These Cranberry Orange Muffins are made with almond flour and oat flour, making them a delicious gluten free breakfast option. They're lightly flavored with orange, filled with cranberries and topped with a delicious glaze for a little added sweetness.
Originally published: February 2015 // Updated: October 2019
What do you know--a gluten free cranberry orange muffin recipe! I don't bake gluten free often, but I'm admittedly always so pleased with myself when I do decide to go the gluten free route and the recipe turns out beautifully.
For these muffins, I opted to use a combination of almond flour and oat flour because I think they're the best tasting flours, and arguably easier to work with than others?! And the flavor combination of cranberry-orange is one that's highly underrated and also a great way to use dried cranberries. I do hope you give these muffins a shot!
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THESE CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS
- They're light and fluffy, so they won't leave you feeling 'meh' afterward the way some baked goods do
- They're lightly flavored with orange and topped with a simple orange glaze
- Muffins make for a super easy grab-and-go breakfast option
HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS
This muffin recipe is fairly straight forward, but one main difference between regular muffins and gluten free muffins is that with gluten free baking, you [usually] can stir the batter by hand vs. with an electric mixer. You don't want to over-stir the batter or else the texture of the muffins will be off.
Start by stirring both flours, the baking soda and the salt together. NOTE: if you don't want to buy oat flour, simply pour old fashioned/rolled oats into your blender and blend it all up, which will create oat flour.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together, then add the honey, orange juice and orange zest. Since you need orange zest from a fresh orange anyway, I recommend using orange juice straight from an orange instead of going out and buying orange juice from the store.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then stir in the cranberries. Scoop the batter into a muffin tin, then bake the muffins for 10-12 minutes. You'll know the muffins are done when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
HOW DO I STORE THESE MUFFINS?
Store muffins in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
OTHER TASTY GLUTEN FREE BAKED GOODS
Cranberry Orange Muffins (gluten free)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 ¼ cup oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup orange juice*
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ½ cup dried cranberries
for the glaze:
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoon orange juice
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine both flours, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs together. Add honey, orange juice and orange zest and mix together.
- Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then stir in the cranberries.
- Grease muffin tin (or use muffin liners) and pour batter evenly into tin; place tin in oven.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes and remove from oven.
- For glaze, mix powdered sugar and orange juice together in a bowl. Remove muffins from the tin and wait until they're cooled a bit before drizzling on the glaze.
Amanda @ .running with spoons. says
Woo! Go Layla! My dog is old (12) so I can't remember what she was like with stairs as a puppy. I -can- tell you that she walks down them on 3 feet, though. I have no idea why, but she always tucks one of her back legs under her and goes down on 3. Weirdo.
Whitney Carney says
I've never used orange zest.. but looks like I am going to have to in the near future to make these muffins! 🙂
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
haha when I first got Atticus, we were living in a 2-story loft apartment. We actually had to get a baby gate for the stairs, because whenever we'd leave him home alone he'd run upstairs looking for us, but then he couldn't get back down the stairs so he'd be stuck up there until somebody got home. I think he finally figured out stairs when he was around 4 months old - which made life easier!
Awww ahhah that's the cutest/saddest thing. Pups are the best, but I agree that things seem to be getting easier now that she's a bit older 🙂
Ang @ Nutty for Life says
Has it been that long!??! Ahhh can't wait 🙂 And meet Layla!!
Alysia @ Slim Sanity says
I've not used orange zest - but I do use an orange flavored liquid stevia from NuNaturals! Super yummy
Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health says
That's awesome that Layla mastered the stairs! That's one of the best things about having a dog. Watching them grow and learn is so rewarding. Kind of like a child, I guess!
And these muffins look totally scrumptious! I've never cooked with orange extract but I love all things orange (and cranberry) so I must find this magical potion!
Have a great weekend, lady!
I love watching her grow! I feel like she gets a little better at doing normal things every day. Soooo yes... kind of like a child haha
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Yay for Layla mastering the stairs! That's a big feat for a little pup - yes, 30 lbs seems little to me - both my dogs are around 78 lbs. Now - to these muffins - I am a huge fan of oat flour and almond flour and that glaze - dang girl - y'all show incredible restraint to make these last 2 whole days - send me some and I will prove they won't last longer than 24 hrs in our house - deal? 🙂
Hhahah yes, deal! Well.... I would if there were any left!
Lauren @ ihadabiglunch says
Cranberry orange bread is one of my all-time favorites! It's an incredible flavor combination that's hiiiighly underrtated 🙂 Orange zest brings a little bit of texture to everything...kind of like coconut...so of course I love it 🙂
I'm going to a fundraiser at my high school tonight and then having a girls night tomorrow -- I can't wait!
Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food says
Orange cranberry is one of the best combos. A warm muffin sounds perfect this morning! My weekend agenda includes hanging out with Riley doing a fancy V-day dinner at home, then probably some hot yoga and barre classes thrown in there.
Hot yoga AND barre in the same weekend?! That sounds amazing.