48 responses

  1. Jamie
    December 3, 2013

    On Monday I baked some cupcakes using mostly sugar, vegan butter and oil. Today I baked these cupcakes and have to admit these tasted alot better and are so much better for me!! I didn’t add the two tablespoons of oil and threw in some walnuts for a bit of texture and they turned out fine. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe !

    • erika
      December 4, 2013

      Jamie, so happy to hear you liked them!! And good to know they work without the oil–the walnuts sound like an excellent touch!

  2. Stephanie
    November 3, 2013

    I made your recipe as stated….and these chocolate muffins were delicious!!! I couldnt believe how moist they were. Thumbs up!!!

    • erika
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks for letting me know Stephanie!! So glad you enjoyed them :)

  3. Lianna
    November 1, 2013

    OMGOMG I LOVEeee those massive double chocolate muffins from costco. I haven’t had one in ages but when I was a kid my mom would always buy the packs that came with 3 flavours and I would eat all of the double chocolate ones before anyone else could even try a piece haha making the date paste sounds kind of daunting but I’m willing to try it if it means a healthier and yummier version of my beloved costco favourite!

    • erika
      November 1, 2013

      Omg okay so I would be the one to take a piece of each muffin because I could never decide which one I wanted!! Except for one kind of darker brown colored one that I didn’t really like. And I’d pick all the blueberries out of the blueberry one. But the chocolate and lemon poppyseed!!! Swoooon.

  4. Karen
    October 4, 2013

    Thanks for your lovely blog. Will try with PB2 since I’m using it to replace regular peanut butter. K.

    • erika
      October 5, 2013

      Hi Karen–thanks for the lovely comment! You know, I’d be a little wary of using PB2 instead of full-fat peanut butter since I used it partly to replace the need for additional oil in the muffins. But I would be curious to hear how it turns out if you do try it!

  5. Sara
    June 25, 2013

    I made your recipe in bread version and forgot to add the almond milk. I’m not sure it made a difference. It still came out perfect. I wonder if you need it? For the bread version you have to remember servings. I cut mine into 12 servings… still the sugar is very high 17g… but better then white sugar. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Jen
    June 11, 2013

    These are DELICIOUS!! I made these tonight using raisin paste instead of date (I had a TON of raisins I needed to use), and they came out WONDERFUL! My husband is addicted to sugar, and I am trying to show him that we can still have sweet, delicious treats WITHOUT refined sugar! These were the PERFECT recipe to win him over! :) He’s already eaten 2 of them! Thanks for a fantastic recipe! We’ll make these often for SURE!

    • erika
      June 12, 2013

      Jen, I am so happy to hear that you guys liked these!!! Thanks so much for letting me know :) You’re awesome for helping your husband cut his sugar addiction–I know how powerful those sugar cravings can be!

  7. Amycakes
    May 23, 2013

    Just wondering — these look great (!!) but do you think prunes will work as a sub for the dates?? I secretly love prunes and always have them lying around…

    • erika
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks Amy! To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten a prune–are they as sweet as dates?

      I just googled and according to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, yes, you can also make prune paste to use the way you would use date paste. Also apricot paste and raisin paste! I’m learning tons of new things :) Hope that helps!

  8. Brandi
    May 23, 2013

    Ahh I just checked out where you got the recipe inspiration from over at a muffin myth! That’s a great recipe. Of course I liked that you made it chocolate. I’ve wanted to try doing cookies with all dates, but haven’t done it yet. These look delicious. Do you taste banana? I hate bananas, lol!

  9. Tahnycooks
    May 22, 2013

    These look awesome!!! Goodness, I wish I had a slice right now! Since I don’t eat chocolate I’m gonna use carob! Yum!

    • erika
      May 22, 2013

      That sounds great!! Just curious–why don’t you eat chocolate? I’ve been curious to try carob but just haven’t gotten around to it since I have so many chocolate chips on hand…

  10. Julia
    May 22, 2013

    I’m jumping up and down about these! They look so moist and full of flavor! When I read the text on the photo, I thought it said Vegan Double Date Muffins, which I thought was a real knee slapper. Love the double chocolate. Love everything about the muffins…will action soon!

    • erika
      May 22, 2013

      Haha–that would be a fab name for these. Bake these babies up and you’ll be on a double date in no time! ;)

      Hope you like them!! They are definitely a moist, delicious muffin that I want to make again right now!!

  11. vic@cakebook
    May 22, 2013

    These look delicious!! I love baking with dates too – they’re such a surprise aren’t they! Actually think they taste like candy as they are!! I’ve been off the sugar the last couple of months too *yawn* – good for my health – bad for my blog – haha :)

    • erika
      May 22, 2013

      No WONDER you’ve been so MIA!! I’ve been missing your post :((( But GOOD FOR YOU for getting off sugar–and staying off for months!!! I’m so impressed. Did you have a plan for staying off or did you just cut it completely out of your diet? Do you think you’re going to keep not eating sugar indefinitely?? I’m so interested in no-sugar diets…

  12. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    May 21, 2013

    OMG these look so moist and YUMMY!!

    • erika
      May 22, 2013

      Thanks Kristi! :)

  13. Sandra – The Foodie Affair
    May 21, 2013

    I can’t wait to try these! Dates are great sugar substitution and healthy!!

    • erika
      May 22, 2013

      I agree! I hope you like them! :)

  14. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    May 21, 2013

    Aww such a good girlfriend!

    AND OMG NO SUGAR?? Just dates!? These look fab, I’m so intrigued!

    • erika
      May 22, 2013

      Oh why thank you :) I enjoyed your instagram post of Michael’s whale texts lol!

  15. Megan
    May 21, 2013

    These are so cute! I want to make something indulgent tasting this weekend, but not too unhealthy. This fits the bill. Thanks!! Great timing!!

    • erika
      May 22, 2013

      So good to hear, Megan! Let me know how they turn out if you give em a try :)

  16. CCU
    May 21, 2013

    I cannot believe how sweet and delicious these are yet are healthy! You are a genius!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • erika
      May 22, 2013

      Thanks Uru :)

  17. Melissa
    May 21, 2013

    Drool… chocolate & dates are one of my favorite combinations! I’m making this soon!! Thank you, Erika.

    • erika
      May 21, 2013

      YAY! So glad :) Thank YOU for the lovely comment :)

  18. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    May 21, 2013

    Ah that’s awesome that these are sugar free! Warm dates in the muffins sound delicious!

    • erika
      May 21, 2013

      Thanks Alex :) I was SO excited these turned out!!

  19. janet @ the taste space
    May 21, 2013

    I have been loving dates, too, these past few weeks. What a great looking cake! I will have to try that baking soda trick next time.

    • erika
      May 21, 2013

      Thanks Janet! Yes, I learned that trick from Katie at The Muffin Myth. It’s so interesting to see how the baking soda makes the dates completely break down!

  20. Angela
    May 21, 2013

    I get so excited when I see no sugar or lower sugar recipes. This is one that I will have to put on my bucket list. Looks delish :)

    • erika
      May 21, 2013

      Yay! Angela, I do too. I would love to cut sugar completely out of my diet but since that seems to be nearly impossible, these are great muffins to have in your kitchen arsenal!

  21. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    May 21, 2013

    O, MY.

    I don’t even know where to begin! These look faaaaaaabuuuuuulous!

    I am conflicted, though, because they use two ingredients that I’m trying to avoid (wheat flour and peanut butter).

    I think that I can probably buy 3/4 c. whole wheat flour in bulk from Whole Foods…but the PB is a stumper. Do you think it would work if I used 1.5 tablespoons of additional oil? I’m trying so hard not to have PB in the house, which didn’t make me sad at all…until now! I want these muffins so badly!

    Also, do you think you used about 1/2 c. chocolate chips? Just guessing.

    • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
      May 21, 2013

      ps – CONGRATULATIONS, ERIK!!!!!!

      • erika
        May 21, 2013

        Alex! You are so great. Thanks for catching the chocolate chip omission–I fixed that. I used 1/4 cup (and then dotted the tops of some with a few extras…).

        Okay so I was really conflicted in using wheat flour in these. I wanted SO BADLY to make them completely gluten-free and vegan, but whole wheat flour + oat flour is just SO GOOD and makes really puffy muffins. If you are okay using other flours, I would suggest subbing buckwheat or spelt flour for the whole wheat flour. Using all oat flour would probably make these really gummy :( Or a gluten-free flour blend.

        And yes! You can definitely use a little additional oil instead of peanut butter–I think 1 tablespoon would do the trick. Ha, I actually added the peanut butter just so I could decrease the fat coming from pure oil! Thanks for the kind words lady–hope you like them!!

  22. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
    May 21, 2013

    Thank you thank you thank you! I need more recipes like this, Erika, so keep ‘em coming! This will give me my carby chocolate fix in a healthy way. Lord knows I need the help – I keep stuffing my face and sitting on my butt. Summer’s coming and so is my lil sister’s wedding (I need to fit into a bridesmaid dress that is just a LITTLE BIT snug right now) and the way my gut is growing, I’m starting to feel a bit panicked. Maybe if someone dangled one of these muffins in front of me while I’m on the treadmill, I can get some exercise going. And yes, give the man a steak! He deserves it :)

    • erika
      May 21, 2013

      Omg!!!! Wedding!!! I love weddings!!! How exciting–congrats to your sister!! I hope you post some deets on your blog–I LOVE hearing about weddings even though as time goes by I am less and less sure that I’ll be having one of my own! Hah. Nancy, if you lived here, I would drag your butt to kickboxing with me (best thing ever) and then I would happily dangle muffins for you in front of a treadmill. Haha you are the best :)

  23. Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin
    May 21, 2013

    Um. These are crazy fabulous. Need.

    • erika
      May 21, 2013

      Hehe. Yes!

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