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Spanish Vegan Lemon Muffins | Vegan Magdalenas

Here’s how you can make vegan magdalenas – a delicious Spanish dessert! These vegan lemon muffins will surely become your favorite sweet treat! 

Magdalenas are a traditional Spanish dessert originating from the Aragon region. In Spanish, “magdalenas” simply mean cupcakes or muffins. They are a type of tasty, light and fluffy muffins and Spanish people usually eat them for breakfast, alongside a big cup of coffee and milk.

vegan spanish magdalenas vegan lemon muffins

If you’re ever in Spain, you will see that you can find this dessert everywhere and some bakeries even have their own version of magdalenas, as it is very popular and widely appreciated. Of course, nothing can compare to a warm, flavor-rich homemade magdalena right out of the oven, and that’s why I want to show you how to make the vegan version at home. It’s so easy!

These Spanish vegan lemon muffins are simply wonderful – they’re so fluffy they literally melt in your mouth and they have a delicious citrus flavor.

vegan magdalenas spanish lemon muffins

The authentic magdalena flavor is a unique combination of olive oil and lemon zest, which makes them even more special and exotic. The vegan version is just as spongy and tender and it preserves the traditional Spanish taste. These vegan lemon muffins have a sweet & citrusy taste that will give you a much-needed dose of energy for the day. 🙂

vegan magdalenas recipe lemon muffins

Don’t worry if your baking skills are not that great, mine aren’t either! These Spanish muffins are very easy to make and the results will definitely impress you. This step by step recipe will show you how to make vegan lemon muffins at home with some simple ingredients and flawless results every time. You can even add some poppy seeds to turn them into lemon poppy seed muffins! 🙂

Eat these Spanish lemony cupcakes for breakfast or as a dessert and you’ll see how your day will instantly become better! 🙂

spanish vegan magdalenas lemon muffins

Yield: 6 vegan lemon muffins

Spanish Vegan Lemon Muffins | Vegan Magdalenas

vegan magdalenas lemon muffins

Here's how you can make vegan magdalenas - a delicious Spanish dessert! These vegan lemon muffins will surely become your favorite sweet treat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 200g (1 1/2 cups) flour
  • 100ml (3.5 oz) olive oil
  • 240ml (1 cup) soy milk
  • 100g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 lemon, zested, ½ juiced
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • For the icing:
  • 4 Tbsp sugar powder
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ Tbsp turmeric powder


  1. Heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Add the muffin liners into the muffin tin and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and lemon zest. Add the oil, vanilla, lemon juice and soy milk, then mix until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin, in each muffin liner.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick. Insert it in the middle of a muffin and if it comes out clean, they're ready. Otherwise, let them bake for a couple more minutes.
  6. Let them cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove and transfer the muffins on a rack to cool.
  7. For the icing, add the powdered sugar and turmeric powder into a small bowl. Mix in lemon juice. Mix until incorporated and sticky. Top each vegan lemon muffin with a teaspoon of icing.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 204Total Fat 8.5gCarbohydrates 30gProtein 1.6g

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spanish magdalenas vegan lemon muffins

Lynda M

Friday 22nd of July 2022

Are these ok to bake and ice the day before needing them, or are they better eaten on the day they are made? Thanks x


Thursday 11th of August 2022

Sure! Just put them frozen in the oven for a couple of minutes and they will be just as fresh.


Friday 8th of October 2021

These look delicious - did you use plain or self-raising flour?


Monday 8th of November 2021

Plain. Thank you!


Monday 21st of December 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I adore the lemon flavor and soft texture of this muffins. I am making them already 1 year and can't get enough :) it still tastes me and always I am asked for the recipe. Just grateful!


Friday 12th of February 2021

You're very welcome! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it this much! :D Thank you!


Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Made these today and just tried them now that they're fully cooled. Perfect flavor and texture. Any guidance on now much lemon juice? I have massive lemons so I think I used too much because mine were thinner at their tops. Gonna use a smaller one next time... And maybe fill the cup up more. Looking forward to making these again!


Sunday 6th of October 2019

It's great muffins for me I really love it a lots... And I love lemon flavor... Vegan cuisine its my favorites thanks! So much for sharing your challenges ....

Ruxandra Micu

Monday 7th of October 2019

You're very welcome!

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