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Chai-spiced date muffins with coffee glaze

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  • Peanut free
  • Vegetarian
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free

Turn a classic muffin into a show-stopping treat using a mix of spices, dates and a drizzle of coffee glaze, this recipe is a guaranteed hit.

  • Serves12
  • Cook time25 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + cooling and 5 mins standing time
Four muffins arranged on a cooling tray with coffee glaze and walnuts on top


  • 1 cup (140g) chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) boiling water
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup (165g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground star anise
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1 tbs boiling water, extra
  • 1 cup (160g) icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tbs chopped walnuts

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line twelve 1/3 cup (80ml) muffin pans with paper cases. Combine the dates and water in a bowl. Set aside for 5 mins to soak.
  2. Step 2

    Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, star anise and cardamom in a large bowl. Whisk the eggs, butter, buttermilk and date mixture in a small bowl. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined (don’t overmix).
  3. Step 3

    Divide the mixture evenly among lined pans. Bake for 25 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Step 4

    Stir coffee powder and extra water in a bowl until coffee dissolves. Stir in the icing sugar to form a runny paste. Drizzle over muffins. Top with walnut.

Nutrition Information


Energy: 1386kJ/332 Cals (16%)

Protein: 5g (10%)

Fat: 11g (16%)

Sat fat: 6g (25%)

Carb: 53g (17%)

Sugar: 34g (38%)

Fibre: 2g (7%)

Sodium: 264mg (13%)