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Peanut Butter & Date Muffins {Leftovers Club}

Dates and peanut butter and chocolate are a combo hard to resist – agree?

Peanut Butter & Date Muffins With Chocolate Sauce @RunninSrilankan

I must have been 5 or 6 when my mom made the most exquisite homemade frosting stuffed dates – now, that combination might sound weird, but in just the right proportion, these dates were simply exquisite! And, that’s when my mildly insane obsession with dates began!

Moving to Abu Dhabi with my parents, didn’t do anything to kill my obsession. In Abu Dhabi dates were plentiful – fresh dates, dried dates – they were EVERYWHERE! When people came to visit – they brought dates over; when we went to the store – it was dates that would ALWAYS be on sale! All these sweet dates – what was a girl to do!!!

Date-PeanutButter-Oats-Muffins-No-Refined-Sugar-No-Dairy-@RunninSrilankan

Other than, I guess, to overindulge an obsession!

But, there IS such a thing as too much of a good thing! And eating dates like they are popcorn doesn’t make for a happy digestive system. My little obsession ended up with me in the ER and my parents swearing never ever to let me near dates again!

Quitting dates cold turkey was rough – but quit them I did – at least until I managed to convince my parents I had control over my obsession!

These days I don’t eat dates like I used to but, they were my first love – even before chocolate! These days I manage to stick to a couple (of a couple) of dates with peanut butter – before and after a run or long workout. If I am out of Chocolate Beet Cookies or Beet Dessert Pizza, I will have a few dates with peanut butter and a few chocolate chips – this little combo manages to squelch my sweet tooth and give me my chocolate fix, and, it’s this little combo that fueled these muffins.

Spiced-Date Paste-@RunninSrilankan

Date paste is the only sweetener in these muffins. Now there are many variations of date paste around, mine is simply 2 cups of water and 2 cups of dates with 5-6 cardamom pods and cloves. I boiled them all together for 30 minutes and then threw them in my blender and voila – Cardamom and Clove Spiced Date Paste!

These muffins are not light but dense in texture; they are not sweet – but (like the Little Bear’s porridge) just right; and with a smidgen of lignans in them, they are perfect for breakfast or a pre/post workout snack – or, drowned in chocolate sauce, a better for you dessert! These also just happen to be gluten free!

Refined-Sugar-Free-Peanut-Butter-Date-Paste-Muffins-@RunninSrilankan

I made a bunch of these and sent off just a few to my Leftovers Club partner Joanne @ Eats Well With Others! (sorry Joanne, but, my daughter forbade me to part with more). If you happen to be looking for out-of-this-world-vegetarian-eats with a side of spunk, please stop by and check out Joanne’s space!

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Gluten Free Date Paste Sweetend Peanut Butter Muffins with Chocolate Sauce @RunninSrilankan

 

Peanut Butter & Date Muffins #LeftoversClub

Peanut Butter & Date Muffins #LeftoversClub

Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free, Peanut Butter Muffins sweetened with Spiced Date Paste!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour, I used GF Oats ground up in a blender
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1 cup date paste
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 stick butter melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Mix the Oat flour, baking powder, salt, brown rice flour and flax meal together
  3. Then add the eggs, almond milk and melted butter
  4. Finally, add the date paste and peanut butter and mix well
  5. Drop 2 spoonfuls of mixture into lined muffin tray and bake 20 minutes.
  6. Enjoy as is or serve with chocolate sauce

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Tara

Monday 9th of February 2015

Yum! I love dates. And anything goes with PB. Much better ;)

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

Sunday 8th of February 2015

I lovelovelove a medjool date stuffed with peanut butter. These muffins sound perfect to me!

Shashi

Sunday 8th of February 2015

Dates and PB are my jam! Well...not exactly jam...but you know what I mean :) Btw, thanks Bianca!

Curry and Comfort

Saturday 7th of February 2015

I love dates... I love PB.... well you can see where I'm heading with this one. :) This muffin looks great!

Shashi

Saturday 7th of February 2015

Haha- I sure can Ramona - thank you!

mommyinsports

Saturday 7th of February 2015

Wow these look amazing to me! i wonder how they would be with a mixture almond/coconut flour. So nice to meet you via SITS, I've pinned and tweeted!

Shashi

Saturday 7th of February 2015

Thank You so very much Kristen! Nice to "meet" you too!

foodrecipeshq

Friday 6th of February 2015

I love sugar-free sweets! I never used dates to make muffins, though. Now that I think about it I realize it's one of the best way to satisfy a sweet tooth without bad refined sugars.

Shashi

Saturday 7th of February 2015

Yes - it sure is Daniela! Dates are so sweet naturally!