Date Muffins Recipe -- BP: These are really good! Although next time I dont' think I'll chop the dates up as much as I did last time. Or maybe to part chopped and then a whole date in each muffin. Decisions decisions! Used no sugar added applesauce instead of shortening. Calories went from 453 calories for the shortening to 25 calories for the applesauce. Wow! Also used 1 cup of chopped dates and just the 1/2 cup of boiling water. Yield: 6 large muffins.