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Oats and Dates Muffins

This is a continuation of my previous post. Here is the recipe for my oats and dates muffins. This recipes makes 10 decent size muffins.


You will need:

1 cup milk, you may use whole or semi-skimmed

1 cup  oats

1 large egg

1/4 cup sunflower oil

1 cup self raising flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped dates

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder



Preheat your oven to 200C. Grease a muffin tray or line with paper muffin liners.

Combine the milk and oats in a small bowl. Soak the oats and the milk for 10 minutes.



In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the egg and oil then stir in  the oatmeal and milk mixture.  In another bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking powder. Stir the flour mixture and  the chopped dates into the wet ingredients using a spoon, until combined.



Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin cups until 2/3 full.


Top with dry oats


Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 20 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean.










An easy no bake cookie made with tennis biscuits, dates and coconut. These date balls make a high energy snack. They freeze well and keep for weeks in the fridge.


100g sugar

100g unsalted butter

100g Tennis biscuits/Tea Biscuits Broken in Halves or Quarters

60g seedless dates cut into pieces

1 large well beaten egg

2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

2 tablespoons ground nuts (Pistachio, Almonds, etc.)

Some vegetable oil to grease the bottom of a baking pan


On a low heat, melt the butter and dissolve the sugar, keep stirring constantly to prevent the butter from burning. As soon as the butter melts and the sugar is dissolved, add the dates and they will melt in the butter, again, keep stirring.

Take of the heat and add the well beaten egg. Stir rapidly and add the coconut, nuts and tea biscuits. Place back on a high heat with constant rapid stirring. Allow all the ingredients to mix well.

Place in a greased baking pan and leave in the freezer for 20 min.

Take out of the freezer, cut into rectangles.


After mixing all the ingredients together, roll the mixture into walnut sized balls. Roll the balls in coconut.  Refrigerate until firm before serving.

Date Balls

Date Balls

Return to the freezer for 30 min.

Take out of the freezer and into the fridge. – Must be eaten cold but not frozen. – Enjoy!!!




250g dates (pitted)

1 packet Tennis or Marie biscuits

110g butter or margarine

2.5ml vanilla essence

90ml sugar

1 egg, beaten

Desiccated coconut


Chop the dates ensuring no pits remain.

Crush the biscuits.

Combine the dates, butter, vanilla essence and sugar in a small pot.

Cook over low heat until well mixed and soft.

Allow to cool slightly, add the beaten egg and crushed biscuits and mix well.

Shape into small balls by hand and roll in the coconut.

Store in the fridge.


Makes 12

2 overripe bananas, chopped
100g dates, chopped
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 ½ cups self raising flour

Mix all the wet ingredients together, add the dry ingredients until just combined.
Put into muffins trays, lined with muffins cases and bake at 150C for 20 minutes or until done.


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