Apr 13, 2011

Orange Juice and Muffins

A few weeks ago, I picked up a wonderful secondhand juicer from my favorite thrift store. To our great delight, it worked wonderfully and we were able to make delicious apple juice.

Last week, Michael and I were able to pick up some groceries, including big juicy navel oranges. Excited, we tried making fresh orange juice.

May I just say that there is nothing so sweet and delicious as freshly squeezed orange juice. But what to do with the fresh pulp? After Naomi balked at the pulp mixed in her breakfast yogurt, we instead tried it in a smoothie, with excellent results. But our favorite use for orange pulp? Homemade orange muffins!

We use this recipe, adding in 1 cup of pulp when combining the dry and wet mixtures. It was delicious!


2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).

Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.

In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil. Pour all at once into the well in the flour mixture. Mix quickly and lightly with a fork until moistened, but do not beat. The batter will be lumpy. Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.



Blueberry Muffins: Add 1 cup fresh blueberries.
Raisin Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped raisins.
Date Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped dates.
Cheese Muffins: Fold in 1 cup grated sharp yellow cheese.
Bacon Muffins: Fold 1/4 cup crisp cooked bacon, broken into bits.

This post is part of Real Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Works For Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.

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  • Yum! This looks good! But you know what I’d really like to try: Bacon Cheese muffins! The variations on your muffin recipe totally makes me want to create some!

    • Mmmmmm, bacon cheese muffins. That sounds delicious. Fresh out of the oven with a bit of butter….. I think I know what I’ll be making this weekend!

  • Thanks for this! It makes use of the most pulp of all of the recipes I found, and it’s delicious. We added cranberries to some, just for that extra yumminess. For the record, mine baked for 10-12 minutes. Thanks again!

    • Oooh, orange cranberry muffins! That sounds delish! Hope you enjoyed it!

  • I made it into a cake, will let you know how it goes! added olive oil in place of veggie oil, and thinking in the future about adding a couple of these things as well:
    1. Cardamom (powder the seeds) about 1/4 teas
    2. Cointreau (I think this is right; 1 tbls orange liquor) for adult flavor adding
    3. LIttle orange zest for extra pick up on the orange!

    • Oh, I am dying to hear how that turns out Mary! Do keep us posted!

  • Thank you for sharing your recipe, simple but effective. I have been scouring the internet with skepticism until I found this page. I look forward to reading more on minimalism.. Something I have been trying to achieve for over a year! :)

    • Minimalism is awesome — so worth it!

  • I just made these muffins gluten, egg & dairy free. They were wonderful!
    My substitutions:
    2 cups All-purpose GF flour plus 1 1/2 tsp Xantham Gum (in place of traditional flour)
    1 Tbs Flax Meal plus 3 Tbs water, let sit 5mins (egg replacer)
    1 Cup Coconut Milk (milk substitute)
    I also added just a bit of Orange Zest & Mace.
    Baking time was 13 minutes.

    • I will have to try this. Since we last made these, we have switched our diet over to being gluten and dairy free. Glad to have your new recipe!

  • Made this today and live it. So simple and yummy. Thanks for sharing

    • Glad you liked them! đŸ˜€

  • I decided to make these after juicing some oranges. I used 1 cup of fresh orange juice in place of the milk and added 1 cup orange pulp and 1 cup blueberries. they smell incredible! Can’t wait to give them a try!