2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar, unrefined if desired
1/4 cup additional sugar (to roll cranberries in)
2 tsp baking power
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups cranberries chopped
1 cup orange juice
3 1/2 tbsp apple sauce
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp orange zest
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease mini muffin pans.
Roll cranberries in sugar and then chop cranberries and set aside. (Tip-using blender to roughly chop works well)
In a large bowl, stir together flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add the orange juice, apple sauce, vanilla and orange zest.
Fold in the chopped cranberries.
Spoon into the mini muffin pans.
Bake in the oven on the center rack 15 minutes, or a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Let cool completely. If you can wait, the taste and texture are so much better the next day!