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Healthy Chocolate Orange Muffins

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These healthy chocolate orange muffins are so moist and dense, everyone will adore them. Also, fresh orange scent complement well with rich dark chocolate flavour. Make them and amaze your loved ones!

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Healthy Chocolate Orange Muffins

We love these rich chocolate muffins with damp and sticky texture, the beautiful orange flavour and dark chocolate chunks. In this recipe we used the unique method: blitzing whole oranges, zest and all, combined with whole grain flours, eggs, sugar and buttermilk and coconut oil.

Who wouldn't like chocolatey muffins enriched with refreshing orange purée. Let's check what else we need for these muffins and how to make them.

Healthy Chocolate Orange Muffins

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what makes these Healthy chocolate orange muffins so special

These muffins are moist and bursting with orange flavour in a way that you can only achieve using whole oranges. You need to boil whole oranges and make a puree of them as the orange zest is from where true orange flavour comes from.

Thanks to the unsweetened cocoa powder and chunks of quality dark chocolate. Once you bite the muffin, you will find melting chocolate pockets inside which makes these muffins so tasty. Use chocolate with at least 60% cocoa and natural cocoa powder for this recipe.

how to make orange puree

The secret ingredient of this recipe is orange puree. For this recipe you will need only 1 medium orange (around 150g). You don't need to be exact here - it they weigh more, your muffins will be a little bit more moist. 

Place orange in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer until orange become soft (10 - 15 minutes). Drain orange, cool slightly until you can handle and cut into smaller pieces. Remove any seeds.

Using hand blender blend orange until you get a puree consistency with only a few visible bits of zest remaining. It does not to be completely smooth.

Orange puree

how to make Healthy chocolate orange muffins

The batter for these muffins is made as for other muffins. First combine all dry ingredients - flours, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and salt.

Wet ingredients consist of eggs, brown sugar, buttermilk, orange purée, orange juice and vanilla extract. Melt dark chocolate with coconut oil and pour into the other wet ingredients. Now combine flours with wet ingredients until you get a thick batter. Fill muffin cases 3/4 full and bake for about 10 - 12 minutes. 

For this recipe we recommend to use standard muffin cups for baking, to get 12 standard muffins. So, prepare the muffins tray by lining it with muffin cups. Double each cup to prevent them from become greasy once filled with batter. Divide evenly muffin batter between the cups filling all the way to the top.

Bake in the oven preheated to 180 C for about 13 - 15 minutes. The easiest way to test if the muffins are ready is to stick a skewer into the centre of muffin. In this case it should come out with a few crumbs stuck on it. Don't let the muffins sit in the hot tin for too long once they're done or they'll be over baked and dry out. Take them out and place on a wire cooling rack or a plate.

Healthy Chocolate Orange Muffins

storing and freezing healthy chocolate orange muffins

These muffins also freeze quite well, so you can also pop half the batch in the freezer if you want to save for another day. We always find muffins taste best on day one but these will stay fresh for up to 3 days if you store them in an airtight container.

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Healthy Chocolate Orange Muffins

MAKES: 12 standard muffins
COOKS IN: 1 hour
LEVEL: Moderate


  • 1 medium orange (for 100g orange purée)
  • 120g (1 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 120g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) whole grain spelt flour
  • 20g (1/4 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 65g (1/3 cup) demerara sugar
  • 60g (2 ounces) dark chocolate (60 - 70% cocoa)
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) coconut oil or mild olive oil
  • 210ml (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) buttermilk
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F). Line 12-hole muffin tray with standard paper cases.

  2. In a large bowl combine flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

  3. Place coconut oil and chocolate into a small saucepan and melt on a low heat.

  4. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, demerara sugar, buttermilk, orange juice, orange purée, orange zest and almond extract. Whisk until everything is combined. Pour melted chocolate into this and whisk again.

  5. Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients. Fold with silicon spatula just until combined. Don't overmix the batter as this could result in a muffins with a tough texture. Instead, just fold the batter together instead of mixing it, using the minimum amount of movement required until everything is combined.

  6. Divide the batter among prepared muffin cases until 3/4 full and bake for 10 - 12 minutes. Be careful and don't overbake the muffins. Test if the muffin is ready by sticking a toothpick into it - it should have some crumbs stuck on it. 

  7. Remove from the oven and allow muffins to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

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