Almond Orange Muffins

It is a lazy Saturday morning and I am raking my brain for breakfast ideas. I see this lonely orange lying on the breakfast table waiting for someone to pick it and I am thinking French toast or muffins. But, since you cannot make French toast without bread, muffin was the way to go. I wanted to prepare something simple and light with the ingredients I had in my pantry. I thought almonds pair well with oranges and did some lookup online. I came across this recipe here and instantly liked it and prepared it with minimal effort and they turned out delicious. I tweaked the quantities to get the right balance between the orange and almond flavors since both these are pretty strong and distinct flavors, and I was extremely satisfied with the outcome!

Orange Almond Muffins

Ingredients

Almond flour – 1 cup
All purpose flour – 1 cup
Baking powder – 3/4 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Zest of one orange
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Eggs – 3
Freshly squeezed orange juice – 1/4 cup
Olive oil, light – 1/4 cup
Yogurt – 4 tbsp
Almond essence – 1/2 tsp
Almond slivers – 3 tbsp

Yield: 10 muffins

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • In a bowl, mix both flours, baking powder and salt. A sieve works well for this purpose
  • In another bowl, mix together the orange juice, yogurt, olive oil and almond essence
  • In a large bowl, mix the sugar and orange zest
  • Add the eggs to the sugar and using a hand mixer, beat them until pale and fluffy
  • Add the wet ingredients to the sugar-egg mixture and mix well
  • Fold in the dry ingredients using a spatula
  • Line a muffin tin with baking cups/liners
  • Pour the batter into each cup till they are 3/4th full
  • Top each muffin with the slivered almonds
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the top is light golden brown in color and a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean

Tip: I ground 1/2 cup of almonds to make 1 cup of almond flour but you can use store bought almond flour as well. I have used the almond essence that you typically find in the Indian stores. If you are using almond extract, increase the quantity to 3/4 tsp as in the original recipe. 

2 thoughts on “Almond Orange Muffins

  1. Azu

    I’m glad you like them! They look delicious!!!

    • Garlic Goddesses

      Thanks! I am glad I came across your recipe!

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