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This date nut muffins recipe is so good. They are so moist and hearty that you will be satisfied once you eat one! But not too satisfied that you won’t want another muffin, just not in the same sitting.

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Date nut muffins, how I love thee.  Let me count the ways…..

Let’s start off by saying what’s in them. These lovelies have dates, prunes, raisins, butter, flour, egg, baking soda, salt and walnuts. How can you go wrong?

These muffins are super moist, so tasty and really easy to make. The hardest you have to work is cutting up the dates and prunes but that is still simple.

Naturally sweet

And one of the perks of these muffins is there isn’t any added sugar.

My mom used to make these little beauties and I have always enjoyed eating them.  Just picture yourself opening up a muffin and slathering either butter or cream cheese on them while they are still warm.

It’s such a wonderful way to start the morning. OR, have one for an afternoon snack. They are so satisfying. And other than the butter, they are healthy and packed with fiber.

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How to make date nut muffins


Get a muffin pan and line as with 9 parchment paper baking cups. Also get a medium saucepan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – gather the dates, prunes, raisins and butter.

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Step two

Chop the dates and prunes in smallish pieces.

Step three

Add the dried fruit to the saucepan with water and boil them for 10 minutes.

Step four

Add butter and salt and heat it until the butter has melted. Take the saucepan off the heat.

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Step five

Chop the walnuts, it’s okay for some of the pieces are bigger than others.

Step six

Add the eggs and vanilla to a small mixing bowl and whisk until combined and set it aside.

Dry mixture

Step seven

Gather the spelt flour and baking soda.

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Step eight

Combine the flour and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl.

Pour the date mixture on top of the flour, along with the chopped walnuts, whisked eggs and vanilla.

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Step nine

Mix together with a rubber spatula and make sure it’s mixed thoroughly, without any flour clumps.

Step ten

Spoon the muffin batter into the muffin cups.

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I like bigger muffins, so I usually make 9. But if you like smaller muffins, make the 12.

Step eleven

Bake for 20 minutes.

Let the muffins cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

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I break a muffin open.

One of the muffins broken in half and on a green plate with the muffins on a wire rack in the backgroundPin

I butter the muffin.

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I hope you enjoyed this date nut muffins recipe!

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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Delish Date Nut Muffins

These muffins are so moist and delicious
4.96 from 24 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keyword: date nut muffins
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 Muffins
Calories: 291kcal


For the Date Muffins

  • 1 cup dates chopped
  • 1/2 cup prunes chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped


Cook the fruit

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Put dates, prunes and raisins in a saucepan with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
    1 cup dates, 1/2 cup prunes, 1/2 cup raisins, 1 cup water
  • Lower heat and add butter and salt and take off the heat once butter melts.
    1/2 cup butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • In a small mixing bowl, add eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
    2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
    1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup flour
  • Add date mixture, egg mixture and walnuts to the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until moistened.
    1/2 cup walnuts
  • Line muffin tins with muffin cups and fill the cups with batter. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Check with cake tester to see if done. Let cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin before removing to a wire rack to cool.
  • Slather a muffin with butter.
  • Eat
  • Enjoy
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Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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  1. I don’t have much experience with cooking with dates, but these muffins sound like something my mother would love. I am looking forward to trying them this weekend.

    1. Thanks Suzy!! It’s one of my ‘perfect’ for me muffins! Other than my chocolate, chocolate chip muffins 🙂

  2. Mmm those gooey dates look fantastic! I love the stickiness they have in them and I am definitely a fan of not adding sugar into things since I enjoy my sweets lightly sweetened only. 🙂

  3. These muffins look, healthy, hearty, and yummy. I think they would be easy for me to convert into a gluten free recipe. I love your use of the dates, prunes and raisins! Your photography is beautiful, Elaine!

  4. These muffins look so good Lainey, I’m always on the lookout for recipes using less or no sugar, that’s a real bonus to your recipe, thanks for sharing!

  5. Yum! They look totally delicious! ???? I’m of the opinion that a good butter from grass-fed cows is definitely a good food to include in the diet so I will be slathering mine in it once they’re made. It is definitely full of fibre so I best stick to one per sitting! ????

  6. WOw I have never had a date nut muffin but I love dates and know I would love this muffin, it looks sensational. I think its time to try one!

    1. Thanks Claudia! They are almost the perfect muffin (if it had chocolate in them, THAT would make it perfect.) 🙂

  7. I love dates because they sweeten anything up naturally. I thinks these would be delicious for breakfast or even an afternoon snack. Pinning these for later.

  8. I love dates! I am going to pin this!! These muffins look heavenly!! Nutty, moist and sweet!! YUM!!!

  9. I love baking with dates. And your muffins look so mouth watering. So sweet and yet not packed with refined sugar. Not easy baking without sugar. Great that you made it work.

  10. Naturally sweet is the BEST way to go!! I love the sweet taste of dates and muffins are an easy go to in my house! Looks so good, makes me want to eat one hot out of the oven!!

  11. I didn’t notice any comments from people after they tried these si thought I’d add one. I omitted the walnuts. The muffins are light, tender and sweet. I think spreading with Butter is optional, there’s nearly a tablespoon in each at 9 muffins per batch but, of course, the added Butter is delicious!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them. And yes, the added butter is decadent. Hubby eats it that way, but I like it plain as they are pretty moist. Thanks for your comment, Elaine. And by the way, you have the best first name ever! 😉

    1. I’m so glad to hear that Gerry! Hub and I love these muffins! And your addition of cinnamon and ginger sounds perfect! Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

  12. Fantastic! I made these one night for a friend who loves dates and when I got up the next morning, there weren’t enough left to wrap. I should have made a double batch. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Thanks Dianne! I’m so glad you and your friend enjoyed them. 🙂 They go fast in my house too and there are only 2 of us.

  13. I love the look of these!! Can’t wait to try them. Just a question, would coconut oil work instead of butter?? My husband can’t have dairy at the moment. 🙁

    1. Hi Rachel, I’m thinking it will work. It will probably change the taste but if you have a good coconut oil, it shouldn’t be an overwhelming taste. Good luck and let me know what you think of the results.

  14. These were not difficult to make. My fiancé had just eaten when they came out the oven. He said he would taste them later. When I went back in the kitchen.. He was on his second one. ‼️

  15. I had the dates, but no prunes or raisins,so I subbed apricots and dried cranberries. They were really good. My husband likes muffins sweeter so I sprinkled a few grains of brown sugar on top. I like them for breakfast without the butter. Thanks

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you and hubby enjoyed them, Lois! They are a family favorite! I like your additions and substitutions.

  16. I started making these muffins a year ago when my granddaughter was two. THESE are her favorite muffins! We make them every two weeks and she loves helping her Nana bake them. What a fabulous muffin which is so moist and delicious! I do change up the raisins and add in Organic Turkish Apricots. YUM!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that, Nancy. How fun to have this time with your granddaughter. They are in the top three muffins that I love. I love your addition. Hubby is a big fan of Turkish apricots and I have to make them like that for him the next time I make them. 🙂 Thanks for the tip.

  17. Receipe looks great👍
    When you say a cup does that mean 250 grms in weight please?

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