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Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins

This Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins are packed  with cranberries and flavored with fresh orange juice! An easy muffin or loaf recipe that’s sure to be a favorite!

Servings: Makes 12 muffins or slices

GREEN/BLUE/PURPLE: 2 Smartpoints for 1 muffins or slice

What ingredients do I need for this Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins?

  • All purpose flour– for this particular muffin/loaf recipe I use Gold Medal All Purpose Flour. You can substitute the all purpose flour for wheat, almond, or gluten-free flour. The point values may vary depending on the brand you use. For those looking for a gluten free option you can use THIS gluten-free flour.  For those looking for a low carb option THIS almond flour would work great as a substitute.
  • Baking powder-be sure to use aluminum free. Baking powder with aluminum can react to acidic ingredients (such as orange zest and juice), causing discoloration and a metallic taste. 
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Zero point brown sugar substitute: I use LAKANTO GOLDEN SWEETENER
  • Zero point white sugar substitute: I use LAKANTO CLASSIC OR BAKING SWEETENER
  • Light butter or unsweetened applesauce: I use Land o’ Lakes made with canola oil light butter melted or if you prefer you can substitute the melted light butter for 3 Tbsp of unsweetened applesauce. I recommend the light butter. It really gives this loaf/muffins that creaminess! Also, the overall point value is the same for either option.
  • Oranges: you will use the juice/zest from 2-3 large oranges. You can substitute the 2-4 Tbsp fresh organge juce for 1/4 cup of fresh bottled no sugar added orange juice.
  • Fresh or frozen cranberries: If using frozen cranberries ( do not thaw them) toss them with 1 Tbsp of flour to coat-this will help ensure they don’t fall to the bottom or/and discolor the batter.

What sweetener do I use?

I use Lakanto Classic Monkfuit Sweetener and Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener in my baking recipes. The Classic is a zero point white granulated sugar substitute and the Golden is a zero point brown sugar substitute.  Lakanto MonkFruit Sweetener is a zero glycemic, zero calorie and all natural sugar substitute. It is by far the best tasting sugar alternative and has zero aftertaste or gritty texture like some of the sugar alternatives have. It has a 1:1 ratio to real sugar-so if you were to use a different sugar substitute you will want to use the measurement that would be equal to real sugar. If you use a different sugar alternative you’ll want to check the point value on the brand you use. They can vary in points. 

 

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Unsweetened Applesauce or Light Butter:

You can use unsweetened applesauce or light butter for these muffins. Either one works well and tastes amazing! I like to use the Land o’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil for this recipe. You can the Land O’ Lakes light butter made with canola at most grocery stores next to the butter. It comes in a tub-with a green lid. Be sure that it says light butter-they sell one that is regular that is made with canola oil as well-so be sure to check that it says light.

How do I make these Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9.5-inch bread pan or 12 cup muffin tin with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In a separate medium size mixing bowl combine egg, water, sugar sweeteners, orange juice, vanilla extract, and orange zest.

Stir until well combined. 

Gradually add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until JUST combined. 

DO NOT OVER MIX- over-mixing will ruin the texture

Before the two are completely incorporated add in melted butter or unsweetened applesauce.

Stir just until barely combined.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan or 12-cup regular size muffin tin.

Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes if making a loaf or 18-20 minutes if making muffins.

Servings: Makes 12 servings 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour-I use Gold Medal flour 
  • 1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp zero point brown sugar substitute ( I use LAKANTO GOLDEN SWEETENER)
  • 4 Tbsp zero point white sugar substitute ( I use LAKANTO CLASSIC OR BAKING SWEETENER)
  • 2 Tbsp Land o’ Lakes made with canola oil light butter, melted or 3 Tbsp of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2-4 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, about 2-3 oranges
  • Zest from two oranges
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries*see notes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9.5-inch bread pan or 12-cup muffin tin with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a separate medium size mixing bowl combine egg, water, sugar sweeteners, orange juice, vanilla extract, and orange zest. Stir until well combined.
  4. Gradually add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until JUST combined. DO NOT OVER MIX. (over-mixing will ruin the texture)
  5. Before the two are completely incorporated add in melted butter or unsweetened applesauce. Stir just until barely combined.
  6. Gently fold in the cranberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or 18- 20 minutes if you’re making muffins or until an inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean.

Servings: Makes 12 slices or muffins

 GREEN/BLUE/PURPLE: 2 Smartpoints for 1 muffins or slice

Notes:

  • You can substitute the 2-4 Tbsp fresh organge juce for 1/4 cup of fresh bottled no sugar added orange juice.
  • If using frozen cranberries (do not thaw) toss them with 1 Tbsp of flour to coat-this will help ensure they don’t fall to the bottom or/and discolor the batter.
Yield: 12

Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins

Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins

This Skinny Cranberry Orange Loaf or Muffins are packed with cranberries and flavored with fresh orange juice! An easy muffin or loaf recipe that’s sure to be a favorite!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 56 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour-I use Gold Medal flour 
  • 1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp zero point brown sugar substitute- I use LAKANTO monk fruit golden sweetener
  • 4 Tbsp zero point white sugar substitute -I use LAKANTO monk fruit classic or baking sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp Land o’ Lakes made with canola oil light butter, melted or 3 Tbsp of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2-4 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, about 2-3 oranges * see notes
  • Zest from two oranges
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries* see notes

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9.5-inch bread pan or 12-cup muffin tin with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
    3. In a separate medium size mixing bowl combine egg, water, sugar sweeteners, orange juice, vanilla extract, and orange zest. Stir until well combined.
    4. Gradually add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until JUST combined. 
    5. DO NOT OVER MIX. (over-mixing will ruin the texture)
    6. Before the two are completely incorporated add in melted butter or unsweetened applesauce. Stir just until barely combined.
    7. Gently fold in the cranberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    8. Bake for 40-45 minutes or 18- 20 minutes if you're making muffins or until an inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean.

    Servings: Makes 12 slices or muffins

    GREEN/BLUE/PURPLE: 2 Smartpoints for 1 muffin or slice

Notes

      • You can substitute the 2-4 Tbsp fresh organge juce for 1/4 cup of fresh bottled no sugar added orange juice.
      • If using frozen cranberries (do not thaw) toss them with 1 Tbsp of flour to coat-this will help ensure they don’t fall to the bottom or/and discolor the batter.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 23gNet Carbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

Joanne

Monday 18th of January 2021

Thank you Lind! You are a wonderful cook and baker. Your recipes are clearly written. Thank you

Lindsay Kehl

Monday 18th of January 2021

Hi Joanne

Thank you for your sweet comments! I truly appreciate it. Thanks for taking the time to write me a wonderful review. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Linds

Cori

Monday 4th of January 2021

Thank you for sharing.

Can gluten free flour be used in this recipe and how many points different would it be?

Lindsay Kehl

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Hi Cori

yes, you can use gluten-free flour. The point value may vary depending on the brand of flour you use. I recommend using the ww app recipe builder to determine the point value for the brand you use.

Thanks so much!

Donna

Thursday 19th of November 2020

Loved the Cranberry Orange muffins. Just delicious! Its not too sweet and the cranberries give it a burst of tartness! So yummy for breakfast ! Thanks!

Carol Quinn

Monday 16th of November 2020

Hi i made these muffins yesterday and they are fabulous. I made them into muffins so we would have only one. doing WW and trying to be good. I recommend the recipes highly thanks for all your great recipes. Carol

Karen

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Can I substitute self rising flour for regular flour? If yes, how much?

Lindsay Kehl

Monday 16th of November 2020

Hi Karen

Yes, you could. You would use the same amount but be sure to omit the baking powder, soda, and salt if you do make that substitution.

The self rising flour contains them already!

Thank you!

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