Orange Cinnamon Muffins are a healthy and low fat muffin perfect for a snack. They are also simple thanks to a box of cake mix.
I have been seeing lots of recipes using boxed cake mixes lately. For years now I have refused to use a box to make a cake and vowed never to again. Like all good things, this vow must come to an end. However, I haven’t actually made a cake from it so my vow is somewhat intact. The reason I choose to make something with a boxed cake mix is that you can add different ingredients to it and still end up with a light, moist cake or in this case muffin. I’ve been experimenting with different applications and have been really happy with the results.
I started out with just Greek Yogurt, Fage, of course and decided to up the ante on this one. Since I had some cottage cheese in the refrigerator, I pureed it and put it in the mix. I love to get a little extra protein in a treat. These actually ended up being pretty healthy muffins. They have some fiber thanks to flax-seed and protein from the Greek yogurt and cottage cheese. They also freeze well. They are in my freezer now waiting for my hubby to return to work in a few weeks and bring along a snack for his office.
My little one was the inspiration for the picture above. She took a bite of the muffin and put it on the rack. Then asked me excitedly to take the picture. “Look Mommy it will look like someone took a bite”. She was quite proud of herself for coming up with the idea. I didn’t want to burst her bubble that it has been done before. At least this one has the small bite of a 6-year-old.
These little muffins would be fantastic for a brunch. You can make them in different shapes depending on the pans you have. Any fresh oranges will do from clementines to mandarins to Cara Cara or the good old navel. I liked the addition of the fresh fruit to freshen up the boxed cake mix and provide a little extra vitamins. Try these little tasty morsels for yourself. They won’t taste liked they came from a boxed cake mix!
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