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Banana Carrot Date Muffins {No Added Sugar!!!}

Banana Carrot Date Muffins {No Added Sugar!!!}

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Banana Carrot Date Muffins

Have you ever baked much with dates

I always have some of these odd little fruits tucked away in my fridge to use in homemade granola, but that’s the extent of my relationship with dates.

Until now.

I came across a recipe a few months ago that used plain ol’ dates (not date sugar) as the only means of sweetener and I was instantly intrigued with the idea. Alternative dehydrated sweeteners like sucanat or Rapadura are great sugar substitutions for a recipe calling for refined white sugar, but they’re still processed.

How much better if you can obtain all the desired sweetness from a fruit (or two)!

Dates offer a wide assortment of health benefits, too!

 

From a nutritional standpoint, dates are rich in vitamins and minerals. Dates boast of high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, many of the B vitamins and also Vitamins A and C. Because of the significant levels of these vital nutrients found in dates they have been labeled a superfood for strengthening bones and protecting against degenerative diseases like osteoporosis. 

Dates also contain fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay. 

Furthermore, they are a high source of protein (for a fruit) and possess a good amount of dietary fiber as well, which means they are a terrific weight-loss food.

Dates are also free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. 

From a medicinal standpoint, dates have been found to reduce the occurrence of pancreatic cancer and can improve eye sight and cure night blindness. 

And if that wasn’t enough, dates also contain organic sulfur, rarely seen in food, which has recently been shown to reduce the occurrence of allergic reactions and seasonal allergies! 

I love these fruits!

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 These nutritious muffins are super easy to make and have a delicious moist interior, too. They also smell amazing!

For even more of a nutritional boost, toss in a tablespoon or two of dried, ground, mildly-flavored tonic herbs. I used dried nettle and chickweed in mine. 

The kids never noticed. 

It’s that great?!

You’ll have to see if you little ones have as much fun as mine do asking, “May I have A B C D muffin?” 

Banana Carrot Date Muffins
Yields 32
A flavorful, nutritious muffin made with no added sugar!
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
100 calories
17 g
18 g
3 g
2 g
2 g
49 g
165 g
5 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
49g
Yields
32
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 18mg
6%
Sodium 165mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
2%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups flour (I used half kamut and half whole wheat)
  2. 1 T. cinnamon
  3. 1 T. powdered nutritive herbs - optional (I used nettle and chickweed)
  4. 2 t. baking soda
  5. 1 t. salt
  6. 1 cup pitted dates
  7. 4 ripe bananas
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  10. 2/3 cup milk
  11. 1/3 cup coconut oil or applesauce
  12. 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients - flour, cinnamon, herbs (if using), baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a food processor, combine wet ingredients - dates, bananas, eggs, vinegar and oil/applesauce. Puree until desired consistency is reached. Little bits of chunky dates add a nice touch!
  4. Mix in shredded carrots and milk.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just until combined. (You may need to add more milk depending on how dry your batter is...)
  6. Spoon into muffin pan or cups.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy!
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calories
100
fat
3g
protein
2g
carbs
17g
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