I made these muffins with the changes that other reviews suggested– I didn't add the brown sugar, I zested the orange and omitted the bitter pith, and I used a whole can of pumpkin instead of 2/3 cup. I also added an extra 1/4 tsp cinnamon. They turned out super moist and fluffy and delicious. I might add an additional 1/4 cup of honey in addition to the 1/4 cup already listed to make up for the omission of the brown sugar, because they could stand to be a tad sweeter. This recipe also makes 12 heaping/large muffins, or 14-16 medium sized.
Orange-Date Pumpkin Muffins
From EatingWell: November/December 2011
A whole orange pulverized in the food processor gives these nutrient-rich date-pumpkin muffins a wonderful intense flavor.
8 Reviews for Orange-Date Pumpkin Muffins
Excellent recipe! I found that using the whole orange gave them a hint of bitterness, so the next time I make them I will use the zest then discard the bitter pith and throw the rest of the orange in the food processer. I also found the orange a little overpowering and would double the recipe and use 1 orange. Following the recipe, they are ORANGE date pumpkin muffins. I was looking for PUMPKIN orange date muffins. I doubled the recipe, added extra pumpkin (2 c.) because I wanted to finish a can of pumpkin. Excellent recipe!
These were very tasty, although I might try a bit more pumpkin and a bit less orange next time, as the orange flavor was very pronounced. I tossed the dates into the food processor along with everything else just to be lazy, and that worked out just fine. I also used all whole wheat flour and only used the honey without the extra sugar, and they were perfectly sweet. I really don't know why they feel the need to include so much sugar in a recipe in what is supposed to be a "healthy" magazine, especially with the inclusion of dates to make things even sweeter. Anyway, if you don't need your muffins to taste like cupcakes, I would definitely recommend leaving out the extra sugar, as they are quite good without it.
I made this with freshly roasted pumpkin. It turned out amazingly well. I've never pureed a whole orange before, with the peel, but it really worked! It gives such good flavour. The muffins turned out very moist and delicious. I brought them into work and everyone loved them. The dates are a nice sweet touch. I wouldn't change anything.