Date and Apricot Muffins

Looking for a great way to start the morning?  Try these Date and Apricot Muffins!
They’re delicious, and they’re also loaded with healthy benefits thanks to the addition of flaxseed meal from Bob’s Red Mill.

Looking for a great way to start the morning? Try these Date and Apricot Muffins!At the end of last Winter, my wife and I went to a couple open house events at the local curling club.  Yup, curling.  As in that sport where completely sane people slide a 44-pound chunk of granite down a sheet of ice.  The objective is to get that stone as close as possible to the “button” at the other end of the ice…about 140-ish feet away.  I’d seen curling on the Olympics, but until last year I didn’t realize people actually curled locally.  But then again we live just about 2 hours from the Canadian border.  That’s a long way from home for this Southern boy…but at least I have access to some awesome winter sports!

Let me tell ya, curling is a heck of a good workout.  Games last about 2 hours, and you’re ready to hit the showers when you come off the ice…even though it’s only about 38°F out there.  Our local curling club began its season back in late Fall, and we decided to go for it.  We signed up as full-fledged members.  We’ve been curling 1-2 nights a week, and I gotta admit that it’s a really fun and addicting sport.  It’s kind of like darts.  On ice.  With 2 teammates helping guide the dart to the bullseye.  Ok, so maybe it’s nothing like darts.

Looking for a great way to start the morning? Try these Date and Apricot Muffins!This will be our 4th winter living in upstate New York.  In the South, snow is fun.  In the North, snow is not fun.  Truthfully, the first snow of the year is always nice, but then that aforementioned snow just sits there until March…unless you get the gumption to go and shovel it.  We’ve noticed that we really don’t do much in the winter up here.  We sit in the basement and watch New Girl, Modern Family and re-runs of Law & Order: SVU.  Not that there’s anything wrong with tv, but it’s not the most active of events.  That’s where the curling comes in.  That’s also where these Date and Apricot Muffins come in.

Looking for a great way to start the morning? Try these Date and Apricot Muffins!Our holidays were awesome this year!  We visited my wife’s family in Pennsylvania.  We watched a lot of movies.  And we also ate a lot of desserts.  But all good things must come to an end.  I finally took down our Christmas tree the other day.  I also packed up all of the cookies and other tasty treats that have been decorating our counter for the past several weeks.  It’s time to get back to healthier eating habits for a bit.  I’ve always been a big fan of blueberry muffins…they’re probably one of my top 3 favorite breakfast foods.

Looking for a great way to start the morning? Try these Date and Apricot Muffins!The other day, I was working on making my blueberry muffin recipe a bit healthier when my wife snuck up behind me.  Aside from scaring the bejesus out of me, she suggested that I mix up the recipe a bit.  “Like what?”  “Well, like apricots instead of blueberries.”  My wife isn’t often correct, but on this instance, she totally was.  These Date and Apricot Muffins turned out awesome!  My wife took a nibble of one of them, and she gave it two thumbs up.  Actually, I think her words were something like “Those are freakin’ delicious!”  And thus, these healthier muffins were born.  (Admission: My wife is actually right about 99.99% of the time.  I won’t say 100% because I’m sure the time will come when she is wrong about something.)

Looking for a great way to start the morning? Try these Date and Apricot Muffins!Aside from the unique dried fruits in this recipe, the real superstar is the flaxseed meal.  We eat Greek yogurt topped with granola almost every morning, and we use flaxseeds in our granola recipe.  So it only made sense that I should use flaxseed meal in this muffin recipe.  Flaxseeds are a superfood loaded with all sorts of healthy benefits.  They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids (i.e. the “good” fat), lignans and dietary fiber.  Flaxseed meal is just ground flaxseeds, and it’s an easy way to “healthify” many of your favorite baked goods.  (I worked with Bob’s Red Mill on this post, and they are my favorite source for all sorts of grains and meals.  Give these Date and Apricot Muffins a shot today, or maybe just give your favorite recipe a makeover with flaxseed meal.)

Looking for a great way to start the morning? Try these Date and Apricot Muffins!

Date and Apricot Muffins

Looking for a great way to start the morning? Try these Date and Apricot Muffins!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup dried apricots chopped
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dates chopped
  • coarse sugar for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease and flour a muffin tin, or line tin with paper liners.
  • Using a medium bowl, pour the boiling water over the dried apricots; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients (flour, flaxseed meal, brown sugar, baking soda, ground ginger and salt); stir until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, add the liquid ingredients (melted butter, apple sauce, buttermilk, egg and vanilla); whisk until well combined.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. (Tip: Do not overmix or the muffins will be tough.)
  • Drain water from the bowl with the dried apricots. Fold the apricots and dates into the batter.
  • Fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full with batter.
  • Sprinkle tops of muffins with coarse sugar (optional).
  • Bake at 400°F for 18-22 minutes, or until tops are light golden brown.

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26 Comments

  1. I was starting to sweat until I read the correction to your wife actually being right 99% of the time. 🙂 I thought that was the end of Spiced! LOL! I love muffins and blueberry muffins are in my top 3 muffins as well. I would say my favorite muffin is cranberry orange. I really like apricots too so I think I would really like these muffins. They look really good and I’m sure you don’t even notice they are “heathified” when you are eating them!

    1. Hahaha! Tamara, you crack me up! Laura would never let Spiced end…she enjoys the mystery of walking in the door and saying, “So what did you make for Spiced today?” 🙂 Cranberry Orange Bread is one of my favorites…but I don’t think I’ve ever had it in muffin form. (Mental note: try cranberry orange muffins soon.) That’s the cool thing about flaxseed meal, too…you have no idea it’s in there. It’s doing some heavy-hitting healthy stuff while you nibble away with a muffin in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other!

  2. Oooh – these are my kinda muffins! Your wife has INCREDIBLE taste instincts, David! Love the apricots in these instead of blueberries and I love me a big healthy dose of lignans in the morning!!! 🙂
    So – I’m starting to think curling is one of those sports that look easy till you try it! Last night, my daughter wanted me to try this dance move she found on Glee and goog golly, I felt my arms and legs were being tied up in knots – by myself!!!

    On a serious note, I am curious – you say you “packed up all of the cookies and other tasty treats that have been decorating (your) counter” – well, what did you do with them???? You better have shipped them down here to Atlanta!

    1. I think you and Laura would be bestest friends if we still lived in Atlanta, Shashi! She did indeed nail it with these muffins. I’m not sure I would have ever thought about a date + apricot combo…but that’s why she’s here. She calls herself the “Creative Director of Spicedblog.com”. Hah!

      So curling is an awesome sport! And it’s one of those sports that you can play for your entire life. It always looked so easy on tv during the Olympics, but man it’s annoyingly (and addictingly) difficult in real life. It’s more of a finesse than a strength sport. Atlanta actually has a curling club. You and lil Shashi should check it out and see if they have any open houses coming up. That’s how we got hooked!

      And yes, I sent all of those cookies to Atlanta. But you and Lindsey are going to have to fight over them. 😉

    1. These muffins are the real deal Holyfield, Sean…you gotta try ’em. And take a trip upstate sometime during the winter…we’ll take you over to the curling club. But beware…you might end up addicted to the sport like we did! 🙂

  3. David, Ah, I see. . great minds think alike!! we both have flaxseed muffins today for Bob’s Red Mill! 😛 I used the golden flaxseed meal but also have a bag of the whole ground, which I am going to try next!! you should also try adding in the raw, whole flaxseeds!! more fiber!! 🙂 love these muffins. . and where did you buy the muffin paper liners? I love those!!

    1. Hahaha…I totally chuckled when I saw your post yesterday, Alice. I love that you used both whole and ground in your version…I’m going to have to give that a shot next time I make these for sure! Fiber for the win! And I actually found those muffin liners at a wholesale baking distributor near where I live. It’s worth seeing if you have a wholesale distributor near you. It’s kinda like a restaurant supply store…but they focus on all things baking. I find some awesome things there!

    1. Thanks, Tori! It’s easy to fall into a rut (a delicious rut I might note), but it’s fun to stop and mix it up a bit. That’s how these date and apricot muffins came to be! 🙂

  4. Nice post write up here and those muffins definitely would be perfect on my kitchen counter. So feel free to ship some to SoCal anytime and I will toast them up and spread a little butter on top and enjoy! Now I need to go to YouTube and see what curling is all about! #WolfpackEats

    1. Haha…I told my Dad (who lives in Texas) that we had taken up curling, and he replied, “what is curling?” So I sent him to YouTube, too! It’s an incredibly addicting sport that puts value on finesse over strength. Maybe you’ll have to take a trip to the frozen tundra of upstate New York to experience curling for yourself…I’ll have some muffins waiting here for you!

      1. We’re actually coming out to the East Coast in April for a wedding. Finally met the bride this past weekend for the first time and was asked to officiate the wedding! Very honored and excited. That’s a first for me. Although it’s in Elkridge, Maryland, so not your neck of the woods of upstate in NY. I appreciate the offer though. 🙂

        1. Wait…you can officiate weddings? How cool is that! Maryland is still a good ways from upstate New York…but if you get bored, you can always go on an impromptu road trip!

  5. Love muffins for breakfast! Never made them with apricot.
    PS. Your new layout on mobile bit hard to use. Maybe it’s just me.

    1. Thanks, Valya! And thank you for the feedback about the mobile site. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, it’s a new thing…and it’s a work in progress. I didn’t have any mobile capability before, so I think it’s a step in the right direction. Do you have any specific feedback, though? I’d love to pass your comments along to the mobile powers that be. You rock! 🙂

  6. Curling actually sounds like a blast! You guys do the best things- When I was upstate NY for those 6 months, Oswego had 10 pubs and 3 McDonalds. Oh and a wallmart. That’s it!

    Dates are one thing I can ONLY eat in baked goods- Hence these are already a winner!

    1. Hah…well I think we might be a bit larger than Oswego. Or maybe you just need to come back and go curling with us! Doesn’t a sheet of ice at 38°F sound pretty good to you right now? 🙂

  7. I guess I never really thought about curling being good exercise but I guess all that scuffing up the ice is probably a full body workout! Aaaaand I love New Girl! I actually hated last season but this season is WAY better so far. As in, it actually made me laugh. Love these muffins! And whatda know? I have some Bob’s Red Mill flaxseeds in my refrigerator! I can’t imagine where I got them 😉

    1. I agree with you, L! Last season was good, but it just felt a little lost. This season is totally rockin so far. We just watched the latest episode last night, and Laura told me that I dress like Nick when I go to work. Hmmm…I can’t help that I look like a bum when I work from home. Hah! And I suspect I know exactly where those Bob’s Red Mill flaxseeds came from…you should totally throw ’em in a muffin or two!

    1. Yes! We have a couple of these muffins left, and I’m thinking they would make a great afternoon snack right about now. Thanks, Christina…you rock! 🙂

  8. Dude, I want to try curling SO bad. I’m totally bummed every time I watch the Olympics JUST to try and catch a curling match, and all they do is show that lame skiing and figure skating crap. Show me the curling! You need to teach me your curling ways. #wolfpackcurls

    1. Seriously? Who wants to watch figure skating?? Give me curling! Take a trip upstate before mid-March, and we’ll take you out there and show you the curling ways! But be careful. It’s addicting. You’ll want to move up here. Ok, or maybe join a club down in your area instead. But I still say you should move up here, for the record!

  9. Yum! I love all sorts of different muffin varieties. I can see these being great (and so glad you correct that to 99.99% of the time because… ya know) and definitely ones I’ll have to make. I love adding flax and flaxseeds to my recipes. Yum!

    1. Haha…well, I did have to add that 99.99% qualifier. I mean there is bound to be a time when she is wrong! (I swear it’s gonna happen one day…haha) And yes, these muffins are awesome, Michelle! The flax addition is key, and it’s such an easy way to sneak in some healthy ingredients. Thank you so much for commenting!! 🙂

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