Ridiculously Delicious Orange Muffins

This recipe is from my mom, who got it from a friend of hers. You don’t have to search for flavor: the citrus runs right off of the little muffin plate and into your mouth. The secret? A whole orange, quartered and put in a blender with the wet ingredients.

These were my favorite muffins growing up and have turned into a staple in my kitchen. If you know me personally, you’ve probably eaten an orange muffin (or seen me eating them two at a time; in which case, my apologies for not offering you one).

OUTRAGEOUS Orange Muffins

(Makes one dozen)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
 
Blend on high (in a blender) until smooth:
  • 1 whole orange (quartered or in eighths—cut any way you like, really)
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter (melted) or oil

Mix in a large bowl:

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 scant tsp salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and add:

  • ½ cup raisins

Grease muffin tins with butter or oil, or use muffin liners.

Bake for 15–18 minutes at 375°.

Some helpful secrets:

  • The orange juice can be fresh-squeezed, from a carton, or from concentrate—use what’s already in your kitchen.
  • This is one recipe where either butter or oil is fine. I often use olive oil, and the muffins are delightful, though butter is delicious…
  • Try substituting a bit of the flour for flax meal, oat flour, or other whole grain flours for extra heartiness.
  • To plump up your raisins, let them soak for fifteen minutes in really hot water. You’ll look like a professional baker.
  • Feel free to add dried cranberries or walnuts or other caprices to your own muffins.
  • I just tried making these with fresh blackberries and marionberries instead of raisins, and they were killer!!!
  • Want to go vegan?? Replace egg with flax meal (mix three tablespoons hot water with one tablespoon ground flax meal, let sit for five minutes, then add to blender); use oil instead of butter (coconut oil is especially yummy).
  • This recipe easily doubles, which is great for lazy cooks or big families.

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9 responses to “Ridiculously Delicious Orange Muffins

  1. Oooh, I saw Cindi at My Convertible Life made these and loved them. Will give them a try!

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  3. These were the best muffins I’ve ever made. I couldn’t believe it called for the whole orange—and all whole wheat. Just the best! I am seriously amazed! (And, the whole family loved them, too!)

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  5. I made chocolate orange – substituted 1/4 cup cocoa and used choc chips – my fav flavour combination is orange and chocolate! So delicious – not quite as healthy, but we enjoyed them. Also tried with cranberry!

  6. Made them. LOVED them. As promised, they are super moist and ridiculously delicious! Thank you!

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