A fluffy chocolatey muffin with a hint of orange and a coating of smooth chocolate on top…. Mouth watering yet? This is a great recipe to make for a stint of weekend baking. They’re also perfect to get the kids involved as it’s an all in one mix that can’t really go wrong. Just make sure you save one for yourselves when they come out of the oven! For those of you who are big into your baking and fancy getting creative in the kitchen don’t jump to the recipe just yet keep readying below to try your hand at winning a pretty amazing prize.

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Serves 9

Cooks in 60 Minutes


200g oats
120g almonds
2 tbsp. orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
3.5 tbsp. cacao powder
5 tbsp. Maple syrup
200ml innocent almond (oat/coconut/hazelnut drink whichever!)
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch sea salt
100g vegan dark chocolate
zest of 1 orange


Preheat oven to 180°C
In a blender blitz the oats and almonds into a chunky flour.
Tip the “flours “into a medium sized mixing bowl along with the baking soda and powder and stir.
Add the rest of the ingredients except for the toppings and mix into a smooth thick batter.
Spoon approx. 3 tbsp. of batter to each muffin case evening it out to fill 9 cases.
Bake for 30 minute before removing from the oven and leave cool for 10 or so minutes before topping.
Spoon over the melted chocolate and extra orange zest. Let harden or take a bite and be prepared to
have a chocolate moustache!
Store in a container in the fridge for up to 6 days.