Whole Wheat Orange Cranberry Muffins

Healthy, soft, and moist whole wheat orange cranberry muffins that’s perfect for breakfast!

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Things I’ve learned during my UK trip so far:

  1. Nobody says “jay-walking,” so don’t use it when playing Balderdash. Everyone will know that an American came up with that answer. And if you’ve never played Balderdash before, do it.
  2. While we’re on the topic of Balderdash, remember not to read any part of the answer when repeating the question. Just don’t.
  3. Scattegories is still one of my favorite games to play with big groups.
  4. There’s sheep EVERYWHERE, and I’m obsessed with them. I may have scared everyone in the car when I suddenly shouted “SHEEP!!!” upon spotting a grazing flock.
  5. Yes, you can find persimmons and fresh lychees here! That one was a personal victory.
  6. Fan-assisted ovens: I’m still tackling those.
  7. Clotted cream? I’m lost on that one.

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I’m about to tackle an orange cranberry pull-apart bread for dinner tonight, which reminded me of these fluffy mounds of beauty I made right before leaving for the UK. Orange and cranberry screams the flavors of winter, so I can only do it justice by making into little cakes.

Whole Wheat Orange Cranberry Muffins | healthynibblesandbits.com

I made these muffins with fresh cranberries, but they can be easily replaced with dried ones. These cuties are soft and MOIST and go down so well with a cup of tea (or coffee, if java is your calling).


Whole Wheat Orange Cranberry Muffins

Whole Wheat Orange Cranberry Muffins | healthynibblesandbits.com
  • Author: Lisa Lin
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: breakfast, snack


  • 1 and 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk (I used 2% milk)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  • 3 TBS orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • zest from one orange
  • 1 tsp dried orange peel (optional)
  • 1 and 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • turbinado sugar for topping
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, applesauce, oil, milk, yogurt, orange juice, and egg together until well combined. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. I like to mix it in 3 batches.
  4. Fold in the orange zest, orange peel, cranberries, and chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the batter into the greased muffin pan. Sprinkle some turbinado sugar on top of each muffin if you like.
  6. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of a muffin cleanly. It is okay if there are a few crumbs.
  7. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in room temperature for a few days. You can also store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.


1. Loosely adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.[br][br]2. If you don’t have any fresh cranberries, substitute them with 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup dried cranberries.[br][br]3. Feel free to substitute the coconut sugar with any other sugar.

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15 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Orange Cranberry Muffins

  1. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    Balderdash! I have not played that or heard anyone talk about it since I was a kid! Love that game. These muffins look so fluffy and moist. Cranberry and orange is one of my favorite flavor combos but the fact that you threw in white chocolate chips sends these over the top!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, Christina! It was the first time I played Balderdash, and apparently I can come up with some good fake answers!

  2. Julia

    I’ve been wanting to go to the UK for ages and recently found out my local airport now has a direct flight to London – party emojiiiiis! Enjoy the rest of your trip and have safe travels, dear! These muffs look like the perfect travel (or all around) snack. Happy New Year!

    1. Lisa Post author

      YES! So many party emojis!! You need to do a UK trip, though the summer may be the best time. I only have a few days left in England, and I don’t want to go home!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, Alessandra! I probably won’t make it to Scotland this trip but I definitely want to visit soon!! Happy new year to you!

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