I am not always crazy about orange-flavored foods unless there’s another complementary flavor. Like rosemary in the Orange Rosemary Pecans from Hail Merry. Or like cranberry. As in Orange Cranberry Muffins or Orange Cranberry Granola. Or like chocolate. Orange and chocolate definitely go together very well. I have enjoyed orange and chocolate together in candies for years and especially love truffles made with Grand Marnier. But my favorite orange chocolate combo is Double Chocolate Clementine Cake, another flourless creation here on gfe. Until now. The Double-Chocolate Clementine Cake is a star without a doubt, but it’s not the kind of treat you want to make often. It’s a bit of intensity. Good intensity, but still ideal only for an occasional indulgence. Today’s entry for March Muffin Madness, these light Orange Honey Chocolate Chip Muffins are another matter though. These muffins are light in texture and even the orange taste, but are nicely punctuated by the addition of chocolate chips. These would make for a lovely treat just about any time.
You can scroll down for more photos and the recipe, but let’s talk about the giveaway that goes with Part 1 of the March Muffin Madness final. UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Shelly! Shelly’s comment was: “I am sneaking in just under the wire! These muffins look amazing!”
I’m giving away a 6-pack of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips, six 10-ounce bags, to ONE reader. This giveaway ends Friday, April 6, at midnight Eastern. You my simply leave a comment to enter the giveaway; that is the only required entry. For additional entries, share with others via social media however you like and leave a comment telling how you shared.
I’ll be back with Part 2 of the March Muffin Madness final later, but here’s your recipe.
Orange Honey Chocolate Chip Muffins (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, with Vegan Option)
(Click here for a printable version of this recipe.)
2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (see notes)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup orange juice (see notes)
1 tsp orange zest (optional, more or less to taste)
1/3 cup honey (or agave nectar for vegan version)
1/3 cup extra light olive oil
½ cup unsweetened applesauce (or 1/2 cup mashed banana)
1 egg or flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal plus 3 tbsp hot water)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional; I use either Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips)
Muffin Topping Ingredients
½ cup coconut oil, liquefied
½ cup coconut or palm sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease muffin cups or line with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir in remaining ingredients, whisking if needed to break up any clumps of flour.
Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. (Recipe makes 12 muffins.)
Bake at 375F until golden orange, about 15 to 20 minutes. Check doneness with a toothpick.
Let muffins cool about 5 minutes, just long enough to be able to handle them safely. Dip tops of hot muffins in coconut oil, then into coconut sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Shirley’s Notes: I used my gluten-free all-purpose flour mix, which is three parts Asian white rice flour and two parts cornstarch. When I do use a gluten-free all-purpose flour mix, this mix is my “go to” recipe. I mix up 5-lb batches in a large bowl and then portion out to individual containers/canisters for future use. I can’t tolerate and don’t care for many other gluten-free flours like sorghum, garbanzo bean flour, and buckwheat, but feel free to use your favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour mix. For a more intense orange flavor, be sure to add the orange zest. You may also substitute part of the orange juice amount with orange juice concentrate as another way to create a more intense orange flavor if you’d like. I’d recommend one to two teaspoons of orange juice concentrate as part of the ½ cup measurement. (Add concentrate to measuring cup first and then fill with orange juice to ½ cup line.)
Inspired by Rodale’s Orange-Honey Muffins recipe
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