Date Chai Muffins

July 12, 2016mayurisjikoni

Date and Chai Muffins#BreadBakers

Theme: Natural Sweeteners

Recipe: Date Chai Muffins

Date Chai Muffins are soft, delicious, fruity muffins without any refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Instead, I’ve used dates, figs, raisins and apricots to add the required sweetness to these wholewheat muffins. Healthy and nutritious, Date Chai Muffins make a good breakfast or tea time treat for both kids and adults. To add some flavour I add my home made Tea Spice Mixture or Chai Masala. Ideal for diabetics in moderation as the sweetness is natural.

What are Natural Sweeteners?

Actually, it is amazing how many natural sweeteners are available. As a matter of fact, honey and maple syrup are the fore runners. Then add sweet fruits, dried without added sugar like dates, raisins, sultanas, prunes, apricots, figs, strawberries, raspberries, goji, cherries etc. Also, fresh fruits like mangoes, bananas, sweet apples are widely used to add sweetness to bakes. Pumpkins, sweet potato are widely used to add natural sweetness too.  In India, palm sugar and jaggery as natural sweeteners which are widely used. Coconut sugar made from the sap of the coconut palm tree is gaining popularity worldwide.

You may say that sugar is natural, made from sugar cane juice. In fact, sugar as we know it, be it brown, white, Demerara, turbinado, muscovado all go through lot of processing and centrifuging.

 

My Turn To Suggest The Theme

After being a member of this awesome group Breadbakers for a while, I finally took the plunge to ‘host’ the event. For a long time I wanted to host but what put me off was the too technical sounding google documents and htmls and all those alien technological terms. And after checking out the past themes, I came up with natural sweeteners. I challenged the participants not use use any processed or centrifuged sugars or high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. This included  brown, demerara, turbinado, muscovado, etc as they all go through some stage of centrifuging and processing.

Check Out How Other Bread Bakers Have Used  Natural Sweeteners:

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Learning Tech Stuff

When I asked my son if he knew how to create documents and the html stuff, he naturally replied ‘of course’. So, here I was at peace knowing that come July, I will have my  son’s help on this front. I’ve learnt something new and feel great. Thanks to my son Neel for his guidance and to fellow member Renee Dobbs(Magnolia Days) for assisting me.

 

My Choice Of Natural Sweetener

I wanted to use jaggery but while packing for the trip, I forgot jaggery! On unpacking at my son’s home in Montreal, realized that I had forgotten jaggery! Luckily during over stop over at Doha I had bought some delicious soft dates. So back to the drawing board to replace jaggery with dates. I wanted to bake a bread using dates but due to popular demand landed up with muffins.

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Date Chai Muffins

This will be my 10th bake for Bread Bakers group and till date except for the buckwheat pancakes I’ve baked with yeast. Due to the request by family for this theme muffins it was. Yes the charming thing about this group is that one can opt to bake any bread, make pancakes or bake muffins or cupcakes according to the theme.
These Date Chai Muffins, taste like a Christmas cake, fruity and spicy. Hubby was really happy that he could enjoy muffins that had no sugar added. He is diabetic, but that did not mean he could gorge on them. Dried fruits without added sugar have low to moderate Glycemic Index and are a rich source of fiber, valuable nutrients and anti oxidants.

 

Ingredients Required For Date Chai Muffins:

  • Pitted Dates – use the soft variety.
  • Raisins – any of your choice.
  • Dried Apricots, Figs or Prunes – I have used apricots and figs
  • Tap/ Bottled Water – required to make the dried fruits into a paste.
  • Butter/ Oil – I have used vegetable oil. If you use butter, melt it.
  • Salt – a little required to bring out the sweetness.
  • Eggs – make sure they are at room temperature and medium.
  • Wheat Flour – I have used atta or roti flour. Use wheat pastry flour. You amuse all purpose flour if you want to.
  • Soda Bicarbonate – baking soda. As the leavening agent.
  • Baking Powder – as the leavening agent
  • Chopped Nuts – of your choice. I have used walnuts. Can use pecans, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, etc.
  • Fresh Orange Juice – or can replace it with brewed black tea.
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavoring or replace it with grated orange zest.
  • Chai Tea Spice Mixture/Chai Masala – I have used my home made one. Feel free to buy ready made or flow my recipe and make some at home. Just click here.Can omit if making the muffins for kids as they may not enjoy the spiciness.

 

 

Sugar Free Date Chai Muffins

mayurisjikoni
Date Chai Muffins are soft, delicious, fruity muffins without any refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Instead, I've used dates, figs, raisins and apricots to add the required sweetness to these wholewheat muffins. Healthy and nutritious, Date Chai Muffins make a good breakfast or tea time treat for both kids and adults.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine International
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

For The Paste

  • 1 cup lightly packed pitted dates
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried prunes,apricots or figs
  • 1 cup water

For the Muffins

  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 cup wheat flour atta
  • 1 tsp soda bicarbonate baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup chopped nuts of your choice
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or orange zest
  • 1 tsp Chai Tea Spice Mixture/ Chai Masala

Instructions
 

Preparation Of The Paste:

  • Put pitted dates, raisins, prunes(or any other dried fruit you use) and water in a saucepan.
  • Heat it over medium low heat till the mixture becomes a thick paste. Total cooking time was about 5 minutes.
  • Let the mixture cool down completely. Transfer the mixture to a big bowl.

Preparation Of The Date Chai Muffins:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Line a muffin tray with cake cups or grease it lightly with butter.
  • Sift the flour, chai masala, salt, baking powder and soda bicarbonate together. Mix well.
  • Add the eggs to the cooled down date paste. Whisk well.
  • Add oil, vanilla extract and orange juice to the date mixture and mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix just enough to get the flour wet. Don't over mix.
  • Add the chopped nuts and mix them into the batter gently.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tray.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes till the tops are light golden brown. Insert a skewer or toothpick into the middle of one of the muffins. If it comes out clean, the muffins are done.
  • Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve with some spicy tea, coffee or with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Notes

  • I make my own tea or chai masala (powder). Ready made chai masala is available in most stores or Indian stores.
  • I chopped the apricots and figs into big pieces after measuring them.
  • Use sultanas, currants, dried blueberries instead of raisins.
  • Make sure your fruits do not have added sugar to make these muffins totally without processed sugar. Most dried cranberries available in the stores have added sugar.
  • I used dates that did not have any sugar syrup. They should be dry and not wet when you touch them.
Keyword date chai muffins, sugar free date chai muffins

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46 Comments

  • Namita Tiwari

    July 12, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Hello Mayuri, Your muffins look great. With orange juice, chai masala, vanilla extract and all the dry fruits, I can imagine the burst of flavours. Lovely recipe indeed. Thanks for sharing!

  • Robin @ A Shaggy Dough Storyt

    July 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    So many good things in one muffin! They look wonderful and I'll definitely have to give them a try. Thanks for a fun theme…and you did a great job with the HTML and Google Doc! Better than I did, that's for sure 😀

  • Smruti Shah

    July 12, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Mayuri, thanks for being such a wonderful host and the theme is so good! I enjoyed looking for naturally sweetened breads and dates sounded great to me too!! Your muffins with dates and chai look perfect 🙂 Orange juice adds to the flavor I am sure!

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    July 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for being the host for the month and choosing a lovely theme! It is my first time with the group and looking forward to baking a lot 🙂 Love the combination of chai and dates. Looks wonderful!

  • Pavani N

    July 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Mayuri, so glad that you took the plunge and hosted this month and what a great theme you chose. I'm loving all the awesome bakes with natural sweeteners.
    Your date and chai muffins look so moist and delicious.

  • Pam

    July 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I love all the ingredients in your muffins! Dates and the tea masala together I'm sure taste fabulous. Great recipe, thank you 🙂 Pam, The Bread She Bakes

  • Wendy Klik

    July 12, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting Mayuri and for choosing this theme. I am sure that your muffins were very moist and lovely from the dates.

  • Rocío RG kidsandchic

    July 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for choosing this theme so fabulous. Your muffins are delicious, a perfect combination.

  • Julie

    July 13, 2016 at 3:59 am

    These muffins sound so delicious! Also, thank you so much for hosting this month. It was a great theme!

  • Karen Kerr

    July 13, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Thanks so much for hosting. I know how intimidating it can be. You did good!! While I have no idea what centrifuged means, I hope my barley malt passed the test. I figured it would be better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission. =) P.S. Your muffins sound delish!

  • Bakingyummies

    July 13, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    The muffins look very moist and tasty! it's very sweet of your son to help you out. You did come up with a very nice theme and thanks for hosting this month.

  • Cindy Kerschner

    July 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Chai sounds wonderful with this fruit combo in muffins! Thank you (and your son) for hosting the month!

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Thanks Namita. They were very tasty and we also had them as dessert with a dollop of ice cream.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Thanks Robin… do try out the muffins they are yummy. And the Html and google doc, I had a strict teacher 😉 my son. Renee also is a great help.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Thanks Smruti. I loved the different ways the participants used natural sweeteners.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Thanks Sandhya… dates and chai masala made the muffins taste like Christmas cake.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Thanks Pavani. The task was not too difficult. I too loved the different bakes with natural sweeteners.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Thank you Pam, muffins did taste fabulous.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Thanks Wendy. Muffins were moist as I had boiled the dried fruits.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thank you Rocio. I loved your bake too.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thank you Julie, glad you liked the theme.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Karen you don't need to ask for forgiveness because as far as I know, barley malt is a natural sweetener. The grains are sprouted whereby the grains starch is converted to sugar.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Thank you so much Deepti. Yes, I learn something new from all my 3 kids whenever I meet them and now my daughter in law too offers a lot of help.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 14, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Thanks Cindy.

  • sneha datar

    July 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    These date muffins looks so soft and fluffy.

  • Niloufer Riyaz

    July 21, 2016 at 7:00 am

    delicious muffuins.. with no sugar they are perfect for all…yumm

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    October 18, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Natural Sweeteners are always best. The muffins here with the sweetness from date is a lovely idea surely. Looks so moist and delicious too. Orange juice and chai must be adding more flavor as well….

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 20, 2019 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Sasmita, the muffins taste awesome because of the chai masala.

  • Mina Joshi

    April 27, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    5 stars
    The date chai muffins looks moist and delicious. I love the idea of adding chai masala to the muffins. These look perfect to have with a cup of tea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. Goes perfectly well with a cup of tea.

  • Sujata Roy

    April 28, 2021 at 5:33 am

    5 stars
    Wow Mayuri date chai muffins sounds so flavorful healthy and delicious. Chai masala, orange juice, raisins and dates all are my favorite ingredients. I can imagine the aroma of these muffins. It will be also great for diabetic people. I would love to have these muffins with my evening tea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata and yes a good naturally sweet treat for diabetics.

  • Priya vj

    April 28, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    5 stars
    I love tonhave muffins with my tea. Generally prefer my muffins with less sweet and this chai date muffins fits in perfectly. Simply loved this version .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you Priya, the natural sweetness from the dried fruits was enough for us. So yes, it is perfect for those who don’t like very sweet muffins.

  • Preethicuisine

    April 28, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    5 stars
    Date chai muffins sounds so flavourful. I have never used chai spice in baked. Would love to try your bake next time. They look so moist. Perfect with tea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. I love using chai masala with bakes, especially with quick breads and muffins.

  • kalyani

    April 29, 2021 at 9:57 am

    5 stars
    this chai masala in these muffins is sooo soo good. perfect breakfast treat..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 29, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you Kalyani.

  • Chef Mireille

    April 29, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    5 stars
    What a great use of chai masala and I actually have some in my pantry I get from the Indian market. will definitely be making these soon

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much Mireille. And enjoy the muffins when you try out the recipe.

  • Renu

    April 30, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    5 stars
    These muffins look so so tempting and delicious. I would love to try this, especially intrigued with the addition of tea here, wonderful flavours.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 30, 2021 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you so much Renu. Adding tea and tea masala makes them really yummy.

  • Azlin Bloor

    May 7, 2021 at 11:16 am

    5 stars
    These look absolutely delicious, Mayuri. I love the idea of tea in the muffins, and all that fruit, it must be amazing biting into one muffin. I’ll have to definitely give tehse a try!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2021 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you so much Azlin, please do try out the recipe. I love making them to enjoy sometimes as a breakfast muffin.

  • Preeti Shridhar

    May 11, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    5 stars
    I can imagine the flavors bursting in the mouth with each bite. With natural sweetness from dried fruits, crunch from nuts , these chai spiced whole wheat muffins are indeed a treat.
    I love chai masala in cakes. I have to try these sooner than later.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much Preeti. I love baking these muffins as they are sugar free and so flavorful.

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