Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Dream Date Muffins
I couldn't wrap my head around prunes but I thought "what about dates? They're a new favorite." Then I saw the icing and knew I could come up with something equally tasty but for less calories. I wanted portion control because if this really was as Christmas-y tasting as she said, I would dive head first into it and never look back. Now I knew for the Mr's co-workers to even give these a chance, I would have to tweak the name so I'd need to be crafty and more importantly...vague.
Not only do these taste like Christmas just like Ree said but the glaze I used on these gave them a little extra spike of Christmas and I can't believe you can pop 2 of these babies for breakfast and clock in at 240 calories.
Let's do this!
Dream Date Muffins
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
1 cup dates, pitted
1 cup sugar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup lowfat buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 oz spiced cider
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a saucepan, cover dates with water.
Bring to a boil and cook until soft. I peeled off the skins. (They had pretty much split off anyway so it doesn't take much to peel them off the rest of the way.)
Drain and mash them up on a plate and set aside until you're ready to use them.
In a bowl, sift dry ingredients.
Since it was stressed what a delicate batter this can be, I like to do my egg beatin' in another bowl so as not to upset the baking gods.
Mix together applesauce, sugar, and eggs. Combine wet and dry ingredients, add the buttermilk and vanilla and stir until just combined.
Throw in the mashed dates and fold into batter being careful not to overmix.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter into cupcake tins.
Bake for 28-30 minutes. Do not overbake!
While cake has five minutes remaining, make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine cider and powdered sugar.
Remove cupcakes from oven and drizzle glaze on immediately.
Allow to rest and serve warm if possible but they taste good at any temperature.
I'm SO making these for my family and not telling them what's in them. :-)
Nutritional Information per muffin: Calories 120 Total Fat 1 Cholesterol 24mg Sodium 40mg Potassium 99mg Total Carbs 27g Fiber 2g Sugars 20g Protein 2g Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 1% Calcium 2% Iron 3%
Original Prune Cake Recipe (divided into 24 slices): Calories 225 Total Fat 12g Sat Fat 2g Poly Fat 3g Mono Fat 6g Cholesterol 28g Sodium 102mg Potassium 70mg Total Carb 29g Fiber 1g Sugars 20g Protein 2g Vitamin A 3% Calcium 3% Iron 3%
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