These Easy Blender Cranberry Orange Muffins have an entire orange, including the peel, mixed into them. And with pops of tart cranberry in every bite, these muffins are a delicious muffin for the holiday season.
About this recipe:
These homemade muffins have a whole orange, including the peel, mixed into them! Yes, you read that right! Not only is this what gives these muffins all their delicious orange flavour, but it also makes them very moist. And even better, you let a blender do most of the hard work of mixing, so these muffins are easier than ever to make. Mix in some fresh cranberries and you have the most bright and tasty tender muffins. This combination of sweet orange with the tartness of the cranberries is perfection.
Perfect for holiday brunch!
These muffins would be perfect for Christmas brunch. Serve them with a breakfast casserole and fruit salad.
Cranberry Orange Muffin Recipe Tips
- ORANGE: Use a fresh, medium sized navel orange WITH the peel left on. Cut the orange into small chunks, remove any seeds then blend. So easy.
- CRANBERRIES: Use fresh cranberries, cut in half or quarters. You can use dried cranberries but we prefer fresh…there’s just something about juicy cranberries in every bite. This recipe is perfect for using up leftover fresh cranberries that may have gathered in your fridge over the holiday season.
- BLENDING: I like to use a regular stand blender but a food processor also works. Just make sure to purée the orange until it’s nice and smooth.
- SUGAR TOPPING: Before you bake these orange muffins, make sure to generously sprinkle the top of each muffin with sugar. This will create a nice sugary crust while it bakes. I wouldn’t skip this step…the cranberries can be quite tart so this sugar crust is a perfect contrast! You can use regular white sugar, brown sugar or turbinado sugar.
- STORAGE: Store these muffins in an airtight container on the kitchen counter at room temperature (they don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator). They are best enjoyed within 2-3 days.
- FREEZING: These muffins freeze well. Store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 6 months.
How to make orange blender muffins:
Wash, then cut up a medium sized orange, with the peel left ON, and put it into a blender or food processor with 1/2 cup orange juice. Purée until smooth, then add the egg, butter, and vanilla, blend until smooth. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Combine the wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Stir in halved fresh cranberries, then scoop the muffin batter into a muffin tin lined with paper liners, and bake.
Enjoy these muffins for breakfast, an afternoon snack or even as an addition to holiday bake sales!Print
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I hope you enjoy these festive muffins! Have a delicious day!