Cranberry Orange Eggnog Muffins (Dairy Free)

Let’s talk holiday muffins! Fluffy, warm and packed with the most wonderful flavors of the season!

Well, some of the most wonderful flavors. I kinda sorta have a lot of favorites this time of the year.

Soft and fluffy cranberry orange eggnog muffins! With whole wheat flour and sweetened with honey and maple syrup! Perfect for the season!

But today, today we focus on these cranberry orange eggnog muffins. Filled with orange zest, fresh cranberries and eggnog (obviously), they are the perfect companion to a steaming mug of coffee. So soft, so fluffy. I could totally eat like four in one sitting.

Ahem, which may have happened last week. I had super minor surgery on one of my toes and later that day proceeded to plant myself on the couch with a few of these babies while watching four, count’ em four, Hallmark christmas movies. So cheesy and yet I couldn’t pull myself away.

On second thought, wait a minute, four muffins for four movies?? I think that is some pretty good math.

BUT. I’m getting sidetracked. Back to the actual recipe. These muffins are nice and simple to pull together. And I mean, you can’t help but feel festive when looking at them! They are filled with a combo of white whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour to keep them nice and light, and are naturally sweetened with some honey and maple syrup.

And when topped with an easy eggnog glaze? Totally takes them over the top.

Soft and fluffy cranberry orange eggnog muffins! With whole wheat flour and sweetened with honey and maple syrup! Perfect for the season!

So! Let’s move on to some tips & tricks for the muffins!

  1. I personally like to use Califia Farms dairy free Holiday Nog for these muffins (<— not sponsored! I just really like it!). But I would imagine that regular eggnog would also work just fine here (although I haven’t tested it myself).
  2. I mention this down in the recipe below, but be sure to let the eggnog come to room temp before using (if you don’t, the cold can harden up the coconut oil).
  3. The muffin base is freezer-friendly! They freeze beauuuutifully.
  4. With the glaze, I’d say these muffins fall more into the dessert category, so feel free to leave that off if you are looking to keep them a bit lighter and on the breakfast side of things! They are still completely delicious that way as well.
  5. I’d highly suggest popping the muffins into the microwave for a few seconds before enjoying – they are soooo good when warm!

Muffins + coffee + christmas movies = major ♡

Soft and fluffy cranberry orange eggnog muffins! With whole wheat flour and sweetened with honey and maple syrup! Perfect for the season!

Yield: about 12 muffins

Cranberry Orange Eggnog Muffins (Dairy Free)

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

Total Time:35 minutes

Soft and fluffy cranberry orange eggnog muffins! With whole wheat flour and sweetened with honey and maple syrup! Perfect for the season!

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

  • 1 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup dairy free eggnog, room temp
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries

For the glaze:

  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • about 1 ½ tablespoons dairy free eggnog
  • chopped pecans, for sprinkling

Directions:

For the muffins:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a muffin pan with liners and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the white whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggnog, honey, maple syrup, egg, vanilla extract and orange zest. Add to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the cranberries.
  3. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin tins, filling each about ¾ of the way full. Bake for about 14 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then remove the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the glaze:

  1. Once the muffins have cooled, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and eggnog in a small bowl until combined (feel free to adjust the eggnog or confectioners’ sugar to get the glaze to your desired consistency, if needed).
  2. Drizzle some of the glaze on the top of each muffin, then garnish with a sprinkle of pecans.

Be sure to melt the coconut oil first, then measure out the correct amount. Otherwise you may use too much!

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