Last week - in this post about a Cranberry Chai Spiced Smoothie - I said:
"Bo and I can't seem to get enough of the Cranberry Orange Bread that I made...This bread has an incredibly delicious muffin-like texture that [we] loved! We have eaten this bread simply with butter, crumbled it over yogurt, crumbled it over ice cream, and now used it as a topping for a smoothie. In fact, I can't wait to go to the grocery store this weekend to buy several more bags of cranberries just so that I can bake another loaf."
So, that's exactly what I did.
Except this time, instead of making a loaf of bread, I was inspired by the "muffin-like texture" to actually make, well, muffins!
And just let me tell you, these muffins are D.I.V.I.N.E.!
As in, without a doubt, worthy-of-being-sold-in-any-of-the-world's-best-bakeries, DIVINE!
In order to make the muffin recipe work, I had to tweak my inspiration-recipe even more so than last time. The end result is worthy of being called a recipe all its own. So, without any further ado, here ya go!
Cranberry Citrus Muffins
2C organic all-purpose flour
2 stevia packets
1 3/4tsp baking powder
1tsp (scant) salt
1/2tsp baking soda
3/4C orange juice, with pulp (if possible)
zest of one lemon
1T vegetable oil
1 bag of frozen cranberries, left whole
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Sift together dry ingredients (minus lemon zest and cranberries).
- In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (minus lemon zest and cranberries).
- Fold in the lemon zest and cranberries.
- Fill nonstick-sprayed muffin liners to the top with batter.
- Bake for 40 minutes, checking at 30 minutes, and again at 35 minutes, to ensure that the muffins don't burn.
- Note: My oven bakes notoriously slow. Therefore, if you have a fast-baking oven, 30-35 minutes might suffice. Remember, however, that this batter is dense, and will take more time than some other muffin recipes to bake through.
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing and placing onto a cooling rack.
- Once fully cooled, muffins can be frozen for up to three months.
Aren't these muffins beautiful?!
I wish my mom lived closer because I would bake a batch specifically for her. She loves cranberry orange muffins, and I KNOW that she would love these!
Oh well, I guess that leaves more for Bo and I...hehehe. :)
...by the way, is it considered lunch if I just eat two Cranberry Citrus Muffins?...
What is your favorite kind of muffin? Blueberry? Chocolate Chip? Cranberry Orange? Bran? Lemon Poppyseed? Truly, the options are practically endless!
Ally and Bo