These delicious Orange Muffins feature delicious and citrusy orange and tasty chocolate! Homemade muffins are made with real oranges for fresh and vibrant citrus flavor.
They’re the perfect combination of tart and sweet with just the right amount of chocolate. These muffins also freeze well, so make a big batch for quick and easy breakfasts or to serve at your next Sunday brunch!
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
When you need something sweet, chocolatey, and a little bit tart, try making these orange chocolate muffins! It's so easy to make this delicious treat with just a handful of ingredients.
The combination of chocolate and orange makes for a great balance of flavors, and the texture is tender and moist. These orange muffins are great for a fun and tasty breakfast or a yummy snack.
If you love the flavors of chocolate and orange together, you should also try this Chocolate Orange Cake!
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- flour - all purpose flour works well here, but you can also use pastry flour.
- baking powder - helps the muffins rise and gives them a fluffy texture.
- salt - balances the sweeter ingredients and deepens their flavors.
- oranges - provide vibrant color and sharp, sweet citrus flavor.
- egg - a binding agent to ensure the muffin batter stays together.
- sugar - for added sweetness.
- milk - helps the ingredients come together and combine evenly.
- melted butter - for yummy buttery flavor and a tender, moist consistency.
- chocolate chips - I like to use semi-sweet chips for the slight touch of bitterness that pairs well with the orange flavor.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Cut an orange in half and juice it into a large bowl. Then peel another orange and slice it into small segments. Place these in the bowl with the juice.
- To the orange bowl, add egg, sugar, milk, and melted butter.
- Mix until everything is fully combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet.
- Mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Add the chocolate chips.
- Gently fold in until evenly distributed.
- Scoop the batter into a lined muffin tin.
- Baked at 380 degrees F for 25 minutes or so.
One of the best ways to ensure moist orange muffins is to mix your wet and dry ingredients separately, then mix them together just until everything is combined. Also, be sure you don't bake at a temperature higher than the one indicated. Your oven may differ, so you may have to test it a few times to find the perfect time and temperature for baking muffins.
Where muffins are moist and dense, cupcakes typically have a lighter and spongier texture. Cupcakes also tend to have more sugar than muffins, which make them great for desserts. And of course, cupcakes are often topped with some kind of frosting or whipped cream.
This depends on your preferences! Oil is liquid at room temperature which means it tends to produce moister baked goods, but for these orange muffins it can also make them less dense. Butter gives the muffins a nice dense texture as well as the buttery flavor.
All purpose or pastry flour are the two best options. All purpose flour will produce more substantial and sturdy baked goods, whereas pastry flour will yield orange muffins that are more on the light and delicate side.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- Don't open the oven door at any point during baking! This can cause your muffins to flatten out.
- There's no need to beat the batter--just mix until everything is combined. Over mixing can prevent rising and make your muffins too dense.
- Fill the muffin liners about ¾ full to allow space for rising in the oven.
- Reusable silicone liners are typically better than paper ones, which can burn in the oven.
📌 These orange breakfast muffins are a great to-go treat to grab on your way out the door in the morning! With lots of vitamins from the oranges and a yummy boost for the chocolate, you'll love serving these muffins to your family as a special treat.
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- Vegetable oil can be substituted for butter, but this will lead to lighter orange muffins.
- Dust with confectioner's sugar once finished baking.
- Don't get rid of your orange peels! Zest your fruit before using it and sprinkle the zest over the muffins before baking. You can even mix the zest right into the batter for a more intense orange flavor.
- Serve warm with a little bit of butter.
- For more flavor and sweetness, add a splash of vanilla extract.
- If you want to make these a bit healthier, exclude the chocolate chips. You can either make the orange muffins like that, or add other mix-ins like small berries, raisins, or nuts.
🥫 Storage and Reheating
Store your orange muffins in a cool and dry place in an airtight container or wrapped well. They should last 5 days or so.
To reheat, pop a muffin in the microwave just until warm, about 10-15 seconds.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
For another sweet and portable breakfast option, grab a muffin and one of these No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls!
✔️ More Muffin Recipes You'll Love
- Coconut Banana Matcha Muffins - This unique muffin recipe is loaded with health benefits and interesting flavors!
- Mango Muffins - Add a slight tropical twist to your breakfast with these mango muffins.
- Air Fryer French Toast - Though not muffins in the traditional sense, you'll love the handheld muffin-shaped French toast treats that are super easy to make in the air fryer.
- Chocolate Muffins - If you want a muffin recipe that can be served for breakfast just as well as it can dessert, make these decadent chocolate muffins from Preppy Kitchen.
- Cinnamon Muffins - So easy to make, sweet to eat, and full of pockets bursting with cinnamon flavor.
Orange Chocolate Muffins
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📋 Recipe Card
- In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.1 ¾ cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¾ teaspoon salt
- Take one orange, cut in half and press the juice out of it into a large mixing bowl. Peel the other orange, slice the segments into bite-sized chunks and place them in the bowl with the juice.2 oranges
- Add egg, sugar, milk, and melted butter in into the bowl with the orange chunks. With a hand mixer or a whisk, mix until all the ingredients are well combined.1 egg, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup milk, ⅓ cup melted butter
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine, mixing as little as possible but just enough to obtain a moist batter.
- Gently fold in the chocolate chips.1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Spoon the batter into silicone or paper-lined muffin pans, then bake at 380°F for about 25 minutes.
- Do not open the oven door during baking which can cause flattened muffins.
- Avoid beating the batter like a cake, as it will tend to prevent the muffins from rising and makes them too dense.
- Only fill the muffin molds three-quarters full to avoid overflow while baking.
- You can substitute vegetable oil for the butter however it will result in lighter muffins.
- Silicone liners work better than paper liners, which burn easily.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.