Double Chocolate Orange Muffins


The plan was to make some Carrot Muffins for breakfast but after catching a glimpse of the recipe on the adjacent page I forgot all about the carrots.

The two recipes couldn’t be more different but somehow they’ve ended up across from each other in my muffin recipe binder.

Double Chocolate Orange Muffins may not be the best choice for breakfast but they make a wonderful treat with a mid- morning cup of coffee.  If the chocolate, orange combination is something you enjoy, this recipe won’t disappoint.

It’s also good to note that despite what the name may suggest, these muffins are not overly sweet.  The half cup unsweetened cocoa and minimal one third cup of sugar in the recipe keeps them from becoming cupcakes.

Still needing some breakfast muffins I eventually got back to the carrots but this kitchen episode inspired an idea…Chocolate Orange Carrot Muffins?   Interesting… but of course no chocolate chips.

Perhaps the two recipes have more in common than first imagined …with the addition of some shredded carrot these muffins may end up on the breakfast table after all!

Double Chocolate Orange Muffins

1 orange


2 cups flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

½ cup white chocolate chips

  1. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups.
  2. Grate the orange and set zest aside.
  3. Squeeze juice from the orange into a measuring cup then add enough buttermilk to measure 1 cup.
  4. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  5. Whisk together eggs, sugar and oil until thick then stir in orange rind and buttermilk/orange mixture.
  6. Stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients stirring just until moistened and add the chocolate chips.
  7. Fill muffin cups and bake in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for about 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.
  8. Cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes before removing and placing on cooling rack.
  9. Makes 12 medium or 9 larger muffins.








Notes, Tips and Suggestions

  • Try replacing white chocolate with semisweet chocolate chips.
  • These muffins freeze well.

On a side note…

They say it’s a good trait to be able to laugh at oneself.  I’m glad it’s a good thing since I’ve been doing a lot of it lately.

Not being able to take a decent picture of these muffins which I had placed in a basket on the kitchen table  I decided to climb onto a kitchen chair to take an aerial view photograph.  Not satisfied with the results and while coming down from the chair the camera accidentally snapped a partial picture of the kitchen chair seat.

And then it happened…an inspiring thought…an interesting background…and a good laugh!

Not to worry, I wiped the chair seat before and after the photo shoot!


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