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Date-Nut Muffins

March 19, 2011

By Kath Dedon


I love making goodies sweetened with pure maple syrup, maple sugar, or honey. Today I found a recipe for Date-Nut Muffins in The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book and decided to give them a try.

Of course, I did make a few substitutions. Instead of whole wheat pastry flour, I used King Arthur Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour, and I substituted quick oats for the wheat germ because that’s what I had on hand. I processed the oats in my mini food processor for a few seconds so they were more like wheat germ in texture. The original recipe uses light molasses; I used grade B pure maple syrup instead.

I’m quite pleased with the way these muffins turned out! They’re subtly sweet; they taste like muffins, not like cupcakes! The amount of dates and nuts provide the perfect amount of interesting tidbits. And, for anyone who cares, each muffin has only 110 calories!

Muffins are so quick and easy to make….I don’t know why I don’t make them more often. They’re a perfect addition to a quick breakfast and are excellent for snacking. I like to put them in a freezer bag and freeze them so I can pull them out for a quick treat when I want one.


Date-Nut Muffins

(Adapted from a recipe in The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book)


(print the recipe)


Make 12 muffins


1¼ cups white whole wheat flour (the weight is 150g for King Arthur flour)…………………….. …………..or 1¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda


½ cup chopped dates

½ cup chopped nuts (I used pecans and almonds)

½ cup quick-cooking oats (processed until it resembles bran) or wheat germ or bran


1 egg

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or light molasses)

2 tablespoons oil

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon lemon rind

¼ teaspoon allspice


1. Preheat the oven to 375˚. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line them with cupcake papers.

2. Stir the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl.

3. Stir in the dates, nuts, and oats.

4. Break the egg in a second medium bowl, and beat well.

5. Add the maple syrup, oil, buttermilk, lemon rind, and allspice to the egg and beat until everything is well-blended

6. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients; stir until just mixed.

7. Fill the muffin cups and bake for 18 – 20 minutes.



A bit of butter never hurts….. 🙂

36 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2011 5:41 pm

    I love King Arthur! While I’m cheap on other things, gotta buy their whole wheat flour.

    • March 20, 2011 11:15 am

      Me, too! I really think King Arthur flours make a difference in my baking! Thanks for your comment, Rufus.

  2. March 20, 2011 5:10 am

    hi Kath

    those are great looking muffins, so many wonderful ingredients in those muffins, they must have been delicious!
    I bet the maple syrup added such a nice flavor to them, that was a great idea!

    • March 20, 2011 11:16 am

      Thank you, Dennis! The maple syrup is perfect in these muffins. It adds a nice subtle flavor and sweetness.

  3. March 20, 2011 9:13 am

    These are great looking muffins! I love the combination of ingredients. I wish I had some for Sunday morning breakfast! 🙂

  4. March 20, 2011 10:33 am

    OOoooo! These look gorgeous and I see you are not afraid to use butter too. I think of it as a kind of solid sauce 🙂

    • March 20, 2011 11:18 am

      I do love butter! All things in moderation is my motto! 😉

      Thanks for your comment, Hester!

  5. March 20, 2011 12:07 pm

    Mmmmmm….this could be my new favorite muffin…especially warm with melting butter…ah….

  6. March 20, 2011 12:23 pm

    I love the addition of dates and nuts to anything, your muffins sound delicious! They would be especially good with afternoon tea!

  7. March 20, 2011 12:35 pm

    Kath, these muffins look delicious. Regarding your question about natural peanut butter. For reasons I don’t understand it does not work well in the fudge recipe. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • March 23, 2011 3:56 pm

      Thanks for the info about the peanut butter, Mary! Happy Wednesday!

  8. gingerbreadbagels permalink
    March 20, 2011 1:40 pm

    Those muffins look sooo good. I love dates! I wish I had one of your muffins right now. 🙂

    • March 20, 2011 6:58 pm

      I wish I could give you one, Lindsey! By the way, your Banana Blueberry Crumb Muffins you posted today look terrific!

  9. Laura permalink
    March 20, 2011 4:48 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Look as good as they tasted 🙂

  10. March 21, 2011 4:37 am

    Wow these look delicious! now you are making me hungry 🙂

  11. March 21, 2011 9:18 am

    Mmm I love dates! These sound like tasty and healthy muffins. I love that they don’t have tons of sugar like most muffins. I’ll have to try this recipe soon.

    • March 23, 2011 3:57 pm

      I think you’ll like them, Stephanie! They’re really tasty without being too sweet.

  12. March 21, 2011 1:50 pm

    These sound super healthy and super delicious 🙂 And wouldn’t you know I have a bag of dates in my pantry right now!

  13. March 24, 2011 9:48 am

    I do love a good muffin even more than I love a loaf of quick bread and I don’t know why. 🙂 These muffins look perfect! Thank you for sharing your substitutions. I tend to have those things on hand more than the original ingredients. I’m the only one in my house that will eat dates without a fuss but if I bake them in, they may not notice until it’s too late and they’re already eaten them! MUAHAHAHAHA! 😀

    • March 25, 2011 5:37 pm

      I love sneaking things in recipes! 😉

      P.S. The Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins you posted yesterday look terrific!

  14. March 26, 2011 5:36 am

    These muffins have so many wonderful ingredients; dates, nuts, maple syrup, a winner in my book. I haven’t had breakfast yet! I have to make these!

    • March 27, 2011 7:57 pm

      Hope you enjoyed them, Becky! I decided today that I have to get some more buttermilk so I can make some more. 🙂

  15. March 28, 2011 5:53 pm

    i’m not really much of a baker and i’m only wishing i could make muffins that look good like yours. but i love dates and i’m so sure if one day i recreate your recipe, i’d be one proud and happy girl 🙂

    • March 28, 2011 6:10 pm

      I don’t bake too often, Jan. These muffins are really easy….if I can do it, anyone can! 😉 Thanks for you comment!

  16. April 1, 2011 5:57 pm

    oh wow! these muffins look perfect!

  17. April 7, 2011 8:25 am

    Cooking with Maple syrup is quite a treat, especially with grade B. I discovered it when I lived in VT several years ago and I’ve never looked back. I love the combination of the dates with the maple syrup. They complement each other perfectly. Great recipe!

    • April 8, 2011 2:23 pm

      You’re so right….grade B maple syrup is great for baking! I often get it for a pretty good price at Trader Joe’s. Thanks for your comment, Viviane!

  18. April 7, 2011 11:43 am

    A muffin stuffed with so many goodies and that has only 110 calories is my kind of thing! These sound great!

    • April 8, 2011 2:24 pm

      It’s great to find a treat that just happens to be pretty healthy, too! 😉

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