Tomorrow is National Orange Juice Day! So why not start the day off with delicious orange juice muffins? This easy recipe is perfect for everything from a simple breakfast to a family gathering to even dessert. Cheers to a tasty way to celebrate National Orange Juice Day!
I’m so happy to be celebrating one of my fave beverages, OJ, with you here at Amy’s Eat List. I whipped up these super tasty orange juice muffins for National Orange Juice Day, and I think you’ll love them as much as I do.
Thanks to the folks at the Florida Department of Citrus for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions, as always, are my own.
I hope you have a bright and sunny National Orange Juice Day tomorrow and that get to start it off with a portion-controlled glass of Florida Orange Juice! If you have a few free minutes today or tomorrow, consider heading to the kitchen to bake these Sunrise Orange Juice Muffins to add additional OJ to your day.
I grew up in Florida, where my mom whipped up muffins from scratch for pretty much every occasion. Her specialty was (and is!) cinnamon spice muffins, and while I sometimes make a variation of these I also love to try new muffin recipes. Muffins are such a huge hit in my family that my future in-laws often request my muffins for Mother’s Day and other celebratory get togethers!
To celebrate National Orange Juice Day, I figured why not add OJ to muffins. 100% orange juice is full of so many nutrients, and you get these whether you drink it from a glass or eat it in a muffin.
I’ll tell you about all those nutrients in just a minute, but I first want to share the awesome experience I recently had. Growing up in Florida, I had never had the chance to visit orange groves so I was very excited to visit my home state earlier this year and see those orange groves firsthand. And let me tell you, orange growers work hard! Not only did I chat with the growers to learn all about the harvesting process, I also visited a citrus packing facility and an orange juice manufacturing plant. So much goes into getting that delicious OJ into your hands!
OK, back to those orange juice muffins! The really cool thing about Florida Orange Juice is that it’s created with all parts of the fruit—the peel, the pulp, and the juice. This ensures you get all the nutrients in the fruit, versus if you were to squeeze juice at home and discard the peel.
In fact, one nutrient that’s present in all parts of the fruit is a powerful flavonoid called hesperidin. This flavonoid contains antioxidant properties that may help with several aspects of your health—including brain health, which hesperidin assists by decreasing inflammation and helping to maintain blood flow to the inner parts of your ticker. And it just so happens that 100% orange juice is one of the few significant sources of hesperidin.
The benefits don’t stop there! OJ also provides the immune-helping antioxidant vitamin C, the blood-pressure-assisting mineral potassium, and the muscle-recovery-helping mineral magnesium.
To add even more benefits to these muffins, I’ve used whole-grain flour so that you get additional digestion-helping fiber. I’ve also included orange zest, bananas, and dried cranberries for added fruit.
I love that these orange juice muffins are so easy to grab and go—and since I’m flying out west this morning, I’ll definitely be adding a few to my carry-on bag. And if you have any soccer games or dance recitals this weekend, bring some orange juice muffins for the team! Looking for more recipes using orange juice? Give my Orange Strawberry Layered Smoothie a sip.
Want to enjoy a glass of OJ with these orange juice muffins? As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I’m big on portion size, so here’s what you need to know. An adult can have 8 ounces daily, while the recommended serving size for kiddos is 4 to 6 ounces daily.
Ready to whip up this delicious breakfast? Here’s the recipe!
1 cup flour all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
½ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ cup 100% orange juice
1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ banana, ripe and mashed
3 Tablespoons orange zest (roughly the zest of one large orange)
1 cup dried cranberries
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together orange juice, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and banana. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture, and stir until just combined. Fold in orange zest and cranberries. Coat muffin trays with nonstick spray, and fill three-fourths of the way full with batter. Bake 14 to 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes away clean. Makes 18 muffins.
Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 130 Fat: 1 g Sat fat: 0 g Pro: 4 g Carbs: 27 g Sugar: 14 g Fiber: 2 g Chol: 20 mg Sod: 105 mg
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how you’re celebrating National Orange Juice Day and how you’re enjoying these Sunrise Orange Juice Muffins!