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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 - 23¢ 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.


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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