Oat Orange and Chocolate Chip Muffins

in Breakfast, Scones & Muffins

Look at that muffin on its side! I dunno know why I did that. Cute? Weird? Who cares…it’s just a muffin being a rebel.

Orange and chocolate really have their moment during the month of December. Such a classic little holiday pairing. Like sequins, tights and red bows. So very Christmas. Well, we’re a few months past glittery lights and the mere thought of Christmas gives me a headache, but I’m still digging this marriage.

I played around with some scones of the same ilk back in the day and can’t really get the match out of my head. I figured I needed to implement this duo into a new breakfast food: muffins.

These muffins get put together pretty quickly. No fussiness. And I must say that this recipe is pretty flawless. It’s a slight adaptation from blueberry muffin recipe by Martha Stewart.

I made some tweaks here and there, mainly adding in some oat flour to give it a nice, healthy texture. There’s some dark brown sugar to give it a deeper color. And of course the orange zest and chocolate chips. I also topped each muffin with a sprinkling of rolled oats. I love oats in everything, yet despise instant oatmeal. Remember?

Oat Orange and Chocolate Chip Muffins

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6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for tins
2 3/4 cups, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup oat flour (*See note below on how to make it)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cups white granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh orange zest
1 cup milk
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Handful of rolled oats

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter large (3 3/4 inches) or small (2 3/4 inches) muffin tins, and set aside. Or alternatively, line with muffin liners and spray lightly with PAM.

2. In a large bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, oat flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, egg yolks, vanilla extract and orange zest; mix until well combined. Reduce speed to low; alternate adding reserved flour mixture and milk to mixer, beginning and ending with flour. Remove bowl from mixer; gently fold in chocolate chips by hand. Divide batter among muffin tins; sprinkle the tops with rolled oats. Bake until light golden, about 45 minutes for large muffins, about 30 minutes for small muffins. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan; transfer to wire rack, and let cool completely.

*Note for oat flour: Many grocery stores stock oat flour. To make your own, simply add rolled oats to a food processor and pulse until mixture is finely ground, about 30-40 seconds.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

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Emilia February 29, 2012 at 1:41 am

I like the little muffin lying on its side in the photo, it gives it a fun touch. After all, isn’t that what muffins are? The fun side in realm of breakfast foods. I’ve never seen a muffin recipe that calls for egg yolks before, I’m definitely going to have to try this out (and because they sound fantastic, I too, love chocolate and orange).

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Blog is the New Black February 29, 2012 at 2:15 am

One of my fav flavah combos! YUM!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 29, 2012 at 3:28 am

I wish I had one of these now :(

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marissa @ the boot February 29, 2012 at 3:30 am

what is it about muffins and breakfast in general? it makes you instantly feel warm inside just looking at these photos – i love it! i made baked oatmeal on the blog today, but i have a feeling i will be using my oats to make these very soon!

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Joss February 29, 2012 at 3:50 am

I love the combo of orange and chocolate…reminds me of terry’s orange :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) February 29, 2012 at 4:24 am

oooooooh those rebellious side-lying muffins…gotta love ‘em :)

these sound INCREDIBLE!

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau February 29, 2012 at 4:46 am

I love muffins with oats in them – they’re so homey and comforting that way.

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Alicia @ Treble Tart February 29, 2012 at 4:49 am

Would you be offended if I came over and ate all of your muffins?? Haha! They just look so delicious! And I’m out of half the ingredients (going to the store today), or else I’d make them myself. Maybe I’ll just wait until tomorrow to make/eat them… that’s probably a better idea. ;)

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Margherita @TheIronYou February 29, 2012 at 5:27 am

Yum!!! They look delicious. I just need to buy some oat flour and then I’m ready to go!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 29, 2012 at 5:56 am

I love the looks of these…hearty from the oats but delicate from the orange flavor…a perfect combo. And of course, the choc chips added don’t hurt :)

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Shawna @ CheekyChicFamily February 29, 2012 at 6:24 am

The combination of orange and chocolate is one of my favorites! I make an oatmeal cookie with orange zest and both white and semi-sweet chocolate chips. To DIE for! I have some extra oat flour lying around so these muffins will probably get made this weekend.

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

Ooohh these look fantastic!!

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Margarita February 29, 2012 at 6:45 am

I have plenty of oranges dying to be eaten or turned into something. This would be
the perfect thing to turn it into!

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ileana February 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

These sound good. :)

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Ashley February 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

What a fabulous muffin combo! Chocolate + orange are amazing together. I recently made a blood orange doughnut with chocolate frosting. I just love how textured these look!

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Candy February 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

Love these muffins! Orange and chocolate are one my favorite flavor combos. And, like you, I also love oats in just about anything but hate instant oatmeal.

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modernworkinggirl February 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

Oooooh man. Three of my favorite foods ever. In one muffin. Thank you!

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Melissa@Julia's Bookbag February 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

What she said up above! Oats, orange and chocolate!

My tummy feels cozy just looking at the picture! I had my hand on the pin button even before I had read the entire post….:)

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Laura February 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

these look so good and utterly tempting! Have just whipped up a batch of lemon and honey granola, so will use the left over oats for these! perfecto!

x

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France February 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I love chocolate and orange together and it never occurred to me to pair them in a muffin. BRILLIANT!

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Heidi Bundles Of Hugs February 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I love muffins always looking for new recipes.. I guess I’ll have to make these!!! :)

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Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet February 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

These muffins look incredible! I can almost smell them! :)

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Taryn February 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

mmmmm…guess I know what I’m making this weekend.

ps. are you having a problem with your recipe index page? the last two days when I’ve tried to go to it, it is just a blank page that says recipe index at the top. I still found what I was looking for using the search bar, but I really like the index–it’s much quicker!

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Adrianna March 1, 2012 at 11:37 am

Ugh. Yes I am. And my IT person can’t fix it until next week. Apologies! GRRR!!

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Taryn March 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

No prob…I just wasn’t sure if you were aware of it. Thanks!

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Rachel March 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

Chocolate and orange shine in baking all through the winter! FInally a flawless recipe for muffins that pair those flavors!

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Michelle March 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Just made these this afternoon, they are delicious!! Perfect combination :-)

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Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet March 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I love orange and chocolate together. Yum!

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sarah March 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Orange + chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. These muffins look delicious!

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Karen March 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Making these right now for my guests in my guesthaus! It made 4 mini loaf pans

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VanCityBookGirl March 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

These look absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait to give them a try tomorrow!! Thanks so much
If you’re looking for another muffin recipe check mine out (they’re healthy!)

http://vancitybookgirl.blogspot.ca/2012/03/magic-morning-muffins.html

Enjoy!

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