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Orange Date Walnut Muffins

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Does your child like muffins? My son does. He will beam from ear to ear whenever he sees me busy making muffins in the kitchen. He has been my loyal muffin supporter from day one I learned making homemade muffins. Sometimes, he will request me to bake some for him to bring to school which makes me love making muffins even more.

 

Making muffins is indeed easy and has the highest rate of success as compared to making cake and bread. Basically, there are two methods in making muffins – the mixing method and the creaming method. (Please refer to THIS POST for more tips on how to make muffins). The former has always been my first choice when I am short of time as it involves lesser work. But, don’t get me wrong as different method yields different texture. I still enjoy using the latter method when I have enough time to play around my kitchen appliances.

 

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This orange date walnut muffins recipe is one of my favourite muffin recipes using the mixing method. Unlike my previous muffin posts, this recipe is going to take you a bit more time to prepare the ingredients such as grating orange zest, squeezing orange juice, pureeing date as well as roasting walnuts. These extra steps may sound tedious but in return, you will get light, yummy and healthy homemade muffins, which I think it’s a pretty good trade-off. These delicious muffins are filled with wonderful citrus flavour and nutty walnut crunch. They will surely make a perfect teatime snack and even a good addition to your kid’s lunchbox.

 

One lovely thing about this recipe is that orange juice and dates are used as natural sweeteners. By having lesser sugar, it makes these muffins a lot healthier than other sugar-concentrated snacks. These muffins are not only just pleasing your palate, but loaded with plenty of important nutrients to boost your child’s immunity system. Orange, best known for its vitamin C content, is a powerful antioxidant. Date is rich in vitamins, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium and magnesium, which are important for muscles, stomach health, colon health, digestion, bones and teeth. Walnut is an excellent source of vitamin E, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber and essential minerals, which are required for optimum brain function and the regulation of a healthy immune system. Given this, these muffins are an ideal way to introduce these superfood into your child’s diet.

 

Hope your kid has great fun during this upcoming Children’s Day!!

 

>> Get the recipe and step by step tutorial for orange date walnut muffins at PAGE 2 BELOW.

 

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22 Comments

  1. Priya says:

    Fantastic,super healthy and spongy muffins,i dont mind having some rite now.

  2. Evelyn says:

    We love muffins too! These muffins look so tasty and healthy. By the way, I thought adding wholemeal flour will give a more dense texture. May I know which brand of wholemeal flour you use?

  3. LCOM says:

    Love the muffins! I just made some healthy muffins too.

  4. noobcook says:

    your muffins have a really beautiful dome top. the cupcake liners are really pretty, too!

  5. tigerfish says:

    Oh this is so healthy and nutritious! Love the superfoods in there and the dates that naturally sweetens! SO good.

  6. Your styling and photography always stand out the food! So beautiful! Do you think about styling first before you pick props (liners, fabrics, etc)? They are perfectly coordinated!

    • food-4tots says:

      Nami: Thanks for your sweet compliment! I love your photography skill too. It’s excellent! Yes, I need to otherwise my mind will be in total blank looking at the food. lol! :)

  7. Love love muffins. Want a bite right now. :)

  8. Grace says:

    Very eager to try this but don’t hv dates in hand. Do you think prunes or figs can work? :-?

  9. Grace says:

    Thanks! I’ll let you know if it works when I try out with dried figs ;D

  10. Grace says:

    Nice photos!
    Just made these with prunes. Yummy! What an interesting combination ;D. my daughter loves it. thank you for sharing ;)
    Love the aroma of the orange zest. But you wrote 2tbsp? From 1 medium orange? :-?
    And just to check, the baking powder is it 1 tsp or tbsp?
    And you have 2 steps on roasting walnuts too

    • food-4tots says:

      Grace: Thanks for your compliment and kind feedback!! You should get about 2 tbsp of grated orange zest of one medium orange. How much did you get then? 1 tbsp of baking powder. Thanks for highlighting the mistake. I had already removed the 2nd step. If you have taken photos for my recipes, feel free to post them on my fan page. ;)

  11. Grace says:

    Oh, I think I got around 1tbsp only.
    I’ve posted a few photos on your fan page ;)

  12. Wowwwww…. looks absolutely inviting.. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.. First time here.. Happy to follow your space :)

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