Orange-Cranberry Muffins or Mini-Loaves
These delicious and healthy vegan muffins or mini-loaves prove that pairing orange and cranberry makes for a lively flavor combination in baked goods. If I’m in the mood to make muffins for a weekend brunch, this is one of my top choices! And for winter holiday baking or giving, this batter is nice made into mini-loaves.This makes 1 dozen muffins, or 3 to 4 mini-loaves. Photos by Evan Atlas. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅓ cup natural granulated sugar
- ½ cup lemon or vanilla nondairy yogurt, or applesauce
- ½ cup fresh orange juice, or as needed
- 2 teaspoons grated zest (orange peel — if orange is organic; see note)
- 2 tablespoon safflower oil
- 8 ounces fresh cranberries (see note below recipe box)
- 2 tablespoons natural granulated sugar
- ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts, or sliced almonds, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the first 5 (dry) ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together. Make a well in the center and pour in the yogurt or applesauce, orange juice, optional zest, and oil. Add a small amount of orange juice if need be to loosen the batter a bit, but let it remain stiff. Stir just until well combined.
- Place the cranberries in a food processor and pulse on and off until coarsely chopped. Stir in the sugar and let the mixture stand for a couple of minutes.
- Stir the cranberries into the batter.
- Divide the batter evenly among 12 foil paper-lined muffin tins or 3 to 4 mini loaf pans (depending on their size). If using nuts, scatter over the tops of the muffins evenly.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a knife inserted into the center of one tests clean. When the muffins are cool enough to handle, transfer them to a plate or rack to cool.
- When fresh cranberries are out of season, use about 1 cup dried cranberries and eliminate the extra sugar.
- Finely grated orange peel (zest) really heightens the orange flavor of these muffins.
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