1000 Seed Banana Date Muffins

Random thoughts going through my head:

Do you think that someone actually counted out a thousand seeds in this recipe? At what point did they get interrupted by a 3 year old and lose count? My guess is 33. Do you think it’s a thousand seeds per muffin or per batch? If I walked over to the mirror right now, how many seeds would be stuck in my front teeth? Who would be the first person to tell me about that poppy seed stuck near my canine? Why is the term muffin top so good yet so frightening? Why can I not resist a bread product covered in seeds?

thousand seed banana date muffins

Do you think there’s a thousand specks of glitter in my nail polish? I put on three coats…

thousand seed banana date muffins

Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and sesame seeds make up that seeded muffin top. I told you they were seedy! They’re super healthy (almost NO oil!) and packed with a fun ingredients including yogurt, bananas, whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, whipped eggs whites and pureed dates! If you’re planning on eating one before you leave the house, check your grill in the mirror! It’s totally seed central.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering…there are two bananas not pictured in this get up.

thousand seed banana date muffins

Seeds go into pans. Pans go into oven. It’s a roast! Not like a Charlie Sheen Roast. Just browning seeds, roast.

thousand seed banana date muffins

Pitted dates get a whirl.

thousand seed banana date muffins

Add a little water to get it more paste like.

thousand seed banana date muffins

Egg separation. That yolk is pretty, isn’t it?

thousand seed banana date muffins

Yolk, dates, banana, sugar, vanilla & yogurt. Wet!

thousand seed banana date muffins

Egg white time! Things get all mixy! Cream of tartar is in the egg whites and here comes sugar.

thousand seed banana date muffins

Fluffy egg whites get folded into the banana date mixture.

thousand seed banana date muffins

Dry ingredient sifting…

thousand seed banana date muffins

Dry meets wet. More folding!

thousand seed banana date muffins

Scoop the muffin batter into lubed muffin tins. Top with seeds.

thousand seed banana date muffins

THINGS ARE GETTING SEEDY.

thousand seed banana date muffins

BAKE! And look at these fluffy muffin tops.

thousand seed banana date muffins

Feel free to lift that plate…

thousand seed banana date muffins

Now dump the rest of the seeds in your mouth. You’re totes classy.

1000 Seed Banana Date Muffins

makes 12 muffins

(recipe from Sunset Magazine)

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup 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

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.

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.

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

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.
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.

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  • January 31, 2012

    I love me a healthy muffin and these look just delicious!

  • January 31, 2012

    These look really good! Though a definite mirror check kind of food… And that nail polish. I covet!

  • January 31, 2012

    First, reading at your title in reader I thought you’ve seriously counted 1000 seeds. :P Those muffins are really good and different than usual.

  • January 31, 2012

    I love a good seedy muffin! I surely would lose count…after like 10.

  • January 31, 2012

    I have been meaning to bake muffins in a long time but I didn’t want to fill the house with sweet fat treats! This recipe seems healthy so I will try it soon!

  • January 31, 2012

    these are so seedy…and not in the creepy way! I needed a new muffin recipe to try, you just knew it.
    I love how your glittery nail just wants to match those muffins!

  • January 31, 2012

    i was so wondering the “thousand seeds per muffin or per batch question” but honestly, who cares? they look divine!

  • January 31, 2012

    These look great! I love a good healthy muffin, I can’t wait to give them a try!

  • January 31, 2012

    Oooo so excited about these! I heard you talk about them on Homefries (“seed central” haha), and I couldn’t wait for you to post the recipe. Thanks, Tracy!

  • January 31, 2012

    Ooh… these look good!

  • January 31, 2012

    haha – pureed dates. DEFS a “fun ingredient”.

  • January 31, 2012

    This is my kind of muffin. I would call this a mommy muffin as my kids would not go for it! I love sunflower & pumpkin seeds on any sort of bread. Have you ever tried Rustic Bakery’s 5 grain bread? OMG, I could just buy the crust alone. It’s all dark and has so many toasted seeds on top. My husband came home yesterday and found me devouring the top of the bread, he was like, “whoa girl, save some for the rest of us.”

  • That is an extensive ingredient list for a muffin! Still I might have to try these. Muffin tops are so delicious, but are more than likely the cause of my own actual muffin top. Sad trombone. :(

  • January 31, 2012

    so, my big question is… what’s the polish color & brand? thaaaanks! xo.

  • Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free
    January 31, 2012

    Whoa! Those look awesome.

  • Mindy
    January 31, 2012

    I have to say, you filled those muffin tins to the perfect level. Like a pro!

    They look yummy!

  • January 31, 2012

    Cannot wait to try!!! These have “mornings in new house” written all over them. Awesome recipe, Tracy.

  • January 31, 2012

    Ooops, looks like it lost my comment! Except it was probably my own fault, haha. Anyways, I tried to say… Love the seeds! But the muffin underneath sounds delicious on it’s own too. Dates, bananas, yogurt, whole wheat flour? Those are totally my kind of muffin :D

  • January 31, 2012

    I love how hippy-dippy healthy these look. As a matter of fact, I do believe all the fiber in the seeds cancel out the calories in the muffin. Perfect!

  • January 31, 2012

    These look delicious!

  • January 31, 2012

    The first thing I thought when I saw the top picture was how many of those seeds are going to end up in my teeth!! I had braces when I was younger and ALWAYS had food in my teeth. So attractive!

    These muffins look unreal healthy. Can’t wait to try them!!!!!!

  • January 31, 2012

    My first thought when I saw this recipe was: Yum!
    My second thought was: I can’t eat that because I hate when things get stuck in my teeth.
    Looks like I may have to make a sacrifice for this one, haha!

  • Julie
    January 31, 2012

    love love love! I’ve been waiting for you to put the recipe up since the picture was on a couple of days ago!

  • January 31, 2012

    As someone who always ends up with food stuck in her teeth, these kind of scare me, but in a good and totally rational way.

  • January 31, 2012

    Love the health factor in these muffins! They’re going on my to-make list fo’ sho’!
    They will be the perfect accompaniment to the blueberry and kale smoothie I’ve been drinking every morning for breakfast…my teeth look scary after one of those too!

  • January 31, 2012

    These look amazing! I’m on a really low fat (15g per day- ouch) diet due to gallbladder disease *yawn* but as soon as I get it out, I am making every recipe here! Oh & this will make you cry- I can’t even eat Kale!!

  • January 31, 2012

    YES! I can’t wait to make them!

  • January 31, 2012

    I need these!!!

    I’m immeniently about to give birth (well, in 2 weeks) and I need hearty, easy, filling recipe for something that can be jammed in my mouth at 2am.

    THIS IS IT.

    Thank you Tracy!!!

  • January 31, 2012

    I am totally making these! I love that the fat content comes from the nuts and not butter or oil.

  • YUM! Can’t wait to make them.

  • January 31, 2012

    I love seedy muffins! These look great!

  • January 31, 2012

    Seedy means healthy? Cause that’s what it means to me so I’m all about it.

  • February 1, 2012

    Not only do these look delicious, but your nails are lookin’ good!

  • February 1, 2012

    Hi! When I saw the muffin photo on Flickr a few days ago, I was hoping there was a recipe post in the works. Thank you! This is so up my alley. (Also, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the date for me, so far. With this recipe, the trend continues…)

    • February 1, 2012

      YAY!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for venturing over here. I’m glad to see you here.

  • ErinV
    February 1, 2012

    Heard about this on the podcast! This is gonna be the first thing I bake when I’m done the whole living action plan cleanse in a week!

  • February 1, 2012

    Poppy seeds always get stuck in my teeth, but I love em anyways. I was looking forward to this post! xo

  • heather
    July 10, 2012

    yum. yum…..and yum. didn’t see the part when i was supposed to put the seeds inside, but they were great on top.

    • Tracy
      July 10, 2012

      Oh. Did you not put them on top before baking?

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