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Cranberry pomegranate muffins

photo of a plate of Cranberry pomegranate muffins

Not too long ago, I came home to find a surprise package on my doorstep. A box of cranberry pomegranate juice. Apparently, it is a new product from POM and it’s not even yet available for purchase.

photo of a bottle of Pom Wonderful

I liked the juice as I like all the POM juice varieties. Normally I’m not a big fan of cranberry juice, but blended with the pomegranate, I didn’t taste the aftertaste that I don’t like with cranberry juice. Also for those who find pomegranate juice on its own too tart, the cranberry juice dilutes it so it’s not so tart.

After drinking some of the juice, I decided to bake with it. Of course, when thinking of cranberries my mind immediately popped to cranberry muffins or cranberry bread. It’s not quite the season for fresh cranberries yet, so I decided to make a recipe with dried cranberries. It’s also not the season yet for fresh pomegranates, so I didn’t have any of those around to put in my muffins.

photo of muffins on a baking rack

When it is the season, I’ll definitely be adding some pomegranate seeds and fresh cranberries to give these babies some more color. I also might try an eggless version next time. Once I poured the cranberry juice in, it was initially red, but then the batter turned a brown color after mixing with the egg yolks.

While these didn’t come out as beautifully as I wanted, they tasted quite delicious. Sweet, slightly tangy from the pomegranate cranberry juice. It’s usually hard to convince my siblings to eat the fruit flavored desserts, but they liked these muffins. They’re also very soft and moist.

close-up photo of muffins piled on a plate

I browsed the internet for cranberry orange muffin recipes so that I could replace orange juice with cranberry pomegranate juice. I chose a recipe from Good Food, Good Wine and a Bad Girl and made some modifications to fit what I was attempting to make.

A lot of times when I try to come up with my own recipes or alter previous recipes to create my own they end up coming out a complete disaster. I still am a novice when it comes to baking. But these, to my relief, came out delicious. I just wish I had some fresh cranberries and pomegranate seeds to put in the batter.

photo of muffins in a basket

Cranberry pomegranate muffins

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
These soft and moist muffins have a fruity tang from pomegranate juice and dried cranberries.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup cranberry pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until smooth. Stir in the juice, milk and vanilla extract. Add in the dry ingredients, along with the dried cranberries, and stir until just barely combined.
  • Distribute batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until tops are puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.


Recipe adapted from Crumb


Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 228mg, Potassium: 119mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 275IU, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1.1mg, Net Carbs: 38g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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2 comments on “Cranberry pomegranate muffins”

  1. I thought the cranberries would make it tart as well? Cos I have tried cranberry juice and it is tart! :O …but I am ok with them being tart…just that my other half don’t. Your muffins look beautiful, including the basket 🙂

    • I thought the cranberry would be more tart as well, but the cran-pom juice is actually sweeter than just the pom juice version

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