Cranberry Walnut Muffin

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Recipe Author: Inspired by Ocean Spray with my own twist
 
 
Cranberry plants are only harvested in the fall which is why you only see the fresh cranberries in the stores around the holidays.  
 
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You can stock up when they are in season.  Just toss the bags into the freezer and use throughout the year.  
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Well this past Sunday morning was the day. I grabbed the bag from the frig and noticed the recipe on the back of the bag for Cranberry Nut Bread. I was thinking muffins mainly because they do not take as long to bake and I was already anticipating a warm muffin with my morning coffee.

Looking over the recipe on the back of the bag I noticed that it called for orange juice, which I normally do not have on hand but just happened to have. Last weekend I had made a fruit salad for company that called for orange juice mixed in the sour cream (and it was like a dreamsicle – so yummy). The remainder was just sitting in the pitcher just waiting to be used.

The bag also called for chopped nuts. I used walnuts, but you could use your favorite or if you are not into nuts, then just leave them out. Walnuts are one of those super foods that are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, minerals, and iron. Did you ever notice that the shell of a cracked walnut looks like a brain? No wonder they are so good for you, right?

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Well here is my version of this wonderful recipe. The combined flavors of cranberry, walnuts and oranges is a melt your mouth fall flavor. Delish I will also mention that after I rinsed and drained the cranberries, I simply put them in my blender and pulsed them a few times to get the desired chopped consistency.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 T grated orange peel (I just used dried, but fresh would be wonderful as well if you have on hand)
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 ½ cup Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (I used ½ bag of Ocean Spray brand, but any will do)
  • ½ cup chopped nuts

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, oil, orange peel and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Divide in to 12 lined muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the trusty toothpick inserted in the center muffin comes out clean.

Cool on rack 15 minutes.

Then pour yourself a fresh cup of java and enjoy!

One thought on “Cranberry Walnut Muffin

  1. Irena

    August 13, 2014 at 5:11pm

    I love making muffins!! But I usually make chocolate ones….I gotta try something new, so thanks for the recipe 😉

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  2. Risa

    August 13, 2014 at 7:09pm

    Those look so yummy! I like cranberries.

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  3. Paula Parker

    August 13, 2014 at 9:21pm

    Wow, an easy, delicious recipe. You are right, it would be perfect with my morning coffee!

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  4. Melissa Smith

    August 14, 2014 at 2:00am

    Oh I’ll have to try this recipe! I’ll have to try freezing the bags too, I had no idea you could do that.

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      Kathy

      August 14, 2014 at 1:30pm

      I am new to the concept also. So easy, just throw the bag in the freezer.

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  5. Franc Ramon

    August 14, 2014 at 3:25am

    Cranberry is a great anti-oxidant. The cranberry walnut muffin looks really tasty and could be good for our health because of the cranberry.

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  6. lauriel

    August 14, 2014 at 5:07am

    Yum!!! I love cranberries, and this recipe is great to have as we’re heading into fall… 🙂 Nice addition of the orange zest. I also like to add a few drops of orange oil to pump up the zesty, floral presence of orange. :9

    ~ lauriel

    EyeForElegance.com

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  7. R U S S

    August 14, 2014 at 9:33am

    I <3 muffins! I like to pair 'em with milk. I wish though that we had cranberries here in PH.

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  8. Rena McDaniel

    August 14, 2014 at 4:23pm

    I have always wanted to visit a cranberry bog I bet they are amazing to see. These muffins looks so good, why do I always come across these right before lunch!

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  9. Sharon

    August 14, 2014 at 6:28pm

    Oh how I luv walnut muffins! Never tried cranberries with them before

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  10. Chrissy Mazzocchi

    August 14, 2014 at 7:54pm

    I love cranberries! They taste so good an dare healthy for you too!

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  11. Ann Bacciaglia

    August 14, 2014 at 8:43pm

    This looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it. I love cranberries and they are so good for you. It’s a good way to get the kids to eat them also.

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  12. Rebecca Swenor

    August 14, 2014 at 9:00pm

    These look and sound delicious. I will have to use this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Rochelle

    August 14, 2014 at 10:34pm

    Oh man, I love cranberries. This would be so yummy for breakfast. I don’t know if I’d share them 🙂

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  14. Leira Pagaspas

    August 15, 2014 at 3:04am

    I love Cranberries!! Here in Manila its soooo expensive so its a rare treat for me.

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  15. Paula - Buenos Aires

    August 15, 2014 at 4:09pm

    As I´m from South America I always get them in the “wrong” season. 😉 I didn´t know they could be frozen. Thanks for the tip.

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  16. Christie

    August 15, 2014 at 7:30pm

    WOw, those are packed with cranberries! Good for your health too!

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  17. Patricia

    August 15, 2014 at 9:21pm

    I love cranberries and love cranberry muffins and bread more! Thanks for the recipe now I want to make it!

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  18. Kira T

    August 15, 2014 at 10:24pm

    I love all things cranberry. Especially if the weather is chilly.

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  19. Patranila

    August 16, 2014 at 4:07am

    I had no idea cranberries were only harvested in the fall. Makes sense though! Thanks.

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