The Great Gluten Free Recipe Challenge: dark chocolate and orange muffins

The Great Gluten Free Recipe Challenge: dark chocolate and orange muffins

Okay, so somehow whilst breaking my camera and having a mini meltdown  in the kitchen, I managed to grab a couple of snaps of these dark chocolate and orange muffins.

Made as part of The Great Gluten Free Recipe Challenge set by Caleigh over at Gluten Free[k], I had to create a recipe free from gluten, dairy products, almonds, hazlenutes and chestnuts.

And, most importantly, the key ingredient had to be orange.

So, having experimented with several types of muffin over the last few years, I decided that was a natural choice for me!

I wanted to add cocoa powder to the mix,  but we were all out, so here’s what I came up with……….

Eat them warm for a gooey-chocolate experience!

Dark chocolate and orange muffins

125g (dairy free) margarine

125g sugar

265g plain white flour, I used this Dove’s Farm one

1 tbsp gluten free baking powder

zest of 2 large oranges

2 tbsps three-fruit marmalade – I used Tesco Finest

100g plain dark chocolate

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

150ml soya milk

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, orange zest, diced dark chocolate (in small-ish chunks) and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the margarine and marmalade together in the microwave
  4. Add the margarine and marmalade, vanilla essence, soya milk and two beaten eggs to the dry mixture
  5. Mix thoroughly – the mixture will be quite wet, but this is what makes the muffins so tasty!]
  6. Spoon (or ladel!) into muffin cases, and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown

Visit Gluten Free[k]‘s blog for a round up of the other orange-inspired recipes!



  1. Janet
    March 12, 2012 / 12:48

    Now this looks good…but what of the marmalade??

    Hope these freeze…..

  2. March 12, 2012 / 12:55

    Ah, well spotted, I got a bit confused writing it in a hurry and wrote ‘margarine and butter’ instead of ‘margarine and marmalade’!! All sorted now, that will teach me to write posts in a rush in the dead of night! x

    • Janet
      March 12, 2012 / 13:35

      Do not fret Sarah. It doesnt do a girl any good at all…(nor for guys either)

      Coeliacs are good people…we tend to look out for each other…which is good.

      We share the good…(and the not so..)…and it proves that I do pay attention!!

      Diabetic me says…oh no you cant…Coeliac me says…just a little bit….
      Making mini-size jobs later….(which is why I am going to freeze them…)


  3. caleighg
    March 12, 2012 / 15:11

    It was great to have you as part of this challenge, I hope that, despite your mini-meltdown, you enjoyed it!

    • Sarah Howells (GF Blogger)
      March 12, 2012 / 22:42

      Haha, the mini meltdown was a minor camera-breakage-induced moment, I have now made up for it by scoffing the lot! Thanks for setting a great challenge! x

  4. March 13, 2012 / 11:48

    Looks delicious. Love the idea of adding the marmalade for an extra orange hit

  5. Corazon Gatta
    October 11, 2012 / 18:00

    I really love to eat chocolates specially dark chocolate because they taste sweet and special. ‘.”;;

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