Healthy Gluten Free Orange Cardamom Muffins Recipe (V, GF): an easy, 1-bowl recipe for soft, fluffy orange muffins with a hint of delicious cardamom flavor. Made with healthy, whole ingredients. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Healthy.
- 2 ¼ cups gluten free oat flour, if using homemade, make sure it’s very finely ground, not coarse
- ½ cup finely ground, blanched almond flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 3 tablespoons orange zest (about 1 large orange)
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons organic, unrefined confectioners’ sugar* (sugar-free substitute in notes)
- 1 teaspoon orange juice (start with less, make sure it’s white and thick, not too translucent)
- Orange zest
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients: oat flour, almond flour, cardamom, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Add water and milk to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 10-second increments until just warm. This will prevent the melted coconut oil from solidifying once mixed with these liquids.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients: water, milk, orange juice, orange zest, oil, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Whisk until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain.
- Pour batter evenly into prepared muffin pan—filling each cup all the way to the top for fewer muffins with high, domed-tops, and ¾ of the way for more muffins that are smaller. Bake for 22-26 minutes. Mine took 24 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check for doneness—once it comes out clean with just a few moist bits, it’s done. Another way to tell: gently and carefully press your finger into the top of one muffin, if it springs back, it’s done.
- Place the muffin pan on a cooling rack to cool for 20 minutes. Remove muffins from the pan and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely, about 1-3 hours. Optionally, in a small bowl, whisk together Glaze ingredients until thickened: confectioners’ sugar and orange juice. Drizzle muffins. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.
Adapted from my Easy Orange Muffins Recipe.
– Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, or in a cool, dark environment. Glaze when ready to eat, or day of.
– To Freeze: store in an airtight container or bag, unglazed, in the freezer for up to 1-2 months. Allow to thaw for about 30 minutes at room temperature before enjoying. Or, heat in the microwave in 15 second increments until just warm.
– *Powdered sugar substitutes: Swerve powdered sugar is a good sugar-free, low carb substitute. You can also grind the sweetener of your choice, such as Xylitol, in a coffee grinder or small blender until you get a powder. Since Swerve is a bit drier, use about 2 ½ teaspoons orange juice to make the glaze.
– *You can also add more powdered sugar if you’d like a thicker glaze.
- Category: Muffins, Breakfast, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Healthy