Cranberry tangerine muffins

by - Monday, November 22, 2010

You guys know how I feel about muffins, right? I'm just about burned out on all things pumpkin (well, maybe just one pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving...), so I have officially entered my "cranberry orange/tangerine" phase of the year. This seems to happen every November, which is fine with me- the combination is delicious!

I love these muffins and so do my muffin-loving kids. Enjoy!



Cranberry Tangerine Muffins
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Juice from 2-4 tangerines (or oranges)
  • 2 Tbsp tangerine (or orange) zest (preferably organic or tangerines not coated with wax or another coating)
  • 1⁄3 cup flax meal (ground flaxseeds)
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or more whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (optional, replace with flour if not using)
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Pulse cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
  3. Pour zest and tangerine juice into a measuring cup for a total of 3⁄4 cup. Pour into a small bowl and add the flax meal, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Combine well.
  4. In a large bowl, combine flours, protein powder (optional), baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the wet mixture and mix with a rubber spatula just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-23 minutes.

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  1. Mmmm...thank you! Did you know they grow cranberries in oregon? I did not! I'm able to buy all these big, plump ones. Apparently they get a little bigger b/c we have a longer growing seasion. I'll be giving this recipe a try!

  2. I think cranberries grow in a "bog" or something like that, don't they? It would be cool to visit a cranberry farm! :-)

  3. I am working at a small bakery now and the do a cranberry orange muffin,,,,yummy but these look terrific! Love muffins!

  4. @Connie- How fun! I love muffins too! :-)

  5. Slightly weird question - if I leave out the cranberries, would that affect how well the muffins bake or something?

  6. Hi Callie- I'm not sure! I think they would still bake ok. It might be worth a try. :-)


Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. I look forward to hearing from you!