Adorable orange-mega-seed muffins


I guess it’s time to accept that Miss F is officially a ‘tween’. Somehow in a brief flash of light my baby girl has turned from a pink-clad muppet dancing to the Hooley Dooleys to a fully fledged Ke$Ha wannabee, leading with the hips and a vocab that both irks and blows my mind.

The word of the moment is ‘adorable’. Said with the emphasis of a much-older girl. EG. “Did you see her little sister? She is ADORABLE. Especially in her winter uniform, that is just, like, too, you know, ADORABLE. [Squeal] PUPPIES! ADORABLE! Check out my new boots….like, adooorrrrrraaaabbbble”


Thankfully she also thinks that these orange poppy(+)seed cakes are also adorable. (Do you like the added punctuation? It’s Ke$Ha and P!nk inspired.)

Anyway, these cakes are ADORABLY AWESOME, since they’re nut free and school-friendly. But they pack in poppy, chia and pumpkin seeds (sesame seed allergy is on the rise, so I’ve left them out). So there’s nutrition here – pumpkin seeds in particular are high in protein. They make a perfect protein punch (nice alliteration) for the daily tween (and younger kid) lunchbox.

Orange seed muffins

1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
1/2 cup unrefined golden caster sugar (or whatever sugar/sweetener you like to use)
2 tsp baking powder
Zest of 1 orange
3 tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2 tbsp poppyseeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
Juice 1 orange
1 overripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup grapeseed oil

Grease a 12-hole muffin tray or line with paper cases. Preheat the oven to 180C.
Tip the flour, sugar, baking powder, zest and seeds into a large mixing bowl and combine well.

In a jug or bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, juice, banana and oil.

Tip the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Divide evenly between your muffin cases.

Cook for 20-25 minutes until golden and springy when touched.

Makes 12


14 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Claire B said,

    Mmmm, yum. Going to get an orange at the supermarket next time and do these on the weekend. Get the littlies to help and I am sure they will love them even more 🙂 Thank you!

  2. 3

    What else could be used instead of poppy seeds, Hubby is allergic to poppy seeds and he loves his muffins.

  3. 5

    Jacqui said,

    Can you use any other oil instead of grapeseed?

    • 6

      wendyblume said,

      You can use whatever you like jacqui. Grapeseed is my choice and the one I’ve tested the recipe with, so I can’t vouch for the result with others. Make sure you report back with your experiments.

  4. 7

    katie poli said,

    Do you just leave the pumpkin seeds whole or do you blitz them first?

    I will report back when I’ve tested it with a few replacements (Mr D is allergic to dairy, including anything in my breast milk so I’ll trial it with almond or rice milk), and I’ll throw in rice malt syrup as the sweetener and see how we go (oooh, don’t I sound like a health-freak mum! Next I’ll be saying I’m off to rinse the mung beans for the kids’ breakfast… bahahaha)

    • 8

      wendyblume said,

      You make me laugh Katie! I leave the seeds whole, but for smaller toddlers, a blitz might be useful. Would stop them being picked out or avoid any choking risk. X

      • 9

        katie p said,

        just a copy paste from my other post (as reference for anyone reading this recipe)… i did them with rice milk (to be dairy free) and rice malt syrup instead of the sugar. i was channeling my inner crazy weird healthy mum but they still rocked :oD

  5. 10

    photravels said,

    Love the name of your blog. Inspired! These muffins look delish. Looking forward to more 🙂

  6. 12

    Claire B said,

    Did them today, they are great! I half-heartedly crushed the pepitas in the mortar and pestle and used olive oil I also couldn’t find my chia seeds so doubled the poppy seeds, I think I must have had a rater juicy orange too, it was much more runny than a usual muffin batter but they came out beautifully. A very forgiving recipe. Miss5 is onto her second, and wants to take one for school tomorrow too, so a real winner with her 🙂

  7. 14

    Gosh, I think this would impress the adults as well as the kids!
    Emma 🙂

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