The Sunday Recipe: Oatmeal Muffins with Orange Cranberries

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Oatmeal Muffins with Orange Juiced Cranberries

Though my recipe is gluten free, I provide the original recipe at the bottom from my mother, directions are largely the same. I used Ocean Spray reduced sugar craisins for this recipe. These are perfectly scrumptious – crispy on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside. I really hope you give them a try. (Last time I made them, I used 1 tablespoon  cornstarch instead of tapioca starch, so I think either works.)


  • 60 grams dried cranberries (about 1/3 cup)
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup rolled oats (quick or old fashioned)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil or melted butter
  • ¾ cup white rice flour (120 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine dried cranberries with orange juice in a glass container or measuring cup.
  2. Microwave on 50 % for one minute, just until warm.
  3. Allow to sit for at least ½ an hour, but preferably an hour or two. (May be put in the fridge for a more extended period.)
  4. When ready to make the muffins, strain the cranberries and set aside.
  5. Place 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup then fill to the one cup mark with milk. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. (This is a substitute for 1 cup buttermilk.)
  6. Combine oats and milk. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  7. In a measuring bowl, whisk eggs.
  8. Add maple syrup
  9. Mix in light olive oil or melted butter
  10. Add white rice flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  11. Stir in cranberries.
  12. Mixture will be thin.
  13. Divvy up into a 12 muffin pan.
  14. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  15. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before running a thin knife around edge to lift out.
  16. Enjoy!


Original Oatmeal Muffin recipe ingredients from my mother –

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup melted shortening or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt







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