Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)

Almond flour cranberry orange muffins – paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and perfect for cranberry season! There’s nothing like a warm muffin for breakfast.

Cranberry orange muffins on plate

I have a muffin obsession. They are one of my favorite things to bake, and I love coming up with different variations — usually based on whatever I happen to have in the kitchen. This recipe was inspired by oranges in the refrigerator and some cranberries in the freezer. Orange and cranberry is a perfect combination. And these easy paleo cranberry muffins are delicious.

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Here’s what you’ll need

  • almond flour 
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • one orange, zested and juiced
  • eggs
  • honey
  • ghee or coconut oil
  • fresh, frozen or dried cranberries

How to make gluten free cranberry orange muffins

This recipe uses the traditional muffin method. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Then mix the two together and fold in the cranberries.

Almond flour cranberry muffins on cooling rack

For the orange flavor in this recipe, zest the entire orange into the dry ingredients and added the juice of half of the orange to the wet ingredients.

You can toss the cranberries in frozen – there’s no need to take the time to thaw them. I always have cranberries in the freezer. I always buy a few bags of fresh cranberries in the fall and freeze them for use year round.

The fresh cranberries give a nice tartness to the muffins so they are not too sweet.  But you can always substitute dried cranberries (look for ones sweetened with apple juice instead of corn syrup) if you want your muffins a little sweeter.

Muffins on plates with orange and cranberries

You can even swirl in some leftover holiday cranberry sauce for an extra boost of cranberry flavor. And for a variation without orange, try substituting lemon zest and just a tablespoon of lemon juice instead of the orange. Or try these cranberry applesauce muffins.

I love to bake muffins with both almond flour and coconut flour. Almond flour works perfectly for this recipe since almond flour batter tends to be thicker and it helps keep the cranberries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins. If you prefer coconut flour muffins, try these banana blackberry or lemon poppy muffins.

These paleo cranberry orange muffins are a wonderful treat you can enjoy any time of the year.

Almond flour cranberry muffins

Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins

These quick and easy almond flour cranberry orange muffins are paleo, gluten-free and grain-free.


Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Servings: 9 muffins

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian

Author: Lisa Wells


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease or line muffin tin.

  • Combine dry ingredients and orange zest in large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then fold in cranberries.

  • Using a large ice cream or cookie scoop, fill muffin cups ¾ full.

  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.


For dairy-free: use coconut oil instead of ghee


Calories: 209kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 6g Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 63mg Sodium: 114mg Potassium: 37mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 9g Vitamin A: 90IU Vitamin C: 4.5mg Calcium: 57mg Iron: 1.1mg

Keyword: almond flour muffins, cranberry muffins

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