Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins

Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins are loaded with healthy ingredients – wheat germ, whole wheat flour, orange juice, nuts and golden raisins. What a way to start the day! Homemade muffins elevate breakfast, brunch or snack time to a higher level of enjoyment! A muffin fresh out of the oven with a pat of butter is definitely “comfort” food in my opinion.


Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins are prepared the usual muffin way – mixing wet ingredients and dry ingredients. The wet ingredients – milk, orange juice and honey are first heated over low heat until the honey melts. Butter is then added to the wet ingredients and allow to melt. The warm liquid is removed from the heat. (Let it cool while you measure the dry ingredients.) After the liquid has cooled, a beaten egg and orange zest are added.

The wet ingredients and the dry ingredients are combined. Chopped nuts and golden raisins are added to the batter for the Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins. Avoid overmixing muffin batter – bubbles are formed which may cause tunnels or holes in the baked muffin. A good muffin should be rounded on top with the grain uniform and the crumb moist.

The Recipe for Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins

 

Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins
Yields 12
A delicious muffin filled with healthy ingredients - whole wheat flour, wheat germ, orange juice, nuts and golden raisins!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup milk
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice
  3. 1/3 cup honey
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. 1 egg, beaten
  6. Zest from one orange
  7. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  8. 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  9. 1 tablespoons wheat germ
  10. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. 3/4 cup nuts, coarsely chopped
  13. 3/4 cup golden raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a saucepan over low heat, mix milk, orange juice and honey.
  2. Heat until honey melts, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter until melted; remove from heat.
  3. Stir in beaten egg and orange zest.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, whole wheat flour and wheat germ.
  5. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just barely mixed. (Do Not Overmix!)
  6. Fold in chopped nuts and golden raisins.
  7. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full.
  8. Bake 15 minutes or until just beginning to brown around the edges.
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More About Muffins

Muffin pans should be greased with shortening, butter or non-stick spray or lined with paper cupcake liners. I always grease the top surface of the pan also, in case the muffins bake outside the tin, which sometimes happens when the muffin tins are filled up to the top! Usually muffin tins are filled to two-thirds full.

If you ever make muffins and don’t have enough batter to fill each tin, fill the empty muffin cups with a little water to protect the pan and keep the muffins moist. Batter for 12 standard muffins will make 24 – 32 miniature muffins but only 6-8 jumbo muffins. Unless specified otherwise in the recipe, muffins are baked at 400°F.  Standard-sized muffins bake in 20-25 minutes, jumbo muffins bake in 22-25 minutes and miniature muffins bake in 10-12 minutes.

Allow baked muffins to sit in the tins for a few minutes after taking them out of the oven and they will be easier to remove from the tins.

After they have cooled completely, muffins can be frozen in a freezer zip-lock bag and reheated as needed. A quick way to reheat them is to microwave them for one minute, while still frozen. Check after one minute to see if additional time is needed. To reheat in a conventional oven or toaster oven, heat at 350°F. for 5-10 minutes, until hot.  Don’t forget to label the freezer bag so you don’t have to guess what kind of muffins are in your freezer!

If you have muffins in your freezer you’re only a minute or two away from having something for breakfast, especially useful when you’re in a hurry!

Bake some healthy Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins soon!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Comments

Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins — 34 Comments

  1. We love muffins! My kiddos eat breakfast muffins, I pack them in lunches, we have them for snack… even savory ones at dinner! These orange nut muffins look delicious and will have to be added to our rotation ?

  2. Hi Kathryn, I love muffins, too, so be sure to check out my other muffin recipes! I hope you enjoy the WW Orange Nut muffins! Thanks for your kind comments and your visit! Blessings, Janet

  3. Muffins are great to have on hand for breakfast! We are so busy in the mornings it’s nice to have something to grab and go. Thanks for sharing with us at the Family Joy link party!

  4. Hi Samantha, I agree & I keep muffins in the freezer for just this purpose! Hope you enjoy the muffins! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  5. These muffins look great. I love the combination of flavors. Pinned. I’d like to invite you to share at our Snickerdoodle Sunday Link Party. It opens on Saturdays and runs through Tuesday.

  6. Hi Beverly, Thanks for your kind comments and for pinning this recipe! I’d be happy to participate in the Snickerdoodle Sunday Link Party – thanks for telling me about it! Blessings, Janet

  7. This is just the healthy muffin recipe I need to add more fiber to my husband’s morning muffin and tea ritual. I just hopped by from Meet Up Monday. All the best, Deborah

  8. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  9. This looks really good. I love all the muffins “tips”. I am pinning this for later. Thank you!

  10. I love all kids of muffins and these look delicious! Plus, with the whole wheat, they’re some what healthy, right?? ? Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

  11. Hi RaShell, Thanks for your kind comments and I’m so glad you liked the tips on muffins! Thanks also for pinning this recipe! Blessings, Janet

  12. Hi Danita, Don’t forget the orange juice, too!:-) Thanks for your kind comments, your visit and for hosting #SmallVictories! Blessings, Janet

  13. Hi Deborah, I hope you and your husband will enjoy the Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins! Thanks for your kind comments and your visit! Blessings, Janet

  14. These sound soooo yummy!! Just perfect for breakfast or dessert ? Thanks for sharing!

  15. Another yummy recipe. Muffins, we eat many of them and the healthier versions don’t make us feel so guilty. Thanks for bringing to my party this week.

  16. Love the flavors going on in these muffins, so healthy and hearty especially for breakfast. Thanks for bringing this to the Fiesta, enjoy your weekend ?

  17. Hi Michelle, Thanks for your kind comments – I hope you enjoy the WW Orange Nut Muffins! Thanks for hosting Party at My Place! Blessings, Janet

  18. Hi Loretta, I hope you enjoy these muffins! I’m delighted to share on Fiesta Friday! Hope you have a great week-end, too! Blessings, Janet

  19. Yum! These sound both healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday, Janet! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  20. Yummy and good for you! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  21. Hi Kelly, Yes, they are! (I love muffins!) Thanks for hosting #SocialButterflySunday and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  22. These would be great for breakfast and this last few weeks of school for lunchboxes! Thanks so much for linking up with us at You Link It We Make It!

  23. Love this recipe doesn’t involve any refined sugar, I think I will give it a try!!

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Sweet Inspiration party!! Enjoy the rest of the week!

  24. Hi Pili, Hope you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for your comments and your visit and also for hosting the Sweet Inspiration Party! See you Friday! Blessings, Janet

  25. Hi Kim, I agree and muffins are just great anytime! Thanks for your visit and your comments! Blessings,Janet

  26. I’m writing to let you know that you’re recipe will be featured at Funtastic Friday #77. The party opens tomorrow night at 9 pm EST.

  27. Hi Sherry, Thanks for the great news that my Whole Wheat Orange Nut Muffins will be featured on Funtastic Friday! Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

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