5 from 2 votes

Paleo Chocolate Orange Muffins

 August 31, 2020

These Paleo Chocolate Orange Muffins are the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and I seriously could not wait to hit the ‘publish’ button on this blog post, because you need to go make them. Full disclosure, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about orange in a chocolate muffin, but you guys – the combination tastes like the creamiest orange chocolate fudge, but in muffin form. And since we are somewhere in between fall and winter, this recipe comes at a perfect time!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that one of the requirements for any muffin recipe to make it to my blog, is that it be moist. Like super moist. And if that word makes you uncomfortable, maybe take a moment to reflect on why that is, okay? I hope I made you laugh! But it’s true, no one likes a dry muffin!

When I started this blog, I set out to create healthier versions of my favorite treats. For me, that meant creating recipes without refined sugars. Why? Because during my eating disorder days, I would binge on treats that were packed with white sugar. For some reason, white sugar triggered something in my brain, which made me want to binge. White sugar is addicting, and while that might not be the case for everyone, it certainly was for me.

That’s why all Kalejunkie recipes are made with sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar. But most recently, I have fallen in love with a sugar substitute called Purecane. And yes, Purecane did sponsor this post, but to know me, is to know that I don’t post or share anything that I am not personally obsessed with. Purecane is the most amazing 1:1 sugar substitute I’ve tried yet, and because it is made from sugarcane, there are no weird aftertastes!

For those of you that are calorie conscious, it’s nice to know that Purecane contains zero calories. It is made through a patented fermenting process that starts with sugarcane, then converts it to a pure, no calorie sweetener without any artificial chemicals. Sign me the F up! You can purchase it in individual packets, large pouches for baking, and now they even make convenient canisters!

If you don’t have Purecane, that’s ok. You can easily substitute for maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, or even regular sugar (if you must!). What ever you choose, you will love these muffins.

If orange flavored anything just isn’t your jam, that’s ok. I have so many muffin recipes on my site, check out my Chocolate Chunk Tahini Muffins, my Paleo Blueberry Banana Muffins, or even my Almond Butter Cinnamon Muffins. You cannot go wrong with any Kalejunkie recipe. I might be a little biased, but I do have some fantastic recipes.

Store these muffins in an air tight container in the fridge to enjoy during the week, and pro tip: they also freeze really well. Just pop them out of the freezer when you are ready to enjoy, and warm them up!


I hope you guys love this recipe, and if you make it, be sure to leave a comment for me below and tag me on Instagram so I can repost!

Dairy Free/gluten-free/Grain Free/Paleo


5 from 2 votes
Nicole Modic
SERVES 12 muffins
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  • 1 ¾ cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup Purecane or maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 eggs room temp
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Zest from one orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips plus extra to sprinkle on top of the muffins!
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil melted and cooled


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Line a muffin tin with liners or grease well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, orange juice, eggs, orange zest, vanilla extract, and melted coconut oil.
  • Next, add the almond flour, cacao/cocoa, and baking soda. Stir until just combined, but don’t over mix.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into the muffin tin.
  • Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top!
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, until batter comes out clean with a toothpick.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Garnish with extra orange zest if desired.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    These muffins are FABULOUS!!! As someone who eats grain and refined sugar free , I was so delighted to find this recipe today. It’s definitely a keeper. Thanks so much!

    • I am so thrilled that you loved these muffins, Lana! Thank you so much for your review!

  2. This is my go-to-muffin recipe! I have yet to meet anyone who didn’t rave about them, so easy to make and clean ingredients to top it off!!

    • Woohoo!! Shannon, that makes me so happy to hear! Thank you so much for making this recipe, and for sharing it with others! It truly means the world to me.