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Cranberry and orange breakfast muffins

06 May 2016

Gluten-free muffins with the natural sweetness of fruit, these muffins make a great breakfast or snack on the go.

Cranberry and orange breakfast muffins
Cranberry and orange breakfast muffins

Cooking time

30 minutes




  • 400g (14oz/4 cups) ground almonds
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 8 eggs, whisked
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 450g (1lb/scant 2 cups) mashed overripe banana
  • 200g (7oz/12⁄3 cups) dried cranberries
  • 350g (12oz) carrots, finely grated in food processor
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, to garnish


These flourless muffins are packed full of protein from the use of ground almonds. They are a great breakfast if you are trying to avoid sugar as these muffins only use the sweetness of banana and dried cranberries. Make sure you use overly ripe bananas so the mixture has a soft consistency and a sweet flavour.

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/400°F/ Gas 6. Line a muffin tin (pan) with paper cases. 

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and thoroughly stir together, making sure all the ingredients are incorporated.

Transfer the batter to the muffin cases and sprinkle each with pumpkin seeds. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through and the centres spring back when lightly pressed. 

Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Recipe from The Yoga Kitchen by Kimberly Parsons (Quadrille £20) Photography: Lisa Cohen

Visit our breakfast recipes section for more great ways to start the day.


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