Chocolate orange muffins

Chocolate orange muffins

Rich chocolate & citrus-flavoured muffins

Chocolate orange muffins are rich and zesty sweet treats. Dark chocolate and orange encased in a fluffy muffin. Eat one for afternoon tea or dessert.

Use a flavourless oil instead of butter to give these muffins a light and airy texture. Dark chocolate buttons melt into the cake mixture when you cook the muffins. Mixed with the flavour of the orange, the gooey chocolate tastes so good.

Use up sourdough starter discard

I use discarded sourdough starter in my recipe as it makes the muffins rise a little more and adds an extra depth of flavour. This is a great way to use up any sourdough starter discard that you may have in the fridge. The leftover starter reacts with the baking powder to help the muffins rise.

Close up chocolate orange muffins
Chocolate orange muffins – delicious for afternoon tea

A classic flavour combo

Chocolate and orange are such a fantastic flavour pairing. The richness of the dark chocolate goes so well with the sweet citrus taste of the orange.

Variations to this recipe that also work well are:

  • White chocolate and raspberries
  • Dark chocolate and blueberries
  • Milk chocolate and strawberries
  • Dark chocolate and mandarin

You should make chocolate orange muffins because they are:

  • Delicious for afternoon tea or to serve as an indulgent dessert.
  • Quick and easy to make and bake.
  • Pantry staples – made from mainly flour, sugar, oil and chocolate.
  • Freezer-friendly – cool and wrap the muffins before freezing them.
  • Budget-friendly – make this recipe with everyday, inexpensive ingredients like flour and sugar.

Chocolate orange muffins’ main ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Discarded sourdough starter
  • Oil
  • Chocolate
  • Orange
A tray of homemade chocolate orange muffins
Dark chocolate & orange in fluffy, homemade muffins

Tips for busy cooks

Discarded sourdough starter – this recipe is a great way to use up leftover sourdough starter. If you don’t have any you can use an extra tablespoon of milk instead.

Rice bran oil – you can use a different type of oil in this recipe if you like. Any oil that doesn’t have a strong flavour would work – for e.g. sunflower oil.

Dark chocolate buttons – I use the large chocolate buttons in these muffins as I like how gooey and chocolatey they go. Alternatively you can use chocolate chips or even chopped bits of chocolate.

Serving suggestions:

  1. Dessert – serve one slightly warm with some whipped cream.
  2. Afternoon tea – enjoy a muffin with a hot drink.

Mini cakes with lots of flavour

Chocolate orange muffins only take 30 minutes to make so they can be quickly made as a sweet treat.

Gooey chocolate and sweet orange taste divine in these soft muffins.

Did you use dark chocolate and orange in this recipe or did you use a different flavour pairing?

Let me know by leaving a comment and a recipe rating below – I’d love to hear from you.

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Chocolate orange muffins

Chocolate orange muffins are rich and zesty sweet treats. Dark chocolate and orange in a fluffy muffin. Great for dessert.

Meal Type Afternoon tea, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine Australian-Inspired
Keyword Chocolate orange muffins, Vegetarian
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 muffins
Author Veg Coast Cook

Ingredients

  • 250 g plain flour sifted
  • 125 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large free range egg lightly beaten
  • 100 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp discarded sourdough starter
  • 100 ml rice bran oil plus extra for greasing muffin tin
  • 100 g dark chocolate buttons or chips
  • 2 tsp orange zest finely grate (plus extra for garnish)
  • 3 tsp orange juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C Fan. Grease a 6 hole muffin tin with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder and make a well in the centre.
  3. In a large jug, mix together the egg, milk, sourdough starter discard and the oil.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix together.
  5. Add the chocolate buttons, orange zest and juice. Stir well.
  6. Spoon the batter into the muffin tray and bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a wire tray to cool. Garnish with orange zest.

Recipe Notes

Discarded sourdough starter – this recipe is a great way to use up leftover sourdough starter. If you don’t have any you can use an extra tablespoon of milk instead.

Rice bran oil – you can use a different type of oil in this recipe if you like. Any oil that doesn’t have a strong flavour would work – for e.g. sunflower oil.

Dark chocolate buttons – I use the large chocolate buttons in these muffins as I like how gooey and chocolatey they go. Alternatively you can use chocolate chips or even chopped bits of chocolate.

Have you made this recipe? Tag @vegcoastcook on Instagram or use the hashtag #vegcoastcook so that I can see!



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