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cranberry sauce muffins on a cooling rack

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Make cranberry sauce muffins out of leftover orange cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. Healthier whole-wheat and vegan muffins for snacks or breakfast.


  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk (from the can, shake and stir contents before measuring)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup orange cranberry sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180C)
  2. Line or grease a 12-cup muffin tray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the coconut milk, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the milk mixture.
  6. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined, then fold in the orange cranberry sauce, and combine but be careful to not overmix.
  7. Fill 12 muffin cups and bake for 21-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.


Predominately the flavor for these muffins is coming from the flavor-packed orange cranberry sauce. So, if your sauce doesn’t have orange juice in it, try adding the zest of an orange to the dry ingredients. 

If you're using canned cranberry sauce, whisk it to break up the large pieces and smooth it out before adding it to the muffin mixture.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 21 mins
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: uses for leftover cranberry sauce