Orange chunks and dried cranberries make a perfect combination of sweet, tart flavors in this Vegan Orange Cranberry Muffin recipe. Lemon zest further unifies the orange and cranberry and just the right amount of vanilla exract ties it all together.
Vegan Orange Cranberry Muffins Recipe2 cups orange juice freshly squeezed and unfiltered from about 4 medium size oranges
¾ cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon non-aluminum baking soda
¾ cup dried cranberries
1) Whisk together the flavor building ingredientsPreheat oven to 325F (163C). In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the orange juice, sugar, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract and salt.
2) Whisk together the dry ingredientsIn a large mixing bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder and baking soda.
3) Mix the batter and stir in the cranberriesPour the wet ingredients into the bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Stir in the dried cranberries.
4) Bake the vegan muffins to perfection
To make muffinsLine a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Pour the batter into the muffin pan making sure the dough is filled up to the top of the pan and domed. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
To make breadPour the batter into a lightly oiled 8 x 4 inch loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Store in a covered container or plastic freezer bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 6 months. This recipe makes one loaf or 6 to 8 Vegan Orange Cranberry Muffins.