Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Muffins

by livingfreelygf

If you are looking for gluten free orange muffins, or a gluten free cranberry muffin recipe then these gluten free orange cranberry muffins will be exactly what you are craving. These moist and flavorful muffins are perfect to share with friends and family and are very festive for the holidays. Make sure to save this gluten free dairy free orange muffins recipe!

These muffins are very easy to make and you can use dried or fresh cranberries depending on the flavor you prefer. I prefer the tart of fresh, but my husband and kids like the flavor of dried cranberries better. 

Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Muffins

gluten free orange cranberry muffins stacked on a plate with a bite missing

Orange and cranberry combined make the perfect holiday flavor. It is something I have always loved and enjoy very much.

Typically I only bake and cook with cranberries for the holidays and then orange is a flavor I enjoy in the winter months when it is in season.

My first orange and cranberry recipe was an Orange Cranberry Loaf drizzled in an orange icing. That had me hooked! 

Gluten Free Dairy Free Orange Cranberry Muffins

ingredients to make gluten free dairy free orange cranberry muffins on the counter

It doesn’t take much to throw these together. The most difficult part is zesting your orange, but don’t skip this step because the zest is what gives it the fabulous flavor. 

How to make gluten free orange muffins…

Start by gathering your ingredients. To make gluten free cranberry muffins you will need…

  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Yogurt, I use So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Yogurt
  • Sugar
  • Coconut Oil, melted
  • Orange Zest
  • Orange Juice
  • Orange Extract
  • Cranberries, you can use fresh or dried
  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, I used Better Batter Flour

Pro-tips:

Gluten Free Flour

If you choose to not use a pre-made gluten free all purpose flour like Better Batter and you make your own blend then make sure to add 3/4 tsp xanthan gum to the recipe.

Here is the link to my personal all purpose flour blend recipe HERE.

Not all gluten free flours are created equal and Better Batter Flour is the only pre-made flour blend I will use. I have used their tradition all purpose blend and their artisan blend in this recipe and they both work amazing. If you use the code: livingfreelygf you will get 30% off of your purchase at BetterBatter.org

When measuring your gluten free flour always spoon the flour into your cup and level off the top with a butter knife. Click HERE for a video on how to measure your flour. 

Coconut Oil

If you do not like coconut oil, or have a coconut allergy you can use vegetable oil in the place of the coconut oil. 

Cranberries

Fresh cranberries are tart and not everyone likes the burst of tartness that they provide. If you would prefer sweeter cranberries then you can use 1/2 cup dried cranberries instead of 1 cup of fresh cranberries. 

F.A.Q

Does this gluten free cranberry muffins recipe require xanthan gum?

Better Batter All Purpose Flour contains xanthan gum, even the artisanal blend that is gum free contains psyllium husk which is a binder. If you are using a pre-made all purpose flour blend then you do not need to add xanthan gum. If you are using a homemade flour blend that does not contain xanthan gum then add 3/4 tsp to this recipe. 

Can I freeze these gluten free dairy free orange muffins?

Yes, you can store these in the freezer for up to 3 months. I recommend wrapping them individually in plastic wrap or foil and then storing them in a freezer bag. Allow them to thaw on the countertop and serve warm by popping them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 or so minutes. 

Can these gluten free orange cranberry muffins be made vegan/without eggs?

I personally don’t bake without eggs that much, but I have a few readers who make all of my recipes with flax eggs instead and have a ton of success. Another option would be to use Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer. That is my go-to when baking without eggs. 

Where do I buy Orange Extract?

Orange extract hasn’t been as easy to find lately. I use Watkins and it is available on Amazon HERE. 

gluten free cranberry muffins on a cake plate on top of a christmas towel

Directions for gluten free dairy free cranberry orange muffins…

  • In a medium bowl whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside
  • In your stand mixer add the eggs, yogurt and vanilla. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute.
  • With the mixer on low add the melted coconut oil and mix for 1 minute. Add the orange zest, juice and extract. Blend for 1 minute. 
  • Turn the mixer off and pour in the dry ingredients. Blend on low for 30 seconds, increase the speed to medium low and then blend for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides halfway.
  • Fold in your cranberries and then pour the batter into your muffin tins. 
  • Bake the muffins for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center of the muffin clean. Enjoy!

Notes:

You don’t need muffin liners for this recipe, but you could use them if you would like. If you are not using muffin liner spray the muffin cavities with non-stick spray. 

Keep these on the countertop for up to 2 days. I would recommend refrigerating after that and only eating up to 3-4 days after making. 

You can freeze them for up to 3 months.

I recommend serving these warm. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Muffins

Simple and satisfying gluten free orange cranberry muffins that are the perfect winter breakfast and brunch treat.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free cranberry muffin, gluten free dairy free orange cranberry muffins, gluten free orange cranberry muffins, Gluten Free orange muffins
Servings 12
Calories 228 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour I use Better Batter
  • dash salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup dairy free vanilla yogurt I use So Delicious coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 3 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries or 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside
  2. In your stand mixer add the eggs, yogurt and vanilla. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute.
  3. With the mixer on low add the melted coconut oil and mix for 1 minute. Add the orange zest, juice and extract. Blend for 1 minute.
  4. Turn the mixer off and pour in the dry ingredients. Blend on low for 30 seconds, increase the speed to medium low and then blend for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides halfway.
  5. Fold in your cranberries and then pour the batter into your muffin tins.
  6. Bake the muffins for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center of the muffin clean. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You don't need muffin liners for this recipe, but you could use them if you would like. If you are not using muffin liner spray the muffin cavities with non-stick spray. 

Keep these on the countertop for up to 2 days. I would recommend refrigerating after that and only eating up to 3-4 days after making. 

You can freeze them for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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2 comments

Lori C. January 4, 2022 - 8:27 pm

Thank you for the recipes and gluten free flour mix. I’m new to your website. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2011 and have struggled with making home made baked goods from store bought GF flours. I’m looking forward to giving these a try!! I’ll let you know how they turn out!!

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livingfreelygf January 4, 2022 - 8:34 pm

Hi Lauren. I went gluten free in 2011 as well due to a wheat allergy. I can’t wait to see how the recipe turns out.

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