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Double Chocolate Orange Muffins (vaguely healthy!)

Chocolate orange muffins

I was at home with a chickenpoxy Ellis last week and one of the distraction activities I came up with was making these muffins. They’re from Anna Jones’ a Modern way to Cook, adapted to fit what I had at home or could get from the corner shop.

The flour in the book recipe is spelt and rye, and it says you can sub for any gluten free flour. Not sure what the significance of the gluten freeness is, whether it would make them have a different consistency, but we’ll never know as I subbed for plain white flour and strong white bread flour, as that’s all I had. It certianly doesn’t have done any harm! I also had to top up my coconut oil with sunflower and my maple syrup with honey, and I put more stuff in the muffins, and less on top.

These are dairy and refined sugar free, the book version says they are suitable as breakfast muffins, but in my opinion they taste more like a proper cake.

Here’s the recipe (adapted version), this made 16 cupcake sized things, even with Ellis eating spoonfuls of the batter


  • 150ml coconut oil
  • 250ml almond milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 150ml maple syrup
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 50g strong white bread flour
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used extra dark)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large oranges
  • 100g dark (70%) chocolate


  1. preheat oven at 220 degrees/200 fan/gas 7
  2. Whisk oil, milk, eggs and maple syrup in a bowl. Grate in the zest of 1 orange
  3. Sift flour, cocoa and baking power in a separate bowl
  4. Mix dry and wet ingredients with a spatula or wooden spoon
  5. Chop up chocolate into pieces, and put about 80g into the batter. Set rest aside.
  6. Chop oranges into small pieces and put in the batter
  7. Spoon into muffin or cupcake cases
  8. Top with the rest of the chocolate
  9. Bake for 16-18 minutes

Chocolate orange muffins

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  • Señora Allnut 15 February 2018, 12:11 pm

    I baked them yesterday, and they have been almost devored! I was worried because of the liquid texture, but everything was ok. I had to adapt it a little bit to my own ‘style’, so I used olive oil (only 80ml) and 80ml of agave syrup, as we dislike too sweet choc.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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