Orange Muffins with Cranberries

In celebration of Christmas flavours, this wholesome recipe for orange muffins combines the goodness of fresh oranges, cranberries and Christmas spices of cinnamon, ginger and allspice.  Muffins aren’t typically associated with Christmas, however I think Christmas is a wonderful time to enjoy and share home baked treats.

I’ve kept nutrition in mind for you and selected wholesome ingredients to create these delicious orange muffins.  This recipe uses whole grain flour for fibre, extra virgin olive oil for good fats and includes the fruity goodness of oranges and cranberries.

What I love about this time of year is that frozen cranberries are available, whilst at most other times of the year they are difficult to find.  Cranberries are also antioxidant rich, and unlike dried cranberries, haven’t been sweetened with added sugar.  Best of all, these Orange Muffins with Cranberries taste delicious!


Cranberry and orange muffins

Makes 12 muffins


2 cups whole grain flour (I’ve previously used whole wheat and spelt)

2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon allspice

2 medium oranges (about 170 grams each)

2 eggs

1/3 to 1/2 cup honey (depending on how sweet your like your muffins)

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup frozen cranberries (if unavailable, frozen blueberries would work well)

Recipe steps

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (fan-forced)
  2. Line muffin tins with baking paper cups or grease slightly with oil
  3. Combine flour, desiccated coconut, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and spices in a large mixing bowl
  4. Zest orange and add to mixing bowl
  5. Peel orange and discard peel
  6. Roughly chop peeled orange, add to blender (I used a smoothie bullet style blender) and blend until smooth
  7. Add eggs, honey and oil to blender, and blend for a few more seconds to mix well
  8. Pour orange mixture into mixing bowl containing dry ingredients, and mix until just combined
  9. Spoon evenly into muffin trays
  10. Bake for approximately 20 mins or until just cooked through (I insert a skewer and see when it comes out clean)
  11. Cool slightly and then enjoy!

Cranberry and orange muffins