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(A ridiculously good) orange and chia seed muffin recipe.

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I mean it when I say I think these are the BEST muffins I have ever tasted, which is of no suprise to me given my favourite cake is orange and almond meal. These are a slightly lighter version of that cake. It is also my very first successful coconut flour experience, I had given up on this flour until my dear friend Amie from The Art of Paleo very kindly shared her recipe with me (and now all of us). All you need is a blender to blend the whole orange.

I made and photographed these muffins whilst on holiday and didn’t have large muffin tins. Consequently, we have here 24 mini muffins. It should make 8 large muffins.

Orange and Chia Seed Muffins
Please note that if you choose not to use coconut flour and do not adjust the liquid accordingly, your mixture will be very wet and you may have a #muffinfail. Coconut flour is very dry. This recipe has been created using exact measurements to assure success – vary ingredients at own risk! 😉

1 whole navel orange (including peel) plus the juice of a second navel orange
1/2 cup of coconut oil slightly softened
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1.5 heaped teaspoon of baking powder
3 heaped tablespoon of chia seeds, soaked in hot water
1/2 cup of coconut flour
3 x 70g eggs

Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Prepare/Grease your muffin tray.
Purée one navel orange in a food processor and set aside. Juice the other orange and add this to the orange mixture. Set aside.
In a bowl place 1/2 cup of coconut oil and coconut sugar. Beat thoroughly. Add one egg at a time and beat thoroughly after each addition. The mixture should be a creamy consistency. Add the orange mixture and the chia seeds and stir through.
Add the coconut flour and the baking powder and fold through. If the mixture is a little dry add more orange juice as you want the mixture to be wet consistency
Spoon the mixture into the muffin tray and bake in the oven for 25-30 mins or until cooked.
Once cooked, allow to cool before serving (if you’re that patient).

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47 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yum! I will be MAKING these tasty morsels this week!

    August 19, 2013
  2. I was honestly just looking at the oranges in my fridge thinking…hmm, I wonder if I could make some muffins…and this popped up! Delighted!

    August 19, 2013
  3. These look delicious & easy to make! Can’t wait to try 🙂

    August 19, 2013
  4. Buffy Gill #

    Fav cake is also orange and almond! Like minds (or tums)… X Buffy

    August 19, 2013
    • You will LOVE these muffins then, they are the business lady! x

      August 19, 2013
  5. Debra Schroeder #

    Thanks for the recipe. Where do I get coconut flour from. Never seen it before!

    Debra

    August 19, 2013
    • Debra you should be able to find it at any health food store or functional food store. It is now widely available. Good luck!

      August 19, 2013
  6. Do you think this would work with spelt flour rather than coconut?

    August 19, 2013
    • Hi Kelly, please know I am no expert baker so I’m not entirely sure! I would think so – there’s only one way to find out 😉 It’ll still taste good I am sure!

      August 19, 2013
    • Coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid, so you’d probably have to adjust the other quantities with spelt flour to make it drier…

      August 19, 2013
  7. Can I just ask…is the whole orange blended including the peel, or should I remove the skin? (I have a lot of recipes that keep the skin on so not as strange as it sounds…)

    August 19, 2013
    • It’s the whole orange, I will go back and bold that part of the recipe!

      August 19, 2013
  8. Yum! I was planning a baking day today, these will be first in the list.

    August 19, 2013
    • Made these and put in baking soda but I think it was supposed to be baking powder! Not a good result, will have to try again with baking powder.

      August 20, 2013
      • No! Really? Oh dear. I’ve only had good feedback so far from others, so that’s interesting, maybe they used powder! Have contacted Amie from The Art of Paleo to get confirmation. The original recipe made mention of both but only one in the ingredients list itself. Will let you know!

        August 20, 2013
      • Ok, have just confirmed and it’s powder. I am so sorry they did not work out. Have updated the recipe. I hope you are happy to give them another go! (read: if I was a true baker I would have known the difference, alas I am not!).

        August 20, 2013
      • No problem Amy, if I had really thought about it I could have figured it out! Now to convince the husband (garbage bin) to eat this batch!

        August 20, 2013
      • It’s so funny, when I contacted Amie about the ingredients she said “people will know not to put soda in anyway…” Not the non baker!! What is the difference anyway?! I hope your hubby enjoys them, I bet they still taste ok.

        August 21, 2013
  9. yummy

    August 19, 2013
  10. Made and cooking. I was also wondering what to do with my blood oranges. Although I peeled th orange, will see how they turn out. thx.

    August 19, 2013
    • Oh you left the peel out? That may alter the consistency and flavour quite a bit. I am sure they will still be tasty but do try with the peel on some time, it is such a great flavour.

      August 19, 2013
  11. Hi Amy – definitely going to give this a go – it looks delish! Just a question – I’ve not used chia seeds in baking before so when you say “chia seeds, soaked in water” – how much water?

    August 19, 2013
    • I actually forgot to soak mine! But if I had soaked them I would have just covered them, so a few tablespoons. Good luck!

      August 19, 2013
      • Suse #

        Great – thanks 🙂 Sorry – for some reason I thought my post hadn’t worked so did it again! Feel free to delete 🙂

        August 19, 2013
  12. yum yum yum, i’m going to try these on the weekend (with flax eggs instead), beautiful, simple and clean- thank you xx

    August 19, 2013
  13. aleayah #

    can I replace coconut sugar with xylitol?

    August 20, 2013
    • I’m sure you can. I don’t use Xylitol so couldn’t give you quantities but go for your life!

      August 20, 2013
  14. Made them and while they’re delicious (!!) the mix was very runny and they didn’t rise… Did I do something wrong? (Happily still eating them 🙂 )

    August 23, 2013
    • Oh that’s strange! Did you use the whole orange, peel included? Mine where definitely not runny. And they were quite light. I’m sorry, I don’t know why that would have happened. I am not a serious baker either so can’t even give you feedback re my experience. Oh I hope they are ok?!

      August 23, 2013
      • My Life Is A Smorgasbord #

        Hmmm maybe my oranges were super juicy. I just checked the recipe and noticed the baking powder amendment – I used bicarb soda oops- that accounts for the non-rising im guessing. They still taste great but have become slightly more pudding like (not that there’s anything wrong with that at all!! :-))

        August 23, 2013
      • I a so sorry, there was an error in the original recipe and I amended it incorrectly! Please do give them another go, they are just so yum!

        August 24, 2013
      • My Life Is A Smorgasbord #

        Oh! Just found the reason… Read back thru the comments and noticed someone used spelt (as I did) and recommended the liquid be adjusted which I didn’t! I know for next time 🙂

        August 23, 2013
  15. Melissa #

    Hi Amy just tried what looks like an amazing recipe but it didnt seem to work ;(. Not sure where I went wrong but the inside just didnt cook even after about 70mins. My oil and coconut sugar wasn’t creamy and after adding the wggs very very runny. perhaps that’s where I went wrong. I would love any suggestions. They just look really delicious. Thanks Mel

    August 24, 2013
    • Did you use coconut flour? If you didn’t it will be very runny, as per other comments in this feed! If you followed the recipe to a T I am not sure why this would have happened. Coconut flour absorbs a LOT of liquid so you need to have used it.

      August 25, 2013
      • Melissa Ambrose #

        Hi Amy

        Thank you so much for your reply. Can I double check it is .5cup of coconut flour? I have made them again and they taste delicious just a little pudding like in the centre after 45 mins in the oven. Thanks again for your help.

        I love your posts along with your beautiful book. The recipes are all taste amazing.

        Thanks again.

        Cheers Melissa

        Sent from my iPhone

        August 26, 2013
      • Hi there, sorry you are having trouble! In order to cream the oil and the sugar the oil needs to be only slightly softened (not runny) and when adding the eggs add one at a time and beat thoroughly. If your mixture is extremely runny add another tablespoon of coconut flour or don’t add as much orange juice. Oven temperatures vary, possibly yours isn’t hot enough? I hope that helps.
        Amy

        August 26, 2013
      • Melissa Ambrose #

        Hi Amy

        Thanks for helping me out. Ill give them another go. I have followed the instructions exactly so think it could be my oven. Even not completely cooked they taste amazing 😉

        Have a great evening.

        Cheers Melissa

        Sent from my iPhone

        August 26, 2013
  16. Lisa #

    sorry, followed recipe but they went straight in the bin 😦

    August 29, 2013
    • Really? Gosh, mine were amazing, what a shame! Did you use coconut flour? See my comments above, some tips. Coconut flour can be tricky. Sorry to hear yours weren’t successful.

      August 29, 2013
  17. Mrs Mudcake #

    can’t wait to give these a try Amy, I have 2 oranges staring at me right now! unfortunately no maple syrup… so will have to wait till Thursday! -xox-

    September 17, 2013
    • Love to know what you think. Mine where amazing! Make sure you follow the recipe to a T tho, there seems to be a few people having issues but I think mainly b/c they are not using coconut flour. Why do you need maple syrup? Do you mean coconut sugar? x

      September 17, 2013
  18. Judy #

    Amy wonderful muffins they are so yummy- I didn’t have coconut flour so sustituted with almond meal and 2 tablespoons of pure corn flour to make up 1/2 cup, also no coconut sugar so used 100% natural stevia they turned out wonderful – only compliant is they are just moorish!

    September 18, 2013
    • Oh Judy I am so sorry about their moorishness! 😉 Thrilled they worked out for you irrespective of the changes. Great to hear. Yum.

      September 18, 2013
  19. Sarah #

    These muffins are the Bomb! I made them for the first time for breakfast and my husband ate 5 of them before I could even tell him what they were. They are so delicious! Thank you for a great recipe.

    October 13, 2013

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