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Oat Date Muffin Tops

With an ever so slightly crisp outer layer, these Oat Date Muffin Tops are packed with texture and flavor. They are an easy, portable, gluten-free, and dairy-free breakfast or snack! And, they are so easy to make!

A grey plate with 4 oatmeal date muffin tops on it.

I made a batch of these Oat Date Muffin Tops, took a picture of them, and texted the picture to my daughter. And, she instantly replied back, “mom those cookies look amazing!”

While they may resemble cookies; well, cookies, these muffin tops are not!

These have the texture of the top of a muffin. Which, in my opinion, is the only edible part of a muffin.
I kid, I kid.
On a serious note, if, like me, you too prefer the top of a muffin to its soggy bottom, these Oat Date Muffin Tops are for you!

These Oat Date Muffin Tops are made with ground-up rolled oats and superfine almond flour. They contain absolutely no wheat flour, making them perfect if you happen to be avoiding gluten.

And, these gluten-free Oat Date Muffin Tops are also made without any sort of dairy milk.

Ingredients to make oat date muffin tops

What are the ingredients to make these Oat Date Muffin Tops?

You will need the following 13 ingredients to make these:

  1. Rolled oats or oat flour
  2. Almond flour
  3. Sugar
  4. Baking powder
  5. Baking soda
  6. Cinnamon
  7. Cardamom
  8. Egg
  9. Olive oil
  10. Vanilla extract
  11. Coconut milk
  12. Dates
  13. Pecans
Mixing batter to make oatmeal muffin tops

A few notes…

If you do not have any oat flour on hand, you can use rolled oats to make some. Rolled oats cost a lot less than oat flour and are a lot more versatile. I mean, can you imagine making a bowl of oatmeal with oat flour? To make oat flour, simply grind up some rolled oats in a blender until they are the consistency of flour. I have used ground-up rolled oats in several recipes like these Easy Oat Flour Pancakes as well as these muffin tops.

These Oat Date Muffin Tops are somewhat healthy-ish. But to drop the “ish” off “healthy”, you can use monkfruit sweetener instead of granulated sugar, making these refined sugar-free as well as gluten-free and dairy-free.

I added dates to add just a bit more sweetness to these muffin tops as they are not overly sweet. And, I added pecans for a bit of a crunchy texture.

After all the ingredients have been mixed together, this dough will be quite wet. I like to let this sit for about 5-10 minutes. During this time, the ground oats absorb a good bit of the liquid, thus thickening up the mixture, making it easy to spoon into mounds to bake.

cross section of healthy oat date muffin tops

Do you need a muffin top pan to make these muffin tops?

No. You do not need a muffin top pan to make these Oat Date Muffin Tops. I am trying my best to not accumulate too many kitchen gadgets and gizmos, so I made these muffin tops using a cookie sheet. In addition to a cookie sheet, you will need a spoon. The same spoon you use to mix all the ingredients can be used to spoon this mixture into heaping mounds onto the cookie sheet.

How long can you store these Oat Date Muffin Tops?

If stored in an air-tight container in the fridge, these Oat Date Muffin Tops can be stored for 7-10 days. This is a small batch recipe and 4 of these do not last more than 2-4 days in my house. But, this recipe can be doubled or tripled to make more. And, the extra can be stored for 7-10 days for a quick and portable breakfast or evening snack.

A plate of Gluten-free, dairy-free oat date muffin tops

Want more Muffin Top Recipes?

If you like making muffin tops like these instead of grabbing those store-bought mixes, I have a plethora of muffin top recipes on this blog. They are all small-batch recipes with fun flavors, such as:

  1. These Lemon Blueberry Muffin Tops
  2. These Easy Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops
  3. These Easy Strawberry Streusel Muffin Tops with White Chocolate
  4. These Chocolate Chip Apricot Muffin Tops
  5. These Double Chocolate Muffin Tops
  6. These Pumpkin Muffin Tops with Streusel Topping

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think of it. For more fusion, spice-filled, recipe ideas, please subscribe and follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

cross section of healthy oat date muffin tops

Oat Date Muffin Tops

5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Shashi
With an ever so slightly crisp outer layer, these Oat Date Muffin Tops are packed with texture and flavor. They are an easy, portable, gluten-free, and dairy-free breakfast or snack! And, they are so easy to make!


  • 1/2 cup Rolled oats or oat flour
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Almond or Coconut Milk
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup dates I used Noor deglet dates
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • If using rolled oats, add the rolled oats to a blender and pulse until the rolled oats reach a flour-like consistency.
  • Then add the rolled oats/oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and sugar, to a large mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon.
  • Next, add the olive oil, egg, almond milk or coconut milk, and vanilla extract into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Chop the pecans and dates.
  • Add the chopped dates and pecans to the oat mixture and mix well.
  • Let the mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes so the oats can absorb some of the liquid and thicken up the mixture.
  • Place heaping spoonfuls onto a parchment-lined or Silpat-lined baking tray or a cookie tray. Using the spoon, form the spoonfuls of muffin-top batter into shapes resembling muffin tops.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and let cool before enjoying.


You can substitute oats and almond flour for all-purpose flour.
If you would rather these muffin tops be refined sugar-free, then you can substitute an equal amount of monkfruit sweetener.
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  1. […] I adore oats in everything from pancakes to waffles to risotto to muffin tops to yule logs, I had never had the joy of enjoying oats in a […]

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh these sound quite tasty, Shashi! I love a good muffin top, although I will gladly eat an entire muffin. But you’re right that the top is the best part! The dates and pecans in these sound fantastic, and I would be quite happy with a warm one of these next to my coffee this morning! Hope you are doing well, my friend!

  3. Sara Welch says:

    Enjoyed these for breakfast this morning and started my day off right! Such a hearty and delicious recipe; easily, a new favorite recipe!

  4. Gina says:

    Love recipes like this! I can make ahead and enjoy a great breakfast/snack on my busy mornings!

  5. Tavo says:

    Delicious muffin tops. I really loved that they were sweetened with dates. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jen says:

    I love healthy baked goods for snacks for my kids (and myself after school). These muffin tops were perfect and filling!