Vegan Lemon-Orange Cranberry Muffins

Updated on December 13, 2019
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Stay-at-home mum and geographer by profession, I love to cook and tell heartfelt stories. I enjoy trying new recipes, dishes, and spices.

A lemon-orange muffin baked in a rose-shaped muffin cup.
A lemon-orange muffin baked in a rose-shaped muffin cup. | Source

Becoming a Vegan and Gaining Confidence With Recipes

It was easy to switch to veganism after 19 years of vegetarianism. It was the only logical step. I still don't know why it didn't happen sooner, but ok, it happened.

For my transition, my friend gave me a book called Vegan Yum Yum (by author Lauren Ulm). As usual, I was only making the easiest recipes from the book at the beginning. I was kind of afraid of the more difficult ones. One of the easier ones was the recipe for lemon cranberry muffins. Over the years, I became more and more confident, so every time I make these muffins now, I add in some new ingredients and subtract some of the ingredients I don't have (or just don't want to use at that moment).

Muffins ready for baking.
Muffins ready for baking. | Source

What Will We Put in the Muffins Today?

So, today my girls and I decided that it's muffin time again. We searched the kitchen and prepared ingredients that seemed like good matches for today's experiment.

We didn't have enough oat milk, so we added water. We found some candied oranges that looked yummy, so why not use them in muffins? We had flour, sugar, and lemons. So, great, let's make lemon-orange muffins, and for the base of the recipe, we used the lemon cranberry recipe. And, yes, we had cranberries.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 33 min
Yields: Makes 12 to 18 muffins.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (or any other)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, (unrefined cane or coconut)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspon baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • zest from orange (or lemon), half or one
  • 1 cup vegan milk, (oat, almond, soy, rice, etc.)
  • lemon or orange juice, (from 1 lemon, 1/2 orange)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • a pinch of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup candied oranges, cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Put the cranberries in 1/2 cup of water and heat them in a small saucepan until simmering. Let them cook for few minutes and then let them stand and cool.
  2. In one bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange/lemon zest.
  3. In the other bowl mix together the vegetable milk, lemon/orange juice, vegetable oil, vanilla and candied oranges.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well with the spatula or spoon.
  5. Add drained cranberries, mix and combine well.
  6. Fill muffin cups with the made batter.
  7. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until lightly browned on 200°C (400°F).
  8. Decorate according to your own desires and inspiration.
  9. Enjoy!
The batter in the muffin cups, just starting to bake.
The batter in the muffin cups, just starting to bake. | Source
They are rising!
They are rising! | Source
Ready to be eaten!
Ready to be eaten! | Source

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    • KsenijaZ profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Novo mesto, Slovenia

      Thank you Linda! Hope you will like them :-)

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoy trying different muffin recipes. Thanks for sharing yours. It sounds great. I love the photo of the rose muffin!

    • KsenijaZ profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Novo mesto, Slovenia

      You are all welcome, I am really happy that you liked the recipe. Ha haaa, Dora, I believe you will find someone. I am the one who bakes them for everybody, so I guess everyone has that 'muffin someone' ;-)

      Fay, try it, they are really tasty, you can also make some healtier variations (replacing sugar with agava or maple etc). I hope your daughter will like them :-)

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      Fay Cooke 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for this. I am trying out vegan recipes for my daughter as she is egg and dairy intolerant. We like citrus flavoured cakes and biscuits so these sound just the thing!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the recipe. Tasty vegan recipes are in demand. But I'm with Tamara; I need someone to bake them.

    • KsenijaZ profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Novo mesto, Slovenia

      Hmmm, blueberries, that would be great FlourishAnyway, I will try that also. Thank you :-)

      He he Tamara, clever!

      Thank you for stopping by.

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      2 years ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Yummm, this inspires me to eat more muffins :-) I’ll let someone else bake them, though...ha ha.

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      2 years ago from USA

      I may do a lemon blueberry combination! Thanks for the recipe!


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