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Orange Muffin Recipe

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This week I decided to whip up some Orange Muffins. This orange muffin recipe is particularly fun to make because you can prep ahead and make them in minutes the next morning. Such a bright and sunny muffin for breakfast! 

These fruit muffins are a nice treat for breakfast or brunch or as a lunch box treat! I recently updated this post and the recipe from my original from six years ago. 

Orange Muffins

was making some muffins because my son is home from college and I wanted to leave some breakfast options for him before I went to work. So I mixed the dry ingredients the night before and just add the orange juice and eggs in the morning.

This allowed me more time to chat with him by making most of the batter prep the evening before.

These muffins are light and have a mild citrus flavor. They are especially good with tea. There is just something about pairing a nice tea with citrus muffins that make a morning better!

Especially when it is one of “those” mornings. I had one of those this week when things were just not flowing the way they should.

Buttermilk orange muffins


This recipe also gives me a chance to use my Microplane zester. Seriously, these are so great for recipes. The citrus really opens up other flavors in recipes. A zester is also great for grating cheeses, chocolate and ginger in just a few minutes.

I love the way it is easily held in your hand too.

Using A Microplane Zester



I love making these in the morning for a surprise breakfast treat. It is a great recipe to use fresh oranges and orange juice, so I like to think that it makes these muffins a bit healthy!


Fruit muffins

Just serve with a tiny bit of butter or margarine and enjoy!

More Fruit Muffin Recipes

If you love fruit muffins, be sure to check out these too:

Strawberry Muffins – Delicious muffins made with fresh strawberries!

Mixed Berry Muffins – Red, white and blue muffins – great for a holiday!

Easy Pineapple Muffins – These beautiful sunny citrus muffins are a perfect way to start the day.

Sweet Banana Muffins– Perfect banana muffins with a light cinnamon crunch topping.

Blueberry Muffins – One of our favorites made with fresh blueberries!

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Fruit muffins - orange muffins


These are just so good!

Orange Muffin Recipe 

Fruit muffins with orange
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Orange Muffin Recipe

A light buttermilk orange breakfast muffin, perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°,
  • 2. Mix together butter, sugar and eggs in a bowl and blend well.
  • 3. Add dry ingredients, orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Mix well.
  • 4. .  Prepare the muffin tin with butter or line with baking cups.
  • 5/. Bake for 22-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
These make great breakfast and brunch sides. Add a little butter for a nice treat.

Fruit muffins with orange

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Orange muffins recipe

What is your favorite fruit muffin?



Easy orange muffins

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Tuesday 26th of May 2020

We definitely have "those mornings" here too. Like today! The new zester looks fun. And we totally have all these ingredients!


Wednesday 27th of May 2020

They are a fun way to start a morning!


Tuesday 1st of April 2014

Orange muffins sound so good right now :)


Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

Thanks CJ!

Gloria // Simply Gloria

Sunday 30th of March 2014

Every time my grown son comes home, I love to make things to send home with him... and my son would really love these, too! Thank you for sharing these at the Show Stopper link party!


Sunday 30th of March 2014

Me too Gloria, although I did not send anything this I feel guilty LOL! Thanks for your comment!

Stephanie @ Six Figures Under

Saturday 29th of March 2014

I've been in a muffin mood lately too. They are great for breakfast or to stick in the kids' lunches. I'll have to try orange muffins now! Pinning this for later!


Sunday 30th of March 2014

Yes, they are great for kids' lunches! Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy Eikenberg

Saturday 29th of March 2014

Hi Raquel! I love this orange muffin recipe for a bright and sunny breakfast! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinning to our board. Enjoy a wonderful weekend!