No-Added-Sugar Raisin Date Apple Muffins

Muffins are ‘sweet’ for breakfast or snack. These fruit-sweetened muffins have no added sugar, thanks to raisins and dates blended into a puree, plus no added fat!  The dried fruit puree plus diced apples add enough moisture to replace butter or oil, yet retain a light cake-y crumb perfect for a muffin.

I created these muffins for a Sun-Maid school foodservice recipe program. I’m glad I did! Now I keep them on-hand in the freezer for a quick-grab breakfast or snack.

The recipe is super simple, just a blender and a bowl, and a few minutes to stir together. Take a look, give it a try, and we’d love to have your comments 🙂

No Sugar Added Raisin Date Apple Muffins

Either natural or golden raisins are fine for blending with the dates, they'll just be a little darker with natural raisins.
Course Bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 134kcal
Author Rosie's Kitchen


  • 1 cup Sun-Maid Golden Raisins (or natural/dark raisins) 80 grams
  • 1/2 cup Sun-Maid pitted dates(10 deglet noir) 80 grams
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour or 1/2 cup each all-purpose white and whole wheat
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded unpeeled apple
  • 1/2 cup natural (dark) raisins


  • HEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 12 (2 -inch) muffin cups, or coat with cooking spray. The muffins stick to papers, unless they are foil lined.
  • WHIRL golden raisins, dates and hot water in a blender or food processor until fruit is evenly pureed. Add eggs and whirl just to blend.
  • COMBINE flour, almond meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with a whisk to blend. ADD raisin-date puree, shredded apple and 1/2 cup natural raisins to flour mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • SPOON batter into prepared muffin cups.
    BAKE 16-17 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly to touched. Cool in pan 3 minutes. Remove muffins to wire rack to cool completely. Store airtight 2-3 days or freeze for longer storage.



-A greased muffin tin is recommended instead of paper liners which muffins may stick to.

- Natural raisins in the date purée will make the muffins darker brown

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