Almond Poppyseed Bread (with Orange Glaze)

This easy almond poppy seed bread will delight everyone you serve it too. Super moist bread that will remind. everyone of their favorite poppyseed Costco muffin.

The Story Behind Almond Poppyseed Bread

Everyone is always making banana bread, but let’s switch that to this easy almond poppyseed bread. We’ve made banana bread so much now, that my kids turn their noses up to it. When I decided to switch it up a bit and made this almond poppyseed bread, my kids were ecstatic. My one daughter, who loves any type of homemade bread, was furious I gave one of these three loaves to our new neighbor who moved in. She was appalled that I would do such a thing.

What did she expect though? My new neighbor knocked on my door in the freezing cold. I invited her in, and we were talking with the kitchen island between us. The kitchen island just happened to be laden with freshly baked almond poppyseed bread. I wrapped up a loaf in parchment paper for her, grateful I didn’t have to walk the 50 feet to her front door in the freezing cold.

Don’t let the long ingredient list on this recipe scare you off. It comes together quickly, and it’s totally worth it. Plus, you’ll have the mess cleaned up in no time while it’s baking. If you love the almond poppyseed muffins you can get from Costco, then this is recipe is for you. This almond poppyseed bread recipe is pretty darn close in taste and texture to those perfect, giant muffins.

This almond poppyseed recipe was given to me from my sister-in-law. It had three asterisks beside the recipe indicating it was a family favorite. I don’t know why it took me almost ten years to make it because now I see why it is a family favorite.

The only difference from the Costco almond poppyseed muffins, is that these are in loaf form and have a thick orange glaze that you pour on top. Once these bad boys come out of the oven, poke holes all over the top so the glaze seeps down into the loaf. Trust me on this. It’s amazing and will blow your mind.

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Almond Poppyseed Bread (with Orange Glaze)

This easy almond poppy seed bread will delight everyone you serve it too. Super moist bread that will remind. everyone of their favorite poppyseed Costco muffin.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 egs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 TBS water
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup butter plus 2 tsp. melted
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 TBS poppy seeds

Orange Glaze

  • cup orange juice concentrate
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Grease medium sized loaf pans and set aside. I really enjoy using disposable aluminum pans. I find the 8″ x 3.75″ x 2.38 size to be absolutely perfect. I reuse them multiple times.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together all of the dry ingredients.
  • Once the dry ingredients are fully incorporated, add in the melted butter, oil, water, eggs, applesauce, and extracts.
  • Mix together and then scrape down the sides of the bowl with a mixing spoon.
  • Turn the mixer down to low speed and slowly add in the milk. Once the milk is all in, make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Add in the poppy seeds and mix until the batter looks silky smooth. About 1-2 minutes.
  • Divide and pour the batter into 3 medium-sized loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour.
  • Once the loaves come out, poke the tops with a fork.
  • Whisk together the orange juice concentrate (fresh squeezed orange juice can work in a pinch-it just may not be as strong in orange flavor), extracts, and powdered sugar.
  • Pour over the tops of the loaves and let is soak in for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let the loaves completely cool before cutting into them.

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Recipe Rating


  • 5 stars
    I love poppyseed bread, and the almond flavor in here is a wonderful addition. I didn’t follow the glaze recipe on top but it was amazing delicious. Texture was fluffy and didn’t crumble apart.

  • 5 stars
    These were amazing and so simple to make! thanks for the suggestion to use disposable loaf pans – made it so easy to cover them and gift. I gifted them to neighbors during the holidays and have several people ask me for the recipe. Highly recommend!

  • 5 stars
    I made this for a girl’s brunch during the Christmas season and made extra as the take home gift for my guests and everyone loved it! It was so simple to make and the recipe was easy to follow. So delicious! It will definitely be added to my brunch menus going forward!