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Chocolate Orange Muffin Recipe

This chocolate orange muffin recipe is great for breakfast, or dessert. Grab a muffin and a glass of milk.

This chocolate orange muffin recipe is great for breakfast, or dessert. Grab a muffin and a glass of milk. |

Have you ever really wanted to bake (or make) something, then went to the fridge/pantry/cupboard and you’re missing some of the ingredients? That’s how these muffins were born. I really wanted to make one specific recipe and realized I was missing ½ of the ingredients.

I decided it was as good a time as any to experiment and I made these babies (also known as chocolate orange muffins.) Pretty proud of these muffins because they could have turned out very, very badly. Am I tooting my own horn a toot or two? Maybe.

This chocolate orange muffin recipe is great for breakfast, or dessert. Grab a muffin and a glass of milk. |

Chocolate Orange Muffins

These chocolate orange muffins are a fun mix of both ingredients. Chocolate and orange are two flavors I don’t usually mix together but in the end I was really glad I did. I utilized my favorite cooking referrence book (The Flavor Bible affiliate link) to figure out which items in my kitchen could go with each other.

I have a ton of chocolate so that’s where I started. Thankfully, its one of those ingredients that goes with a lot of things.

I had an orange and a little bit of orange juice so figured that would work.  Also, almonds… and almond milk. We usually have regular milk and I thought we did but alas only almond milk was in the fridge. I was concerned this was going to kill the recipe but much to my surprise, it really worked out well.

This chocolate orange muffin recipe is great for breakfast, or dessert. Grab a muffin and a glass of milk. |

I didn’t have enough sugar so I subbed out half brown sugar. And I didn’t even have muffin liners so I just greased the pans.

And it all worked surprisingly well.

Chocolate Orange Muffins |

Chocolate Orange Muffins

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This chocolate orange muffin recipe is great for breakfast, or dessert. Grab a muffin and a glass of milk.


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with liners or grease the insides.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the sugars and butter on medium-high, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time until well combined.
  4. Turn the mixer to low. Add the vanilla extract orange juice and orange zest. Add half of the flour mixture. When well mixed, add the almond milk and then the remaining flour mixture. Use a spatula to mix in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly into the muffin pans. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack before eating.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 1gCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 8g

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Lou Lou Girls

Monday 3rd of August 2015

I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls


Monday 3rd of August 2015

Can I sub cow's milk for almond milk?

Jenny B

Monday 3rd of August 2015

I have not tested that substitute, but going from my baking experiences I believe that you can do that substitute. Hope you enjoy the muffins!

Meg A

Friday 31st of July 2015

I wanted a dessert after dinner and was planning to make buckwheat crêpe when I remembered reading this recipe in the giveaway. I checked the ingredient list and the steps to make it to see if it can be executed. I made a lemon cake twice the past week from another blog I found online via a search when I wanted a fruity but, gluten free dessert. That turned out very well. I halved the recipe as I only had one regular muffin pan, using buckwheat, demerara and coconut sugars as they're less sweet, coconut manna and coconut oil, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon rind, 1/2 cup almond milk and half a cup mix of chopped dry roasted cashews and chocolate hazelnut spread as I didn't have chocolate chips on hand. I was surprised they turned out very good, with a subtle sweetness and a little crunch from the cashews. The lemon taste was hardly there at all. The coconut manna added a new dimension as it's my first time to bake with it. The muffins smelled so fragrant as they baked and the coconut manna elevated the taste. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it took time to prepare and clean up, but at least, the cooking time was less than for a cake.

Jenny B

Saturday 1st of August 2015

Thank you for sharing your recipe interpretation. The recipe you created sounds yummy! Happy I could inspire you.

maria cristina

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

great giveaway and contest

Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

Hi Jenny. I'm stopping over from Let's Get Real today. You had me at chocolate. I'm a big muffin fan and the combination of chocolate and orange is so delicious. I love how exciting it is when kitchen experiments turn into delicious meals.

Jenny B

Thursday 30th of July 2015

Thanks for stopping by!!

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