There are so many fun citrus fruits in season right now that I thought since I’ve been on a quick breads and muffins kick that I’d feature a wonderful orange muffin. I love this recipe as it has a bright orange flavor without too much sugar. The other fun thing about these orange muffins is the flexibility to create your own add-ins or just go with the original flavor. Some of the things we’ve added: blueberries, cranberries, white chocolate, poppy seeds or pecans. It’s also easy to make a light orange glaze to top them with if you want more sweetness and orange pop. Our orange muffins feature Ultra Gel so they can easily be made in sizes ranging from tiny bite sized muffins to large muffins and freeze beautifully for breakfast on the go!
I personally really like the combination of raspberry with the orange muffins, so I’ll serve mine with my Jam in a Jiffy Raspberry jam (I always have some in the freezer!). So so yummy and the bright red against the pale orange makes for a beautiful table for a baby shower, wedding shower or brunch. And even with the jam the total calories for one muffin is just over 200, a perfect snack.
Orange Muffins (From the Ultra Gel Answer Book)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup olive oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla
zest of one medium orange
juice of one medium orange (2-3 Tablespoons maximum)
4 1/2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons salt
3-4 Tablespoons additional add ins if desired
Combine sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, orange zest, orange juice and Ultra gel and beat until smooth and light yellow/orange. Add buttermilk and mix well. Sift together remaining dry ingredients and add to mixture, beating until just combined. As always do not over mix. Fold in add ins and spoon into lined muffin tins, filling each cup 3/4s full.
Bake at 350 degrees until light brown and the center tests done with a toothpick.
This makes 24 standard sized muffins at about 184 calories per muffin, or two medium loaves of orange bread.
Cool before moving from pan and serving or freezing.