Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mango Chutney-Cranberry Muffins

I’ve become addicted to mango chutney ever since I bought it for South African Bobotie. Now you can always find a jar of chutney in my refrigerator and chutney in my muffins.

I’m also addicted to muffins and have used the same recipe for years, mixing things up by adding blueberries, chocolate chips, cranberries, craisins, nuts and numerous other special ingredients. There’s never been a ‘fail’ -- every addition is better than the one before.

At the time of my most recent craving for muffins, I was really at a loss--having only cranberries on hand yet wanting to kick the taste up a notch. That’s when I thought of the jar of mango chutney (mild version) in my refrigerator.

Combined with raw cranberries from the freezer, the mango chutney helped me to create a new all-time favorite. I’m a mild-heat sort of gal, but if you like it spicier and have that on hand, I say ‘go for it’!

My first tasting is always straight from the oven. Hot, yummy muffins! Let me tell you, hot (warm) chutney has quite a kick to it. After they cool, however, the spiciness of the chutney tones down to a perfect level of heat.

(makes 12)


3/4-cup all-purpose (white) flour
3/4-cup whole wheat flour
3/4-cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4-tsp. salt
2/3-cup milk (I use skim)
1/4-cup vegetable oil
1 whole egg

1 cup whole raw cranberries
1/3-cup mild mango chutney


1. Mix dry ingredients, using fingers if necessary

2. Combine liquid ingredients.

3. Stir dry and liquid ingredients together until all dry ingredients are wet. (Do not over-beat)

4. Fold in cranberries.

5. Pour into prepared muffin tin (oil/grease/butter).

6. Use back of a spoon to put a dip in the center top of each unbaked muffin, and then fill with heaping teaspoonful of chutney.

7. Bake in preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 25-35 minutes. (As a general rule, muffin baking time depends on what extra ingredients have been added.)

I'm already wondering what these same muffins would taste like with the cranberries replaced by fresh cut-up mangos!


As a single person, I sometimes (often?) take my meal to the living room and eat off a TV tray while watching a movie or documentary. TV tray meals are usually cobbled-together with whatever happens to be in the kitchen, no measurements recorded.

Whole wheat pasta ~ Oven-roasted green cabbage, tomatoes, carrots and celery (seasoned with EVOO, salt and pepper, basil and garlic powder).


  1. Great blog with excellent idea! I appreciate your post about mango chutney cranberry muffins. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs keep it up.

    1. meigancam01 ~ Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my food blog. I'm glad you like the recipe for Mango Chutney-Cranberry Muffins!

  2. These muffins are a brilliant idea my friend, I have a weakness for mango chutney :D


    1. Thanks, CCU. Glad to know I'm not the only one hooked on mango chutney!

  3. What a great idea for a muffin, Kathleen! I doubt I could resist snacking on one as they're pulled from the oven. You only live once, eh? I've made similar pasta dishes, too, with roasted vegetables. They sure do help to create a flavorful meal, as I'm sure yours are.

    1. I think you're right, CJ, about eating them fresh & hot out of the oven. As spicy as the one I ate was, I still have a craving for a hot one!

  4. Mango chutney is great and with Cranberries? Going to try this one.
    I buy a Mango-Peach Salsa which is also fantastic. Did you see my latest post about Mangoes? If you like leave your e-mail to follow blog. I send out a weekly news letter now.

    I also love your T.V. dinner tray. Looks a lot better then those old Hungry Man frozen dinners. Remember those Kathleen? A few times my mother bought them for emergencies,yak!! Never did like them.

    Your invited as well to see my pinned photos at: photos of food and garden.

    Thanks for the post Kathleen, delectable dessert. :)


  5. Hi Kathleen, I want these muffins! I've never had mango chutney ... I must change that!

    Brenda @ sweetsimplestuff

    PS. Sorry it took so long to comment, I'm still having tech issues :(

    1. Better late than never, Brenda. Let me know what you think of mango chutney and whether you find other uses for it. Somehow I think it could fit into a chocolate theme.

  6. Kathleen, this muffins are a wonderful creation.
    I'm a big chutney fan and this combination with cranberries and muffins is brilliant!


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