These cranberry orange muffins with a hint of spice are perfect for a special occasion or just a lazy Sunday morning. They are vegan, gluten-free, and can be made soy-free too, so everyone can enjoy them!
Why this recipe works?
- Orange, cranberry, and nutmeg are the perfect flavor trio!
- There is no egg, dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy, so everyone can eat them.
- They are perfect for a fancy brunch or every day.
- You can make them ahead and still taste great the next day.
How do I make vegan cranberry orange muffins?
- Preheat the oven to 400° F and prepare muffin tins with either spray oil or cupcake liners.
- Measure out all the dry ingredients and add them to a mixing bowl.
- In a separate container (I like to use a large measuring cup) add all the wet ingredients.
- Give the wet ingredients a good stir and then pour them into the dry mixture and add dried cranberries.
- Stir with a spatula until it forms a smooth batter and then immediately fill the cupcake tins.
- Place in oven and turn down the oven temperature to 375° F.
- Bake for 18 minutes and then allow to cool before adding an orange glaze if desired.
- Make sure you pre-heat the oven. Pre-heating the oven a little hotter than the baking temperature, allows the oven to cool off a little while you are loading your muffins in the oven.
- Make sure your baking powder has not expired, or it will not rise well and you will have flat muffins.
How do I make an orange glaze?
It is super easy to make a glaze to drizzle over your muffins! Simply mix 1/3 cup of powdered sugar with 2 tsp of orange juice and a 1/2 tsp orange extract in a small bowl… and you’re done! (You don’t need the orange extract in the glaze, but it does give it a stronger orange flavor).
How can I make these muffins gluten-free?
Before I became gluten-free I would make these muffins with 1 cup of white flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. This gave them a great flavor and texture. However, to achieve the same thing, use 1 cup of a gluten-free flour mix and 1 cup of oat flour.
What is oat flour?
Oat flour may sound fancy, but it is simply oats ground down into a powder. To do this, just put whole oats (GF oats if needed) into a dry blender and pulse for about 30 seconds until they become the desired consistency.
Can I leave out the oil to make these muffins fat free?
Yes, it is easy to make these cranberry orange muffins fat free by simply adding 1/3 cup additional applesauce instead of using oil.
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A vegan cranberry muffin with a hint of orange and spice!
- 1 cup gluten-free flour mix (or white flour if not gluten-free)
- 1 cup oat flour (or whole wheat flour if not gluten-free)
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg (or 1/2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice)
- 2/3 cup vegan sugar or sweetener of choice
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup soy milk or any plant-based milk of choice
- 1 cup apple sauce
- 1/3 cup oil (any neutral flavored oil will work) or sub with 1/3 cup more applesauce
- 1 1/2 tsp orange extract
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp orange extract
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and prepare muffin tins with either spray oil or cupcake liners.
Measure out all the dry ingredients and add them to a mixing bowl.
In a separate container (I like to use a large measuring cup) add all the wet ingredients.
Give the wet ingredients a good stir and then pour them into the dry mixture and dried cranberries.
Stir with a spatula until it forms a smooth batter and then immediately fill the cupcake tins.
Place in oven and turn down the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C).
Bake for 18 minutes and then allow to cool before adding orange glaze, if desired.
Mix the powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange extract in a small bowl until smooth, then drizzle over top of the cool muffins.
- Make your own oat flour by simply putting oats in a blender and blending until the consistency of flour.
- You can add a little orange zest to the muffin batter and/or the glaze for a stronger orange flavor.
- Make sure to pre-heat your oven to 400° F (200°C) and that it has reached that temperature before putting your muffins in the oven or they will not rise as much.