Made with fresh orange juice and coconut shreds and given a boost of protein, these orange muffins are full of bright citrus flavor that will transport you to a tropical paradise with just one bite! Gluten free, dairy free, and delicious!
Outrageous Orange Muffins
Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and unbelievably tasty, there’s a lot to love about these orange muffins. Not only are they soft and fluffy, but they’re also soooo easy to make. Plus, you probably already have most (if not everything) you’ll need to make them! They’re bursting with vitamin C thanks to the fresh orange juice, packed with protein, and even provide a good source of fiber. Basically, these muffins are a superfood! Okay, not really, but we definitely think you need them in your life.
What Do Orange Muffins Taste Like?
Unlike typical muffins that are overly sweet and made with refined sugar and artificial orange flavor, this recipe uses only natural ingredients. As a result, they’re super light and refreshing with a hint of orange flavor that’s just sweet enough without benign overpowering.
Unique Ingredients You’ll Need
Of course, you’ll want to gather up baking essentials like eggs, baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract. However, you’ll also need a few out-of-the-box items you might not consider needing when it comes to baking muffins.
Be sure to find the full ingredient list in the recipe box below, and take a look at some of the more unique (but tasty) items below!
- Gluten Free Oat Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Vanilla Plant Based Protein Powder
- Monk Fruit Sweetener
- Orange Juice
- Melted Refined Coconut Oil
- Non Dairy Milk
- Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
- Orange Slices
How to Make Orange Oat Muffins + Video
Although they’re made with not-so-typical ingredients, these oat muffins are fairly simple to make. Take a look at the steps below, and don’t forget to read the recipe card below for the full details.
- Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit, and line your muffin pan.
- Stir the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- In a second bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together.
- Working slowly, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
- Fold the shredded coconut flakes into the batter.
- Bake for 18-25 minutes, checking for doneness after 15 minutes.
- Cool for 5 minutes.
Watch It All Come Together!
Tips for Making Your Own Oat Flour
Did you know you can make your own oat flour at home? It’s super easy and budget-friendly, too! Keep reading here for the full instructions, and take a look at a couple of important tips below.
Measure the Grams. For the most accurate results, we always recommend measuring your oats and oat flour in grams rather than by cups.
Don’t Overprocess. You want your oats to turn into a fine flour-like consistency, but you don’t want them so processed that they’re a powder.
If you want to add more taste and texture to these muffins, feel free to experiment by adding in extra ingredients such as a dash of cinnamon, chocolate chips, or even cranberries!
We love these muffins as they are. However, if you want to make them extra fancy or add a hint of sweetness, feel free to experiment with different glazes!
Make Them Extra Fruity. Once the batter has been scooped into the muffin tin, sprinkle the tops with extra shredded coconut and an orange slice. Once baked, sprinkle a bit more coconut on top, and enjoy!
Get a Little Zesty. If you love orange, try adding grating a little orange zest on top of your muffins.
Glaze Away. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you could create your own orange glaze! Use vanilla protein powder or powdered sugar mixed together with a bit of orange juice until a thin glaze is formed. Then, dunk, drizzle, or dip your muffins!
Sweeten the Deal. For a quick option that adds both a sweet taste and a little extra texture, simply sprinkle some sparkling sugar on top. Not only does it look pretty, but it also provides a bit of a crunch.
Our Top Tips
We’ve tested and re-tested this orange muffin recipe to make sure it’s super easy to follow, but we could all use a few extra tips, right? Take a look at our favorite below to take your muffins from good to great!
For Equal-Sized Orange Oat Muffins. Use a cookie scoop to spoon the batter into the muffin tin.
For Fluffy Muffins. Use room temperature ingredients. This will help trap air into the batter as it is mixed. As your muffins bake, the air pockets will expand, creating a light, fluffy texture you’ll love!
For Fixing Soggy Muffins. Typically, when muffins become soggy after baking, it’s due to excess moisture. Be sure to store them with paper liners such as paper towels at the bottom of an airtight container. It also helps to place them on top of your muffins as well!
Store leftover muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Yes! We love to make and freeze big batches of these orange oat muffins to have on hand for a quick breakfast or easy afternoon snack. Store them in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Yes, you should be able to but it might take a little testing depending on what type of protein powder you use. Start with a 1:1 swap.
Feel free to use peanut flour or chickpea flour instead of protein powder. The texture will vary slightly based on what you use, but your muffins will still be tasty!
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