Orange Morning Muffins

Give us all the citrus fruits. 

No, seriously—Hand them over right now.

Aside from an occasional glass of orange juice, I was never a big citrus fan when I was younger. Perhaps it's because my mother used to clean all surfaces in our house with this sickly smelling orange oil cleaner that left me gasping for air, but I an adult (or "big kid" as we often say in our house), I am finding that I can't get enough of citrusy treats—pass the key lime pie, please!

Our local Whole Foods bakery makes these orange morning buns that are superb but also around a million calories each. I decided to try to create a lighter, healthier muffin version that would still pack that same sweet, orangey goodness. I was thrilled with the results, and I hope you are, too.


  • ⅔ cup cane sugar, plus a little extra for topping
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon natural orange extract
  • 1 ¼ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup full-fat yogurt (I used Siggi's triple cream vanilla)
  • juice and zest from one ripe, organic orange


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F and prep a muffin pan with liners (makes about 8–12 standard size muffins)
  2. Combine sugar, egg, oil, milk, and orange extract in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly
  3. Add dry ingredients directly on top of the mixture, stir them lightly with a fork, and then stir into the wet mixture below until just incorporated (don't over-mix)
  4. Gently stir in yogurt, juice, and zest from orange until just combined
  5. Fill muffins tins to just below the rim and sprinkle with extra sugar
  6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  7. Let cool (a little) and gobble them up

Recipe adapted from the fabulous Yammie's Noshery.


I ended up brulee-ing the tops just a tad with the broiler to give them a slightly crunchy, sugary texture. My husband, Doug, was a big fan. Let me know what you think! What flavors can you not get enough of?


Jenna is a writer, educator, wife, and mama living in Colorado with her husband and two children. She founded American Ingenue as a personal blog in 2008 after losing her mother to breast cancer, using the forum as a reminder to live life to the fullest. Jenna loves cooking, dreaming, and adventuring with her family. She has been inspired to share her experiences with others as she navigates this crazy life and strives to have "it all."