Wholewheat Date Cocoa Muffins



Time of the month for posting the challenge for the Muslim Food Bloggers! Last month, if you remember, we had started a new challenge among a small group of bloggers, and my first post was the Ma’amoul that I tried from the blog that was assigned for that month. This month, the challPinenge was to cook with a particular ingredient and the ingredient that was provided to our team of bloggers was “DATES”.


We all know how important dates is to a Muslim. There are so many mention of this humble fruit in the Qur’an and Hadith, so much that dates are considered one of the fruits of paradise. Dates are the best substance to open your fast with. Dates was what, when our revered Maryam (AS) suffered from birth pangs while carrying Isa (AS), she was offered to ease her pain. “Shake the trunk of the palm toward you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.” (Surah Maryam: 25) A few Hadith below that were reported regarding dates:


Narrated by Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): “The Prophet said there is a tree among the trees which is similar to a Muslim (in goodness), and that is the date palm tree.” (Bukhari)

“People in a house without dates are in a state of hunger.” (Muslim)

“Whoever eats seven dates of the High Land of Madinah in the morning will not be hurt by poison or sorcery on that day.” (Bukhari)


It is also said that the Prophet extorted believers “to defend yourselves from hell fire even with a piece of date.”




I love to munch on dates and make sure I eat at least one date a day. But somehow baking with dates has never been tempting to me. I love a good date almond milkshake or dates lassi, which features at least once every Ramadan for Iftar. But I have only made a dates cake once, a brownie with dates in it as well as a crumble. Otherwise my escapades with this fruit has been limited. The fun part is that last month, the recipe I chose to make had dates in it as well – the Ma’amoul. 😀 So it’s double dates time on the blog… hehe…


This recipe is adapted from here, with all my changes and makes an amazing breakfast muffin. Should I count the plus points?

  • Made with wholewheat flour
  • Loaded with the goodness of dates
  • Limited fat
  • Limited diary

Doesn’t all the above make this bake wholesome and guilt free? Already, the dates give it a lovely color, so that one tbsp of cocoa powder gives it a chocolaty look. All in all, it was an amazing and satisfactory bake to say the least. So this happens to be my entry for this month’s theme for the challenge. Hoping onto the recipe…




4.75 from 4 votes

Wholewheat Date Cocoa Muffins

Course Cakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda


  • 90 gm dates chopped
  • 150 ml water
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 30 gm butter softened
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup minus 1 tbsp wholewheat flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch salt


  • Combine the chopped dates and water in a saucepan and cook on high flame till the water boils.
  • Switch off and add the soda. The mixture will bubble. Stir till the dates are melted. Some bites are OK.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a 6 cup muffin pan.
  • Beat the butter and sugar till fluffy. Add the egg and beat again.
  • Add in the date water and fold.
  • Add the in the dry ingredients and fold in till combined.
  • Spoon into each of the muffin cups till 3/4.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, till a skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool on rack and enjoy!
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  1. These muffins sound and look really healthy and delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. 4 stars
    So soft and so yum looking muffins….thank you Rafeeda for the Challenge and for the all the pain you took to organize this event…I am happy to be part of this event…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lubna… I am really happy to be doing it…

  3. It looks so delicious and moist!!Loved the way u presented it!????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia… 🙂

  4. Lovely textured and Muffins with cocoa has always its uniqueness!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila….

  5. Delicious muffins..nice texture…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Shabbu…

  6. Reading all the MFB posts until now, I realized I did not give any intro to the ingredient! 😛 Muffins with those listed goodness is worth a try for sure. I love dates chocolate combo – it can never ever go wrong. Thank you for bringing us together with this kinda a challenge and love you more for making it interesting each time! 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… That’s OK, everybody does it in their style… 😛 Thank you so much dear… I am grateful that all of you are taking part in it with so much zest… 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Luv these muffins the look awesome, must be delicious too..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anlet…

  8. Adipoli Muffins,lovely combo…It was a nice challenge with dates as the main ingredient.
    Lovely clicks and props dear!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana…

  9. yummy n moist muffins…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Faseela…

  10. Muffins look so soft and moist .beautiful clicks .Appreciate your efforts in bringing up the challenge. Happy to be a part of it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath…

  11. A very detailed introduction. & muffin looks yum.I love to use dates in baking and desserts. Hope to participate in next challenge. Still have guest this whole month

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Really hope you can make it next month Huma… Thank you so much dear…

  12. Salaamu aleikoum,

    Your muffins look fabulous! I will try these enchallah. Can you tell me where I can join the Muslim Food blogger’s challenge. BarakAllahu fiki

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Waalikumussalam warahmatullah… I have sent you an email today, would love to see you on board! Waiyyaki BarakAllah…

  13. yummm, can I have one?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh sure Nammi!

  14. 5 stars
    Your muffins are so tempting. I’m gonna try this next week on my cousin’s birthday, Insha Allah 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Meera… InShaAllah, if you do try them, please share a pic and your feedback too! 🙂

  15. Hi Rafeeda,
    I would like to try this muffins, I am a lover of date muffins. I think it would be great if could you share the ingredients based on cup measurements too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hello Narjes, thank you for your comment. I do understand your concern, however unlike ingredients like flour and sugar, it is difficult to quantify other ingredients and hence the weight. It is always advised to get an inexpensive weighing scale if you want to bake. They are quite sturdy and last for a really long time…

      1. 5 stars
        I made this muffin twice so far and all really liked it. Thanks for an easy and yammi recipe! I am thinking of making bran date muffin too. Any suggestion on how to modify this recipe would be appreciated.
        Actually I do not have a scale yet. So I used about a half cup chopped dates and half a cup water for this recipe and it turned out well.

        1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

          Hello dear, thank you so much for trying the recipe and sharing your feedback. I don’t know how adding bran would affect the recipe unless I try it myself. I am sorry that I can’t be of help…

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