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Clementine and Oat Muffins

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Give me a citrus muffin and I will be one happy person.

Homemade muffins make the best snacks. And they are way more filling and appealing to eat than carrot sticks.

I’d have to eat the whole 2 pound bag of carrots to feel full. And then maybe my eyes would start turning orange. Or I’d get x-ray vision.

Neither of which I want.

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Making a clementine glaze to accompany these cuties is a wonderful idea. It adds more citrus flavor, which I am a big fan of.

And the best part about clementines? The flavor is light and unique. If you don’t like orange muffins because you feel that they are “too orangey” I think you’ll enjoy these because of their lighter flavor.

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A little word to the wise: pick a bag of clementines that are a bit firmer. Soft clementines don’t hold up well against a zester. And please, watch out for your fingers, you’d hate to zest a little flesh off. Ewww.

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Clementine and Oat Muffins

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins


  • finely grated zest of 3 clementines
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of clementine juice and pulp (I blended the clementines that I zested in a magic bullet, to use for the 1/2 cup of juice)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Glaze
  • finely grated zest of 2 clementines, plus 1 to 2 tbsp clementine juice
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place 12 paper muffin liners in a muffin pan, or spray the cups with cooking spray.
  2. Using a mixer, beat the clementine zest, sugar, oil and eggs for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the juice/pulp, and the oats, mix.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking soda, then slowing add it into the wet ingredients, mix until just combined.
  5. Fill the muffin cups about 4/5 full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let the muffins cool for 10-12 minutes before removing from the pan.
  7. Glaze
  8. Mix together the clementine zest & juice with the powdered sugar. Spoon glaze over each muffin.

Recipe adapted from Short & Sweet Cookbook.


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  1. I love muffins and I LOVE clementines! Thanks for sharing the recipe I will have to add to to my breakfast rotation.

  2. I would love a couple of these for breakfast!

  3. I love citrus flavored baked goods…and never thought to use clementines! These look delicious!

    • It definitely shows a different side of citrus when you use clementines!

  4. Love this flavor combination, Beth! I can’t get enough of clementines!

  5. Beth, these look so delicious! I totally agree about having to eat the whole bag of carrot sticks to even feel full and I would much rather have these muffins any day! :)

  6. Wow! These muffins looks fabulous Beth!

  7. Those muffins are looking so good! I love clementines, yum!

  8. My love for Clementines runs deep! These are calling out to me to make them! :)

  9. These sound delicious. I have printed the recipe and am going to put it in my to bake file. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Whatsits.

  10. I’ve never baked with clementines, but these muffins look very persuasive!

  11. These sound really good. Pinned to try!

  12. These are beautiful! Perfect for brunch.

  13. Completely in LOVE with that clementine glaze! I want to pour that on ALL the things! Pinned!

  14. I love clementines as do two of my kiddos – can’t wait to try these as I know they’d be thrilled with the end result! Pinned!

  15. These look fantastic! I’m glad you gave us tips on getting clementines because truthfully I would’nt know which ones to get otherwise lol…and about the carrots? I totally agree…I’m never full off of those unless I eat a sh*t ton and it’s like WHY? LOL so these muffins are perfect is basically what I’m trying to say!

  16. I’ve been waiting for clementines to become reasonably priced, I thought it would’ve happened by now given it’s definitely citrus season but they’re still stupid money. These will be first on my list when I finally buy them!

  17. It would be perfect for my breakfast :-)

  18. These are really good!!  I made them using the purée of three clementines.  It was more than the 1/2 cup in the recipe but I didn’t want to waste it. They turned out amazing!   I added a simple streusel on top and an orange drizzle on top.  Will be making these again!!  

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