Chocolate Chip Orange Muffins

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One of the things I like most about winter is oranges. As soon as winter begins and I see them on every market – I but oranges like I’m mad and bake-bake-bake with this fragrant fruit. I love the sweetness, the tartness and the freshness it brings to any kind of cake or pastry. Oranges are simply a delight!

These chocolate chip orange muffins are so easy to make. They are super fragrant and would make a great treat to have with your coffee cup on cold winter days. You only need one bowl and a whisk in order to make them, and the result is simply amazing. they would also make a delicious breakfast or snack on the go, and kids will love them!

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Chocolate Chip Orange Muffins

Photo: Natalie Levin

Chocolate Chip Orange Muffins

For the muffins:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 50 ml. (3 tbsp.) vegetable oil
  • 200 ml. (1 cup) sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. orange liqueur
  • Zest of whole orange
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 210 grams (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 40 grams (1/3 cup) oatmeal
  • 10 grams (2 tsp.) baking powder
  • 100 grams dark chocolate (coarsely chopped)
  1. Preheat oven to 180c degrees and lightly grease a muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, oil, sour cream, liqueur, orange zest, salt and vanilla until blended.
  3. Add flour, oats, baking powder and chocolate and stir with a large spatula just until incorporated. It is very important not to mix the mixture too much!
  4. Transfer the batter to the pan, and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown, set and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out with some moist crumbs.
  5. Cool completely at room temperature and serve.
  • Keep the muffins in a closed box at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. Beyond that, it is recommended to keep in the refrigerator.
  • The muffins can be frozen up to a month in a sealed bag.
  • Instead of orange liqueur you can use brandy or rum. If desired, you can add chopped nuts to the batter.