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It’s that time of the year when Medjool dates overflow supermarket bins and shelves! Tons and tons and tons of dates of all sorts and kinds. Every single year, I’d skirt around the idea of getting some and then chicken out because I have NO idea what to do with them besides eat. Knowing me, though, I might stash them at the back of my fridge and they’d never see daylight again.
This year, however, I decided I’d get myself one box and see what I would come up with. Not before munching on at least 8 beforehand. Those I got were really moist, squidgy and totally not dry. Like candy!
So when I found a recipe that paired these dates with orange juice, I had to try it out. The one part that I appreciated most was that it used honey, not sugar. Those dates are naturally super sweet and so I loved that this recipe used very little honey too!
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1)
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 egg
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup honey
- 1¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup oat bran
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup dates, chopped
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- ¼ tsp mixed spice
- Preheat oven to 375 F or 180 C.
- Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.
- Sift the dry ingredients together into a separate bowl.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients with the dates and walnuts.
- Divide the batter between 12 greased or paper lined muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes.
- Cool and serve.
Recipe adapted lightly from: Weelicious (http://weelicious.com/2009/01/18/orange-date-muffins/)