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  • Orange Date Muffins

  • This recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 20 to 25 minutes to bake. It yields 1 dozen 2-inch muffins.


    • 1 naval (seedless) orange
    • 1 cup unbleached white flour
    • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    • ¼ cup unprocessed wheat germ
    • ¼ milled flax seed
    • 3 tbs. olive oil or canola oil
    • 1 tbs. honey (honey and oil combined)
    • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
    • ¼ cup low cholesterol egg substitute
    • ½ cup chopped, pitted dates
    • ½ cup chopped walnuts


    • Preheat oven to 375°.
    • Grate enough of the orange rind to make ½ teaspoon. Set this aside, and proceed to remove and discard the remaining orange peel. Section the orange (do this over a bowl so you won't lose the juice), and cut the section into small pieces.
    • Sift together flours, soda, and salt. Stir in the wheat germ, flax seed and make a well.
    • Beat together the buttermilk and egg substitute. Add combined oil and honey. Beat well. Stir in the orange pieces (plus juice), the rind and the dates.
    • Add the wet mixture to the dry. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Spray the muffin cups with a no stick cooking spray. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes.

    Heather DonahueThis is a favorite recipe of the food and nutrition services department at Rhode Island Hospital. This recipe was submitted by Heather Donahue.

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