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Designer Orange Muffins Recipe

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This page contains a designer orange muffins recipe. A delicious, flexible muffin to make for an addition to breakfast or a snack.


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I love recipes that are flexible, and this one has so many options. The muffins freeze well, and you have a quick breakfast that is healthy and inexpensive.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Total Time: 22-25 minutes

Yield: 12

Source: Mary Hunt website


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used half whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I used 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 tsp. white vinegar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey (used 1/8 cup stevia)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 cup peeled and chopped fresh oranges


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well.
  3. In medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, honey, butter and applesauce. Mix well.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and add the wet ingredients.
  5. Then fold in the oranges.
  6. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes.
  8. Cool on wire rack.
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  10. Optional Glaze: 1 cup powdered confectioner's sugar. 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest, and 1 Tbsp. orange juice. Whisk sugar with the zest and juice until smooth. Frost muffins while still warm.

There are so many substitutes for everything!
Buttermilk: Soy milk, sour cream, regular milk, yogurt, orange juice, apple juice
Flour: Can combine whole wheat or cornmeal. You can also substitute up to 1/2 cup cooked bran or rice cereal for 1/2 cup of flour.
Honey: maple syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, frozen apple juice concentrate
Butter: oil or margarine
Applesauce: pureed fruit or nonfat plain yogurt

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