Zesty Mandarin Sesame Muffins

Mandarin sesame muffins on cooling rack

The surprising combination of mandarin oranges and sesame seeds make for a fruity muffin that isn’t too sweet.

Makes: 24 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 cup mandarin orange segments
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup Mirage margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds<


  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Place muffin liners in a standard muffin tin.
  2. Zest navel orange. Set aside.
  3. Strain syrup from mandarin oranges. Chop into rough pieces.
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  5. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, orange zest, and sugar.
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  7. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, vanilla, egg, and melted margarine.
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  9. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the mandarin oranges.
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  11. Fill the muffin tins 3/4 of the way up. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  12. Muffin tins filled with dough

  13. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the muffins comes out clean.
  14. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Chef Tips

  • Sprinkle the muffins with turbinado sugar to add some extra crunch.
  • Add a few drops of sesame oil to the wet ingredients for added flavour. Don’t add too much, as sesame oil is very strong.

Mandarin sesame muffins on a cooling rack

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