Lemon Almond Poppyseed Quick Bread

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Lemon Almond Poppyseed Quick Bread is perfectly moisten and comes together quickly and easily. Glazed with a lemon glaze and topped with almonds, this bread will become an instant favorite! 

Lemon Almond Poppyseed Quick Bread on a cooking rack with fresh lemons in the background.

I am such a sucker for quick breads. And because it is spring I love adding fresh lemon flavor to just about anything. I mean, I can eat lemon year round but it is especially popular in spring and summer so I take full advantage of it.

Poppyseed breads are one of my favorites and I especially love when you add that extra almond flavor. My son asked me if I was baking cherries because our house filled with such a delicious aroma. This bread was so easy to make that he helped me to mix all of the ingredients together. He loves spending time in the kitchen with me.

Ok but lets be honest about my favorite part of this bread. The AMAZING lemon glaze on top and crunchy sliced almonds. It was so good!

Overhead view of Lemon Almond Poppyseed Quick Bread on a cooling rack with sliced lemons on the side.

I could have EASILY eaten this entire loaf of bread to myself. It was so perfect and baked so moist and tender. It added such a delicious and refreshing lemon zing to the bread and you guys are going to love it. Make it this week and you won’t regret it. One for the neighbors and one for yourself. 😉

Sliced Lemon Almond Poppyseed Quick Bread on a cooling rack.

Slices of Lemon Almond Poppyseed Quick Bread on parchment paper.

Lemon Almond Poppyseed Quick Bread

4.75 from 4 votes
Lemon Almond Poppyseed Quick Bread is perfectly moisten and comes together quickly and easily. Glazed with a lemon glaze and topped with almonds, this bread will become an instant favorite!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 Slices


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest freshly grated

Lemon Almond Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup almonds sliced


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 7x3 inch loaf pans and set aside. (You can also use a 9x5 just increase baking time).
  • In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and poppyseeds. Stir until combined. In a separate medium sized bowl add the milk, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and lemon zest.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Pour into loaf pans and bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let bread cool.

To make the lemon almond glaze:

  • Whisk together powdered sugar, heavy cream, and lemon juice. Drizzle over bread and top with sliced almonds.


Serves: 12

Calories284kcal (14%)Carbohydrates40g (13%)Protein4g (8%)Fat13g (20%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol31mg (10%)Sodium98mg (4%)Potassium115mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar27g (30%)Vitamin A83IU (2%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium61mg (6%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword almond poppyseed bread, lemon almond poppyseed quick bread, poppyseed bread'
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 4 stars
    Do you have any suggestions for high altitude on these quick breads? The lemon poppy bread tasted excellent, but came out of the oven like a crater – no rise in the middle.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this last night, and just made a couple of easy swaps to make it vegan as I cannot have dairy or eggs. I used oat milk and for my 2 eggs I did 1/4 c. unsweet applesauce and 1 of the egg replacers from Bob’s Red Mill. It’s SO moist and fluffy, I would never know it’s vegan. Many thanks for this wonderful recipe–it’s EXACTLY what I was in the mood for! Perfect for a rainy summer morning.

  3. 5 stars
    Omg! Soooooo good. I’m normally not a big lemon fan, but this looked too pretty not to try plus the hubby loves anything poppyseed. I made one loaf in a 8 x 4 pan baked 50 minutes. Followed the recipe exactly. Came out perfect with a brown crunchy crust. Definately one I’ll make again. Thanks!

  4. Can you omit the almond extract ?
    Just thinking of those with nut allergies?
    Any other extract you suggest to substitute or just omit altogether ?
    Was thinking of making this plain without the glaze

  5. Hi there,

    I have this ready to go in the oven but don’t see how it is enough batter for two loaf pans. Is that a typo?


  6. Loved seeing a slice of the bread so the texture shows! 🙂 Quick breads are the best! Thank you!

  7. Oh my, those pictures look to die for! I love a recipe like this, I’m crazy about anything lemon and poppyseeds bring back so many good memories. I have to get used to this though, I’ve never had bread like this! Only sweet sweet muffins. But I’m going to pin it for later: must try!

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