It’s Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Star Fruit (Carambola) Orange Muffins (dairy-free, egg-free, corn-free)

Slowly I’m getting the hang of keeping ‘Timan’ dairy-free, egg-free and corn-free and sometimes it’s even fun fiddling around with new recipes.

Let me start like this, I’m not a big fan of star fruits, they are always much to sour or tart for my palate. But my new carambola orange muffin recipe turned out to be super yummy. And star fruits are a source of vitamin C, even better, however if you are having a problem with your kidneys, they are not the fruit for you.

Actually there exist two types of carambola, the ‘sour’ ones – and these are really sour – and the ‘sweet’ ones – just a tiny little bit less sour. 😉

So it comes, the fruits (the ‘sweet’ ones, LOL) the Hubs bought the other day just sat on a plate on the kitchen counter and got more ripe by the minute. And it was raining, ‘Timan’ was in need of an activity. What do we do? We’re baking muffins. Of course, they have to be free of the allergens that I think are causing his eczema to flare up.

Carambola (Star Fruit) Orange Muffins (dairy free, egg free, corn free)


1/3 cup (90ml) Sunflower Oil

1/2 cup (100gr) brown sugar, loose

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

2 1/2 ounces (70ml) Orange Juice

1 1/2 cup (180gr) whole meal flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

4 tbsp (20gr) instant oats

1 pin salt

2-3 carambola/star fruits, chopped into 1/2 inch/1 cm-pieces to make ca. 3/4 cup and 6 slices (stars) for decoration


Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3-4

Mix oil with brown sugar, vanilla extract and orange juice.

In separate bowl sift flour and baking soda, mix in oats and salt. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.

Combine the chopped star fruit pieces with the batter and spoon it into a greased medium size 6-hole muffin tin (3/4 full).

Top each muffin with a star and bake them for 25 minutes (test with wooden toothpick).

Let cool for at least 5 minutes before taking out of the tin.

If you don’t want to cut out eggs, I would mix one egg into the wet ingredients before you add the orange juice. In this case you can skip the oats if you prefer. Or leave them, it would’t matter.

As usual the tot had a hard time with something he never had before, but the Hubs who is a real challenge with baked goods not made by his mama dug in with a ‘Mmmm, i bon.’ (English translation: ‘yummy, they’re goooood.’).

And on top of that, the dairy-free, egg-free and corn-free star fruit (carambola) orange muffins are nutritious and surprisingly not sour at all.


What is your favorite muffin these days? Are you also inventing or adapting recipes to the needs of your family?


Posted on January 3, 2012, in 'Timan', Cakes and Stuff, Eczema, Things I like and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It is so hard to adjust menus for allergies! My boy struggled early on a lot with allergies – now we just deal with a few minor ones and avoid those foods. I must say he is quite the picky eater, so even foods he technically can eat, he won’t. It can be frustrating.

  2. Those muffins look good. The only kind I’ve baked are banana muffins and my kids love ’em. So how is your little guy doing on this diet? Has it helped his eczema?

    • Going dairy-free and corn-free has definitely helped, about the eggs I’m not so sure. It is just a guess from my side and eggs will be the first I’ll start to reintroduce. It looks like we came to a break through concerning the eczema. Finally. 🙂 But we had to change a lot of other things too.

  3. we have lots of star fruit here, never knew the other name for it was carambola! the mffin looks good! 🙂

  4. I admit, I’ve never even heard of carambola, but those sure do look good!

    • Carambola or Star Fruit only grow in the tropics, I’m pretty sure they have them in Florida. Wouldn’t this be the perfect trip during the winter? I’m not a huge fan eating them off the tree, but in those muffins they are super yummy.

  5. This looks wonderful! What a great helper!

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