Banana and Date Muffins

    30 minutes

    A sweet muffin recipe that features bananas and dates as well as cinnamon, vanilla and bran flakes to create a healthy snack.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 125g margarine or butter
    • 1 egg
    • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 3/4 cup bran flake cereal
    • 12 dates, pitted and diced

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Grease a muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with patty pans.
    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar, margarine and egg with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
    3. Mix in bananas, vanilla, cereal and dates. Blend in dry ingredients until just incorporated. Spoon into prepared muffin cups to about 2/3 full.
    4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin over a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing muffins from the pan.

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    I found these muffins to be very dry and low in flavor. Baked goodies are a treat for me, and I want them to be exceptional. I would rather stick to my oatmeal for lowfat and have more flavor in my muffins. Sorry.  -  04 Mar 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    What a great way to use up bananas in a healthy, high-fibre way. This one's a keeper for me. I baked this in a bundt pan and made it a cake and it was super moist and tasty. I substituted: 1/2 cup sugar with 1/4 cup splenda and 1/4 cup sugar. 1/2 cup margarine with 1/2 cup applesauce. 12 dates with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries. For 1/12th of the cake, it's 2 points. Can't beat that!!  -  15 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These muffins are okay. I did reduce the baking powder by half (this is still probably more than necessary for 12 muffins) and doubled the cinnamon- both on the advice of other reviewers. I thought it was interesting that this recipe has no milk, maybe a splash wouldn't hurt. Also, I used 1/2 golden raisins and 1/2 dried figs instead of the dates. It was a good choice. The inside of the muffin is nice and moist, very muffin-like denseness. However, I slightly overcooked mine. so the outside was a bit chewy. Thank you for a good way to use up bananas  -  09 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)