Ready for a tangy taste of fall? Whip up these super-easy paleo orange cranberry muffins. They’re the perfect tease for your taste buds to get you in the mood for the upcoming holidays…
Gotta say, I love cranberries. Their rich color and tart taste are incredible. Serve just about anything with cranberries in it – like a cake, sauce or drink – and I’ll be first in line to try it!
In my pre-paleo days, one of my favorite “recipes” was to add frozen cranberries to a box of instant cranberry/orange cake mix. Those shrunken little dehydrated nubs that came with the mix just didn’t do it for me – I wanted that crisp, juicy cranberry taste you can only get with the real thing. So, lame as it may sound, I doctored-up the off-the-shelf version and it always turned out pretty good.
In fact, that was my inspiration for this recipe…but instead of buying a package of cranberry-orange cake mix, this super-easy recipe lets you quickly whip together everything from scratch using all-natural ingredients. And of course there’s no gluten or refined sugars in this paleo recipe!
I must admit, making a cranberry-orange paleo muffin mix wasn’t as easy as I first thought it would be. Balancing the orange and cranberry flavors was kind of tricky. But for my taste, the final version of this recipe turned out just right. You may want to add more or less of the orange zest depending on your personal taste. And if you like a little crunch with your muffins, toss some chopped pecans into the batter before baking.
These are wonderful hot out of the oven – light and fluffy with a taste that’s much more sassy then it is sweet. They make great breakfast muffins, or an anytime snack. I like the mini-versions myself, but you can bake these cupcake-size or grab a bread pan for a full-size cranberry-orange cake if you like.
I hope you give these a try. They never fail to get me in a festive holiday mood – now I can’t wait for the turkey and cranberry sauce!