Macadamia and Date Muffins

Hot macadamia and date muffins



240g (1½ cups) halved unsalted macadamias
25ml macadamia oil
125g raw sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 eggs, beaten
125ml fresh orange juice
zest of 2 oranges
500ml buttermilk
375g plain wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1½ teaspoons bi-carbonate of soda
2 cups untoasted muesli
1 cup chopped seedless dates


1. Spread nuts onto baking tray and roast at 170ºC until golden, about 6-8 minutes. Remove and cool on paper towels.

2. Combine all the liquid ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, spices and bi-carbonate of soda, add muesli and dates and mix well. Make a hole in the centre, stir in liquid ingredients with a wooden spoon, mix to combine. Cover with plastic, set aside for 1 hour before baking to allow ingredients to soften. Mixture can also be left overnight, covered in the fridge.

3. Preheat oven to 190ºC.

4. Remove mixture from fridge, stir through macadamias. Spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.