Gluten Free Muffins: Orange Chocolate Chip

Gluten Free Muffins: Orange Chocolate Chip

People often ask if I eat gluten free. I don’t eat gluten free because I have to, but I eat mostly gluten free by choice.  Gluten free muffins can be a great snack with out a lot of sugar.  I really do believe most things are good in moderation.  With the rise of many gluten driven intolerances I have been wanting to broaden my skills and create delectable gluten free treats. While gluten free baking can be more expensive,  I believe the extra cost is worth it for high quality ingredients. In my personal opinion, I believe that cheap ingredients, the rise of chemicals in our foods and GMO created foods are leading to many of our digestive problems.

Gluten Free Muffins Orange Chocolate Chip

When I delved into the gluten free baking world I realized there are a lot of different ingredients that can make up a gluten free flour mix. I felt kind of lost. I would go to the store to look for some of the different gluten free ingredients and there was not a lot of selection. That is why I love Cup4Cup. While most people often tell me how expensive it is, it is also very expensive to buy all the ingredients that make up a mix: white rice flours, brown rice flours, tapioca starch, potato starch and xanthan gum.  You can order Cup4Cup at Vitacost for about $15.19 for 3 lbs. Another great resource is Cup4Cup’s website. You can find recipes and retailers who carry the product. What I like about Cup4Cup is that you can sub into so many recipes with the same great taste. We use at Cup4Cup in our Carrot Ginger Cake and people never know it is gluten free.

Gluten Free Muffins Orange Chocolate Chip

Gluten Free Muffins:  Orange Chocolate Chip {Printable Recipe}

  • 2 cups Cup4Cup gluten free flour mix
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg {room temperature}
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3/4 cup regular or mini chocolate chips

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees. Line a 12 muffin cup pan with liners.
  2. Zest one large orange. Approximately, one large orange will yield 1 tablespoon of zest.
  3. Then cut both your oranges in half and juice. Use a strainer to strain out the pulp. Two large oranges will yield approximately 2/3 cup of orange juice. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Cup4Cup flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on the stir setting on your electric mixer until the dry ingredients are combined.
  5. Stir in wet ingredients: orange juice, zest, oil, egg, vanilla bean paste.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Use ice cream scoop to evenly distribute muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes since ovens vary. Muffins will brown on top.
  9. To prepare the glaze whisk the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. If you want a thinner glaze add more milk.
  10. Once muffins have cooled place the cooling rack over a baking sheet.
  11. Use a spoon to cover the tops of the muffins with glaze or dip them upside down into the glaze.

Gluten Free Muffins Orange Chocolate Chip

Want a gluten free savory suggestion?  One of our favorite gluten free recipes right now is for pizza puffs from Alida’s Kitchen. We subbed Cup4Cup flour in the recipe and they were wonderful. The best review was from my son Jude. Jude has quite a discriminating palette and he had no idea these savor puffs were gluten free. You will love the versatility of Cup4Cup.

Here are some other gluten-free baking resources that we love:






2 comments on “Gluten Free Muffins: Orange Chocolate Chip

  1. Alexis S says:

    Great recipe! I made 36 mini muffins this morning. They cooked in just 10 minutes. I used a half cup of mini chocolate chips and added some Penzey’s orange peel to the glaze. Next time, I might make them with Mexican chocolate. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so much Alexis. I can’t wait to try the mini version. I think Penzey’s orange peel would be a great addition to. I just might have to pick some up the next time I am there.

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