Dates have a chocolate-ish flavour in muffins. I often substitute dates for chocolate chips, especially when my Dad who is diabetic is around. I made these muffins for the mothers group – the cheesecake seemed a bit elaborate. Just as well, the other mums bought TimTams (I knew it!!).
I’ve made these muffins twice. The first time I used rolled oats instead of wheat bran. The muffin mix was a lot wetter and I left the mix too long in the bowl so the muffins were flat. The bran version are a lot denser.
1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
2 cups wheat bran (or rolled oats)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cups dates, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups yoghurt (any flavour will do)
Sift the flour and baking powder and add the bran, brown sugar, dates and walnuts. In a seperate bowl beat together oil, eggs and yoghurt until smooth. Pour all the liquid into the dry ingredients and fold together until just combined.
Spoon into greased muffin pans and bake 10 minutes at 200 C or until centres spring back when lightly pressed.