Poppy seeds have traditionally been used for pain management and relaxation. The poppy seeds one usually buys at the store are from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) and although the amounts of opiates present in them are not enough to noticeably affect a person, you may want to avoid making these for breakfast the day of a drug test!
Traditionally grains were soaked overnight in some sort of cultured liquid. Some nutritionists believe this increases nutritional value and makes the grain more digestible.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
3 1/2 cups whole grain flour
1 1/2 cups Sucanat or sugar
1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups peeled and grated apples
2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup plain kefir (yogurt could probably substitute)
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Start the night before you want to have these for breakfast. Mix flour, sugar, soda and salt. Set aside. Grate apples into a large bowl and add oil, kefir, lemon zest and poppy seeds. Stir in flour mixture. Cover and allow to set overnight. (Note: no eggs!) In the morning preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil 2 12 cup muffin tins (or if you only have 1 muffin tin, bake the muffins 12 at a time.) Without stirring and while disturbing the dough as little as possible, scoop out the dough into the muffin tin. An ice cream scoop works well for this. Bake 15-20 minutes. The muffins will not rise as high as muffins traditionally do but they will be moist and delicious.
If your family is like mine you may find it hard to keep these muffins around for long! They make good snacks and can also be frozen and later thawed for a super-quick breakfast.