Feel-good muffins

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6 - 8
This muffin recipe contain fibre-packed prunes and oats - enjoy them without guilt!

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per muffin

  • kcal478
  • fat22g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.66g
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  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 50g porridge oats
  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 150ml ¼ pint buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 175g stoned prune, chopped
  • 85g pecans
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Butter 6-8 muffin tins or line them with muffin cases. Put the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl, then rub everything through your fingers, as if making pastry, to ensure the ingredients are evenly blended.

  2. Beat the egg, then stir in the buttermilk, vanilla and oil. Lightly stir the egg mix into the flour.

  3. Fold the prunes and nuts into the mixture.

  4. Divide between the tins, filling the cases to the brim, then bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden. Serve warm or cold.

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Comments (98)

tartymuffin's picture

Ooops - forgot to rate!

Rating is for the fact that each muffin contains a tbsp of oil, plus fat from the buttermilk and egg.

Yes they are low in saturated fat which is good for your heart, but unsaturated fat in large amounts is still very bad for your weight - and being overweight is very unhealthy.

I think calling these "good for you" and saying they are without "guilt" is a misnomer.

On Weightwatchers these would be 7.5 pts each, which is horrendous, especially when you think that the recommended amount of points to maintain weight and be healthy (not lose weight) is 22 per day - one muffin is a THIRD of the recommended calories to sat fat ratio of that!

tartymuffin's picture

Recipe contains 6 tbsps of oil - and makes 6-8 muffins... If you get 6 out of the mix that means each one contains a TABLESPOON of oil!!

So 478 cals is definitely spot on...

I don't know about anyone else but the thought of eating a muffin with a tbsp of oil in it does not make me feel good it makes me feel sick, and I have no idea how one muffin containing that much oil can be guilt free.

mariangeles10's picture

Just wonderful. Instead of prunes I used dried apricots and prunes, and walnuts instead of pecans.

ellamay's picture

I think you'll find these Muffins are called 'feel good muffins'. In the description it doesn't claim them to be low calorie. These are healthy because although they have high calorie content if you look to the saturated fat....its low which means that the fat content in these muffins are the good ones that give you the energy to function.
Things with higher calories are not always bad, the majority of these calories will be from the dried fruit and nuts which all have nutrients packed into them. But if wanting to make them lower in calories just go with peoples posts and substitute or reduce some ingredients.

janeysmith's picture

OMG. Feel good muffins without the guilt!!!! I don't think I dare make these! Have a look at the calories and the grams of fat and carbohydrates.
That is almost a quarter of your daily calorie intake.
I need to lose weight not put more on.

mandinga's picture

Sugar, nuts, dried fruit, oil, flour...I'm afraid 478 calories seems spot on for one of these muffins. No way would they be 113 calories each, but I suppose you could enjoy them without guilt if you convinced yourself of that...? They do look yummy though!

stevehood's picture

Great recipe for your kids to help plus not too long waiting for the results. Used walnuts instead of pecans and soft brown sugar in place of the muscavado. Lovely texture, will make another batch soon.

tobyteabag's picture

Lovely Muffins! I used two mashed bananas instead of the sugar and buttermilk doesn't exist in Belgian supermarkets, so I used natural yoghurt instead - very popular with the husband too!

oliviafair's picture

Taste wonderful and so easy to make! I substitute the prunes with about 75g of dates, and I add in one grated carrot and a pinch of salt. We don't have light muscavado sugar here in South Africa, so I use a mixture of 90g dark brown treacle sugar and 50g of caster sugar.

maggyfaz's picture

I made these as really tasty snacks for my daughter to take to school. Following others' advice, I only used 90g sugar, and low fat yoghurt instead of buttermilk. I also left out the cinnamon and added orange zest instead. The school doesn't allow nuts, so I added more dried fruit instead - apricot, apple, cranberries - all soaked in warm orange juice first to plump them up. And obviously I substituted the sunflower oil for a different type, as so many sites now tell us not to cook with it. Baked them in mini muffin tins, and they turned out wonderful! I keep them in the freezer and add them to the school lunchbox a couple of times a week. Super-healthy and delicious!

alicia-foodoholic's picture

Made these muffins this morning, but changed the recipe instead of using prunes I used dark chocolate and almonds instead of pecans. They are very nice, will be making another batch soon, however run out of choc!!!!!!!!!!
One thing is that they are a bit dry, but nice with a cuppa :O)

abit50's picture

Well i made a few changes to this recipe, i used natural yoghurt instead of buttermilk and instead of using prunes and pecans i used raisins and ground walnuts, i also added 50g of shredded coconut. Tasted really good will definetly make these again!

rinabatt's picture

Nuts and the sugar content of dried fruit will always increase the calorie content and the fat is also pretty high (22g) not so feel good! If you want a low cal muffin recipe I recommend the "banana and blueberry muffins" also on this site...they are v. good and have a much lower fat content!

amp1043's picture

My favourite muffins. I use chopped apricots and walnuts. Very easy to make.

janewebb's picture

Thanks to the suggestions of the other cooks I used less sugar 85g for me! I am so glad coz they are gorgeous and can imagine how sweet they would be with the full amount. I would add a Nigella tip and use an ice-cream scoop to fill the muffin cases as it makes life so much easier!!

mssteel's picture

I agree with the other posters in reducing the sugar measurement by half.

lagalloise's picture

I agree with mzprim! The ingredients suggest the 113 calories per muffin not the horrific number stated in the recipe!!!! Otherwise these muffins would be Good Food's version of a weapon of mass distruction! Nice way to go though! I'll have a go and let you know what I think!

trenethick's picture

Excellent muffins.Will try other combinations of fruit and nuts next time.

xela950's picture

I agree that 478kcal is very unlikely for just one of these muffins

jdk1556's picture

Wow! These muffins are delicious. Never made muffins before but will definitely be making these again. I couldn't find any buttermilk so I substitued this with plain natural yoghurt. The prunes give just the right amount of sweetness and you can taste just a hint of cinnamon coming through...lovely :-)


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