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Paleo & Nut-free Orange Chai Muffins

These Orange Chai Muffins are both Paleo and nut-free because the’re made with coconut flour! They’re super moist and tender, and they combine citrus and chai flavors perfectly. They pair perfectly with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

orange chai muffins

In all seriousness, these are the best muffins ever. Most of the time, muffins are just a sad, frosting-less substitute for cupcakes . . . but these orange chai muffins are something else! They have a beautiful texture and flavor. I was very surprised after my preliminary test, because they turned out perfectly — honestly, I expected them to flop. The second time around, I had to fix the sweetness, since all my testers said I could add a little more maple syrup.

The other amazing thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make! The batter is literally made in the blender. The blender! (Just like this incredible nut-free coconut cake.)

I sweetened these muffins with a combination of orange juice, dates, and maple syrup. To make date-sweetened baked goods, follow these baseline steps:

  1. Soak your dates in hot water.
  2. Pour into blender.
  3. Blend.

It’s that simple! In this recipe, however, we use hot orange juice (sounds weird, but I promise it’s great!) to soak the dates instead of water. This adds even more flavor to the muffins!

orange chai muffins

Bonus points if you use homemade parchment paper liners! I used these because I totally forgot to buy normal muffin liners. It turned out okay in the end, though. 🙂 The parchment liners are so pretty and rustic! I’m a fan.

Of course, the liners aren’t the best part. The muffins are! These orange chai muffins are many things . . . are you ready? Let’s make a list!

  • Delicious
  • Easy
  • Made in the blender
  • Paleo
  • Cost-effective (no $9/lb nut flours!)
  • Festive
  • Flavorful
  • Nut-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Whole30

Yeah, these muffins are pretty great. But they’re not Whole30, of course.

Speaking of which, I’m planning on doing my 2nd annual January Whole30 to kick off 2018. To celebrate, I’ll be posting a whole month of Whole30 compliant recipes! A reset is always so nice after the holiday season. I’ve gotten much better at controlling myself around holiday spreads in the past year and a half, but there’s always room to improve . . . and there’s always room for more vegetables in my diet. Nobody’s ever suffered from eating too many vegetables, have they? Of course not.

orange chai muffins

While we’re on the topic of vegetables, I just want to give you a heads-up of new recipes coming your way soon. Look for a butternut-apple dish, some yummy orange-y carrots, sweet potato “rice” stuffing, and even a sweet-potato-crusted breakfast pizza! I’m so excited to share these recipes with you!

Thanks for reading!

orange chai muffins

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Paleo & Nut-free Orange Chai Muffins
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Soak the dates in the hot orange juice. Once the dates are soft, add them to a blender along with the orange zest and coconut oil. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add the maple syrup and eggs to the blender and process again.
  4. Sift the coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, salt, and spices together.
  5. Pour the orange-date-egg mixture into the dry mix and combine until smooth.
  6. Divide the batter between 6 lined muffin cups. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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