If you are looking for a tasty and nutritious start to your day, at home or on the run, this recipe for these Healthy Orange Date Muffins is for you. Believe it or not, you could be biting into a warm muffin in less than thirty minutes.
One of the reasons I love muffins is that they truly are so simple to make at home; not to mention the fact that clean up is such a breeze. You will see that this easy recipe for orange date muffins is no exception despite the fact that we will be using a food processor.
We will be using the food processor to process the whole orange, dates and the liquid ingredients together. Yes, that’s right, the whole orange! Except of course that dried stem-stump and the orange seeds. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical the first time I tried this easy muffin recipe because everyone knows that the pith of an orange is often bitter (the pith is the white spongy part of an orange, found between the actual fruit and the outer skin). But as Sir Francis Bacon once said: knowledge is power. When I understood the health benefits associated with the pith of an orange, well, I changed my perspective. Now, I say the pith adds depth of flavor to my muffins 🙂
NUTRITIONAL FACT: Did you know that the pith of an orange is a rich source of fiber, anti-oxidants and contains the same amount of Vitamin C that is present in the fruit?
So, when I told you that these orange date muffins was going to be easy, I was not exaggerating… let me explain…
The first thing you want to do is pulse the orange and dates in a food processor until finely chopped.
Next, add the orange juice, buttermilk, vegetable oil and finally the room temperature egg and process for about a minute or so.
As far as the dry ingredients are concerned, they need to be whisked together in a large mixing bowl.
And now, it is just a question of adding the liquid ingredients to the dry and folding together with a large mixing spoon until combined. That’s it… and just like that you have made an easy muffin recipe.
Portion the batter into your lined muffin cups and bake in a preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes.
Before you know it, your whole kitchen will smell fresh and citrusy!
Remember, when you are shopping for oranges, or any other citrus fruit, always look for fruit that looks heavy for its size and of course, firm to the touch. As far as storage is concerned, fresh citrus fruit should last 3-4 weeks when properly refrigerated.
When making these muffins, or any dessert that uses oranges like this orange juice cake, it is important for the orange to be at room temperature and preferably organic.
Well, you know by now how much I love my Robin Hood collection of recipes (I’ve already shared this recipe for Healthy Blueberry Oat Muffins, this recipe for Moist and Easy Banana Muffins, and of course one of my absolute favorites: Date Bran Muffins). And today, I just had to share this orange date muffin recipe before the end of the citrus season.
As usual, I’ve made a couple of changes to the original recipe: I replaced the butter with vegetable oil and buttermilk; I reduced the amount of sugar and added some vanilla extract.
This recipe for these Easy Whole Grain Orange Date Muffins could not be simpler- and the result could not be any more delicious! Would love to hear what you think of the muffins!
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★★★★★ If you have made these Date Muffins Recipe, I would love to hear about it in the comments below and be sure to rate the recipe!
Healthy Orange Date Muffins
- 1 medium orange preferably organic, cut into 8 sections (remove the dried stem-stump and the orange seeds)
- 6 dates chopped
- ⅓ cup orange juice freshly squeezed
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-½ cups whole wheat flour
- ⅔ cup sugar granulated
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup walnuts chopped , optional
- Preheat the oven to 425℉ (220C). Position rack to middle.
- Paper line 18 muffin cups.
- Place cut up orange slices and dates in a food processor.
- Pulse until finely chopped.
- Add orange juice, vegetable oil, buttermilk and process on low for about 30-45 seconds.
- Add egg and vanilla extract and pulse for another 30-45 seconds.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- Add the pureed mixture all at once to the dry ingredients and with a mixing spoon, combine until just moistened (combine nuts if using).
- Fill muffin liners ¾ full.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until top bounces back when lightly touched.
Made them vegan by using applesauce instead of the and using almond milk with a little apple cider vinegar for the buttermilk. Came out delicious!
Amazing Vi! Thanks so much for sharing and taking the time to comment, appreciate it!
These muffins turned out so well! I replaced buttermilk with 2% greek yoghurt. I also used one cup of whole wheat pastry flour and half a cup of almond flour. Still amazing.
Thank you so much!
My pleasure Syema! I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed these date muffins. I love your version! Thanks for sharing ♥
wow I just made these and they are so good! They are soft, fluffy, moist and extremely flavourful. So easy and so delicious, definitely recommend making them.
Hi Again Alyssa 🙂 I am so thrilled you got a chance to make these date muffins and I’m so happy you like them. They truly make the perfect grab and go breakfast! Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience with these muffins, truly appreciate it ♥
Hello, the muffins look lovely! Planning to make them tomorrow. How do you reccomend storing them – room temp or fridge? And also any tips for freezing them? Sorry for all the questions! Thank you and keep these great recipes coming 🙂
Hi Alyssa, sorry for late reply… just saw this. If not consumed right away I would freeze these date muffins. I usually store them in a freezer bag or sealable container. They are quick to come to room temperature or you can use a microwave… they will taste like you just made them. Great comment!
Hi, the muffins were so soft and yummy. Easy and a great recipe. Loved it.
Hi Anna! So happy you enjoyed this Date Mufins recipe. Thanks so much for taking the time to share. Appreciate it ♥
So healthy and nutritious! Kids who are fussy to eat dates would happily eat these muffins and wouldn’t know as they are packed with goodness. I would definitely try them, thanks for sharing.
Yes, these orange date muffins are definitely appreciated by both kids and adults. I absolutely love baking with dates and always looking for recipes that incorporate them. I am presently working on a date brownie… stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by Fouzia 🙂
I never would have thought to use a whole orange, but I can imagine how good these muffins must taste!
These orange date muffins really do have a wonderful taste to them… especially with a nice cup of coffee. Appreciate your comment Colleen 🙂
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
I always have dates on hand and this looks like one delicious way to use them! Homemade muffins are so much better than anything you could buy in the store. Love to have one of these right now, smeared with butter, and a coffee (or two) 😉
I totally agree with your Dawn… especially when it’s such an easy muffin recipe to make! Although I usually have 2 muffins with one cup of coffee 😉 Thanks for stopping by!
Oh my gosh! Orange date muffins are my favorite. I will definitely have to give your recipe a try. It looks so yummy. I need this in my tummy ASAP. 🙂
lol… Well this easy muffin recipe only takes about 30 minutes 😉 Appreciate your comment Jo… thanks for stopping by 🙂
Dates are a delicious and nutritious food. I incorporate them into salads, appetizers, cakes and just about anything possible. I imagine that they keep these delectable looking muffins rather moist.
You are absolutely right Paula. I have to stop myself from eating them by the handfuls… Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂