Blood Orange and Dates Muffins

January 23, 2020 Published by Dina Leave your thoughts

Still in the citrus theme, I made muffins using whole blood oranges and medjool dates and dusted them with powdered sugar when they cooled after baking. This is one of the oranges I created for the food photography online challenge, but ended up submitting something else.

I make these by mixing the orange, dates, juice etc (the wet ingredients) in the food processor, and add them to the flour (dry mixture) when ready to bake. I usually make them in two or three different size: small one bite muffins, regular size and smaller cupcake size.

Blood orange muffins with dates

Recipe by Dina Honke


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  • 1 blood orange, cut into chunks, seeds removed

  • 3/4 cup orange juice, either from blood oranges or regular

  • 6 dates, pitted and chopped

  • 1 egg or vegan egg replacer

  • 1/3 cup oil

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar


  • Place the cut up orange in a food processor together with dates, egg and oil and mix to combine.
  • Place flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Pour orange mixture into the flour mixture and mix with a spatula until combined. Do not over mix, batter should be lumpy.
  • Using an ice cream scoop. spoon the mixture into lightly greased muffin tins or into muffin paper cups.
  • Bake in a 350F oven for 25 minutes or until done.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool. When cool, dust with powdered sugar or make a light cream cheese topping by whipping cream cheese with a bit of whipping cream, sugar and vanilla and adding a little blood orange juice to colour the frosting pink.

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