Friday, June 10, 2011

Carrot and Date Muffins

I love to give and receive food gifts, especially for no reason. I made these to take as a 'thanks for caring' gift, and I kept the loaf for me to freeze!

I love anything that freezes well, especially right now. With my ever growing belly it is getting very difficult to navigate in the kitchen like I used too. But I still really love it. I hope I don't get too tired to have to give up cooking for a bit, I will be so devastated :(

The smell that was coming from the oven when these were baking was incredible.

I used a honey that my mum gave me. We bought it at the markets, and it is so dark and rich, tastes just like maple syrup. I love it drizzled on greek yoghurt with raspberries and almonds, one of my favourite snacks, or brekkies.

makes 1 loaf and 6 muffins

3 medium carrots grated
3 cups flour, I used half wholemeal, half plain
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons mixed sweet spice
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup golden syrup, or a dark rich honey, I used honey
1 cup dates, roughly chopped
4 eggs
zest of 1 lime
100 grams mixed nuts roughly chopped, I used toasted pistachios and almonds.

Icing for the 6 muffins
125 grams cream cheese
1/4 cup icing sugar
juice of 1 lime
topping toasted almonds

NB: The loaf didn't make it to the freezer! We ate the whole thing, was actually better the next day toasted lightly, with a little thick yoghurt, cream cheese or ricotta and honey on the side.


  1. Scrumptious!! They both look amazing- it's great using recipes to make either muffins/loafs! I bet that would have tasted amazing with the ricotta + honey...mmmm stop making me hungry!!! :)
    Hannah x

  2. Thanks Hannah. I know right! the ricotta and honey was my favourite :)

  3. Ooh a honey that tastes like maple syrup? That sounds delicious! I'd imagine that these would smell amazing!

  4. Oh Lorraine, the honey is to die for. I wish I could've linked the name of the company but I can't remember it :(

  5. Please come make some of these carrot and date muffins for me! They look unbelievable!


  6. Ohhhhhh, yes! Carrots and dates and spices! Glorious! You know, I don't think I've ever made icing for muffins or cupcakes... I'm too lazy :P

  7. Hahaha I love that the loaf never made it to the freezer, but it's good to have some freezer food on standby, I know I'll be freezing up tons of food just before baby's born so at least I can still eat well even if I have no time to cook

  8. A method would be nice...

  9. Where's the method? I figured out how to mix everything but there aren't any oven temperatures or anything?

    1. Sorry, I will add it properly very soon.

      I mixed all the ingredients in a large bowl until batter consistency.

      Then baked it in a 170C Oven, the loaf about 40-50 minutes, the muffins about 25-35 minutes, it depends on your oven.


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