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Cranberry Apple Walnut Muffins

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Homemade muffins make a welcome gift or a wonderful addition to a holiday brunch. Buy whole walnuts for this recipe, crack them carefully and use the walnut halves to house tiny presents or make tree decorations.

Preparation facts

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 24

Yield: 18 muffins


1 1/2 cups (180g) whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 cup (90g) unbleached white flour

3/4 cup (115g) yellow cornmeal

1 Tbs (15g) baking powder

1 tsp (4g) baking soda

1 tsp (6g) sea salt

1 tsp (2g) ground cinnamon

pinch of ground cloves

1 tsp (2g) orange zest (grated peel)

12 dates, pitted and chopped

3/4 cup (180mL) hot water

1/2 cup (120mL) orange juice

1/2 cup (120g) plain yogurt

2 ripe bananas

3/4 cup (180mL) maple syrup or concentrated fruit sweetener

1/3 cup (80mL) canola oil

1 tsp (5mL) vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 cup (150g) fresh cranberries

2 cups (260g) grated apple

1/3 cup (40g) chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly oil muffin tins or line with paper muffin liners.

Put flours, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves in a large mixing bowl; stir and set aside.

Place dates and hot water in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add juice, yogurt, bananas, syrup, oil and vanilla extract; blend again. Add eggs and cranberries and pulse for a few seconds, just long enough to break up cranberries.

Add wet ingredients to dry mixture. Fold in grated apple and walnuts and gently mix together using a minimum number of strokes.

Fill muffin cups to top with batter. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 203
Calories from Fat 45 (22%)
% Daily Value*
8%Total Fat 5g
3%Saturated Fat 0.6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.2g
7%Cholesterol 21mg
6%Sodium 148mg
8%Potassium 276mg
13%Total Carbohydrate 39g
13%Dietary Fiber 3.3g
Sugars 22g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
7%Protein 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.
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