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Healthy Vegetarian Foods

Bran Rich Date & Nut Muffins

In collaboration with the Sasko team, I have been developing a few recipes for them using their amazing variety of flours and ready mixes. Since I started blogging, I have shared many of my tried and tested recipes with great confidence, however when it comes to baking-because I bake without eggs, I am a bit nervous of sharing my egg less baking recipes, as you would understand why would you want to bake without eggs when you can bake with eggs and create moist and light cakes. I also look at the amazing blogs of the likes of Drizzle & Dip and My Easy Cooking and their amazing baked goodies and think “who in their right mind will follow my egg less recipes”, however I soon realized that there are many people out there who are allergic or out of choice (like me) who don’t want to eat eggs, but would like to enjoy a baked treat, and that thought is what gave me the confidence to share some egg less recipes. In keeping with the SASKO task of developing recipes I wanted to share a diverse range of recipes—not just your Indian breads and snacks. When baking without eggs always remember that the egg less is variety does not have a long shelf life—so bake them, eat them, enjoy them.

I do make these quite often as my nieces love cup cakes (which kids don’t), however my sister is quite strict about their diet, so I am not allowed to give them cup cakes more than once a week, however the little one (who is all of 2 years and 2months), would have them every day if she had her way. To keep the peace between my sister and I and to please the little princess I bake them these health muffins and tell them it is a healthy cup cake. As I walk in to their house they want to know “Usha Masi (Masi –means mothers sister), what you brought for dessert”, and when I open up the Tupperware to show them the smile on their faces and the look in their eyes is “priceless”.



Muffins (12 muffins)

 250ml Sasko brown bread flour

250ml Sasko digestive bran

2ml salt

5ml bicarbonate of soda

2.5ml mix spice

2.5ml cinnamon

45ml brown sugar

45ml chopped pecan nuts

125ml chopped dates/cranberries

50ml oil

100ml warm water

250ml buttermilk


  1.  Place flour, bran, salt, bicarbonate of soda, mix spice and cinnamon in a bowl and stir
  2. Add the sugar, nuts and fruit and mix well so that fruit and nuts are well coated with the flour mixture
  3. Mix oil, water and buttermilk together and fold into the flour mixture (if you find the mixture to dry a little more water can be added) you want the mixture to be quite soft
  4. Spoon into greased muffin pans and bake at 180 for about 15 – 20 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before dusting some icing sugar over them
  6. The recipe makes 12 medium size muffins and 36 miniature ones







Comments: 8

  • 14/02/2013

    What a great healthy treat Usha 🙂

  • 19/02/2013

    It sounds delicious, Usha and I loooove the pink polkadot crockery!

    • 19/02/2013

      Thanks, i was waiting for you to mention that–i just love it i got one in pink, one in blue and one in green

      • 05/03/2013

        Where did you buy them, if I may ask?

        • 05/03/2013

          Hi Zirkie, they from the Maxwell William range, i got it as a gift but i have seen it at HOME ETC. But this was last year

  • Mythili Ravi


    Hi Usha,

    I am so happy I discovered your website, thanks to a search on Indian vegetarian recipes using Barlotti beans. I loved your Gadra beans recipe and this date and nut muffin too. Thanks so much for sharing your yum recipes.

    I want to know what I can substitute butter milk with for I am a vegan. Also, I want to know where I can find Sasko brown bread flour and digestive bran here in Edison, NJ.

    Thanks in advance,

    Warm Regards,

    • 03/03/2013

      Hi Mythili,

      I am glad you find my blog interesting.i do hope you will continue to follow my blog. Instead of buttermilk you could use half soya milk and half soya yogurt and you will have your own vegan version of buttermilk
      Sasko is a brand that is very popular in South Africa, however i am sure you get brown or wholewheat bread flour, also any type of digestive bran will work–maybe you could try the health stores. Hope you find the ingredients. I will be posting s few more interesting and healthy recipe soon.

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