Vegan Lemon-Orange Muffins

Updated on November 17, 2017
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Stay-at-home mum, a geographer by profession, cook, and heartfelt storyteller. Loves to try new recipes, new dishes, and new spices.

Rose muffin
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Becoming a Vegan

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 (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 them now, I put 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
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What will we put in 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.

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So what do we need?

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (or any other)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, (unrefined cane or coconut)
  • 2 teaspoon 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, ...)
  • 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
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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 33 min
Yields: Makes 12 - 18 muffins.
They are rising
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Instructions

  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 - 22 minutes or until lightly browned on 200°C (400°F).
  8. Decorate by your own desires and insipation.
  9. Enjoy!
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      • KsenijaZ profile imageAUTHOR

        Ksenija 

        8 months ago from Novo mesto, Slovenia

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

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        Linda Crampton 

        8 months 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

        Ksenija 

        8 months 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 

        8 months ago from United Kingdom

        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 

        8 months 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.

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        Ksenija 

        8 months 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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        Tamara Yancosky Moore 

        8 months 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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        FlourishAnyway 

        8 months ago from USA

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

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