March 4, 2009

Finally, the Cranberry Muffin Recipe

After teasing my faithful readers a couple of times, I'm finally able to share the recipe for Cranberry Muffins! Last time, I just wasn't happy with the level of sweetness in them so I included mashed overripe bananas this time. I like how the bananas add moisture and sweetness to quickbreads and muffins. Even with my various changes, they are not overly sweet.

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These muffins are nice, dense and as moist as any muffin you might want for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. The cranberries add a tartness that is nicely offset by the sugar, banana and the orange zest. I like the background flavor of the POM Wonderful juice, even though it's only a small amount. I should tell you that I added the 2nd tablespoon only because the batter seemed a bit dry, so if your bananas are extremely ripe you may only need 1 tablespoon.

My Oldest, who adores all muffins and quickbreads, enjoyed these with a bit of butter. He's not a huge fan of tart cranberries, so the butter took these muffins to "thumb's up" status. He's already asked if he could have one for breakfast in the morning.

Looking for more quick breakfast ideas? Then, you may want to visit these blogs:
Annie's Eats made Chocolate Chip Muffins which may not be healthy, but I'm sure they would make My Oldest very happy in the morning.
Christy's Kitchen Creations shared a Lemon Oatmeal Poppyseed Muffin that has a glaze on it and would be a sweet way to begin the day.
My friend, Lori, at RecipeGirl made a Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread that not only looks good, but is healthier with her addition of whole wheat flour. Another excuse to use those amazing chips!

Cranberry Muffins
Source: Patsyk


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (or frozen, but not defrosted)
  • 2 medium overripe bananas, mashed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons POM juice (start w/1 tablespoon, if batter is too dry add a 2nd one)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Cooking Spray


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or you can use the muffin papers to line them. Combine flour through salt, and whisk together. Add cranberries and toss to coat.
  2. In another bowl, combine bananas through egg - mixing to combine thoroughly.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture and stir until completely moistened. Careful not to overmix.
  4. Fill prepared tin with batter - each cup should be filled about 3/4 full. Bake for about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.

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Heather said...

mmm those are so beautiful and sound so tasty!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Those look so good and I happen to have some bananas and cranberries that I bought for $.25 a bag a couple of weeks ago!!! May be my project for tomorrow!

Christy said...

Your muffins looks fantastic and I just happen to have some cranberries that I need to use up! :)

Thanks for sharing my muffin post with your readers!! {{hugs}}

Mary said...

These look really good. I can't wait to try them.

Leslie said...

Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!!! They look scrumptious!

Elle said...

These look wonderful! i love the addition of bananas!

Netts Nook said...

I love cranberry in anything can't wait to try thanks for sharing.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those look like great muffins - I love the red cranberries popping out everywhere!

Dawn said...

these sound good...I have not used cranberries in muffins, yet. at least that I can think of. I would love to try these and maybe add some white choco chips. what do you think?

Peabody said...

You must still be wanting Fall as well, squash in the last post and cranberries in this one. These look yummy, and I love the use of POM, love that stuff.

Girl Japan said...

Yippeee!!! Thanks for the recipe. long and waiting i might add ...hehe I can enjoy cranberries anytime..

gaga said...

Yum, I love cranberries. Looks delish!

HoneyB said...

They look great Patsy!

Kevin said...

Bananas would be good in them. They look great!

Pam said...

These muffins look and sound terrific. You can't beat a hot muffin slathered with butter.

Sophie said...

They do look moist :), I especially like the addition of the banana and juice!

Aggie said...

I love the taste of cranberries with that hint of orange zest! These sound great!

Max mickle said...

Wow!! that seems to be a great recipe.I love Cranberry Muffins. I will definitely bake a batch this weekend.

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