Date, Banana and Maple Syrup Muffins


If you have any bananas sitting in your fruit bowl that are looking suspiciously dark then this is the perfect recipe to use them up. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup over each muffin whilst they are still piping hot from the oven and it will soak into the sponge making them extra scrummy (and a bit more naughty).


Here’s how (makes 12):

  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large ripe bananas (about 300g)
  • 70g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 50ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 70g butter, melted and cooled
  • 150g pitted, chopped and stoned dates
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup and extra drizzling


Pre-heat the oven to 180C (160C fan) and line a muffin tin with paper cases. Sift flour, bi-carb and salt together. In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork and add chopped dates, sugar, maple syrup, egg, milk and butter. Add to flour mixture and mix until smooth. Spoon into the cases and pop a few dates on top of each muffin. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. As soon as you take them out of the oven pour a few tablespoons of maple syrup over the top of each one.




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