Cranberry, Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins
Botanical Benefits*: High in fiber, omega 3s, anti-oxidants, essential minerals*
Diet Style: Can easily be made dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free with substitutions
2 cups all-purpose plain flour OR gluten free flour mix
1/2 cup unbleached cane sugar or turbinado, coconut, sucanat
1/2 cup firmly packed soft light brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
3 tbsp poppyseeds
1 orange zest – organic if possible, scrub skin well before zesting
1 egg lightly beaten OR 1/4 cup apple sauce or chia egg – see notes
4 tbsp. walnut oil – I like baking with walnut oil which I store in the fridge for freshness. You can substitute for another high quality neutral flavoured oil.
1/2 cup milk – dairy or plant-based
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup dried cranberries – I use apple juice sweetened
1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces – optional – I store nuts sealed in the freezer to preserve natural oil quality and freshness.
Preheat oven 380F ~ 190C
Muffin tin – grease or line with unbleached paper baking cups, muffin liners.
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Combine. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and very gently mix together until just combined, a little lumpy is good. Over-mixing will create a “tough bready” texture
Spoon mixture into the muffin tins and try to even out the cranberry ratio as you go. I like to sprinkle the top of my muffins with a pinch of raw sugar.
Bake until golden and springy to touch, 20-25 mins. Cool in tin for 5 mins then unmold muffins to cool on a wire rack.
Serve as part of breakfast, or tea time, or as a sweet dessert treat.
Store once completely cooled in an airtight container.
Chia or flax instead of egg = 1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp. water. Let sit for 10 mins until sticky and gelatinous. Some people freshly grind the chia seeds, others do not. Flax seeds must be ground.
Apple sauce instead of sweetener = 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce or mashed banana – banana will add its flavour as well.
Recipe adapted over the years.