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Muffins are a great breakfast treat. This version pairs fresh orange with chocolate chips and a touch of spice, a winning combination for flavor and price. The chocolate adds a bit of richness but they are just sweet enough in our opinion and aren't overloaded with sugar unlike commercial muffins. We enjoy them with a cup of coffee in the morning, with tea as an afternoon snack, or even for a light dessert! You can make a batch of muffins ahead of time and freeze them in an airtight container. Simply heat one up in a minute on rushed weekday mornings. You can experiment with other types of fruits and flavors—see our Blackberry-Lemon Muffins for one variation. Once you try homemade, you'll never go back to store-bought again.

Makes 12 Servings - 26¢ per serving Show Detailed Pricing

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (plus an optional extra tablespoon or two for on top)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with baking cups or grease the tin thoroughly and set it aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and allspice.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, milk, vanilla, orange juice and zest (made by finely grating the thinnest, orange part of the peel). Save a good pinch of the orange zest to decorate the muffins after they've baked.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and mix quickly and lightly with a fork, adding the chocolate chips last. Tip: Do not overmix or bother to remove lumps or the muffins will be tough.
  5. Spoon batter into the muffin tin and top each muffin with a few additional chocolate chips (optional). Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the muffins are light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. You can also test them by pressing lightly on the top of a muffin. If it feels springy, they are done. Sprinkle with the remaining orange zest and enjoy hot from the oven or at room temperature.

Notes:

Muffins will keep in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a few days. After muffins have cooled, you can also place them in an airtight container or a tightly closed plastic bag in the freezer to keep them fresh for later. To reheat, simply microwave for about 45 seconds or until warm. A perfect quick breakfast treat!



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