Best Homemade Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins

Looking for the best homemade Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins recipe?

You can prepare our easy banana and date muffins at home in less than one hour.

Our recipe has transformed classic Banana and Date Muffins into a moist and perfectly sticky Toffee Pudding.

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Muffin History

A muffin is an individual-sized, baked product most commonly associated with morning mealtime. It’s one of the most popular on-the-go breakfasts that can easily be made ahead and stored in the freezer to enjoy later.

Muffins can refer to two distinct baked goods, a part-raised unsweetened flatbread that is baked and then cooked on a griddle, and a cupcake-like sweet or savoury quickbread that is leavened with baking powder and baked in a mold.

While the most common quickbread muffins are sweetened (such as lemon blueberry muffins, mincemeat muffins and morning glory muffins), there are also savoury varieties such as jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins and Cheddar Apple Muffins.

The flatbread “English Muffin” variety is of British origin, and dates from at least the early 18th century, while the quickbread originated in Canada and America during the 19th century.

One 19th century source suggests that muffins may be related to the Greek bread maphula, a cake baked on a hearth or griddle. Culinary historians also look to the Old French mou-pain, meaning soft bread, which may have been corrupted into “mouffin.”

The word is first found in print in 1703, spelled moofin; it is of uncertain origin but possibly derived from the Low German Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake. The expression muffin-man, meaning a street seller of muffins, is attested in a 1754 poem, which includes the line: “Hark! the shrill Muffin-Man his Carol plies…”

One of Canada’s top selling cookbooks of the 1980s was Muffin Mania, which helped popularize muffin making from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Homemade muffins were originally prepared as a healthy breakfast option, high-fibre mid-afternoon snack or individual dessert.

In 1997, muffins were popularized once again in Seinfeld’s now famous “The Muffin Tops,” episode. Like many muffin lovers, Elaine shared her love for only eating muffin tops. She hilariously talks about the fact that muffin stumps are not worthy of consumption as they don’t have the desirable crunchy texture. She shares the idea of opening a store that sells just muffin tops with her ex-boss and is outraged when he steals her idea.

When he offers her 30% of the profits to help his struggling business, they initially give the unused stumps to a homeless shelter. But after they get complaints about the missing muffin tops by a charity worker, they have to get rid of them elsewhere. Newman eventually takes the muffin stumps off their hands, smiling with glee!

Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins.
Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins.

My Family Loves Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins

One of my fondest memories growing up as a kid was waking up in the morning at our family cottage in Muskoka and smelling freshly baked muffins. My family’s two favourite recipes were Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Lemon Blueberry Muffins.

In the summer we’d forage for wild blueberries and incorporate them into out favourite baked goods. My sister was the family blueberry fan while I was mostly obsessed with the marriage of banana and chocolate.

My family’s heritage traces back to England, Scotland, Ireland and France. It’s no wonder our British roots have us craving sticky and sweet Banana and Date Muffins served as Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert.

Use an immersion blender to mix bananas and water soaked dates into a smooth mixture.
Use an immersion blender to mix bananas and water soaked dates into a smooth mixture.

What Is Sticky Toffee Pudding?

Sticky Toffee Pudding is an English dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, covered in toffee sauce and then served with a vanilla custard or ice cream.

A popular variation using dates, known as Sticky Date Pudding in Australia and New Zealand, is considered a modern interpretation of the British classic.

In Canada and America, the easiest way to enjoy Sticky Toffee Pudding is by visiting a local British pub. In Toronto you can find the best Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Queen and Beaver, The Oxley, Batch and The House on Parliament.

Scoop Banana Date Muffin batter over Skor Toffee Bits.
Scoop Banana Date Muffin batter over Skor Toffee Bits.

Best Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffin Recipe

There’s no better comfort food than a steaming, moist Sticky Toffee Pudding hot out of the oven.

We prefer to prepare Banana and Date Muffins as they are individual portions and don’t require slicing. Homemade muffins can be easily stored in the freezer to extend their shelf life and are a great individual dessert.

So what qualities make the best banana and date muffins? The perfect muffin must be crunchy on the outside, well leavened so the muffin cap holds its shape and doesn’t shrink when cooled and feature a moist and light interior.

Looking to prepare Banana Date Muffins? Baking is a science so you can’t just lower a muffin recipe’s fat and sugar content or you will bite into a chewy, hard and unappetizing product.

Homemade Banana and Date Muffins fresh out of the oven.
Homemade Banana and Date Muffins fresh out of the oven.

Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins Tips

If you’re looking to prepare Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins on a whim and are missing a few ingredients at home don’t worry! You can easily substitute cake and pastry or whole wheat flour if you don’t have all purpose flour. You might also want to add shredded coconut, orange rind, oatmeal, bran, raisins or nuts like roasted pecans, hazelnuts or walnuts.

When making banana muffins it is important to think ahead, as you can not just run to the grocery store. The best banana and date muffins are prepared with ripe fruit. You want to purchase bananas in advance so you can let them darken, enriching their flavour.

Bananas from the grocery store are often yellow or even green, meaning they are still full of starch and natural sugars have not yet developed in the fruit. We make these muffins so often that we store ripe bananas in the freezer so we always have them on hand when overcome with cravings!

The one tip I give all muffin making beginners is to avoid over-mixing the batter. Light and fluffy muffins are made by reducing the amount of gluten in the batter. If you whip muffin batter with a beater the final product will be as hard as a hockey puck.

For best results, form a well in the dry ingredients and pour your wet ingredients inside. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The finished batter should be fully incorporated, so be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so you don’t find unmixed flour. The most important rule to muffin making: when mixing, less is more!

Invert Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins on a cooling rack.
Invert Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins on a cooling rack.

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Serve Banana and Date Muffins with homemade English Toffee Sauce.
Serve Banana and Date Muffins with homemade English Toffee Sauce.

Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins Recipe

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Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins

Looking for the best Sticky Toffee Banana and Date Muffins? Enjoy our spin on the classic British dessert covered in homemade English toffee sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, british
Servings: 12
Calories: 268kcal

Equipment

  • oven
  • spatula
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl
  • muffin tin

Ingredients

Banana and Date Muffins

  • 6 oz dried dates pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Ripe banana mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Skor Toffee Bits

English Toffee Sauce

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Banana and Date Muffins

  • Coarsely chop the dates and place them in a bowl. Pour boiling water over dates and stir in baking soda. Let the dates soak until water is cool. Using an immersion blender puree the dates to make a smooth mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a large mixing bowl cream the brown sugar and butter until smooth and pale. Beat in the eggs and oil. Add molasses, vanilla extract and mashed banana, beating until combined.
  • In a small bowl, stir flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the flour mixture into the wet mixture until combined. Add date puree and gently fold until combined.
  • Generously grease muffin tins. Add 1 teaspoon of Skor Toffee Bits into the bottom of each tin. Fill tins with Banana and Date Muffin batter and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.
  • Serve drizzled with warm English Toffee Sauce and vanilla ice cream.

English Toffee Sauce

  • Bring all of the ingredients to a slow rolling boil for about 2 minutes before serving over the Banana and Date Muffins.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.9g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 11.3g | Saturated Fat: 6.3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 23.6g | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg

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