Orange Poppyseed Muffins + Olivari Giveaway

I cannot tell you how excited when we were contacted last month about trying Olivari Olive Oil. I received a little package in the mail with a bottle of olive oil, some great recipes and a fun treat for a couple of our readers. The benefits of olive oil have been touted for quite some time. I don’t usually go for the expensive oil because I most use it for making pasta sauces. In fact, I was going to try the Bruschetta recipe for today, but then I found a recipe for Lemon Glazed Poppy Seed Muffins. I adapted the recipe with orange and almond flavoring.

As I was making the recipe I was a little worried that the olive oil might be a little over-powering, or that the muffin might be too dense. No worries. The muffins are more like a cupcake. They are super light, and even though the glaze is also made with olive oil, you can’t taste it.

The glaze is actually one of the best things about this muffin. I think I might try it with other muffins. You put it on before the muffins are done baking, and glaze hardens and gives the muffin a light crunch. Now I’m sure I could fill your head with all kinds of health and flavor benefits of Olivari, but my favorite thing has got to be the pop up spout. It’s quite the little surprise when you unscrew the cap. I love it!

Olivari sent me coupons for free bottles of olive oil for a couple of readers to try. Make a comment below and we’ll do a drawing Thursday night, and announce a winner Friday morning. You can buy Olivari at WalMart, which basically means it’s available everywhere!

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins, adapted from Olivari


  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 x eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond flavoring
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice


  1. In a mixing bowl combine first three ingredients.
  2. Add flour,  salt and baking powder. Mix until combined.
  3. Slowly add milk.
  4. While continuing to stir, add poppy seeds, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and almond flavoring.
  5. Bake in greased muffin tins in a 375 degree oven for 15 min.
  6. While muffins are baking combine final three ingredients for the glaze.
  7. After  15 minutes, brush muffins with glaze and bake for another 5 minutes.

*Giveaway details: We’ll do a random drawing of all comments left on this post before 10:00pm EST, Thursday, January 13th. Winners will be announced Friday, January 14th. Only 1 entry per person.

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  1. Pick me! My husband loves a good olive oil. We cook most of our dishes WITH olive oil.

  2. wow. these sound great. i’ve used olive oil in baked goods before and haven’t liked the taste. maybe it’s the brand that matters, or the recipe? i’m definitely going to try this recipe.

  3. I’m very surprised that the olive oil didn’t have an adverse effect on the taste of the muffins. I’ve tried substituting olive oil for vegetable oil before and it tasted awful!

  4. They look amazing! I love muffins. Olive oil is wonderful too! I love it for cooking veggies.

  5. Ooh, I love giveaways! And who couldn’t use more olive oil?

  6. Carolyn Bird says:

    I’m going to try these delicious looking muffins for breakfast tomorrow! Can’t wait ! Hope that mine rise as high as your’s did! I never thought to use olive oil in muffins, usually I use it in salad dressings and things that I don’t cook. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Hooray for giveaways! Wahoo! The muffin looks perfect. And that pop up spout – that a is a nice treat! Pick me. Choose me. Love me. :)

  8. Looks super yummy! And I could use some free olive oil!

  9. I am a little skeptical of baking with olive oil (I am a butter woman) for some reason, but I would love to give it a try!!

  10. I can’t say I have ever tried baking with Olive oil either. I will have to give these a try.

  11. They look yummy…..going to have to try this recipe out…..

  12. The muffins look so delicate! Yum!

  13. Diane Roberts says:

    Things with olive oil seem so heavy … different talk too.

  14. I love the pop up pouring lid!

  15. With a “free coupon” who wouldn’t give it a try. I mostly use olive oil for frying vegetables and I rub it on my baking potatoes skins before baking. Pick me…please!!