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4 Cranberry Muffin Recipes Using Fresh Cranberries

Kathy is a busy mom of two teens who loves to cook tasty and simple food for her family and friends.

Pumpkin cranberry muffins

Pumpkin cranberry muffins

Muffin Recipes Using Fresh Cranberries

Cranberries are a fruit that is often overlooked, other than during the holidays when cranberry sauce is included in traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners.

However, there are lots of reasons to use cranberries throughout the year. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, and they may help our bodies fight diseases and infections. With their bright red colour and tangy taste, they make a delicious addition to your baking any time of year. They are particularly good when added to muffin recipes.

Four Different Muffin Recipes in This Article

  1. Pumpkin cranberry
  2. Cranberry orange
  3. Cranberry apple
  4. Banana cranberry
Pumpkin cranberry muffin

Pumpkin cranberry muffin

1. Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 22 min Ready In: 32 min

Yields: 12 muffins


  • 2 cups flour (I use 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil OR unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  1. Combine sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and spices in large mixing bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix together pumpkin, egg, oil (or applesauce), milk and lemon juice until well blended.
  3. Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients. Stir lightly until just mixed.
  4. Lightly stir cranberries into the muffin batter.
  5. Put muffin batter into greased muffin tins. Optional: Sprinkle additional cinnamon and white or brown sugar onto muffin tops.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 22-25 minutes. Muffins are done when lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

2. Cranberry Orange Muffins

The video below will show you how to make these delicious orange cranberry muffins. Cranberry and orange are a classic combination.

3. Cranberry Apple Muffins

The recipe for these healthy muffins is adapted from the Apple Spice Muffins recipe from Teresa Albert's book Ace Your Health.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 25 min Ready In: 40 min

Yields: 12 large muffins


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 large apple, grated
  • 1 (12-ounce can) apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, allspice and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add grated apple to bowl and mix lightly.
  4. In a smaller bowl, combine apple juice concentrate, applesauce, vanilla and eggs.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  6. Stir in cranberries.
  7. Fill muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Banana cranberry muffins

Banana cranberry muffins

4. Banana Cranberry Muffins

Banana cranberry muffins are also delicious—just add whole cranberries to your favourite banana muffin recipe, or substitute fresh cranberries for the cranberry sauce called for in this Banana Cranberry Sauce Muffin recipe.

Tip: Make Extra Muffins for the Freezer

All of these muffins freeze beautifully. For best results, wrap each muffin tightly and keep them in the freezer for up to two months. They are great to have on hand for lunches, snacks and on-the-go breakfasts.

Cranberry Facts: Did You Know?

  • 1 cup of cranberries provides 22% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
  • Cranberries contain disease and infection-fighting antioxidants and flavonoids.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of cranberries may help promote good urinary tract health and reduce periodontal disease.

© 2012 Kathy Sima