Today for our March Muffin Madness event, I have the pleasure of introducing Lisa Wells of Cook Eat Well (formerly known as Cook Eat Paleo). Lisa is sharing her Paleo Orange Blueberry Muffins, which is appropriate since Lisa and I met by way of her delicious gluten-free desserts.
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 and be sure to check out the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes on gfe.
More on Lisa and Cook Eat Well
Lisa’s blog’s tagline is “Simple Recipes for Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Living.” She said that she started Cook Eat Well to share all the tips and tricks she’s learned on her eating journey. After going gluten, grain, and dairy-free—and “more free”—for health reasons, she had to re-learn 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.
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 gluten-free muffin recipes Lisa has shared on her blog:
~ Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
For the Paleo 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!
Update: We make these muffins all the time in the gfe household. In fact, they’re our very favorite way to use blueberries! See my photo below.
Lisa’s Paleo Orange Blueberry Muffins Recipe
Paleo Orange Blueberry Muffins
We're all familiar with the popular combination of lemon and blueberries but if orange is your preferred flavor, you're going to love these Orange Blueberry Muffins even more! Any time you have a cup of fresh blueberries and an orange on your counter, you're going to want to bake them.
- 200 grams almond flour (about 2 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- zest of 1 orange
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons ghee, melted (see notes for substitution ideas)
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees and grease or line muffin tin.
- 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.
- Using a large ice cream or cookie scoop, fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
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.
Originally published March 7, 2014; updated October 19, 2021.
Lorri T says
Oh goodness, I would love to win. Thank you for the chance.
Yum! I’m definitely checking out some of her other muffins too!
Amanda (amethystjean) says
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.
Amanda (amethystjean) says
I’m also heading over to check out the apple, peach, lemon, chocolate chip and strawberry muffins. Oh my!
Cheryl Harris says
I don’t even like blueberries and I still want to try those! What a gorgeous pic.
alisa joy says
I just bought almond flour. and blueberries. so this was meant to be.
and thanks to all for such an awesome give away!
Lindsay Ham says
Keep the Paleo Muffins coming!!! I love anything with blueberries!
susan reed says
I want to start juicing and really would like a Blendtec
Steve R says
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
Jamie Smith says
And the goodness keeps coming & coming…..
trisha berry says
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!
Pam O'Sullivan says
Thanks for sharing. I am going to try as soon as I have some fresh blueberries!
[email protected] says
I have always loved blueberry muffins…and I like the addition of orange!
Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations says
I’ve never visited her site, and her recipes look AMAZING! Thanks for this recipe and for introducing her to me 🙂
I’d love to try these muffins, but I don’t have ghee. Is there a recommendation for an alternative to ghee?
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! 🙂
I’ve never done blueberry and orange but blueberry and lemon is a delight. Something new to try and, I’m sure, love!
Yum!!!!! This looks like a super combination 🙂 Recipe is pretty simple too. Will surely try this!
Lisa @ Cook Eat Paleo says
Butter would be the closest substitute. Coconut oil will also work, but it will change the flavor slightly adding a hint of coconut.
Dana Coughlin says
These muffins look really good
susan reed says
looks so good – muffins AND Blendtec LOL
Am trying Blueberry Muffins today!
Dana David says
Is there anything that you can substitute for the ghee
Dana–That question was asked earlier. See Lisa’s comment with the answer a little up from yours. 🙂
Linda S says
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. 🙂
Dana David says
Jennifer Werstein says
Oh this recipe sounds so yummy!!
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!
I love that the weight is given for the almond flour. I’m always worried I’m not measuring it correctly.
Ruth M. Henshaw says
Yummy those really look good!
This sounds great!
I am a fiend for blueberry muffins; really, a fiend :+)
Venessa F. says
These look wonderful. I never thought of using ghee in muffins.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a blueberry muffin!
Cindy W. says
These muffins sound delicious. I can’t wait to try them.
She sounds like the muffin queen to me! Blueberry & orange is such a good flavour combination, too. Yum!
Love the combination of blueberries and orange!
Great recipe, great prizes!
Making these this morning! Thanks for the chance for a prize!!!
I love the idea of blueberry and orange together. Can’t wait to make these.
Sounds like a tasty twist on just plain blueberry muffins!
Can you do these egg free?
I love blueberry muffins, what a great idea to mix orange in.
Beverley Brauer says
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 🙂
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. 🙂
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!
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. 🙂
Sheila S says
Great sounding flavor combination! Wondering if dried blueberries might work. I have everything else on hand but not fresh blueberries.
Colleen M says
Thanks for another great recipe. I love blueberries and haven’t made any muffins recently.
Susan Scott says
I have almond flour and fresh blueberries! Ready to go!
clarissa west says
Mmmmmm good looking!
I am going to try those, once blueberries are in season here, I have already used up my frozen ones from last year. 🙁
Bev maiers says
Love that this recipe uses simple ingredients. Some get too complicated for me.
Blueberry muffins how do I love thee?
Ronalyn Hurley says
The addition of orange rind and juice sounds pretty good. I need to make some more ghee.
Oh I think my son would love these.
Mary Tokar says
My girls have been begging me to make blueberry muffins!
I can’t stand oranges! I would have to replace the orange juice with lemon juice.
Wow! Orange and blueberry together – I’m down for that recipe!
love using almond flour, especially for a diabetic. Muffins look so good.
Oooohhhh! Saw these on Pinterest! They look yummy. I love blueberry muffins.
Blueberries are my favourite! These look like a great spring treat!
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.
Oh, these look so yummy! Thank you!!
so so so yummy
I love how these are grain free.
Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats says
Blueberry muffins are a must. These look great!
Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats
Will definitely check out the website. These sound delish. Thanks!
Can’t wait to make these. Glad to read how to use frozen berries.
Helen V says
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
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 vegetarianmamma.com
Looking forward to trying these! My mouth is watering just looking at the picture.
Lewann Rice says
Love blueberry muffins and can’t wait to see how it tastes with orange.
Love blueberry muffins! These sound tasty!
Tracy Mann says
Yummy! Can’t wait for blueberries to be in season and try these!
This sounds amazing. I like the idea of orange and blueberry, can’t wait to try
Melanie Binkley says
Thanks for including paleo
Lori Lewis says
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!
These look great! The blueberry & orange combo sounds yummy!
These looks AWESOME! Yummy!
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 says
Hi Megan – this batter is pretty thick, so this definitely should not be happening. How did you measure the almond flour?
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 says
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.
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!!!!!
Will these muffins freeze well? I would like to make them for a friend of mine who is expecting a baby any day now.