Just as in sticky toffee pudding, Medjool dates sweeten these tender bran muffins but since we are making muffins instead of dessert, no added sugar is necessary. That doesn’t mean these wouldn’t make a lovely sweet thing to end a meal with. But they’d also be a delightful breakfast.
Despite the holidays, or perhaps because of them, we’ve got some lovely muffins for you this month. When complicated holiday baking starts to overwhelm you, always remember that muffins can be baked quickly, often in less than half an hour.
This recipe takes just a bit longer since one must wait for the scalded milk-soaked dates to cool, but that step can actually be done ahead of time if you are going to be pushed for time before baking. But it’s worth it, I promise!
Make sure you scroll down to see all the muffins my Muffin Monday bakers have for you this month! As usual, they’ve out done themselves and I love the challenge of keeping up with their creativity.
9 large Mejool dates, separated
1 cup or 240ml milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup or 160g all-purpose flour
1/2 cup or 70g oat bran
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1⁄4 cup or 60g butter, melted and cooled
Pit and chop your dates, setting one aside for garnish.
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 12-cup muffin pan by greasing it with non-stick spray or line it with muffin paper cups.
In a large bowl, sift your flour with the baking powder and salt and then add in the oat bran. Mix well.
Add your eggs to the cooled date mixture and whisk with a fork to combine.
Add the butter and whisk again.
Fold your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Divide the batter evenly between the 12 cups of your prepared muffin pan and then top each with some of the reserved chopped date.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until springy to the touch.
Cool for a few minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Check out all the fabulous muffins we've got for you - sweet and savory - this month!
- Bacon Cheddar Corn Muffins from Making Miracles
- Banana Cranberry Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Banana Streusel Muffins from All Roads from Lead to the Kitchen
- Healthy Morning Glory Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts
- Lemon Ricotta Muffins from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Savory Corn Bread Muffins from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Sticky Toffee Bran Muffins from Food Lust People Love
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