Whole Orange & Raspberry Blender Muffins

Contributor post by Lyndsay of Coco Cake

Yep. You really did read that right. Blender. This is a variation of a fast and funny recipe from the wonderful Canadian cookbook icons The Best Of Bridge. In our family, we grew up on Best Of Bridge recipes...we are children of the 1980s... my mom's collection of their cookbooks are tattered and splattered, and no Christmas morning would be the same without the "Christmas Morning Wife Saver" casserole... (a questionable name in this modern feminist age but just right for the 1980s!)

These muffins are tart and tangy and with a slight bite to them from the use of the entire orange, peel and all... and they are a a nice healthy snack, with lots of fruit and fibre! They come together exceptionally fast, and I must admit there is a fun factor to making them, as you feel like a kid again throwing a bunch of stuff into a blender like you're making a super gross dill pickle juice, watermelon, milk, paprika and beef jerky smoothie for your sister to chug as a dare!



1 large orange

3/4 cup orange juice

1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups spelt flour
3/4 cup golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Make it!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need two muffin pans as this recipe yields about 16 small muffins. Muffin liners are optional - if you don't use them, I would spray pans with vegetable oil to avoid sticking!

1. Cut the orange into 8 pieces.
2. Place the orange pieces in the blender along with the juice, egg and oil. Blend until smooth.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together the spelt flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.
4. Add the dry mixture into the orangey wet mixture and blend until combined.
5. Fold in raspberries with a spatula or large spoon.
6. Pour mixture into muffin pans right out of the blender, or use an ice cream scoop to dole out even portions of batter into muffin pans.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, depending on the heat of your oven, turning pans halfway.

Don't you feel healthy now? Enjoy! Until next time, Poppytalk readers!

xo Lyndsay 

Lyndsay is a self-taught baker and subsequent enthusiastic blogger. She loves makin' foods and bakin' goods, and shares her stories, recipes and foodstuffs on Poppytalk! Her other work can be found on her cake blog: Coco Cake, her ice cream blog: Ice Cream by Coco Cake and her food oddities and delights blog: Trompe Chomp! 

Jan Halvarson


Darabil said...


Peggy said...

Delicious!! I decided to tweak the recipe a bit.... I added some leftover Christmas chocolate. The perfect Valentine's treat!! (not done cooking yet but the batter is simply heavenly!! and they smell divine!!)

Shelley Jacobsen said...

This is funny! I also grew up with the same set of Best of Bridge cookbooks and often make the sunshine muffins! I am definitely going to add some raspberries next time...why didn't I think of that, lol! Thanks for this!

CitricSugar said...

Ah, the Best of Bridge when Company's Coming… :-)

Coco Cake Land said...

@Darabil: ^__^

@Peggy: NICE! Chocolate and orange!

@Shelley: ha! yes, sunshine muffins! thanks for the comment! ^__^

gyoza*girl said...

mmm, they look yummy and sunshiney! long live the Best of Bridge! (and coco cake!). :)

Anonymous said...

The Best of Bridge cookbooks have a special place in my heart...along with the wifesaver (still make it every Christmas!)

kickpleat said...

Lyndsay, these look so good! I love raspberry anything and love the sound of it with orange! My mom didn't have any of the best of bridge books but I've thrifted a few and it seems almost everyone I know has favorites from the series.

Coco Cake Land said...

@gyoza girl! (aka my sister!) haha... good old best of bridge!

@erin: that's awesome!!! the wifesaver is seriously yummy... and easy!

@kickpleat: hi jeannette! thanks! awesome thrift store score! ^__^