spiced orange muffins in muffin pans with coarse sugar and orange slices around them

Spiced Orange Muffins

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So, I know you’ve heard of pumpkin spice and apple spice, but what about orange spice?! These spiced orange muffins are a great blend of fruity and warm flavors. Perfectly soft and moist, these muffins are wonderful as a quick morning breakfast or snack-on-the-go. They bake up in minutes and keep for a few days, allowing you to enjoy them throughout the week — if they last that long!

spiced orange muffins in muffin pans with coarse sugar and orange slices

What makes these spiced orange muffins so good?!

Deliciously sweet and flavorful, these spiced orange muffins are the perfect fall treat. If you’re not a fan of pumpkin or just getting sick of it already, these are a great variation on a pumpkin spice staple. (See below for even more variations of this recipe!) With a delicate fruity flavor and hint of spice, the flavors compliment each other without competing. These muffins pair well with a fall apple cider, warm hot cocoa, or large cup of coffee and are sure to be a real fall crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

Ingredients for spiced orange muffins with labels (see recipe for details)
  1. Almond Milk, or milk of choice
  2. Lemon
  3. Orange Juice
  4. Unsalted Butter, softened
  5. Sugar
  6. Eggs
  7. Vanilla
  8. Oranges
  9. All Purpose Flour
  10. Baking Powder
  11. Baking Soda
  12. Salt
  13. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves, and All Spice
  14. Raw or Coarse Sugar, optional for topping

A few notes about the ingredients:

  1. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can use any milk or milk substitute of your choice.
  2. You can use fresh orange juice or OJ from a carton. If using store bought, try to find some without tons of added sugar.
  3. I combined all my spices together before adding them to the batter. You can also purchase premixed pumpkin pie spice and use about 2 teaspoons of that instead of the individual spices.
  4. The raw or coarse sugar is optional. I like to add it to the top of the muffins for a crunchy top and a fluffy inside.

How do you make spiced orange muffins?

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or spray it with nonstick spray. 

almond milk, lemon juice, and orange juice swirled in a glass bowl

Combine the almond milk, lemon juice, and orange juice in a small bowl or measuring cup. It might look a bit odd after it combines, but that’s normal.

Beaten butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with 2 cracked eggs on top.

Beat butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix to combine. Zest the orange and add the zest to the batter. Mix again.

Muffin batter in a mixing bowl with orange zest on top.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice in a medium bowl. Add wet and dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating between the almond milk mixture and the flour mixture. Mix to combine. Do not overmix.

Dry ingredients for spiced orange muffins in a glass mixing bowl.

Scoop the batter into the muffin pan. Filling to about ¾ full. Sprinkle the top of the muffins with raw or coarse sugar. Bake for 13-17 minutes, until they turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean with a few crumbs.

3 stacked muffins falling over with muffin pans behind them.

What is the secret to making moist muffins?

The lemon and almond milk act as a creamy, yet acidic element in the muffin batter. This helps the muffins stay moist and airy, similar to buttermilk or sour cream. These acidic ingredients break down the strands of gluten in the flour, creating the perfect muffin consistency. To store muffins, place a paper towel on the bottom of an airtight container and place the muffins on top of the towel. Seal the container tightly for up to 5 days.

What variations can I make to this muffin recipe?

You can turn this same recipe into apple spice, pumpkin spice, or lemon spice muffins. 

For Apple Spice Muffins:

Follow the below recipe, but substitute the orange juice for apple juice, add half the amount of orange zest, and subtract 1 tbsp of almond milk. For extra flavor, add another ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. In addition, peel and chop half an apple and add it to the batter, as well. 

For Pumpkin Spice Muffins:

Follow the below recipe, but substitute the orange juice for canned pumpkin. Omit the orange zest. For extra flavor, add another ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.

For Lemon Spice Muffins:

Follow the below recipe, but substitute the orange juice for fresh lemon juice and the orange zest for lemon zest. 

Looking for more muffin inspiration? Check out these Chai Spice Oatmeal Muffins.

What makes these spiced orange muffins healthy?

This muffin recipe uses fresh and flavorful ingredients. From the almond milk to the homemade spice blend, each ingredient was carefully selected to create simple, yet delicious muffins without added dyes and preservatives. Using real butter, lemons, oranges, and vanilla extract (instead of imitation vanilla), allows you to choose whether or not you want to include any unnecessary ingredients in your food.

Margarines and butter substitutes often have unhealthy amounts of trans fats and emulsifiers. Store bought fruit juices usually have added sugars, preservatives, and stabilizers to keep them fresh. And, imitation vanilla has synthetic vanilla flavoring, instead of natural flavor from vanilla beans. Therefore, using the best, freshest, and most true-to-form ingredients, instead of the imposter ingredients just mentioned, makes these spiced orange muffins a healthy option.

One more tip

  • Check out the different variations of this recipe above and let me know how you’ve decided to get creative with it!
Spiced orange muffins in muffin pans with orange slices next to them.

Looking for more healthy recipes? Try these:

Share your cooking with me! If you make this recipe, I’d love to know! Tag @yourhomemadehealthy on Instagram or leave a comment with a rating and some feedback at the bottom of this page!

spiced orange muffins in muffin pans with coarse sugar and orange slices

Spiced Orange Muffins

I know you’ve heard of pumpkin spice and apple spice, but what about orange spice?! These spiced orange muffins are a great blend of fruity and warm flavors. Perfectly soft and moist, these muffins are the best as a quick morning breakfast or snack-on-the-go.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 Muffins

Equipment

  • Muffin Pan
  • Stand Mixer

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick) softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium oranges zested
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • tsp ground cloves
  • tsp allspice
  • raw or coarse sugar optional for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or spray it with nonstick spray. 
  • Combine the almond milk, lemon juice, and orange juice in a small bowl or measuring cup. It might look a bit odd after it combines, but that’s normal.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix to combine. Zest the orange and add the zest to the batter. Mix again.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice in a medium bowl.
  • Add wet and dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating between the almond milk mixture and the flour mixture. Mix to combine. Do not overmix.
  • Scoop the batter into the muffin pan. Filling to about ¾ full. Sprinkle the top of the muffins with raw or coarse sugar.
  • Bake for 13-17 minutes, until they turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean with a few crumbs.

Notes

  1. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can use any milk or milk substitute of your choice.
  2. You can use fresh orange juice or OJ from a carton. If using store bought, try to find some without tons of added sugar.
  3. I combined all my spices together before adding them to the batter. You can also purchase premixed pumpkin pie spice and use about 2 teaspoons of that instead of the individual spices.
  4. The raw or coarse sugar is optional. I like to add it to the top of the muffins for a crunchy top and a fluffy inside.
  5. To store muffins, place a paper towel on the bottom of an airtight container and place the muffins on top of the towel. Seal the container tightly for up to 5 days.
  6. You can turn this same recipe into apple spice, pumpkin spice, or lemon spice muffins. (See the post above for instructions on how to make the different variations.)
Keyword Easy Breakfast, Fall Recipe, Fall Spices, Healthy Recipe, Muffins

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Just came out of oven and the house smells AMAZING. Was going to give them to family but may have to keep for myself. So easy and was able to clean everything up before they were out of oven – the best!!!

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