Date, walnut and tea buns

I’m working from home today, which gives me a bit of extra time to spend in the kitchen in the morning. I really fancied something like a tea bread, but didn’t want to wait an hour or so for it to bake, instead I made it in a cupcake tray!


They’re best cooked to be eaten straight away, as they can toughen up a little if left. Although they’re great toasted if that happens! They’re such a lovely treat, they are slightly chewy with tonnes of flavour from the dates, walnuts and tea. After soaking your dates, don’t throw the tea away as it gets used for the liquid in the batter.
Makes 6

100g dates

150g gluten free plain flour

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

25g agave syrup

35g walnuts

30g coconut oil

150ml steeping tea

A pinch of salt

Pre-heat the oven to 180 centigrade fan.

Lightly oil a muffin pan

First make a nice cup (a bowl would probably be more sensible but I’m British..)  of tea, and pop the dates in it to soak. I used about 200ml of boiling water and an earl grey teabag. Leave for 10 minutes

In a large bowl pop the flour, baking soda, pinch of salt and agave syrup.

Melt the coconut oil, I’ve just taken to microwaving the glass jar with the lid off and pouring it straight out.

In a small blender blitz together the strained dates ( you’ve remembered to keep the tea I hope!) walnuts and coconut oil to the consistency below

date mixture

Add the date mixture to the flour and 150ml of the reserved tea, mix well.

Spoon the mixture into 6 muffin tin holes and flatten it off a bit.

I sprinkled a little dark muscovado sugar on top at this point but I don’t think it needs it.

Place the tray in the oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through.


By A.

9 thoughts on “Date, walnut and tea buns

      • You can’t imagine how wonderful it is in ‘any’ supermarket here! I’m sure my suitcase will come home full of food! Stuff we search high and low for (like when you go to Manchester 😛 ) is found in every supermarket! Hopefully I’ll write a blog post about my finds when I’m home! My current post is lots of yummy fresh fruits… figs galore here! Still, I’m looking forward to baking again! (no oven here)!

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      • That sounds fantastic! What a joy it must be to be able to pick up fun and exciting ingredients without having to travel for miles. You’ll get some funny looks coming back through customs with cases full of foody treats 😉


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