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Orange and Date Muffins recipe

Orange and Date Muffins recipe

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The flavours remind me of Christmas morning! Cinnamon or mixed spice can be added for a little more spice. I use my food processor to cut up the orange rind.

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IngredientsServes: 12

  • 1 orange with peel, chopped
  • 100ml (4 fl oz) orange juice
  • 75g (3 oz) chopped dates
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 200g (7 oz) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100ml (4 fl oz) soured cream

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:35min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease muffin tin or line with paper muffin cases.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together chopped orange, orange juice, dates and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into orange mixture just until combined. Do not over mix. Fold in soured cream. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until a small knife inserted into centre of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from tin and let cool before serving.

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Used different ingredients.Excellent!!! These were so nice and moist** didn't have soured cream -but- Yoghurt worked just fine, added some spices. GREAT.-15 Sep 2008


Altered ingredient amounts.Yummy and moist like little puddings. I added some ground cloves and cinnamon, and only used 1/3 the skin from the orange. I don't think I would use any more peel than that as the variety of orange I used had quite a thick peel.-15 Sep 2008


Something a bit ambivelent here as far as rating. Would rate 3.5 stars. I read all reviews first and used just 1/2 the orange peel reserving the other half in case I wanted to add more but didn't need to. These did have a very nice orange flavour. Put the eggs, juice, sugar, dates and orange in my food processor. I thought at first I had added too much powder or soda because it had that 'fizzy' look and texture but realised it was just reacting with the acid in the juice. Subbed some of the oj with fresh pineapple juice and they still had very nice orange flavour. The problem I have with this is #1. not really sweet enough so would be more like a breakfast muffin. I intend on glazing them w/some sugar mixed with oj and zest to help with this. #2. I was alarmed when I saw one reviewer mention the word 'pudding' like texture. I found I had to bake them a bit longer to get rid of that spongy pudding like texture and it didn't completely. Added 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. each of allspice and nutmeg and 1/4 tsp. cardamom. These blend of spices were complimentary. Very good flavour but just lacking in sweetness and the texture.-15 Sep 2008


  • 1 whole orange
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt



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Orange And Date Muffins Recipe Ingredients

  • One Orange
  • Cup of sugar, one
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 100g (3.5 oz) butter, melted
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • One teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • One cup dates – halved and soaked in boiling water, drained

Date and Orange Muffins

These delectable orange muffins are studded with rich buttery pieces of dates.

The mixture results in a muffin that is not too sweet and doesn’t have too much sugar, just 3/4 of a cup for 18 muffins. You can cut that down to 1/2 cup if you would like. Keep in mind though that the recipe also adds the zest of the orange, so there is some bitterness from that.

I hope you like these slightly sweet, slightly tangy muffins.

You can make these luscious muffins with white flour but I always prefer to use whole wheat. If you sift the whole wheat flour before you use it, I find that the muffins come out as light and fluffy as if you had used white flour, just a little healthier.

Please note that the recipe calls for the “equivalent” amount of stevia if you decide to replace the brown sugar, NOT an “equal” amount. The stevia is much sweeter than sugar so you will need far less. Each brand of stevia can be just a bit different so follow the directions on the brand you have. Also remember that sugar adds texture to the muffins, so the texture may be a bit different if you change it out.

We are hearing more and more about the health benefits of eating dates. There aren’t too many recipes that contain dates, at least in our western world, so it’s nice to have something like this that features that under-used ingredient.


  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (Demerara Sugar)
  • 2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder (Dalchini)
  • 2 teaspoon Orange Zest (Rind)
  • 1/3 cup Fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Butter (Unsalted) , melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Whole Egg , or flaxseed egg replacer
  • 2/3 cup Dates , chopped
  • 2/3 cup Walnuts , chopped

Orange Date Muffins (makes 12 muffins)


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.

3. Sift the dry ingredients together into a separate bowl.

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients with the dates and walnuts.

5. Divide the batter between 12 greased or paper lined muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes.

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Orange Date Muffins (Paleo, Dairy Free)

A soft and moist paleo muffin sweetened with dates and oranges!

  • Author: Sweet Lizzy
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 18 min
  • Total Time: 48 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1 x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Paleo


1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup packed, pitted soft medjool dates

1 medium sized organic orange cut into 8 pieces (dried stem stump trimmed off)

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2 cups shredded bran cereal
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Florida Orange Juice
2 tablespoons dark molasses
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 large egg (egg substitute optional)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease one 12-cup muffin tin. In a large bowl, combine bran cereal, water and oil, stirring until bran softens. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, Florida Orange Juice, molasses, honey, orange zest, and egg until blended. In a small bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt.

Add buttermilk mixture to bran, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, dates and walnuts to bran mixture, stirring just until flour is moistened. Spoon into muffin cups, and bake until top springs back when lightly pressed, about 18 minutes.