Orange Cranberry Muffins

Sunday, December 1, 2019
Orange Cranberry Muffins recipe from scratch are tender and moist. With plenty of juicy cranberries and orange flavor. These are a favorite around the holidays and for Christmas morning or brunch.

Orange Cranberry Muffins from scratch are tender and moist with plenty of juicy cranberries and orange flavor. These are a holiday favorite recipe for Christmas breakfast or brunch from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

I don't know what it is I love so much about tart little cranberries but boy do I love them especially when combined with orange. 

Cranberry Orange Muffins, breads, cakes and cranberry sauce all speak my inner love language.

Colt and I teamed up Sunday morning to make Orange Cranberry Muffins, scrambled eggs and fresh fruit.

These were so good they barely lasted an hour in our house and the kids were circling around the last muffin like little buzzards waiting to devour their prey.

Sadly for them I stepped in and enjoyed the last little cranberry orange laced muffin for myself because I'm the mom and it solved any complaints of unfairness that might arise from who ate the last muffin. 

I made these after a little Facebook survey to find out if the frozen cranberries in my freezer from last year were still okay to eat.

Thank the lord for my Facebook readers because after much reassurance I went ahead and used the little frozen gems and they were just as delicious as they were last year.

I couldn't believe they survived a whole year in the freezer without being used...

Sneaky..Sneaky.. Little cranberries! 

Here's how I make my Orange Cranberry Muffin recipe:



Coconut Oil and Sugar in mixing bowl.

I used coconut oil in these muffins because I have a ginormous Costco sized container in my cupboard, it's healthy for you and according to Dr. Oz it burns belly fat. If you don't have coconut oil available butter works equally well, and can be substituted cup for cup.

Cream together:
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
 Until creamy.

A pile of Orange Zest Peel.

Use a vegetable peeler and peel zest off of 1 orange making sure not to remove any of the white pith. 

Chop the orange zest fairly fine.

Orange Zest, Eggs, and Vanilla with the creamed sugar in a mixing bowl for Orange Cranberry Muffins.

Add to cream sugar mixture:
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract 
Beat on medium speed until well incorporated.

Coconut Milk and Orange Juice added to creamed sugar mixture for Orange Cranberry Muffins.

Scrape sides of bowl and add:
  • 2/3 cup Coconut Milk or regular Whole Milk
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice 
Mix until well incorporated.

Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt and Cinnamon in mixing bowl with Orange Cranberry Muffin Batter.

Add to batter: 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Mix on medium-low speed until well combined.

I add the baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in this step to avoid having to sift the dry ingredients together. I find mixing these ingredients into the batter before adding the flour distributes the ingredients equally.


Add: 
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
Mix on medium low speed until almost combined.

Cranberries and Walnuts added to Orange Cranberry Muffin batter.

Add:
  • 1 cup Cranberries sliced in half 
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts or Pecans if using
Fold in berries using a spoon until throughly combined.

(I like to slice larger berries in half for even distribution of cranberries in the muffins.)

Lined Muffin Tin Filled with Orange Cranberry Muffin Batter from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch.

Line a standard sized muffin tin with muffin liners or grease muffin tin with butter.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 of the way full.

Orange Cranberry Muffins recipe from scratch. An easy moist muffin perfect for Christmas morning, brunch, or breakfast from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of muffins comes out clean.

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Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins recipe from scratch. An easy moist muffin perfect for Christmas morning, brunch, or breakfast from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
5 out of 5 based on 1 user ratings
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M

ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Oil or Butter (Coconut Oil for DF)
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Coconut Milk Or Milk (Coconut Milk if DF)
  • 1/3 cup Orange Juice, Fresh Squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 cups All-Pupose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup Cranberries, Sliced In Half
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts or Pecans, Chopped (Optional)

instructions:

How to cook Orange Cranberry Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line 18 regular sized muffin tins or grease. Set aside.
  3. Cream coconut oil or butter and sugar together until well creamed.
  4. Add orange zest and eggs. Beat until well combined.
  5. Add vanilla, milk and orange juice. Mix until well incorporated.
  6. Stir in baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  7. Add flour and mix until almost combined.
  8. Add cranberries and nuts. Fold in until well combined.
  9. Fill lined or greased muffin pan 2/3rd's of the way full.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the center of muffins comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool in pan until cool enough to handle.
Calories
243.87
Fat (grams)
15.25
Sat. Fat (grams)
9.64
Carbs (grams)
24.35
Fiber (grams)
1.13
Net carbs
23.22
Sugar (grams)
11.98
Protein (grams)
3.26
Sodium (milligrams)
130.51
Cholesterol (grams)
20.67
Calories are estimated.

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Orange Cranberry Muffins recipe from scratch. An easy moist muffin perfect for Christmas morning, brunch, or breakfast from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Orange Cranberry Muffins recipe from scratch. An easy moist muffin perfect for Christmas morning, brunch, or breakfast from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

5 comments

  1. I think orange and cranberry might just be a combination made in heaven. These sound just wonderful Serena!

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  2. Oh, your muffins sound fantastic, Serena! I haven't made cranberry orange bread in eons...and now I'm craving some. Thank goodness I have some of those same, year old cranberries in my freezer :)

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  3. Just pinned this to my muffins board! They look wonderful!

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  4. I made these with very few changes and they are the best whole wheat muffins I've ever eaten! Thank you so much for sharing; we loved them. Following you now, so I don't miss anymore of your incredible recipes!

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    1. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed them! They are always a hit in our house too!

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