Today’s recipe is actually thanks to a request from the lovely Ingrid of IngStyle who, after thoroughly enjoying a banana date muffin in a cafe, asked if I had a recipe for some she could make at home! It’s a combo I’ve enjoyed before but never made myself, so I did some playing around and here we are – my banana date muffins! Hopefully they’re as good as your cafe experience Ingrid!
I never used to be a fan of dates, I think I was put off as a child after seeing a date used to make a mouse on the Hickory Dickory Dock cake in the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake book (please tell me someone knows what I’m referring to!). In more recent years I’ve definitely come around and now use dates in all kinds of things – smoothies, bliss balls, baking the lot. I still wouldn’t choose them to just snack on, but nevertheless you’ll almost always find them in my pantry!
And now, on to the muffins! This recipe is slightly adapted from one I found on Best Recipes.
- 200g dates
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 90g butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2tsp bicarb soda
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 2tsp ground cinnamon
- 2tsp ground nutmeg
- 2/3 cup flaked coconut
- 2 eggs
- 2 large overripe bananas
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Roughly chop the dates and combine with the water, butter and brown sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter is melted and sugar dissolved.
- Set aside to cool slightly, then stir in bicarb soda
- Combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Lightly beat the eggs and mash the bananas, then add to the flour mixture with the date mixture. Fold to combine. There will be some lumps from the dates, so just fold until the flour is mixed through.
- Spoon into lined muffin pans and bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through
- Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the pans then move to a wire rack to finish cooling
These muffins aren’t overly sweet, which is exactly how I prefer my muffins (cupcakes on the other hand can be as sweet as they like!). The banana ensures they are nice and moist and they are particularly delicious warmed up a little, maybe even with some butter on them if we’re really going all out. If you wanted to make them healthier you could sub half the flour with some wholemeal self-raising flour.
So there we have it, my first recipe by request! I’m not complaining one bit, and neither were my work colleagues when I showed up with these one morning!
What have you been baking lately? Fancy some banana date muffins? Don’t forget to visit some of the Meatless Monday linkup recipes shared below!
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