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Healthier Cranberry Orange Muffins | A gluten free, healthy breakfast muffin recipe that is full of fresh cranberries and orange juice and zest. Makes a wonderful snack or dessert, too!
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Healthier Cranberry Orange Muffins

These cranberry orange muffins are a taste of the holidays. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 285 kcal
Author London


  • ½ c. 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ c. honey
  • ¼ c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest from 2 large oranges
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 ¼ c. white rice flour
  • ¾ c. tapioca starch
  • ½ t. xanthan gum
  • Or 2 c. GF/non-GF all purpose flour instead of the above 3 ingredients.
  • ¼ c. orange juice fresh
  • 2 T. milk or almondmilk
  • 1 ½ c. cranberries fresh or previously frozen (keep frozen and not thawed!)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter, honey and sugar on medium for 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and orange zest and mix for another 30 seconds.
  4. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, combine baking soda, baking powder, salt, rice flour, tapioca starch and xanthan gum. Mix well.
  5. Alternatively add the dry ingredients into the butter/honey mixture with the orange juice and milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Hand mix in the cranberries. Pay particular attention not to mix so hard that you burst the berries and they color the batter.
  7. Fill 12 regular-sized muffin cups (with or without liners) and bake in the preheated oven for 20-22 minutes. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Healthier Cranberry Orange Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.