Orange Blueberry Muffins

Fresh blueberries and orange juice combine together to make a refreshing muffin to start the day with.  These Orange Blueberry Muffins are perfect for grabbing as an on the go breakfast.

Orange Blueberry Muffins - light delicate orange muffins filled with lots of fresh, juicy blueberry bites

Well, today my windows are wide open letting in the chilly, fresh air.

This wasn’t my first choice of things to do today.  But when your youngest decides to microwave taco shells to a crisp, it becomes a necessity to air out the burnt smell first thing.  Just imagine waking up to the smell of burnt food.  That was our morning today.   Turns out that just because your children are old enough to make their own breakfasts and lunches, that occasionally they still need some guidance.  

Orange Blueberry Muffins - light delicate orange muffins filled with lots of fresh, juicy blueberry bites

We have a few of those camping containers that our kids use for their lunches.  The camping ones work so much better than the cheap lunch ones by the way.

My kids love that their food is still hot at lunch time.  Well, my youngest decided that he wanted his taco shells to be hot when he opened his lunch today.  So into the microwave for 4 minutes they went.  Yes, 4 whole minutes.  And yes, they came out burnt and crispy.  The entire house reeked of it.  Let’s just say a lesson in microwaving was also first thing on the agenda this morning.

I’m just glad he decided to do this today instead of a month or two ago when it was freezing outside.  Chilly spring air is so much better than frigid winter air pouring into your house at 7 a.m.

Orange Blueberry Muffins - light delicate orange muffins filled with lots of fresh, juicy blueberry bites

Burnt food is exactly the reason I make muffins the day before.  I admit that I am not a morning person in the least bit.

I know that earlier this year I said I was going to work on being up earlier to make a fresh breakfast for my family.  Let’s be honest…that was a complete and total lie.  There is no way I have any intention now of getting out of my bed any earlier than I need to.  I know I said it and I did mean it then, but now I realize that was just silly.  If I did get up early, my eyes would still be closed even though I would be standing.  There would be egg shells in the food, and I’m sure I would fall asleep on the couch and not hear the timer going off.  And then I would be the one responsible for the burnt smell first thing in the morning.  After noons and evenings work much better for me for baking.

Orange juice and orange zest give these muffins a light, yet refreshing orange flavor.  It was a little mild, so I ramped up the orange flavor one more step by dipping the muffins in an orange glaze.  Three times the orange makes sure you know the orange is there.  And the fresh, juicy blueberries pair so well with the orange flavor.  You can use frozen blueberries too, just make sure you do not thaw them first.

Make sure you do not store the muffins in a tightly sealed container.  The moisture from the muffins inside a container will make the glaze get soft and sticky again.   I recommend dipping the tops of these in glaze about 30 minutes before serving.  Or keep in a container that has the lid slightly open.

Yesterday my oldest informed me these were the best muffins ever.  He loves being my official taste tester.  And believe me, he takes this job very seriously and is brutally honest on my recipes.  He ate 4 of these muffins in under 5 minutes, so you know these must be good.

Orange Blueberry Muffins - light delicate orange muffins filled with lots of fresh, juicy blueberry bites

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Orange Blueberry Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 15 muffins

Orange Blueberry Muffins

Orange juice and zest adds a nice refreshing flavor to these delicate blueberry muffins. Adding an orange glaze makes them taste even better.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup orange juice + 4 teaspoons, divided
1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries
1 Tablespoon orange zest
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat again.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add alternately with the milk and 3/4 cup orange juice until combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Stir in the blueberries and orange zest by hand. Spoon into 15 muffin liners. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  4. Whisk together the powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons orange juice. Dip the tops of the cooled muffins into the glaze. Let set. Store loosely covered in a container on the counter. Do not cover tightly as the glaze will soak into the muffins and make them sticky. Makes 15 muffins.

Notes

*Add the glaze the day of serving, so the muffins do not get too sticky.

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A few more orange recipes that we enjoy:

Blueberry Orange Cake

Blueberry Orange Cake

Orange Julius Donuts

Orange Julius Donuts

Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

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Comments

  1. says

    Just like the open windows were unexpected and pretty darn pleasant, this the unexpected addition of orange to a blueberry treat is super mega awesome! So often I see lemon and blueberries together in recipes; while those treats are good, I’m always thinking, “But what about orange?!” Thank you for hearing and answering my prayers :)
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  2. says

    These look so yummy! I love the idea of adding the thin orange glaze. I tend to eat my muffins just wit butter, or take a small as I run through the kitchen. I will definitely make these!.

  3. says

    These sound so yummy! Thanks!

    And just wondering……when I printed out the recipe, it skipped every 3 lines or so, leaving out ingredients and part of the instructions. Is it me?…..or the recipe software? Just wondering if you’ve had this problem before.
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    • says

      I hope you enjoy the muffins. The recipes print fine for me on a few different browsers. I had my tech lady look at it, and she updated something. Can you try again and let me know if it prints ok now?

  4. says

    Four muffins in five minutes? That’s the biggest compliment a baker could ever ask for! So happy for you! :) But that’s a bummer about the microwave and burning smell. Growing up, I had a microwave mishap too — although quite a bit worse than your youngest’s! I was making cupcakes and forgot to hit the “Timer” button on the microwave before punching in 20 minutes as a reminder to come back and check on them. Turns out that if you turn on the microwave to cook something for more about 6-8 minutes without actually putting something inside, the microwave door will start to melt shut to the microwave body. Oops!
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  5. says

    Oh I am glad I am not he only person super sensitive to food/burnt smells in the house! I freak out over the smallest smells…I blame my years in the culinary school and working in kitchens to the smell of food constantly around me. Oxymoron that I am food blogger and cook all the time? Ya I don’t understand it either!
    And I am such a morning person but that would be me saying that I am going to try to be a night owl and be productive after the sun goes down. It will never happen! But these muffins will taste good no matter what time we eat them :)
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  6. says

    You have to admire the metabolism of a teenage boy. Three muffins in 5 minutes without the slightest impact other than enjoyment! :) The fresh fruity flavors and moist texture would make anyone want to eat these muffins in multiples! I believe we are all born with a certain body clock. Its important to know one’s body in order to take advantage of “prime productivity” time. My daughter and I are morning people. My son and husband are night people. Makes for an interesting household! :)
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  7. says

    Yikes on the burnt food – my hubby has totally done something similar. These muffins look fantastic Jocelyn! I love the blueberry/orange combo! They must be good if your oldest finished 4 muffins in a row – pinning :)

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