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A plate of orange date and almond muffins. They are an orangey brown colour, with slices of almonds and chunks of dates visible throughout.
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Orange Date Almond Muffins

These muffins are slightly more work than my usual muffin recipes, but with a great flavour payoff.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Servings: 12 Muffins
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Muffin Tin


  • 1 Orange
  • 1 cup Chopped dates
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 2 ¼ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar packed
  • ½ cup Sliced almonds
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon Cardamom optional
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Large Apple
  • Cup Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs Lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • Zest and juice the orange, measure out ½ cup of orange juice.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the measured orange juice with the chopped dates. Bring to a simmer, cook for 5 minutes. Turn heat off.
  • Add butter to the pot, stir until melted and remove from heat. Allow to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Line 12 muffin cups with liners, or spray with baking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, almonds, baking powder, cardamom, and salt. Set aside.
  • Peel and grate the apple; add grated apple, milk, eggs, and vanilla to the cooled date mixture. Stir well to combine.
  • Add mixture all at once to the flour mixture, stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy.)
  • Divide batter between 12 prepared muffin cups, filling each to almost full.
  • Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 20 - 22 minutes or until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  • Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups; serve warm.


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg