Tuscan Orange Muffins

If your Mother’s Day plans include making a delicious breakfast or brunch for Mom, then you have to give these incredible muffins a try! These moist and tender muffins are bursting with amazing citrus flavor and topped with a crunchy sugar crust. The olive oil is to thank for these muffins being very moist and rich.

This Mother’s Day we are headed to Columbus, Ohio to spend with our parents. Luckily both of our parents live in the same city, so when travel home we can visit everyone at once. This will be the first time we have been able to make it back to Columbus since last June! I am very excited to see friends and family and spend Mother’s day with our parents. This mother’s Day what better way to show her you care than baking a homemade treat? 😀

Tuscan Orange Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar


Preheat oven to 375° F. Line muffin pan with muffin-cup liners; coat with cooking spray.
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in center of the mixture and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, water, olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, and egg. Add ricotta mixture to the well in the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over batter. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (One Muffin):
Calories: 186, Fat: 6.2g, Saturated fat: 1.5g, Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g, Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g, Protein: 4g, Carbohydrate: 29.5g, Fiber: 0.6g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Iron: 1mg, Sodium: 160mg, Calcium: 81mg

Source: adapted from Cooking Light, May 2011

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14 Responses to “Tuscan Orange Muffins”

  1. #
    wendy@chezchloe — May 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    These look really good… and pretty healthy with the olive oil and ricotta… no butter. Have to give them a try. thx.

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    LivinLovinSweet — May 10, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    ohhh I love sprinkling Turbinado sugar ontop of baked goods, it creates such a delicious crust!! YUMMM!

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    pinkbekah — May 10, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    These look delicious! Do you think a very inexperienced cook could make them ok? I feel like directions are always easy to read, it’s just the actual baking part that gets me! 😉

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    Laura — May 10, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    I just bought oranges and thought to myself, “I wonder if I can make a sweet treat with these.” Then I remembered that I’m off of sugar for a month so this will have to be bookmarked instead of made immediately…quite sad because they look so good!

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    Jessica — May 10, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    I never would have thought of making orange juice muffins, but they sound like they’d be incredible. And you’re completely right — these would be great for Mother’s Day!

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    alisueonthemove — May 10, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    These look AMAZING!!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — May 10, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Those look wonderful. And how great would they be with mimosas!

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    ChgoJohn — May 10, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    A crunchy top makes any muffin special! I hope you have a safe trip and wonderful visit with the folks back home!

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    Bluejellybeans — May 11, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    They look delicious! Have fun back home 🙂

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    The Teenage Taste — May 11, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    Ooooh, these muffins look so yummy! I love using ricotta cheese in muffins – it makes them so moist!

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    Donna — May 14, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    These look wonderful. I love citrus muffins, will give these a try. TFS

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    Just A Smidgen — May 14, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    I bet they were devoured upon arrival! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!!

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    Angie Walker — May 14, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    This one is definitely going on my “to try” list. Anything with ricotta cheese is truly sinful. I am pinning this one!

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    Kelli — March 23, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    I’ve made these several times, and they’re delicious. They truly are my favorite muffin! The family also loves them. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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