These moist pumpkin date muffins get extra texture from the oats, and the simple streusel topping makes them special.
I used about 1 1/2 cups of chopped dates (about 8 ounces) in the muffins, but use part pecans or walnuts if you like. Raisins or cranberries would work as well.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (4 1/2 ounces)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups dates (chopped)
- 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned)
- For the Streusel Topping:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon rolled oats
- Gather the ingredients.
- Heat the oven to 375 F (190 C/Gas 5). Grease 10 to 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the 1 cup of flour, the 1/2 cup of brown sugar, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and baking soda. Blend well with a spoon or whisk.
- In another bowl, whisk the egg with the pumpkin, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla. Blend well.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until blended. Stir in the dates and 1 cup of rolled oats.
- Scoop about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of batter into each muffin cup, filling each about two-thirds full.
- In a small bowl combine the 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, and 1 tablespoon of oats. With a fork, mix until well blended and crumbly.
- Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the tops of the muffins.
- Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool for about 5 minutes in the pan. Remove the muffins to a rack to cool.
- Serve warm or cold, plain or with a lightly sweetened honey or maple cream cheese spread or butter.
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