These muffins are my take on Nigella’s Christmas Morning Muffins. Packed with seasonal fruits and spices they’ll fill your home with amazing Christmassy smells and are a perfect Christmas baking activity for kids. Previously, I have baked and frozen these in advance of Christmas but truth be told they are much nicer baked on the day. In that case, I usually prepare the the dry and wet ingredients on Christmas eve and quickly mix them together quickly on Christmas morning. These taste great anytime but we usually eat them while we’re opening our presents on Christmas morning. Because these contain added sugar (unnecessary) and dried fruits (can be a choking hazard) I would not serve these to babies under one year of age.

Christmas Morning Muffins


What do you need…


1 large carrot, grated

200g plain flour

50g porridge oats

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bread soda

70g caster sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 orange

approx 125mls milk

75mls rapeseed oil

1 egg

80g dried cranberries

Optional: some extra porridge oats, cinnamon and brown sugar to sprinkle on top


What you need to do…

  • Measure the flour, oats, baking powder, bread soda, sugar, spices, cranberries and the zest of the orange into a large bowl. Cover.
  • Squeeze the orange into a jug (I like to use a shaker with a lid instead) and pour in the milk until it comes up to the 200ml mark. Add the oil, grated carrot and egg and beat (or shake!). Cover.
  • You can either make these straight away or cover and leave overnight (put the wet ingredients back into the fridge). When you’re ready to bake. Preheat the oven to 200C. Spray a 12 hole muffin tray with oil. I like to sprinkle the bottom of each hole with a pinch of oats but you can easily skip this step. Then, simply mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use an ice-cream scoop to fill the muffin tray. You can sprinkle with some more oats, a pinch of cinnamon and few grains of brown sugar but again it’s OK to skip this step.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden brown. Leave to cool slightly and then enjoy!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas xoxox




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