Orange Blueberry Muffins from Cook Eat Paleo

Orange Blueberry Muffins from Cook Eat Paleo

Today for our March Muffin Madness event, I have the pleasure of introducing Lisa Wells of Cook Eat Paleo. Lisa is sharing her Orange Blueberry Muffins, which is appropriate since Lisa and I met by way of her delicious gluten-free desserts. She’s a featured contributor on my other site, All Gluten-Free Desserts—where I share the best of gluten-free desserts! So I thought she’d also be a terrific contributor to MMM. I guess that lets you know that most of the time I consider muffins to be desserts. I said “most of the time.” Not every muffin qualifies as dessert. Some are less sweet and some are definitely savory—and you’ll see recipes that fit both of those categories in MMM—but most of the muffins in this event, including Lisa’s recipe, will work just fine for dessert!

Enjoy Lisa’s recipe (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, and—just added from  the kind folks at Blendtec—a Blendtec all-in-one-kitchen appliance!—oh my goodness, such great kitchen tools! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway, so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)

More on Lisa and Cook Eat Paleo

Lisa’s blog’s tagline is “Simple Recipes for Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Living.” She said that she started Cook Eat Paleo to share all the tips and tricks she’s learned on her paleo journey. After going gluten, grain, and dairy-free—and “more free” for the paleo diet—for health reasons, she had to relearn how to cook and bake without all the ingredients she had always used. Even if you’re “just gluten free,” I’m sure that re-education process sounds familiar. After that, she had to figure out how to make it all easier. “Because really,” Lisa asks, “who has time to cook complicated meals every day?” Indeed. And even those of us who have abundant time prefer to keep things simple.

Lisa Wells Cook Eat Paleo

So Lisa’s recipes all use real food ingredients that you can find at your local farmers market, grocery store, or natural foods store. Lisa was a perfect person to invite to participate in MMM because she truly excels at muffins! Here are some of the paleo muffin recipes Lisa has shared on her blog:

~ Apple Muffins

~ Banana Blackberry Muffins

~ Blueberry Muffins

~ Chocolate Chip Muffins

~ Cranberry Orange Muffins

~ Fresh Peach Muffins

~ Lemon Poppy Muffins

~ Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

~ Strawberry Muffins

For the Orange Blueberry Muffins that she’s sharing with us today, Lisa said, “I did a variation on my popular blueberry muffins. I added a touch of orange. I love experimenting with different recipe variations, and since I had some fresh oranges and blueberries it was the perfect combination. It’s important to use fresh blueberries. Frozen berries tend to be too wet, and add too much moisture to the batter.” Lisa also shares her method for measuring almond flour, which is clever and helpful!

March Muffin Madness

Lisa’s Orange Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Orange Blueberry Muffins from Cook Eat Paleo
  • 200 grams almond flour (about 2 cups)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, melted (see notes for substitution ideas)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease or line muffin tin.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and orange zest in large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then fold in blueberries.
  3. Using a large ice cream or cookie scoop, fill muffin cups ¾ full.
  4. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
Yield: 8-9 muffins

It’s important to use fresh blueberries. Frozen berries tend to be too wet, and add too much moisture to the batter.

If you don't have or use ghee, butter would be the closest substitute. Coconut oil will also work, but it will change the flavor slightly adding a hint of coconut.

 This post is linked to Gluten-Free Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Whole Food Fridays.

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94 Responses to “Orange Blueberry Muffins from Cook Eat Paleo”

  1. Lorri T on March 7th, 2014 11:12 pm

    Oh goodness, I would love to win. Thank you for the chance.

  2. Kristen on March 7th, 2014 11:26 pm

    Yum! I’m definitely checking out some of her other muffins too!

  3. Amanda (amethystjean) on March 7th, 2014 11:39 pm

    I love the smell of blueberry muffins in the oven. I have never liked blueberries, though. Still, I like them mixed with other berries and the love of the smell has me hopeful that they will grow on me. The addition of orange sounds divine.

  4. Amanda (amethystjean) on March 7th, 2014 11:57 pm

    I’m also heading over to check out the apple, peach, lemon, chocolate chip and strawberry muffins. Oh my!

  5. Cheryl Harris on March 8th, 2014 12:16 am

    I don’t even like blueberries and I still want to try those! What a gorgeous pic.

  6. alisa joy on March 8th, 2014 2:34 am

    I just bought almond flour. and blueberries. so this was meant to be.

    and thanks to all for such an awesome give away!

  7. Lindsay Ham on March 8th, 2014 3:18 am

    Keep the Paleo Muffins coming!!! I love anything with blueberries!

  8. susan reed on March 8th, 2014 4:30 am

    I want to start juicing and really would like a Blendtec

  9. Steve R on March 8th, 2014 8:26 am

    I have all the ingredients! These muffins sound so good… I’m going to bake them today. Great activity for the grandkids on a cold day like today! Yum

  10. Jamie Smith on March 8th, 2014 8:36 am

    And the goodness keeps coming & coming…..

  11. trisha berry on March 8th, 2014 9:04 am

    I would love to win a new blender! I recently had gastric bypass surgery and eat a lot of smoothies, so that would be awesome!

  12. Pam O'Sullivan on March 8th, 2014 9:06 am

    Thanks for sharing. I am going to try as soon as I have some fresh blueberries!

  13. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva on March 8th, 2014 10:06 am

    I have always loved blueberry muffins…and I like the addition of orange!

  14. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations on March 8th, 2014 11:01 am

    I’ve never visited her site, and her recipes look AMAZING! Thanks for this recipe and for introducing her to me :)

  15. Crystal on March 8th, 2014 12:07 pm

    I’d love to try these muffins, but I don’t have ghee. Is there a recommendation for an alternative to ghee?

    • Shirley on March 8th, 2014 2:52 pm

      Hi Crystal–FYI–Lisa answered your question, but couldn’t reply directly to you as she’s replying via mobile vs her computer. ;-) So you can see her suggestions in her comment. Hope they help! :-)


  16. Karen on March 8th, 2014 1:34 pm

    I’ve never done blueberry and orange but blueberry and lemon is a delight. Something new to try and, I’m sure, love!

  17. Stacy on March 8th, 2014 1:42 pm


  18. insiya on March 8th, 2014 2:08 pm

    Yum!!!!! This looks like a super combination :) Recipe is pretty simple too. Will surely try this!

  19. Lisa @ Cook Eat Paleo on March 8th, 2014 2:22 pm

    Butter would be the closest substitute. Coconut oil will also work, but it will change the flavor slightly adding a hint of coconut.

  20. Dana Coughlin on March 8th, 2014 2:32 pm

    These muffins look really good

  21. susan reed on March 8th, 2014 3:35 pm

    looks so good – muffins AND Blendtec LOL
    Am trying Blueberry Muffins today!

  22. Dana David on March 8th, 2014 7:05 pm

    Is there anything that you can substitute for the ghee

    • Shirley on March 8th, 2014 7:11 pm

      Dana–That question was asked earlier. See Lisa’s comment with the answer a little up from yours. :-)


  23. Linda S on March 8th, 2014 7:13 pm

    I just made these muffins and they are fantastic! I even cut back on the honey & only used 2 Tbsp instead of 4 and added a little extra juice from the orange – delish! Thanks for sharing! I love your site, Shirley! And @Crystal I used olive oil instead of ghee and it was perfectly fine. :)

  24. Dana David on March 8th, 2014 8:08 pm


  25. Jennifer Werstein on March 8th, 2014 8:08 pm

    Oh this recipe sounds so yummy!!

  26. Kerry on March 8th, 2014 10:51 pm

    Made these this afternoon, using silicone cups and was able to get 11 delicious muffins from the batch. Used Tropical Traditions coconut flour and had no runny issues. They are very yummy!

  27. Emily on March 9th, 2014 12:42 am

    I love that the weight is given for the almond flour. I’m always worried I’m not measuring it correctly.

  28. Ruth M. Henshaw on March 9th, 2014 12:42 am

    Yummy those really look good!

  29. Jen on March 9th, 2014 10:50 am

    This sounds great!

  30. mysweetiepiepie on March 9th, 2014 11:27 am

    I am a fiend for blueberry muffins; really, a fiend :+)

  31. Venessa F. on March 9th, 2014 2:23 pm

    These look wonderful. I never thought of using ghee in muffins.

  32. Laureen on March 9th, 2014 2:31 pm

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had a blueberry muffin!

  33. Cindy W. on March 9th, 2014 4:23 pm

    These muffins sound delicious. I can’t wait to try them.

  34. Jen on March 9th, 2014 7:13 pm

    She sounds like the muffin queen to me! Blueberry & orange is such a good flavour combination, too. Yum!

  35. Sharon on March 9th, 2014 9:33 pm

    Love the combination of blueberries and orange!

  36. Julie on March 10th, 2014 1:24 am

    Great recipe, great prizes!

  37. Leslie on March 10th, 2014 10:10 am

    Making these this morning! Thanks for the chance for a prize!!!

  38. Bunny on March 10th, 2014 11:10 am

    I love the idea of blueberry and orange together. Can’t wait to make these.

  39. Carina on March 10th, 2014 5:31 pm

    Sounds like a tasty twist on just plain blueberry muffins!

  40. Elise on March 10th, 2014 7:36 pm

    Can you do these egg free?

  41. julie on March 10th, 2014 8:41 pm

    I love blueberry muffins, what a great idea to mix orange in.

  42. Beverley Brauer on March 10th, 2014 9:35 pm

    Mmmmm yes please I have frozen blueberries so I assume they will be ok and I just made my own almond flour and here goes so as soon as I make them I am posting up another reply to let you know how I go ! ps can’t wait getting hungry already :)

    • Shirley on March 10th, 2014 9:42 pm

      Beverley–FYI–In the notes preceding her recipe, Lisa cautions against using frozen blueberries saying they are too wet and make her muffins too moist, but if they work for you, please let us know. :-)


      • naomi on March 16th, 2014 1:00 am

        I made these yesterday and they are fabulous!!! Thank you!! I did use frozen blueberries, just defrost and made sure they are as dry as possible before putting them in. No problem at all! Delish!

        • Shirley on March 16th, 2014 1:08 am

          Such great news, Naomi! Thanks for telling us how using frozen blueberries can work if you take those extra steps. I’ll add the info to the recipe notes. :-)


  43. Sheila S on March 10th, 2014 10:07 pm

    Great sounding flavor combination! Wondering if dried blueberries might work. I have everything else on hand but not fresh blueberries.

  44. Colleen M on March 11th, 2014 12:38 am

    Thanks for another great recipe. I love blueberries and haven’t made any muffins recently.

  45. Susan Scott on March 11th, 2014 11:50 am

    I have almond flour and fresh blueberries! Ready to go!

  46. Heather on March 12th, 2014 9:11 pm

    Tasty goodness!

  47. clarissa west on March 12th, 2014 10:41 pm

    Mmmmmm good looking!

  48. Brianne on March 12th, 2014 10:44 pm


  49. Teufelchen on March 13th, 2014 2:04 am

    I am going to try those, once blueberries are in season here, I have already used up my frozen ones from last year. :(

  50. lori on March 13th, 2014 8:51 am

    Sound delish!

  51. Bev maiers on March 13th, 2014 8:59 am

    Love that this recipe uses simple ingredients. Some get too complicated for me.

  52. Laurel on March 13th, 2014 12:03 pm

    Blueberry muffins how do I love thee?

  53. Ronalyn Hurley on March 13th, 2014 3:10 pm

    The addition of orange rind and juice sounds pretty good. I need to make some more ghee.

  54. Terisa on March 13th, 2014 4:28 pm

    Oh I think my son would love these.

  55. Mary Tokar on March 14th, 2014 12:18 am

    My girls have been begging me to make blueberry muffins!

  56. Kasey on March 15th, 2014 4:56 am

    I can’t stand oranges! I would have to replace the orange juice with lemon juice.

  57. Susan on March 15th, 2014 11:47 am

    Wow! Orange and blueberry together – I’m down for that recipe!

  58. patricia on March 15th, 2014 11:08 pm

    love using almond flour, especially for a diabetic. Muffins look so good.

  59. Christa on March 16th, 2014 11:16 am

    Oooohhhh! Saw these on Pinterest! They look yummy. I love blueberry muffins.

  60. Katie on March 18th, 2014 1:33 pm

    Blueberries are my favourite! These look like a great spring treat!

  61. Karol on March 18th, 2014 11:24 pm

    These look incredible. I love blueberries and oranges, so this is right up my alley. I’ve never tried ghee, but I think I will try to make these using butter. I love that the ingredients are natural and there aren’t too many of them lol. And they seem fairly simple to make. I think I will actually make the effort to make these in the spring. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe.

  62. Sandy on March 19th, 2014 5:35 pm

    Oh, these look so yummy! Thank you!!

  63. Kinsey on March 20th, 2014 1:29 am

    so so so yummy

  64. Heather on March 20th, 2014 3:15 pm

    I love how these are grain free.

  65. Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats on March 20th, 2014 11:25 pm

    Blueberry muffins are a must. These look great!
    Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats

  66. Linda on March 21st, 2014 3:21 pm

    Will definitely check out the website. These sound delish. Thanks!

  67. Kay on March 22nd, 2014 12:28 am

    Can’t wait to make these. Glad to read how to use frozen berries.

  68. Helen V on March 22nd, 2014 6:35 pm

    Love blueberries!

  69. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) on March 23rd, 2014 11:05 am

    YUM, these look great! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from

  70. Erin on March 25th, 2014 3:37 pm

    Sounds yummy!

  71. Wendy on March 28th, 2014 8:52 pm

    Looking forward to trying these! My mouth is watering just looking at the picture.

  72. Lewann Rice on March 29th, 2014 11:46 pm

    Love blueberry muffins and can’t wait to see how it tastes with orange.

  73. Janelle on March 30th, 2014 9:40 am

    Love blueberry muffins! These sound tasty!

  74. Tracy Mann on March 31st, 2014 1:14 am

    Yummy! Can’t wait for blueberries to be in season and try these!

  75. Megan on March 31st, 2014 7:50 pm

    This sounds amazing. I like the idea of orange and blueberry, can’t wait to try

  76. Melanie Binkley on March 31st, 2014 10:30 pm

    Thanks for including paleo

  77. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 11:07 pm

    This recipe is very similar to my Sunshine Muffins recipe – I love the zing of the zest in them! Never thought to add blueberries but that just sounds awesome – thanks for the recipe!

  78. Sarah on March 31st, 2014 11:12 pm

    These look great! The blueberry & orange combo sounds yummy!

  79. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:14 pm

    These looks AWESOME! Yummy!

  80. megan on April 28th, 2014 4:11 pm

    I just made these and all the blueberries went to the bottom. The bottoms are all moist and not even coming out of the silicone cups. Do you know why this would have happened?

    • Lisa @ Cook Eat Paleo on April 28th, 2014 4:47 pm

      Hi Megan – this batter is pretty thick, so this definitely should not be happening. How did you measure the almond flour?

  81. megan on April 28th, 2014 5:43 pm

    this thing is , i’m a veteran to paleo baking. I make blueberry muffins all the time… the two differences…. i usually use a 350 oven, but your recipe called for 325, and i usually use 2 eggs not 3, but other than that the recipes r very similar. Also, the other recipe i use , think it calls for a banana…
    I measured 2 cups with glass measuring cup, same thing i always do :(

    • Lisa @ Cook Eat Paleo on April 28th, 2014 6:48 pm

      Hmm… I’m guessing you had less than 200 grams of almond flour measuring it with a glass measuring cup, especially since the blueberries went to the bottom. Weighing the almond flour is always going to be more accurate, but if you don’t have a scale, just try adding more almond flour so the batter is thick enough to keep the blueberries from sinking.

  82. megan on April 28th, 2014 7:00 pm

    its funny , i usually use a plastic measuring cup and today i decided to use my glass one. It could have been the measuring, but geez, enough to make BB’s sink to bottom? :(
    Bummer!! my son did really like them, so that is always a plus!!!!!

  83. Melynda on May 2nd, 2014 4:50 pm

    Will these muffins freeze well? I would like to make them for a friend of mine who is expecting a baby any day now.

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