Chocolate Orange Muffins

Conversation between husband and me at 9pm after dinner:

H: Why are you still so busy in the kitchen?
I: Baking some breakfast muffins for you for tomorrow morning. I had the last one of those chocolate ones today.
I: Because I need to taste the stuff that I bake so I can blog about it.
H: Those were nice muffins!!! I especially liked the lemon stuff in there.
I: That's not enough food criticism to post a recipe. That's why I need to taste them myself. And by the way, it wasn't lemon. It was orange...

Is it just happening in our house, but the moment I pull something out of the oven, it's gone. So it happened several with these Buckwheat Date Muffins, those Buckwheat Almond Crackers, and usually with any amount of French Fries. I really have to hurry up to get a few crumbs before everything is polished off by husband and kids.

My son is turning six next month, and he is already starting to eat for two. Is it time for me to mentally prepare myself to roast two chickens, one for him and one for the rest of the family? Of course, I wouldn't write this, if he wasn't as thin as a stick. Yeah, I probably have to do double portions now. Perhaps I should get a set of bigger pots and pans for Christmas.

But hey, I take it as a compliment when my family loves the stuff that I make for them. And I have to say, these chocolate orange muffins are truly heavenly. If it was just me eating them, they wouldn't last longer than 2 days either.

(Print Recipe)

1 cup spelt flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 egg, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest, finely grated

1/2 cup dried dates (about 10-12 dried dates), pitted and chopped
1/4 cup yogurt

1/4 cup chopped nuts

Yields 6
Preheat oven to 180C. Line or grease muffin tins.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a food processor, blend chopped dates and yogurt to a creamy paste. In another bowl, combine egg, honey, and oil. Stir in the date yogurt paste and orange zest. Add wet to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Fill in the muffin molds. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.