There aren’t many words that can either sound confusing, stressful, and delicious as the word “snack.” You know what we mean?
Do you ever find yourself a couple hours after you have JUST eaten your breakfast feeling hungry? And you’re left truly confused as to how?! Like, how did that massive egg sandwich with that hummus spread, spinach, onions and bell peppers loaded between two pieces of perfectly toasted whole wheat bread not cut it? Or that hearty bowl of oatmeal topped with bananas, raisins, cinnamon, honey, and almond milk not fill up the belly till the lunch hour? Especially when most of the time those breakfasts do keep you afloat until lunch! Confused. What’s goin’ on body!? And then comes the stress…
Hungry. Yet, it’s not lunch yet…
You may have a lunch date that you are looking forward to and you would just hate to ruin your appetite for it. Or you may be painfully waiting for your chance to clock out for your meal break at work, feeling the minutes drag and drag. The hands on the clock have never moved slower and your hunger is going to eliminate all ounces of productivity.
These are times when you need the BEST snack to give you a burst of energy to last you until you can enjoy a lunch meal.
For us, we have found that muffins make the best of snacks when we need it most. They are the snack when you’re feeling confused, the snack when you’re feeling stressed with “How much to have?” and “What should I have?” and the snack that’s simply tasty and delicious.
In one of our CSA boxes from Steadfast Farm, we received numerous plump and juicy oranges along with a box full of dates. We’ve used dates as a snack alone during hikes as they are easy to pack and provide just the right amount of natural sugars to keep our energy levels up. So with no question, they make the perfect addition in these orange muffins.
The oranges, the freshly squeezed orange juice, and the dates naturally sweeten up this muffin recipe. They bake up with a firm texture but have a moist and soft bite. They are just the easiest to toss into a little snack baggie and take with you for those confused and stressful hunger moments that surprise you!
WHY EAT THAT: Dates
Dates can be categorized as a laxative food as they help with constipation relief. They have high levels of soluble fiber which helps to promote healthy bowel movements. Dates are also high in natural sugars which make them great snacks when you need a quick burst of energy. Use them in dishes/recipes to naturally sweeten them up — they work great in energy bars, smoothies, and oatmeal!
Yields 12 large muffins
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 medium orange
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 egg, beaten
1 cup cold almond milk
1 1/2 tsp oil
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a small mixing bowl, toss the flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Set aside.
3. Add the orange and the dates into a food processor and blend, add in the fresh squeezed orange juice to help blend smoothly. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg and stir in the milk and oil. Add in the date/orange mixture to the wet.
4. Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients and stir them together briefly, a few lumps are just fine!
5. Fill a greased muffin tin to two-thirds full and bake for 20-25 minutes.
6. Enjoy!! May add in 1/2 cupped walnuts to the recipe as well.