These Orange Earl Grey Muffins are a delicious and healthy option for breakfast, snacks, or afternoon tea. Sweetened with honey, made with whole-grain flour, and studded with millet, the Earl Grey tea and orange zest add a delicate flavour to this healthy muffin recipe that you're sure to love.
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What if you could take your favourite tea and put it into your favourite breakfast food? I mean, what a journey that would be, right?
Well that's exactly what's happening here with these Orange Earl Grey Muffins. They're healthy wholegrain muffins naturally sweetened with honey and freshly squeezed orange juice, studded with crunchy millet, and oh so fragrant thanks to Earl Grey tea baked right into the muffin.
I feel like we should be having a fancy tea party with these, and to be honest they'd be great as part of a highbrow spread. But with the heft and sturdiness of wholegrain flour they'd be equally comfortable tossed into your backpack for a midmorning snack.
What's in this recipe?
The ingredients list is short and sweet, my friends, and I'm willing to bet you probably already have most of what you need on hand.
- Butter --> The queen of fats.
- Earl Grey tea --> A couple of bags.
- Honey --> For a touch of sweetness.
- Orange --> We're using both juice and zest.
- Millet --> For some nutty crunch!
- Flour --> Going in with both wholegrain spelt flour and all-purpose.
- Yogurt --> For moisture and tang.
- Egg --> Our binding crew.
- Baking soda --> For lift!
- Salt --> For balance.
You'll also need a saucepan for melting the butter mixture in, and a small pan for toasting the millet. But that's it. That's all.
How to make this recipe
You'll find detailed instructions for these Earl Grey Muffins in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. For now, we'll quickly walk through it together.
First up, toast your millet! It only takes a few minutes and brings out a delightful, nutty flavour.
Next we're going to melt the butter and honey together with the earl grey tea. I prefer to use tea bags rather than high-quality loose leaf tea as it's ground quite finely.
Once melted, set the honey-tea-butter aside to cool a bit.
Next up, wet mix! Combine the yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, and egg in a large bowl. Mix it up!
Add the cooled butter mixture and mix again.
Now it's time for the dry stuff! I'm using my lazy baker's one-bowl technique where I add all of the dry ingredients right on top of the wet and mix the dry stuff lightly together with a fork before mixing it down into the muffin mix.
Lastly, add the toasted millet.
Now scoop into muffin tins (I grease mine with butter) and bake for 20-25 minutes until your muffins are puffed, golden, and wonderfully fragrant.
Pop them up onto their sides to cool, and put on a pot of tea. You're going to love these!
Pro tips / recipe notes
What's the best tea for baking with? Although I am a total tea snob and prefer drinking high-quality loose-leaf tea, I don't see any point in wasting the good stuff in baking. Tea from tea bags is usually ground quite finely as well, which makes it ideal for baking with.
If good quality loose-leaf tea is what you have on hand, you can totally still use it. Just be sure to grind it up finely before adding it to the muffin mix.
Can you freeze Earl Grey muffins? You sure can! Nothing makes me happier than having a batch of muffins in the freezer for grab-and-go breakfasts or snacks.
To freeze muffins, simply cool completely and then toss into a freezer bag, and then into the freezer. Frozen muffins will last for about 3 months.
Are these muffins healthy? Well, friends, they're certainly healthier than your average coffee shop muffin. The sugar is very reduced compared to most muffins, and these are naturally sweetened with honey.
There is also a good amount of fiber, and thanks to the whole-grain spelt flour and millet.
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Orange Earl Grey Muffins
- ½ cup millet toasted
- ¼ cup butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 2 earl grey tea bags or 2 teaspoon ground earl grey tea
- 1 cup plain, full-fat yoghurt
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup spelt flour or whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F. Brush muffin tins with butter and set aside.
- Set a small skillet over medium heat and pour ½ cup millet in it. Allow it to toast, stirring frequently, until it has become lightly browned and is fragrant. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- Combine ¼ cup butter, ⅓ cup honey, and tea from two Earl Grey tea bags in a small sauce pan. Set over medium heat until the butter is just melted. Whisk together and set aside to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl mix 1 cup yogurt, 1 large egg, ¼ cup orange juice, and 1 tablespoon orange zest together.
- Add the slightly cooled butter mixture and whisk well to combine everything.
- Add 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup spelt or whole wheat flour, 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon salt directly on top of the wet mix.
- Use a fork to light mix the dry ingredients together, and then mix down into the wet mix until just combined.
- Add the toasted millet to the bowl, and mix to combine.
- Spoon the muffin mixture into 12 prepared muffin tins.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Muffins should be puffed up and golden. Pop out of the tins and cool resting on their sides.
- Serve warm, or room temperature.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only.
- What's the best tea for baking with? Tea from tea bags is usually ground quite finely as well, which makes it ideal for baking with. If good quality loose-leaf tea is what you have on hand, you can totally still use it. Just be sure to grind it up finely before adding it to the muffin mix.
- Can you freeze Earl Grey muffins? You sure can! To freeze muffins, simply cool completely and then toss into a freezer bag, and then into the freezer. Frozen muffins will last for about 3 months.
This recipe was first published on March 28, 2012. It was re-tested, re-photographed, and updated on November 30, 2021.