Whole Orange Walnut Cherry Muffins :: Recipe

This is one of my new favorite muffin recipes! By using a whole orange, peel and all, this muffin has a wonderful sweet citrus flavor. I also used half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. I’m under no delusions that this made these muffins healthier, but I think whole wheat flour gives baked goods a richer, fuller flavor. If you’ve never baked with whole wheat flour, I definitely recommend it! I would suggest going half and half with all-purpose flour so that your baked goodies are still fluffy.

Whole Orange Walnut Cherry Muffin

I found the original recipe here on mybakingaddiction.com. I made quite a few mods, such as using whole wheat flour, swapping in dried cherries, and adding crushed walnuts.


  • 1 orange, cut in to 16 small pieces and seeds removed (with peel and pith)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine (to soften, let butter sit out until it is no longer cool to the touch)
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • Coarse sugar for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Put orange pieces in food processor (or blender) along with orange juice and process or blend until pureed.
  3. Add egg and softened butter to food processor and combine; pour into large bowl.
  4. Combine dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add all at once to orange mixture. Stir to combine.
  5. Add walnuts and cherries and stir to combine.
  6. Line muffin pan with liners. Fill muffin cups, then sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes; remove from oven and let stand in tin for 5 minutes before removing muffins.

5 thoughts on “Whole Orange Walnut Cherry Muffins :: Recipe

  1. Wow – you really use the whole orange peel and blend it?! I’ve never tried that. I always thought that it sometimes tastes bitter. Hmm, but then again there is bitter orange jam, which contains the peel, too, right? This recipe sounds great, I think I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • The peel is not bitter at all. It is almost the same as zesting an orange, which just enhances the sweet orange flavor. The white stuff inside the peel (the pith) can taste a little bitter when you are eating a raw orange, but you honestly don’t notice it in this recipe.

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