Best. Muffins. Ever.



Now I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, one of life’s natural bakers, but occasionally I’ll make a batch of (rather stodgy) muffins, as Will is partial to a muffin for breakfast.

I always use a fairly tried and tested (foolproof, one might say) recipe, but when recently googling for something to do with half a pack of leftover dates from a disappointing banana and date chutney from Levi Roots’ recipe book – stick to making bottled Reggae Reggae sauce, Levi, mate – I came upon this recipe for banana and date muffins.

I know they’re not particularly exciting to look at – life’s too short to ice a muffin, to misquote Shirley Conran, in my book – but they taste absolutely gorgeous.

It’s a Nigella recipe, and say what you like about the woman’s dodgy ex-husband, strange choice of personal assistants and alleged coke habit, she knows how to make a bloody tasty banana and date muffin.

Here’s the recipe in case you fancy trying them.

  • 2 bananas (overripe is best)
  • 4 oz chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup veg oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Mix all wet ingredients together.  Add dry ingredients until just combined.

Put into muffin trays ( think I made 10 muffins from these quantities).  Bake at 150C for about 20 mins.

They freeze fine.  You can leave out the cinnamon and vanilla if want.




5 thoughts on “Best. Muffins. Ever.

  1. Thanks for sharing Caroline. I was awake early and saw this and made some.I haven’t tasted one yet but Graham says they are one of the best I’ve made!
    Lisa x

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