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Chocolate Orange Muffins

Chocolate Orange Muffins. So quick and easy! A moist, delicious muffin with chocolate chips and orange zest baked inside.

Chocolate Orange Muffins featured image close up of one muffin baked in the muffin pan

Chocolate Orange Muffins

I was up early this morning in time to make these deadly chocolate orange muffins for breakfast. The wife and kids will follow their noses downstairs this morning for sure.

This basic muffin recipe is quite old and one I used for many years. The base recipe is a real, one bowl winder with very simple directions.

Chocolate Orange Muffins batter in muffin pan ready for teh oven

Chocolate Orange Muffins ready for the oven.

I’ve used it many times, since I was a kid. I’ve added almost every kind of berry to the basic recipe and they always turn out very well.

Experiment with it yourself and even add some spices to the batter if you like. Blueberry and cinnamon is an awesome flavour combination too.

Chocolate Orange Muffins featured image close up of one muffin on a marble pattern plate

Chocolate Orange Muffins

You’ll find this recipe so easy to make that you’ll be making it in minutes after just a few batches. Weekend brunch can now include muffins that are only minutes to make and get into the oven.

Chocolate Orange Muffins one muffin split open on a marble pattern plate

Chocolate Orange Muffins

What a nice way to wake up the family.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

Dark Chocolate Chips.

I like dark chocolate chips at 50% cocoa in this Chocolate Orange Muffins recipe but any kind you prefer can be used. Make these with any kind of oranges you like using what’s in season, like tangerines or clementines for a festive version.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Orange and chocolate are one of my favourite flavour combinations. Use seasonal citrus for a festive touch.

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Updated April 2019 to include a printable recipe card, nutritional information and new photographs. Originally published November of 2008.

Chocolate Orange Muffins featured image close up of one muffin baked in the muffin pan
Yield: 12 regular muffins (or 6 jumbo)

Chocolate Orange Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Chocolate Orange Muffins. So quick and easy! A moist, delicious muffin with chocolate chips and orange zest baked inside.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • Zest of one orange, finely grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Finely zest an orange and chop the zest even finer with a chef's knife. 

Add the orange zest to a large bowl along with the eggs milk, cooking oil and vanilla . Whisk all together

Fold in the dry ingredients, just until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the batter; do not over mix.

When the flour is almost incorporated, fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into 12 well greased muffin tins or 6 jumbo muffin tins.

I normally reserve a couple of tablespoons of chocolate chips to sprinkle on top. I also sprinkle on a little turbinado sugar to help get a crispy top.

Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Jumbo muffins normally take double the time, but your oven may vary. Use the toothpick test to ensure they are fully baked. 

Remove from pan after 5 minutes and cool on a wire rack until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1 regular size muffin

Amount Per Serving Calories 313Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 33mgSodium 285mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 2gSugar 19gProtein 5g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Sunny

Friday 4th of March 2022

Made this a few times - here’s a few tricks I found. Sifting or no silting - zero difference. I made jumbo ones - never made just 6 as it always came out as 8 or 10. I used dairy-free milk (Oat and Ripple) and loved the flavor. Skipped the eggs for 222 grams of applesauce and again had amazing taste. I want to do this with gluten-free flour next. Also, add your chocolate chips to flour mixture before adding wet ingredients. It will prevent them from sinking to the bottom and more evenly spread throughout the batter. Oh and don’t bother chopping up the orange zest. Also pointless because they have a better appearance when you eat them if the zest is bigger. Baking times didn’t differ for me when I did jumbo - 15 at 400 and the turned it down to 350 for 10 minutes. Going to try to take out some of the baking powder too - seems like an overkill at 4 tsp.

Hobby Baking 👨‍🍳

Thursday 4th of June 2020

I reviewed your recipe, and I Will Make Them! I am using orange 🍊 extract. Hobby Baking 👨‍🍳

Lauren

Friday 15th of May 2020

Taste and smell heavenly, might just be my oven but bake just less than the 15 minutes on 400° or bake on 375° for 18!

Kari

Saturday 16th of November 2019

These are the best muffins I have ever made! I try about 4-5 muffins every week and I always wondered why I couldn't get bakery style muffins, but this recipe is just that. I am excited to try some of your other recipes! Thanks!

judy

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

what do you call "cooking oil" ???

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

It looks like that was an autocorrect fail! Should have been canola oil, or any vegetable oil really.

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