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Sourdough Date Nut Cranberry Muffins

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: susan reid

Sourdough Date Nut Cranberry Muffins Recipe

Sourdough's tangy flavor balances the rich sweetness of dates in these muffins flecked with tart cranberries.

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Nutrition information


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  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sourdough starter, unfed/discard
  • 1 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease the wells of a 12-cup muffin pan, or line with papers and grease the insides of the papers.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the water, dates, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the cranberries, nuts, baking soda, salt, and eggs; mix thoroughly. Stir in the starter and the flour until evenly combined.
  4. Scoop the batter by the quarter-cupful into the prepared pan. Bake the muffins for 17 to 19 minutes, until a paring knife inserted in the center of one comes out clean.
  5. Remove the muffins from the oven and cool them in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
  6. Store any leftover muffins, tightly wrapped in plastic, at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 muffin, 101g
  • Servings Per Batch 12
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 294
  • Calories from Fat 105
  • Total Fat 12g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 51mg
  • Sodium 276mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 45g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 24g
  • Protein 5g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.