Orange & Carrot Breakfast Muffin

Orange marmalade breakfast muffinsHOT FROM THE OVEN MUFFIN


I love muffins of any kind even at breakfast and they are so easy to make that if you have kids you can get them involved with the process.  

If you are one of those people who makes their morning stop off at Tim Horton’s for a coffee and a muffin, you don’t need to.

It’s not only lighter on the wallet if you make your coffee at home but any of the muffins they offer are so easy to make in your own kitchen.

With a few ingredients you can make a mountain of muffins that just tumble into you mouth at any time of day or night.

Today I am going to share with you the basic muffin mix that I always use for making the various muffins that come out of this kitchen.

After I have the basic muffin mix ready all I do is add in my delicious ingredients. You can add blueberries, chocolate chips, raisins, oats, coconut, cranberries, whatever you fancy.

You guys all know me well enough by now and know that I always mix things up a little and experiment a lot. I also like to bake with what’s in season so freshness and taste is superior.

There’s no fun in making the same old muffins in the kitchen so stirring the pot a bit by trying new ingredients is fun for me and my family loves to test out these new muffins that I create.

If you are a fan of carrot cake or a carrot muffin I’m pretty sure you’ll like this muffin with a twist today.

This orange and carrot breakfast muffin is great for freezing too and with a microwave it’s so easy to warm up just a couple up for the kids to have at breakfast time.

Earlier this year if you recall I made and shared my recipe for Carrot & Orange Marmalade which is so simple to make.

If you haven’t made orange marmalade before it yet it’s a must especially now that a lot of oranges on sale in the supermarket this time of year.

Just the other day I got a bag for 50% off on the reduced rack but if you shop around or look for flyer deals you can pick oranges up for a great price.

The orange marmalade taste is tangy and great for this orange and carrot breakfast muffin recipe but any orange marmalade will do.

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Orange & Carrot Breakfast Muffins
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If you love muffins then this basic muffin recipe is something you want to tuck away in your recipe box. Once you master the basics the sky is the limit with the different varieties of muffins you can create.
Recipe type: Muffin
Serves: 12
  • 2½ Cups (375g) self-raising (all-purpose) flour
  • 90g butter
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (granulated) sugar
  • 11/4 cups (310ml) buttermilk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Grated peel of 1 orange plus ½ of juice
  • ½ Jar Orange Carrot Marmalade (see recipe link in post)
  1. Grease 12 hole muffin pan.
  2. Sift flour into large bowl and rub in butter
  3. Stir in sugar, orange juice, orange peel, buttermilk and egg. Do not over-mix, batter should be lumpy
  4. Now gently stir in marmalade
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared pans.
  6. Bake in a moderately hot oven at 190oC/375oF for about 20 minutes.

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Now for extra zing I sometimes put a little sprinkle of lemon-sugar on the top of the orange carrot breakfast muffin.

When the fruit goes on sale that’s a good indication of exactly what type of muffin I am going to make. This is just another of my go-to muffin recipes that I have on hand all the time for my family. I hope you enjoy this muffin as much as we do.

Enjoy Nicky xx


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  1. When you say 1/2 jar of marmelade…is that about 1/2 a cup?

  2. Kathleen says:


    The recipe says Orange Carrot muffins, but I don’t see the carrots. Am I missing something?


    • Nicola Don says:

      Kathleen the carrots are in the marmalade but there is no harm in adding a shredded carrot in there too!

  3. recipe looks awesome. I love making muffins.
    Can you explain re the flour:
    what does 21/1 cups mean?
    Thank you

  4. The best part about making muffins instead of buying them is that they are much healthier. You can make them with wholesome ingredients, and it helps a lot.

    • That’s just it Tushar. If we learned the art of finding time and patience we can create so much good food in the kitchen instead of buying it pre-made. My mother always cooked homemade meals and that’s how I learned to cook. It’s a great skill to get the kids involved with and to pass down family traditions. Cheers mate. Mr.CBB

  5. Christine Weadick says:

    This looks good Nicola!! Thank you!! I’m going to guess the basic recipe ends with the egg and you can add what ever after that? I will likely go with Mary’s recipe to make the self rising flour as I usually buy the regular all purpose flour in big bags on sale. The current bag is getting low so I will be looking for a good sale to stock up again.
    Hope you are staying warm and having a lovely weekend!!

    • Thanks Christine. Yes it’s a bit chilly here! Just finished having one of my homemade bagels with cream cheese! Yes basis recipe ends with the egg then add anything you want!

  6. Mary F. Campbell says:

    And for those that don’t stock self-raising flour, here’s how you can make your own:

    No buttermilk? Make your own:

    Thanks for the recipe Nicola! I obviously make my baking mix with a gluten free baking mix + baking powder & baking soda and I never have buttermilk in the fridge so I make my own. 🙂

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