Date and Apple Mini Muffins

Roller derby has really inspired me to watch what I eat, and become fitter.

To pass our level one, we had to demonstrate our skating skills, transitions (turning backwards while skating and continuing to skate), falls (falling correctly, on our knees), 50 laps of the derby track in 10 minutes, and a wall sit IN OUR SKATES, and six 20 second planks in our skates.

For the next test we have to do push ups and sit ups.

In derby, fitness is just as important as our skating skills.

Here I had my first ever baking experiment, and I was so happy with the result.

That and Suzanne from Strands of My Life inspired me to have another try.

I didn’t want to add any sugar and thought by adding madjool dates that there would be enough sweetness.

They turned out really well.  I made mini muffins, because I usually find that eating a whole muffin is to much.

Date and Apple Mini Muffins

Author: The Life of Clare
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Serves: 24
  • 7 madjools dates
  • 1 apple grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups soda water
  1. Mix all ingredients together, and put into muffin tins.


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22 thoughts on “Date and Apple Mini Muffins

  1. I’d like to say hello. I’m hoppin over from Vanisha’s blog. Ooh, date and apples, looks delicious. I’ll have to bookmark this and give it a try.

  2. Your mini muffins looks so good! I love apple in muffins and recently made apple and chestnut ones.. but apple and date sounds good too! Will have to try..

    1. I think the dates just added some sweetness. I’ve never baked with chestnuts, I think that would be wonderful.

  3. Oooh, these sound so good! I’ve found that adding dates to regular muffins makes them too sweet, too…so I love that you’ve modified the recipe. I can barely skate forwards, so I’m impressed with your skills 🙂

    1. These skating skills have been built up over months now and I still have a long way to go. I’d never been on skates before that. Just having the dates was the perfect amount of sweetness.

  4. This looks like it would work well. Such a simple recipe. Not sure about the falling on your knees skating though. I fell on my knees a couple of years ago and am still having physio for one of them. Not a good experience. I wonder why they tell you that?

    1. Oh we wear knee pads and we’re taught ways so as to not injure ourselves, believe me, if you’re falling down in amongst those girls you want to be as small as possible.

  5. Wow that’s quite a workout isn’t it? I’m so terrible on skates I don’t think I’d be much good at it at all.
    Totally agree, mini muffins are the way to go. I get tempted by the big cafe-style ones sometimes but I can NEVER get through a whole one.

    1. Claire, I had never skated before joining roller derby in August this year. It’s such a great workout. The mini muffins were the perfect size.

  6. I prefer mini muffins to the larger ones – I can never finish those ones! I’m too much of a wimp to modify recipes but I guess it helps just to ask yourself what purpose that particular ingredient serves and then think of an alternative that would do the job. See, that sounds so simple to me but in the moment I just don’t think that way!

    1. I’ve just discovered the madjool date and I’m in love. Their flavour is fantastic and the texture they have is perfect for binding ingredients too.

  7. Mini muffins are my muffin size choice, just enough. Love how healthy you have made these and the use of the dates was a fantastic idea. Can’t wait to hear more about your roller derby adventures!

    1. Well I definitely have to share more about roller derby for you all to read. The muffins were the perfect size, I think I’ll have to make more soon.

  8. Hi Clare, I love this recipe and my whole family is hooked on them!! I first tried a sugar free date muffin at a caffe and I loved it so much that I was desperate to recreate it. I have to say your recipe is the best so far. I did add an extra ingredient however, walnuts just to give it that crunch and because I love walnuts!

  9. I just have regular dates not medjool.. How many/much will I need?

    PS great recipes!!

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