Wholesome Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

I love eating. A lot. Who doesn’t?! That being said I also believe that sometimes we need to suck it up and make healthy choices. Sometimes we need to be the adult and make the right choice for our body; not every meal is meant to be a 4-course culinary delight. Whilst I never advocate compromising on taste, there are times you need to choose foods that nourish your body and give you the nutrients you need to optimise your health.

Thus, cooking home-cooked goodies gives you an avenue to eating the most varied, nutritious and yet healthy foods around. For me cooking is also an art form. It’s a way to totally relax, especially if channel E is blaring in the background. A kitchen can give you the space to be creative and toss in a bit of this and a bit of that, where there is no wrong or right (well, based on previous creations this point could be argued). 

Here’s a little something I whipped up on a recent rainy weekend... healthy orange and poppy seeds muffins that nourish you! These muffins are high in magnesium, vitamin C and protein, which will replenish your adrenal glands and help balance your nervous system.

Because they’re so jam-packed with protein they also make the perfect pre- or post-exercise meal to replenish energy levels and support muscle recovery. They’re also gluten-free and free of processed sugar. 

It’s important to note that I’m not one for accurate measurements; I tend to be more of a throw-it-in-the-bowl kind of girl. Although I made a special effort to write down measurements for this recipe some may be a tad off, so don’t be afraid to add a bit of this or that until you have a nice muffin consistency.



  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds (mixed with 6 Tbsp of water in a bowl)
  • 2 oranges – juice and zest
  • 130g of almond meal
  • 1¼ cups of cashews
  • ½ cup organic honey
  • ½ cup of poppy seeds
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Additional 1 Tbsp of honey 


  1. Preheat the oven at 170ºC and grease a muffin tray
  2. Blend cashew nuts until they resemble flour
  3. Mix all ingredients (except chia seeds, poppy seeds and additional honey) in blender until well combined
  4. Fold in chia seeds and poppy seeds until they’re mixed
  5. Divide muffin mixture into approximately 8 muffins (or 12 for smaller muffins)
  6. Bake at 170ºC until a skewer comes out clean
  7. Drizzle honey over your piping hot muffins and enjoy!


Olivia McFadyen, based in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore, is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Homoeopath. Whilst Olivia is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist, she is also a realist and understands the demands of modern day life, offering nutrition, herbal medicine and homoeopathic consultations and support without compromising on the enjoyment food can bring. She is passionate about supporting patients to reach their lifestyle goals, optimise their health & develop a healthy yet balanced way of life through naturopathy and homoeopathy. She services her clients by offering 4 and 12 week natural health programs from her clinic in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore.