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Orange Cranberry Muffins

Updated on January 31, 2013

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Heart shaped muffins
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The sweetness of citrus, along with the tart taste of cranberry, is a wonderful combination to blend together for a breakfast muffin that is sure to get rave reviews. This recipe was taken from the magazine: Victoria's Classics but with some variations in the ingredients. Originally calling for pumpkin puree, I replaced it with whole cranberry sauce. I also included chia seeds, which have a mild, nutty flavor.

Chia is actuallythe Salvia hispanica seed and is high in Omega-3, (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA), which helps to decrease cholesterol and maintain cardiovascular health; Omega-6, (linoleum acid, or LA), and fiber. Each tablespoon is only 60 calories, and can easily be added to cereal, yogurt, or in recipes such as breads and muffins.


Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 48 min
Yields: 12
Chia seeds can be found in whole food or health food stores.
Chia seeds can be found in whole food or health food stores. | Source

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce, fresh or canned
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice, fresh squeezed or bottled
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teasppon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1 (8 oz) container marscapone
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
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Make heart shaped muffins with silicone muffin form.I like to use fresh orange juice whenever possibleAdd the chia seeds in and mix until blended
Make heart shaped muffins with silicone muffin form.
Make heart shaped muffins with silicone muffin form. | Source
I like to use fresh orange juice whenever possible
I like to use fresh orange juice whenever possible | Source
Add the chia seeds in and mix until blended
Add the chia seeds in and mix until blended | Source

How to make Orange Cranberry Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, cranberry sauce, oil, egg, orange juice, and orange zest, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Add flour mixture to cranberry mixture, and stir until just combined.
  4. Distribute batter evenly in muffin cups. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean.
  5. Optional: if desired, sift confectioner's sugar on top of some of the muffins, a light dusting will do. On others, spread marscapone over the tops when thoroughly cooled. Add orange zest if desire.

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry muffins with a Marscapone frosting and orange zest.
Orange Cranberry muffins with a Marscapone frosting and orange zest. | Source

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      This may be the first recipe I use chia in--thanks! I'll have to substitute goat cheese for the marscapone, but that's easy. Your ingredients are very tempting, and the hearts are cute, cute, cute stuff. :)

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      carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      this sounds like a wonderful combination of flavors!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi RT-that's funny, because I can't eat a lot of different cheeses, including goat and cream cheese. I was looking for an alternative and this one worked out beautifully. Thanks for your feedback. Have fun, and be sure to add the chia in other things: like yogurt, etc.

      Hi Carolina-it really is a great combo. I didn't have the pumpkin puree, which is what the recipe called for, and didn't want to run to the store...the cranberry worked perfectly-enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      These sound so delicious Denise, I can't wait to try them! and so great that you've used chia seeds, will def have to give to try them...VUUA& shared...cheers

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I love orange cranberry muffins! There's actually one I make out of a box mix (Krusteaz brand), but your recipe looks way better! The heart shape is a nice touch.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Carter-thanks for the feedback, they ARE delicious, lol. I can't stop eating them-I made an extra batch and there are only 2 left! Thanks for the votes.

      Hi Kristin-I love the Krusteaz products. It's even more fun when you have a 'scratch' recipe for those days when you have extra(ha!) time. The hearts were to go along with my Valentine Tea party theme. Thanks for your comments. Hope you give them a try.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      I love the cranberry-citrus combination and using fresh OJ adds a better taste than canned (I use fresh in a blueberry-orange bread I make).

      I have never used chia seeds in anything but would be interested in trying them. I know they are supposed to be very healthy for you.

      Voted up and awesome

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Danette, the great thing about the chia seeds is that it is about as noticeable as a poppy seed-a little crunch, but so tiny and packs a powerful punch. I try to add them to oatmeal, yogurt and other things like that. The guys have no clue I add it to baked goods, ha ha.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Another great recipe inspired by Victoria's Classics! Orange and cranberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations. I like the addition of chia seeds, too, which we often enjoy sprinkled over our Swiss Muesli. Thanks!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Vespa, I was watching Ina Gartner this week make a breakfast basket. She added a jar of homemade Swiss Muesli. It looked quite easy to make. I've been catching the food shows as I workout, ha. Not sure why that particular combination works, because it could just make me want to eat more, but somehow it does. (Maybe I'm exercising to work up an appetite.) Thanks for your comments, and I agree with you about the flavor combination. Have a wonderful w/e.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Sounds so good and this my breakfast time, can i pick one ?....lol

      I love these, thanks

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Good morning girishpuri-you are certainly welcome to my orange muffins. I put some away in the freezer, so I'll get them warmed, and you start some tea, (or coffee), lol Enjoy your day.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Orange cranberry are my favorite muffins. I really need to try to make them myself instead of paying so much at Dunkin Donuts :) And I love the idea of incorporating the Chia seeds which are good for you. Great hub Denise! Pinning . . .

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sharyn, thanks for your comments. I really enjoy them!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Denise,

      These orange cranberry muffins sound really good with all of the spices in them. I have been hearing more and more about how healthful the chia seeds are. Will have to get some and start incorporating them into different foods. Thanks for the idea and this recipe. Voted UUI and will share.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Peggy for your comments and the share. :) I have another dozen in the freezer just calling out to me. lol

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      I love Muffins, this one i will try. Thank you for sharing the delicious hub.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      My Cook Book-thanks for checking this recipe out. It is so delicious, especially with the marscapone cheese frosting. Hmmm, sounds like an opportunity to bake up a batch.

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      stessily 4 years ago

      Denise, Creativity emerges in all kinds of circumstances, doesn't it? Sometimes, even when I have all the ingredients, I make substitutions. Sheer genius to substitute cranberry sauce. And the heart shapes are delightful. Thank you for sharing your spin on this recipe.

      Kind regards, Stessily

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks, Stessily-I enjoy 'experimenting' with food...I think that's what draws me to the tv program: Cupcake Wars; it's not about the cupcake, it's about challenge and creativity. :)

      Thanks for your comments. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Denise - What a marvelous recipe...will be making this soon. I love both cranberry and orange. I,ve been hearing such good reports about chia seeds and have wanted to try them. Muffins are my favorite. And so are you. Voted up UUAI and sharing

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love that flavor combination - orange and cranberry rule! And I imagine if you don't have chia seeds, you could use walnuts or flax seeds or sunflower seeds.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Audrey-thank you. I'm happy that you're so excited to try this very delicious recipe. Thanks for the the votes and share. :)

      Hi Dolores-I use the chia for an extra healthy boost; otherwise, I'd leave the sunflower or other additions out. There are some recipes that will end up with a different flavor when something is added with a different flavor. Chia seeds really have no flavor. Thanks for your comments. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great recipe and looks so good, your recipes are so interesting and definitely worth a try. Great flavors and tastes.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Denise, great article and great choice. I've never heard of the combination of orange and cranberry, quite an interesting recipe. Everything is detailed and ready to go, voted up, useful, interesting, and shared on Facebook. Well done

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello DDE-thank you for the compliment about my recipes. I recently tried making this into a bread and it didn't quite turn out...need to do some tweaking, but that's part of what I enjoy-the experiment.

      Hello thelyricwriter-Thank you for reading it-you've discovered a new flavor combination, lol. Thanks for all the votes and the FB share. :) I appreciate it.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      These muffins look and sound delicious! Pinned to my 'Bread & Pastries' board and voted up and useful.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Au fait They are delicious, in fact, I'm ready to make a batch and bring them in to work. Thanks for the pin it, the comment and votes.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      These sound absolutely delicious! I can't wait to give them a try! Great job!

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello VVanNess, thanks for reading. I hope you get a chance to make them...they are delicious and not too difficult to make. :)

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Quite a recipe you have here it sounds delicious, just hope I can make it well. Great hub

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      Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you, joedolphin88 Give it your best shot-I'm sure you'll do fine!

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