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healthier lemon date muffins

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Pat Duran
Las Vegas, NV

These are very tasty and a hit with the family. I love the texture of these muffins. I have made them with other dried fruit, fresh fruit, and nuts as well. I even made them with trail mix once (just chop it up first and dust it with flour). I thank my grandma for this recipe, God bless her. My mom saved it for me along with many others. I hope you enjoy these.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We loved the combination of lemon and date in these muffins. It's a tasty muffin that would be good for breakfast or afternoon tea. They are lightly sweet with a nice lemon flavor throughout and bits of dried dates in every bite. The lemon glaze adds an extra touch of sweetness. Yum!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 12 muffins
prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For healthier lemon date muffins

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c
    packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 pinch
  • 3/4 c
    Dairy sour cream
  • 3/4 c
    packaged pre-cut dates
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon zest
  • 1 lg
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    soft margarine
  • lemon juice

How To Make healthier lemon date muffins

  • Prepared cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place cupcake papers in a muffin pan. Spray the papers with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • Dry ingredients added to a bowl.
    To make the muffins, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; mix.
  • Wet ingredients and dates added to a bowl.
    In a separate medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  • Wet ingredients added to dry ingredients.
    Add the sour cream mixture to the flour mixture; batter will be dough-like.
  • Batter divided in the bowl.
    Divide batter in half in the bowl, then 1/2 again (this makes it easier to distribute evenly).
  • Batter scooped into cupcake tins.
    This should fill each paper cup to the top.
  • Lemon Date Muffins baking in the oven.
    Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Checking to see if the muffins are done.
    Test for doneness with a wooden toothpick. Cool completely.
  • A basket of Lemon Date Muffins.
    Enjoy as is, or make the glaze to frost them.
  • Frosting ingredients in a bowl.
    Mix the powdered sugar, margarine, and enough lemon juice to make the mixture spreadable.
  • Frosting drizzled on Lemon Date Muffins.
    Drizzle or spread the glaze on the muffins.