Cranberry, Lemon and Ginger Muffins (whole grain)

Soft and moist, these whole grain cranberry, lemon and ginger muffins are a wonderfully festive way to start the day!

Cranberry, Lemon and Ginger Muffins from – made healthier with oats, these soft and moist muffins are great for the holidays!

General Mills contacted a few bloggers last month, asking if we’d be interested in creating some new holiday recipes. Having always had great experiences with their products, I excitedly accepted. I hope you like what we came up with for this Virtual Bake Day!

I basically go on a cranberry and ginger baking bonanza starting December 1st, so it was just natural that I finally mix the two together. I added the lemon juice, zest and extract to the muffins just because it was an especially dreary month and lemon always cheers me up. Food has that kind of power over me.

That’s one of the reasons why I love baking so much – creating something delicious, basically from nothing, always makes me happy. What I love even more than the actual baking part is giving whatever I’ve made away to friends! People are always thrilled when I give them a few cookies or brownies and that in turns makes me feel fantastic. I love making people happy and it seems like I’m best able to do this through baking. :)

What about you? Why do you like to bake? I doubt that most of us bake just because we have to have something to eat. That’s how I feel about cooking! I do cook, but only because (sadly) I can’t eat baked goods all day.

Cranberry, Lemon and Ginger Muffins from – soft, moist and delicious!

I have several grain-free lemon recipes on the blog but up until now, I’ve never posted any whole grain lemon goodies! I’m just not wild about lemon and whole wheat flour together. I knew I’d have to use some all-purpose flour to really get the flavor I wanted, but instead of using just white flour in these cranberry, lemon and ginger muffins, I used half oats and half all-purpose flour and voila! 50% whole grain muffins. :)

Weirdly enough, flour isn’t the same country to country. I have to use a mix of different types of German flour to mimic American all-purpose, and even then, it’s all a guessing game. I usually don’t even bother making anything with white flour. I was so ridiculously excited to find Gold Medal Flour online from an American food importer!

Cranberry, Lemon and Ginger Muffins from – super delicious, soft and moist!

It had been so long since I had had anything with all-purpose flour, that on Thanksgiving, all I ate were these fluffy make-ahead dinner rolls. Honestly… the best yeasted food ever. Now I’m just hoping that this website will start carrying Gold Medal’s white whole wheat flour! That would be glorious.

As written, these cranberry muffins don’t taste the least bit whole grain (even if made with white whole wheat!)

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Cranberry, Lemon and Ginger Muffins

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Cranberry, Lemon and Ginger Muffins (whole grain)
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  • Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup unrefined sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted refined coconut oil or butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup candied ginger, diced
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • Unrefined sugar, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats and buttermilk until well combined. Let this sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set this aside.
  4. After the 10 minutes of soaking are up, add the egg, sugar, coconut oil, lemon zest, lemon extract, and lemon juice to the soaked oats and stir until combined.
  5. Add the dry mix to the wet mix and stir just until combined. Do not overmix!
  6. Gently fold in the candied ginger and dried cranberries.
  7. Divide the batter among the 12 muffin liners.
  8. Sprinkle the muffin tops with unrefined sugar, if desired.
  9. Bake for 18 - 21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  10. Let the muffins cool in their pan for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

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15 comments on “Cranberry, Lemon and Ginger Muffins (whole grain)” — Add one!

  • Brit says
    March 27, 2020 @ 4:36 am

    I found this recipe because I was post work out hungry and wanted ginger and cranberries in a breakfast food. This is the recipe I found that satisfied my cravings. I’ve since shared the link with multiple family members. It’s a filling muffin that doesn’t require weird ingredients.

    The only change I recommend is substitute the lemon extract with 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger

    • Erin replies to Brit
      March 30, 2020 @ 8:24 am

      Freshly grated ginger sounds great! But I also do love the lemon extract. ;) I’m so glad that you liked the muffins and have shared the recipe! Thanks for that and for your comment. :)

  • Barbara Potter
    April 7, 2019 @ 3:39 pm

    This recipe is spectacular! I made them for company and they raved about them. I wasn’t sure about all of the lemon zest and juice, but it added a whole level of flavor to the muffins. The oatmeal was a great ingredient as well. Needless to say, there were none left. I am making them again this week.
    I used organic unbleached flour and it was perfect. I have read that Roundup is now used on wheat to increase the yield so I don’t ever use anything but organic.

    • Erin replies to Barbara Potter
      April 14, 2019 @ 8:28 pm

      I’m sorry to have just now seen your comment! I’m so glad that you and your company enjoyed the muffins so much. :) I’m happy that you’re making them again! Thanks for your feedback.

  • Lisa says
    December 6, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    Please take the “whole grain” out of the title of this, since they are made with all purpose white flour.

    • Erin replies to Lisa
      December 7, 2014 @ 11:41 am

      These are whole grain. Please read the recipe again. :) They’re either 50% whole grain, if using oats, which are whole grain, and all-purpose flour or 100% whole grain if using oats and white whole wheat flour.

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
    December 9, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    These muffins look fabulous! I’ve been in love with all things cranberries right now and the addition of ginger and lemon put these on my must make list! Yum!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    December 4, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    I love ginger and cranberries together! I need to bake with that combination more often!

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today says
    December 4, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    Isn’t lemon and ginger a perfect connection? I hope to bake something together when I am back in Berlin. We haven’t seen each other for ages now. It’s a lovely recipe. My parents in law will come for a visit tomorrow, maybe I’ll manage to bake some for them :)

  • Emily says
    December 4, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    I love the sound of all of those flavors together. These muffins are going to be perfect for the holidays!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says
    December 4, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    There isn’t a more fitting flavor for winter than cranberry and ginger! These looks so wonderful Erin!

  • Charlotte Moore
    December 4, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    May try these with whole wheat flour.

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
    December 4, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    That’s so interesting that even FLOUR differs from country to country! Glad you were able to get some Gold Medal and celebrate some virtual baking with everyone today. These look positively wonderful! :)

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks says
    December 4, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    I love that you used coconut oil. I try to bake with it as much as I possibly can in place of other oils! I bet the combo of it, with the cran, lemon, and ginger, is outstanding!


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