I would have fallen in love with it, too! (Are you as shocked as I am that I have all of these seeds in my cupboard?! Ready to bake this up!)

  7. Fareseason

    Chia seeds are one of my favorites for breakfast or dessert. Yet to make anything for dinner with them. Will have to make this soon!

    1. Krista

      I haven’t been successful with a dessert yet, but I know its coming. I’ve heard its awesome for pudding recipes. 🙂 So nutritious! 🙂

  8. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    Hi, Krista

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I love your blog an recipes too 😉
    What a great recipe. It is so clever, you use whole wheat flour, poppyseed, chia seed and coconut oil in here. I love all those ingredients. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. Have a wonderful day 😉

    1. Krista

      Oh.. thanks so much Oliva, you are too sweet! 🙂 Hope you get a chance to try this bread, it seriously will knock your socks off! 🙂

    1. Krista

      Too funny, I have been too! 🙂 Something so fresh and light about it! Thanks Melanie, hope you have a great rest of the week too!

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