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Thousand-Seed Banana Date Muffins

Makes 12

Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Loaded with seeds and made with only 2 tbsp. oil, these muffins stay incredibly moist and light, thanks to two fruit purées and a soft meringue.

Thousand-Seed Banana Date Muffins

Photo: Yuhnee Kim; Styling: Karen Shinto
 1/4 cup sesame seeds
 1/4 cup poppy seeds
 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
 1/2 cup (3 oz.) packed pitted dates
 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 1 large egg, separated, plus 1 large egg white
 1 cup sugar, divided
 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
 1/4 cup flaxseed meal*
 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter 12 muffin cups (1/3-cup size) and set aside. Put sesame and poppy seeds in a pie pan and sunflower and pumpkin seeds in another. Bake seeds, stirring once, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Combine seeds in 1 pan and set aside.

Step 2

Whirl dates with 1/2 cup water in a blender or food processor until very smooth. Scrape into a medium bowl and add bananas, yogurt, oil, vanilla, egg yolk, and 3/4 cup sugar. Whisk to blend, then set aside.

Step 3

Stir flours in a large bowl with flaxseed meal, baking powder and soda, salt, and all but 2 tbsp. of the seeds.

Step 4

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in a bowl with a mixer on high speed until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Fold whites into banana mixture. Fold into flour mixture just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups (they'll be very full). Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp. seeds.

Step 5

Bake muffins until just firm to touch and edges are golden, 22 to 25 minutes. Loosen from pans with a small metal spatula. Serve warm or cool.

Step 6

*Find with baking ingredients.

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per muffin.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 289Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 21mg8%
Sodium 288mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 43g15%

Dietary Fiber 3.8g16%
Protein 6.5g13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.