These Fruity Nutty Date Muffins are a perfect breakfast treat.They make a perfect afternoon snack too. Sometime Ken sneaks one before bed! We love to make a big batch because they freeze so well.
We are big snackers around here. I always try to have some muffins or cookies around when you need a little something between meals. One of the reasons I love this recipe is that these Fruity Nutty Date Muffins freeze wonderfully. You eat as many as you want when they are fresh out of the oven and freeze the rest.
These muffins are so jammed packed with great flavors and ingredients, they easily make a meal! I love to make a batch in the morning and eat them hot out of the oven with a great cup of coffee or tea. I think Ken likes them best for his midnight snack!
To make these muffins you make a basic muffin batter and the possibilities of things you can add are endless. The original recipe calls for dates. We have also tried bananas, blueberries and raspberries, for a fruity twist.
The candied fruit adds a sweet element.Ken has added chocolate chips instead of the candied fruit! Totally yummy too!
We like to try different types of nuts too. I think my preference is pecans. Ken would say walnuts.
This is the type of recipe that you can add what you have on hand, and it will be delicious! Every time we try a different combination of flavors the muffins do not last long!
In the recipe notes I mentioned that you can easily use this recipe to make a loaf instead of muffins. Sooooo good!
Let us know what combination of ingredients is your favorite!
Fruity Nutty Date Muffins
- 1 1/4 cup dates, chopped
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1 teaspoon baking soda -
- 1 large orange, grated rind and juice
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg -
- 1 teaspoon vanilla -
- 2 cups flour -
- 1 teaspoon baking powder -
- 2/3 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped optional, more or less to taste
- 1/2 cup candied fruit, diced optional, more or less to taste
- cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a 12 hole muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a bowl a little bigger than your pile of dates, combine dates, shortening, baking soda, orange juice and rind.
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water over top and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine brown sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, baking powder, candied fruit and nuts.
- Add date mixture to flour mixture and stir until incorporated.
- Spoon into prepared pan and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- These muffins freeze beautifully. Enjoy!