Orange Olive Oil Muffins

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When it rains, it pours… in a good way! As you all know, I’ve been fighting some sort of sickness. And right before I got sick, I had a super off day: one of those days that leaves you feeling completely depleted. That night, I began a ‘re-center yourself Tiff‘ plan, which included creating a vision board. Big questions about what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, and where I’d like to go from here filled my mind. And in the act of creating that vision board (which is still very much so a work in progress), I cut out the word ‘Cuisnart‘ from a magazine ad. Fast forward almost two weeks later, and I’m happy to report that yours truly will be receiving a brand new Cuisnart ice cream maker in the mail next week!!!

Those who have been following Como Water for awhile know that I have been jonesin’ for an ice cream maker, pretty much since I started the blog. But since an ice cream maker was a ‘luxury’ item, rather than a necessity, wait for an ice cream maker did I. Then, to my surprise, I received an email from The Fairy Hobmother granting me a $100 gift card to! And yes, you know how this movie ends… I ordered a Cuisnart ice cream maker!!!!

I was (and still am) so excited and can’t wait to start posting lovely ice cream recipes on Como Water! 😀 AND… get this… The Fairy Hobmother also mentioned that a lucky Como Water reader could also be visited by her… simply by leaving a comment on this post and making a wish!  You really never know when luck will rain down on you and when your wishes will come true, so I encourage you to make a wish! 😉

And speaking of wishes, let me tell you about these muffins–the real reason you are here! … These muffins, oh, these, lovely, lovely muffins. These muffins are inspired by a cake from Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, MI. At Zingerman’s, they make their olive oil cake with rosemary, but I do not like rosemary, so I adapted the concept of a sweet olive oil baked good to fit my palate. And I fell in love with baking with olive oil. The texture of these muffins are almost indescribable. ‘Light’ just doesn’t capture it. These muffins are so airy, they’re almost effervescent. So ethereal, they almost flutter on your tongue like a butterfly. And the sweet citrus finish so delicate, you’ll think you’re dancing a slow samba with each bite…

Orange Olive Oil Muffins (Printable Recipe)


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

dash black pepper

dash cumin

2 cups orange juice

1 1/4 cups almond milk

1 large stalk lemongrass

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

3 eggs

1 1/4 cup olive oil–extra virgin of course!

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons lemon zest

2 teaspoons orange zest

1/4 cup toasted pepitas–chopped

turbinado sugar

Glaze and garnish:

1/4 cup apricot preserves

1/2 teaspoon orange zest



*Add orange juice to sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat. Reduce until you have 1/3 cup of orange juice. Set aside/let cool. Chop lemongrass. Bruise the lemongrass to release the flavor by hitting it gently. Add the bruised lemongrass to a sauce pan with the almond milk. Steep the lemongrass in the almond milk for 1 hour on medium low heat. Set aside/let cool.

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add muffin liners to muffin tin (makes approx. 18 muffins).

*Add eggs to a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer on medium high speed for 1 minute. Add almond milk (with lemongrass discarded), sugar, almond extract, olive oil, reduced orange juice, and zest. Whisk until fully incorporated. Sift in flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, pepper, and cumin. Mix thoroughly. Add batter to prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle lightly with toasted pepitas and turbinado sugar. Bake 18 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.

*While baking, make the glaze. Add the preserves and zest to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until preserves melt and thicken slightly (~5 minutes). Brush baked, cooled muffins with glaze. Garnish with citrus zest.


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. SERIOUSLY gorgeous. Enjoy that ice cream maker… it’s wonderful to have in your arsenal.

  2. Yaaaaaaaaaay! Congrats Tiffany! I’m so happy for you! I haven’t spent mine yet. Ice cream maker is a great investment! These muffins look really delicious. I love orange zest on top!

  3. Such gorgeous muffins! These look delicious, definitely a recipe I’ll have to try soon! 🙂

  4. You’re blowing my mind. First, I am happy that you are getting an ice cream maker!!! Yay! Second, putting lemon grass in the muffin is so cool. Plus, the olive component is just awesome! Cool flavor combinations!!!

  5. Wow! Congrats Tiffany! The muffins look so lovely. I love how you used lemongrass. 🙂

  6. I love the idea of the Vision Board. Congrats on your Fairy Hobmother prize and I know you are going to have such fun with an icecream maker. Can’t wait to see the flavour combos I know you’ll invent. The muffins look really delicious – orange and olive oil I have got to try!

  7. I am writing this as I recover from knee surgery, so blame it on the drugs if it is incoherent.
    1. The muffins sound and look fantastic. I am going to have to see if I can find pepitas.
    2. You will love the ice cream maker. I use mine all of the time. I usually make sorbets as they are a little healthier for you.
    3. I hope you are getting over that “cold”. I still have a little cough from when I had it a month ago.
    4. I wish I had a panini press. For our 25th Anniversary my wife and I went to Italy and my wife feel in love with the paninis. If I had a panini press I could recreate some of those sandwiches for her.

  8. That sounds like a really interesting twist on a muffin recipe! I doubt I’ve ever ha d anything like it, but it sounds great!

  9. Lemon grass in muffins? I love how creative you are. Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the wonderful world of ice cream. 🙂


  10. What a perfect muffin! I love that they are orange. You don’t see to many orange muffins. Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Lemongrass is a really interesting addition here, I think … Congrats on your Fairy Hobmother visit. Hmmm … it’s nothing big but I wish for a new French press, and some gourmet coffee to go with it! I broke mine and I keep putting off getting a new one. That, or a hand crank pasta maker, because mine broke. (Hmm, I am sensing a theme here with my things!!)

  12. Love the muffins, Tiff! Anything citrus is a hit with me. And congratulations on the ice cream maker!

    As for my wish… there are so many things I want for my family but few of them can be gotten with a gift card. Bout the only one I can think of a Breville Pie maker from Williams Sonoma. That or a bunch of books for my kids 🙂

  13. Congratulations on your present! How awesome! I can’t wait to see what ice creams you make! These muffins would go good with cranberry sauce, turkey, potatoes…do you see where I am going with this? 🙂 I’ve never used lemongrass in muffins but I know this has incredible flavor! I need to give these a try!

  14. Congrats on your new ice cream maker. I can just imagine the fabulous creations, you will be making. Your orange muffins are fabulous!
    I would be forever grateful to the Fairy Hobmother if she grated my wish for a new ice cream maker or Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment. Mine broke in the summer, and haven’t gotten a new one yet. Thank you !

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. Congrats Tiffany, the Fairy Hobmother visited me too, today. I was surprised don’t totally know what it is all about. Your muffins looked fab, that is a lot of olive oil, yes. I’ like to try making them. Love your decorations and photo.

  16. congrats!! Noe this muffin looks really good. Love the combination of ingredients! Never thought of lemongrass in a muffin recipe… but why not!!

  17. Gorgeous muffins, Tiffany!!! LOVE the glaze on them…they look irresistible! And congrats on your new ice cream maker…I know you’ll be whipping up some wonderful icy treats soon 🙂

  18. They are MEAN muffins. Original idea, and I bet they taste as good as they sound. The only problem I have with muffins is that they are too easy to eat….

  19. Yay for the ice cream maker! I can’t live without mine, I know you will love it! Your muffins sound so good! I love the combination of citrus and olive oil, especially in cakes and baked goods. They are lovely as well :)! Hope you are feeling 100% again!

  20. “you’ll think you’re dancing a slow samba with each bite…” Now that’s the ultimate foodie descritpion! These muffins are awesome Tiff and I also love baking with olive oil. I was hesitant at first thinking it would leave an aftertaste, but not so. It also reduces the amount of cholesterol in a recipe. I am happy that our Fairy Hobmother paid you a visit, Happy Shopping! And yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

  21. I love olive oil baked goods, especially the ones that also involve some form of citrus… so these sound positively dreamy! Love the addition of lemongrass to the mix. I’m sure it adds a whole new layer of citrusy goodness.
    BTW, congrats on the ice cream maker. I bought one a couple of years ago, and I’m utterly addicted to making homemade ice cream in all kinds of flavours. I don’t think I could ever go back to store-bought ice cream now. If you don’t have it yet, try to find a copy of The Perfect Scoop – best ice cream book EVER.

  22. Lucky you! Congrats! And hope you feel better. Seems to be going around .. this flu like thingy (assuming you’re having the same symptoms). I wish I have an ice cream maker as well. There aren’t many to choose from over here and ordering the ones online are so expensive. Oh hey! There, that’s my wish.
    I love this recipe, Tiffany. Love the lemon grass infusion, cumin and the peel … seriously refreshing and a pick me up. Bookmarked.

  23. These are gorgeous! I love how they look, so moist and light yet rich. What a wonderful way to wake up…like sunshine in the palm of your hand. Great fall-winter recipe, Tiffany! Congratulations on the ice cream maker too, that’s great! I really need to get one of those eventually. They sound great! Great work on the recentering…these are perfect!

  24. Yeah!! So glad you got an ice cream maker. Can’t wait to see what yummy treats you dream up! These muffins look amazing! Orange and the crunch on top, delicious!

  25. The muffins are delicious looking and I’m SO excited for you! I felt the same way when I received my email!

    Since the Fairy Hobmother has already granted me one wish – I’ll refrain (*sigh*) and let others have a chance!

    Congratulations and I’m thrilled for you!

  26. Your muffins look delicious! The abricot preserve and orange zest as garnish is a really nice touch!

  27. Love your idea to do a citrus with olive oil! It really sounds like a great combination!

  28. Yay for ice cream!!!! And these muffins…I’ve never used lemongrass in anything and I can’t think of a better way to start! Any muffin that involves orange is a winner in my book.

  29. CONGRATS! The Fairy Hobmother has granted my wish too!!! ?

  30. That wasn’t supposed to be a question mark lol!

  31. Wonderful! I got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother too and am getting my new coffee maker! Woot woot.

  32. Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  33. This goes straight to bookmarks!

  34. I use olive oil in my kitchen and now I have the new, so green and scented, so I have to try these delicious muffins! Thanks for the recipe and congrats on top 9 🙂

  35. Tiffany they look great!. In Spain those muffings have a very nice and sweet name: “Magdalenas”.
    Will love to give a bite to yours just removed from the oven!


  36. Congrats Tiffany! Just the name of this recipe looks so yummy already. This looks like a great recipe!

  37. these are wowzers!

    olive oil works well in many muffins,do try this


  39. These looks delicious! Love new muffin recipes

  40. Wow thats amazing that the Hobmother visited you! Congrats on getting an ice cream maker! The Hob mother is so fun! These muffins with the lemon grass sound amazing! My mind is blown- I am trying to imagine what they taste like…

  41. These muffins look delicious– I’ve only baked with olive oil if I accidentally run out of vegetable oil and don’t want to go to the store lol but it looks like I can just use olive oil period! I also love the use of lemongrass- I haven’t seen that before! Great post 🙂

  42. They have a very nice orange colour. adding lemongrass is really something new for me. Saw it on YBR. I subscribed through email.

  43. These muffins look divine! Very orangey and moist. Yum!

  44. I recently baked a cake with olive oil, cornmeal and grapes in the ingredients, so am thrilled to see you also use olive oil! I was musing about my old ice cream maker recently…it’s wooden and requires layers of salt and ice around the cream container and then lots of handle turning! I think its out in the garage…