Fresh Cranberry Muffin

Fresh Cranberry muffin

This Fresh Cranberry muffin recipe is so simple and straightforward, that anyone can make them. It is a delicious muffin that everybody will love. The harvest for fresh Cranberries is at a peak in the autumn, especially mid-September to mid-November. The cranberries are at their peak color as well. It is a good time to stop by the grocery and stock up on some of these tart berries.

As you may already know, cranberries are superfoods and are famously known for their antioxidant properties. They can be bitter and sour, so may be difficult to have by itself. Adding them to bakes is a great way to incorporate them into your diet.

Cranberry muffins made of fresh, frozen, or dried cranberries are usually paired with orange. This delicious recipe has walnuts, orange jest, and desiccated coconut flakes in it as well. One bite into these muffins and you will just love them.

Fresh Cranberry muffin
Fresh Cranberry muffin

As I mentioned earlier, Cranberry and Orange pair up well and are always a great combination, most muffin recipes you see online have this combination. You can add some walnuts and coconut flakes as well to get a bite and for a nutty flavor along with the tart. This recipe uses only oil, no butter, and eggs. That makes it moist and light as well.

Add a little sugar to the chopped cranberries to soften them and let the juices out before adding into the batter. The original recipe calls for adding applesauce, but I added oil instead and it still turned out good.

Fresh Cranberry muffin recipe

First, chop a cup of cranberries to bitesize. Combine with sugar and mix well to let the juices out. Meanwhile, get all the dry ingredients out and whisk them. Whisk the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Combine the wet into the dry ingredients and form a smooth batter gently without overbeating. Add rest of the ingredients cranberries, walnuts, and coconut. Pre-heat the oven and spoon the batter into the muffin tray and bake for 30 minutes.

This can be had for breakfast or as a tea snack. It stays fresh for about 3 days if kept in a closed container. It can be refrigerated or frozen as well. If you loved this fresh cranberry muffin recipe, you will definitely love the blueberry muffin and banana nut muffin which are a favorite and loved by my friends and family.

5 from 4 votes
Fresh Cranberry muffin
Fresh Cranberry muffin
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
27 mins

This Fresh cranberry recipe is a nice blend of tart of cranberries, orange zest with nutty flavor of walnuts and coconut.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry muffin with walnuts, cranberry orange muffin, Fresh cranberry muffin
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange jest
  • 1 cup cranberries cut into small pieces and mixed with 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce you can replace with cooking oil as well
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped and toasted
  • 1/2 cup desicatted coconut
  1. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners or spray a little oil

  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 deg F

  3. Whisk all the dry ingredients all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking soda,baking powder and a little salt

  4. Add in orange juice, applesauce (or oil) and mix until well combined.

  5. Do not over mix .

  6. Lastly fold in cranberries, chopped walnuts and coconut

  7. Sprinkle sugar on top for a crunchy top

  8. Bake for 30 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean

  9. Cool for a few minutes and enjoy

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  • Reply
    Caz / InvisiblyMe
    October 29, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    5 stars
    Mmmm these look good! I really like that it doesn’t use butter either, which is a nice change for baking. Cranberry is a great anti-oxidant superfood but I never would have thought of it often being mixed with orange. Then again, I don’t think I’ve actually had a cranberry muffin before (I’m a sucker for chocolate so that’s where my tummy gravitates to!) Fab recipe and I love the cute red polkadot cupcake cases! xx

    • Reply
      October 29, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Caz and the comments. Yes, I can imagine chocolate muffins are just loved by most folks. But these are really good if you have not tried them before. The tart of cranberry, orange, and the slight sweetness from the juices and the nuts make it a great muffin indeed. The polka dot cupcakes are my kid’s favorites as well 🙂 got them in various colors and they sure look appealing 🙂

  • Reply
    Anita Malta
    October 29, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    5 stars
    Irresistible. Gonna show my dear husband this recipe, he’s much better at baking than I am, I’m better at eating. 😅
    Cranberries are plentiful now here in Malta, very tasty and healthy as well.

    • Reply
      October 29, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Wonderful to hear that you are going to try this out. That would be such a treat if someone bakes it for you! Great to hear it’s cranberry season in Malta as well,right in time for baking these yummy goodies.Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    October 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    5 stars
    Love these perfectly baked cranberry muffins, they look so delicious & tempting.

    • Reply
      October 29, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you so much Megala , they turned out just perfect and especially great to have it just out of the oven .

  • Reply
    October 29, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Yum!!! Perfection with the chilly weather starting up! This would be a fun Thanksgiving breakfast!

    • Reply
      October 30, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Exactly right , this could be a great breakfast for Thanksgiving .Thank you so much Jennifer!

  • Reply
    November 4, 2020 at 5:47 am

    What a great recipe for the holidays!

    • Reply
      November 4, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you Diane , yes one of the best for the holidays indeed!

  • Reply
    Christy B
    November 5, 2020 at 1:49 am

    I love cranberries! YUMMMMM

    • Reply
      November 5, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      It’s a wonderful muffin to make with fresh cranberries, hope you will try this ! Thank you Christy!

  • Reply
    November 17, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    5 stars
    What an amazing recipe, Nisha! I absolutely love those little wrappers you chose for these too. The colors make for a perfect combination of fun and flavor! Didn’t I read somewhere that when it comes to eating food – we rely on all of our senses to decide whether we enjoy something or not? I don’t see how anyone could resist these!

    I love the idea of pairing orange, coconut, and walnuts with the cranberries. YUM! It must be such a delightful pairing? The aroma of the orange is incredibly uplifting to our mood too. That’s always nice, especially with everything going on right now.

    I am sharing your recipe, my friend. Thank you again for yet another tasty treat we all can smile and enjoy. You are loved! ♥

    • Reply
      November 18, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      Yes rightly said Holly our senses play a big role in making the foods even more enticing indeed. These polka dot wrappers surely did the trick 🙂 So glad to hear you loved the pairing , I used a combination of recipes online and some from what I tasted when I went for training from work years ago and they had served fancy breakfast . I also think using the applesauce would have given this muffin a little more structure, I guess since I used oil so they were really soft . But then it is each once choice. It tasted best when just out of the oven and slightly warm. Thank you for sharing this and appreciate your kind comments and love ! It is a pleasure reading your feedback always.

  • Reply
    December 18, 2020 at 3:38 am

    These look scrumptious , I can have them everyday for breakfast , I love all the fresh citrus flavor and small bites of cranberries in the muffin. And cranberries do have a lot of nutritional value too, this is a great way to include them in your food, thanks for sharing and have an awesome day!

    • Reply
      December 18, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you so much Aarthi .I agree it is a great breakfast item with a cup of tea or coffee .The citrus and cranberries are a great combination indeed and being a nutritional food is an added bonus. You have a good day as well !

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