Muffin Monday is doing yet another simple recipe this week. These delicious orange date muffins – bursting as they are with a strong and very noticeable orange falvor – only take a few minutes to whip up. To make it a more complete experience, the buttermilk and melted butter give these muffins a rich and tender crumb.
We will be kick starting our countdown to the holiday muffins on 31st October so stay tuned, leave a comment and let us know you’re favorite holiday muffin.
Muffin Monday: Orange Date Muffins
Author: From a Baker’s Kitchen: Techniques and Recipes for Professional Quality Baking in the Home Kitchen
Recipe type: Muffins
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon grated orange rind
- ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- ⅔ cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- ⅔ cup chopped dates
- ⅔ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12 hole muffin tin with liners or grease and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a measuring jar or medium bowl, beat together the orange juice, buttermilk, egg and melted butter.
- Add egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Fold in the orange rind, dates and walnuts.
- Evenly divide the mixture among the 12 muffins cups.
- If you desire a topping then mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it on the top.
- Place in the oven and bake for about 15 to20 minutes, or until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.
- Makes 12 regular-sized muffins.
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36 Responses to Muffin Monday: Orange Date Muffins
First of all I love your coffee much! Second, thanks so much for this recipe! I didn’t feel so guilty eating them!
Oh, An! Orange zest is the best, isn’t it? Kicks up baked goods and desserts to a whole new level! It’s fall and cinnamon time: your favorite! I’m thinking pumpkin muffins with pecans and caramel worked in or drizzled.
i love how the buttermilk really made these muffins crumbly and tender they were so good! each week I keep proclaiming the new muffin as my favorite I love them all!
Another great muffin recipe, An! Still can’t believe how tender the crumb is! LOL
Happy muffin Monday! These look delicious – I love using dates to add sweetness to a batter so these are right up my street :-)
I’ll echo everyone else and say that this is another great recipe. The flavors are a great match:) also, I can’t wait for Oct31st!!!
what a unique muffin flavor! I’m sure they are the perfect breakfast =)
loved baking these yummy yummy ones
Simple, yet gorgeous recipe! I love Orange in a muffin, so delicious! I made my first pumpkin muffin yesterday at the cafe, I was sooooo excited:-) Hugs, Terra
I’m making those asap.
thanks for sharing the recipe
Dates are one of my favs – esp in cookies! Love the idea of using them in muffins.
Oh these are my favorite flavours ! Love these Muffins! Missed being on Muffin Mon….sorry! Will be back NEXT WK. Monday isn’t the same without a muffin!
oooo what a fabulous muffin! dates add such wonderful sweetness. sending some #muffinmonday love to u!
Happy #muffinmonday dearest! All muffins are looking great! I wish I could try them all :D
Yes… another excellent recipe! I love that we used not only the orange rind, but the fresh juice, as well. These muffins were such a lovely texture! Crunchy, sweet, sticky, spicy, and soft. Yum. Cannot wait to see what our holiday recipes will be! xo
You really put together a great bunch of flavors here. Dates and oranges do make a tasty pairing! I would consider these a holiday recipe-I associate dates with Xmas because that is the only time my mom would bake with them.
These would be good anytime-yum!
Love this flavor combo and beautiful pics!
These sound delicious and I think the combination of orange and dates is really exciting. Looking forward to baking these.
I love dates. I use orange juice in my date squares. This muffin is right up my alley and it looks wonderful!
I love the orange and date combo. These muffins look fantastic!
Oooh I love the color of these muffins! Oranges and dates are so perfect together – with that sticky sweetness and bright, tart sweetness.
My favorite holiday muffin is a pumkpin muffin with LOTS of spice…almost more of a spice bread flavor than pumpkin flavor.
Orange AND date? Heaven! I love the flavor of orange in baked goods….my favorite! Thanks for sharing!
I am loving all the combos you are coming up with in this Muffin Monday series!
I missed baking with you guys this Monday. I really felt the blues, trust me.
The orange and date muffins would have made it so much better. Can’t wait for my vacation to get over to start baking again.
The muffins look so tempting.
look at the color of those muffins .. gorgeous A! love the crunchy topping also.. is that the sugar mixture you mentioned in the recipe? i plan to make these tomorrow for breakfast.
Hey Lizzy! Yes, the topping is a combination of sugar and cinnamon! Happy Baking!
I am not a date fan at all .. but then the husband is and he would love this muffin for sure.
Date and orange muffin! That sounds wonderful.
I love muffins! These look wonderful, love all the orange flavor. Perfect!
I’m not a muffin maker, but I am definitely a muffin eater and I would LOVE to eat one of these muffins! Love the orange date combo.
That looks delicious and actually reminds me of a recipe I want to make tomorrow with involves dates as well and lots of spices… Hmm plus I so gotta give some (or all) of your muffins a try. They all look delicious!
WONDERFUL Post and pictures
I adore dates with orange. Those muffins sound like something I would gobble up in not time flat.
These muffins look great – love that you are using whole wheat flour in them.
Great post. Amazing ideas. I have bookmarked you.
This is stunning!BOOKMARKED!:-))))