I have a sister, I’ll call her Salsa, whose diet has become very restricted. She has cut so many things from her diet: most meat, all sugar, anything processed, anything with preservatives, etc. So many delicious things gone. Hers is actually a diet many of us would like to follow, or aspire to, but just can’t acheive due to the level of sacrifice required. Salsa changed her diet for health reasons, which is a powerful motivator, and because of this she very rarely cheats.
Sugar is one of the biggest no-no’s in Salsa’s diet. Such a big thing to rule out – sugar is in so many foods. So many delicious indulgent foods. Because Salsa doesn’t have the time or the inclination to bake sweet treats just for herself (and because I am so impressed by what she is doing), I always make an effort to bake something sweet for her when I see her. I always use as many organic ingredients as I can find, and I only use 100% pure Mimosa Honey direct from the producer in country NSW.
Using honey in baked goods can be tricky. It is denser than sugar and moist so you need to counter those factors when baking muffins or cakes so they don’t turn out heavy and gluggy. These muffins are very light, and the dates and blueberries offer some delicious extra sweetness and texture.
- 2/3 c wholemeal self-raising flour
- 1/2 c plain white or spelt flour
- 2 1/2 c bran
- 2 t baking powder
- 4 T butter
- 1/4 c honey
- 1 egg
- 1 c milk
- 2/3 c dried dates, chopped
- 2/3 c fresh blueberries
Line 12 muffin capacity muffin pan with muffin cases. Preheat oven to 190C.
Sift flours and baking powder into large bowl. Add bran and mix well. Measure milk into small bowl. In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter and honey together. Pour butter mixture into milk and whisk. Add egg and whisk again. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and add dates. Mix slightly. Add blueberries and mix gently until just combined.
Spoon into muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes or until skewer inserted into muffin comes out clean. Best served immediately with butter and honey.