Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on December 12, 2012

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

I am in love with these muffins.  A couple years ago it wouldn’t have taken very much for me to say that, but I’m a little pickier now.  Most muffins are just not worth it to me anymore.  Why waste the calories on something not that great, right?  Well, let me tell you, these are so worth it.  They even have a secret ingredient in the middle.

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

That’s right, these are stuffed with cream cheese.  Awesome, right?

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

And did I mention these are made with a whole orange?  Again, awesome!  I’m totally in love with these muffins.  Which I’m sure you can tell.  A whole orange, fresh cranberries and then stuffed with cream cheese – how can you not love these?  And of course they’re whole wheat and fairly low in sugar.

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

They aren’t the most attractive muffins…. But aren’t those usually the best? Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

Unfortunately, something that is not the best… Winter light.  I am seriously thankful I have a tripod because if you might not see me for a few months until the sun starts coming back.  To be honest, it’s not something I ever thought about before I took pictures of my food.  Now it pretty much rules my life.

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

Ooooh, and I probably shouldn’t even mention it, but I can’t help myself…  I’ve been busy in the kitchen working on… Cookies!  All kinds of cookies to share with you next week!  And hopefully I’ll be able to share some tips to help you substitute whole wheat flour in your favorite baked goodies.  I’m already so excited!  What are your favorite cookies?  And what cookies are you baking up this month?

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

 

For now, I hope you love these muffins as much as I do! <3

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

 

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Yield: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 large navel orange, seeds removed
  • ¾ C hot water
  • ¼ C oil(melted if coconut oil)
  • ¾ C brown sugar(sucanat or palm sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 C white whole wheat flour(or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ¾ C fresh cranberries
  • 4 oz cream cheese, cut into 12 pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prepare a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Quarter the whole orange(peel and all), removing any seeds. Blend together with the hot water until as smooth as possible and creamy looking. Stir in the oil, egg and sugar.
  3. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine, then stir in the cranberries.
  4. Add the orange mixture to the dry ingredients and stir together just until combined.
  5. Scoop batter into each muffin cup leaving just enough for one large spoonful of batter in each. Place the cream cheese on top of the batter, then cover with one spoonful of the remaining batter. Place in the oven and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Place muffins on a cooling rack to cool slightly before serving.
Notes
The original recipe used all purpose flour so if you'd prefer it, it will work well in this recipe. The original recipe also called for boiling water, but since I'm using my magic bullet which doesn't have a way to let off the pressure I just used hot water, which worked fine.

Recipe slightly adapted from the 250 best muffin recipes by Esther Brody

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

 

Whole Orange Fresh Cranberry Muffins

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