I used to just use a minimal amount of sugar in them, but after going to Bahrain and regaining my love of dates and the amazing natural sweetener they are, I’ve completely replaced the sugar with date paste. I make my own date paste and always keep some handy in my fridge to use as a sugar substitute in anything: oatmeal, cookies, brownies, breakfast bars, even orange chicken!
Dates (3/4 cup or more if you want to have some on hand)
Put dates in a small bowl and lightly pack
Pour boiling water over dates until they are barely covered
Let the dates sit for 20-30 minutes then process the water and dates in a food processor until smooth
1 can rinsed black beans
2-3 tbs coconut oil or other oil
½ - ¾ cup date paste depending on taste
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup cocoa powder
Put everything in a food processor and process until smooth. You may need to stop it and scrape the sides down a time or two. Pour into 12 muffin tins.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.