Date, Banana and Maple Syrup Muffins

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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).

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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

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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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