Date Bran Muffins


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.

About baking bohemian

My name is Jen and I am the baking bohemian. My blog identity comes from the cultural background of my mother’s family, (Bohemian), and my mother’s more left wing lifestyle (bohemian). The big ‘B’ Bohemian refers to the rich cultural heritage of our family that emigrated from Bohemia when it was still its own country (it now comprises two thirds of the Czech Republic). Food featured prominently in the family and broader social life of that part of my family. No social interaction was without sustenance, and any celebration, large or small, was an invitation to cook up a storm. My own family emigrated from the United States to Australia when I was a child. For the most part we lived with our mother, and my dad eventually moved back to the US. The little ‘b’ bohemian relates to the semi-alternative lifestyle we led with our mother. I hesitate to refer to her as a hippy, for that conjures up so many misconceptions, but certainly she was on that side of the fence. She was probably more eccentric than radical at the end of the day, but she could really cook. We always set extra plates at the dinner table because inevitably people would visit at dinner time. I started cooking when I was about eight. Cookies. Obviously I was motivated by desire! I loved cooking, I loved that the kitchen was always, in every way, the heart of the house, so I was always part of anything else that was happening while I was cooking. I loved people loving my food. With all the different things that I have done in my life and am interested in, food has remained my most consistent and enduring passion.

2 responses »

  1. These look great. Will try them out. Where do you get spelt flour from? Haven’t found it in the supermarket. Is it a health food shop item or do you order it online?

    • Thank you! Most big supermarkets that have a decent organic section sell spelt flour nowadays. I bought mine at Woolworths. Health food shops also. Any other organic flour will also work…!

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