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Date-Oat Muffins

From: EatingWell

Toasting the oats for this hearty muffin enhances their nutty flavor; orange zest contributes a citrus fragrance that plays well with the sweet dates.

Servings: 1 dozen muffins
Prep: 30 mins
Total: 55 mins
Rated : 
 by 4 people
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons  old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup  chopped walnuts, (optional)
1 cup  whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup  all-purpose flour
1/3 cup  whole flaxseeds, ground (see Ingredient notes)
2 teaspoons  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  salt
2   large eggs
2/3 cup  packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup  buttermilk, (see Tip)
1/2 cup  orange juice
1/4 cup  canola oil
2 tablespoons  freshly grated orange zest
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
3/4 cup  chopped pitted dates, (see Ingredient notes)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F . Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
2. Spread 1 cup oats and the walnuts, if using, in 2 separate small baking pans. Bake, stirring once or twice, until light golden and fragrant, 4 to 6 minutes for the nuts and 8 to 10 minutes for the oats. Transfer to a plate to cool.
3. Meanwhile, whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
4. Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in buttermilk, orange juice, oil, orange zest and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until moistened. Fold in dates, the toasted oats and nuts, if using. Scoop batter into the prepared muffin cups (they'll be quite full). Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons oats.
5. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.
Ingredient Notes:
Flaxseeds are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They provide both soluble fiber, linked to reduced risk of heart disease, and insoluble fiber, which provides valuable roughage. Flaxseeds are perishable, so purchase whole seeds (instead of ground flaxmeal), store in the refrigerator and grind in a clean coffee grinder or dry blender just before using.
Look for packages of chopped pitted dates in the dried fruit section of your supermarket. Whole dates are sticky and cumbersome to chop.
Tip: You can use buttermilk powder in place of fresh buttermilk. Or make "sour milk": mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 252, Total Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 36 mg, Sodium 195 mg, Carbohydrate 41 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 6 g, Potassium 194 mg. Exchanges: Starch 2.5,Fat 1.5.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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therria4 wrote:

I wonder if substituting ripe bananas or applesauce for the oil in this recipe would work

8/5/2011 11:23:51 AM Report Abuse
ebires wrote:

These are so good! I used dry figs instead of dates and added strawberries and apples. I think the fruit helped add some moisture to the muffins.

4/11/2010 02:34:36 PM Report Abuse

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