Oatmeal Citrus Date Muffins

Long time readers might recall that I am a big fan of making muffins and freezing them. Whether that means I can pop a dozen out onto a plate the night before a brunch gathering or microwave a single muffin for 30 seconds on a busy morning for a quick breakfast, having a variety of muffins on hand in the freezer is one of my kitchen joys. And if I don't have time to make a variety, the recipe below is my go-to default.

Packed with nuts, oatmeal, dried fruit, and more, it's high on flavor, fiber, and texture. What's more, you can tweak the additions to make it your own. Try dried cranberries and walnuts or dried blueberries and lemon zest. Maybe dried cherries with orange zest and pistachios? Make it yours and enjoy! Even chopped candied ginger can get added to the mix.

While these muffins definitely play well with others, I really think they shine as a grab and go breakfast since they've got enough to keep you going for a while. When I'm finding myself with less time than I'd like in the morning - and let's face it, we've all been there - I simply pop one in the microwave for 30 seconds and I've got a good option in hand. Whatever you choose to include in them and whenever you opt to enjoy them, these versatile muffins are sure to become a regular in your morning lineup!

Oatmeal Citrus Date Muffins

  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 T. ground flaxseed
  • ½ c. packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ c. finely chopped almonds
  • ⅔ c. chopped dates
  • 2 tsp. freshly zested orange peel
  • ½ c. butter, melted and cooled
  • ⅔ c. plain yogurt
  • ⅓ c. milk
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking cups.

Mix together the rolled oats, flour, flaxseed, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, almonds, dates, and orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, yogurt, milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and egg.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the muffins in the tray for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool before serving, storing, or freezing.

  • Yields: 12 muffins
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes


This may be the most foregiving muffin recipe ever! I made a number of substitutions based on what I had in my pantry and plain forgetfullness and these still came out great! I substituted Kodiak proten flour for all purpose flour, didn't have yogurt so I used a mix of sour cream and cream cheese, and substituted coconut milk for the milk since I had a can open. I already felt like I was pushing the recipe beyond what any standard reccipe could tolerate and then I noticed the egg still on the counter once the muffins were in the oven. At that point I figured this recipe was a waste but they came out really well! Kind of remind me of the best homemade granola ever in a moist muffin form! I can see why this recipe is a stapleof Ronda's and will be using it again especially since it can only improve as actually written!

So glad that worked out for you! Muffins tend to be pretty forgiving and I am delighted they are yummy.