Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins

Luby's, a cafeteria chain here in Texas, serves these yummy muffins. The recipe was originally printed in the food section of the Houston Chronicle.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium bowl, combine dates and hot water. Let stand 10 minutes. Drain and discard water.Cover and refrigerate until cold.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line 12 medium muffin cups with paper liners or lightly grease.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
  5. Add water,pecans,eggs,baking soda, vanilla, and salt and mix until well blended.
  6. Add flour and mix until just moistened.
  7. Fold in cold dates and spoon into prepared muffin pans.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Let stand a few minutes before removing from pan.


Most Helpful

Dates, pecans, and bran muffins are among my favourites, so I had to try these. I would call them Muffin Nirvana. I got 12 muffins (using extra-large cups filled to the top) as well as two mini-loaves. (Well, actually, I got one loaf and a big mess in my oven, but that's my own fault!) For a healthier muffin I followed Epi-Curious' suggestions about flour and spices, replacing the 2 3/4 cups A.P. with a blend of 3/4c whole wheat flour, 1 cup all purpose flour, and 1 cup wheat bran. This combination is used in Apple Date Muffins(#151382) by Clutter Collector. I also added about 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/3 tsp nutmeg. (I will grate whole nutmeg into just about anything - I am hooked on the stuff!) This produced a tender, but sturdy and flavourful muffin that would probably travel very well to work, school, or where ever - this is, if there are any left!

Stylin'Dog May 05, 2007

These are wonderful muffins, but I substitute a mix of wheat flour, bran, and oatmeal for the white flour. Also add some cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, or ginger for a really spicy muffin. You can substitute a mix of nuts for the pecans, but I found pecans to be the "hands down" tastiest choice!

Epi-curious September 25, 2005

Love this recipe! I've been looking for this Luby's recipe for years and am so happy I found it. As a child, I could never figure out what exactly these muffins were made out of... it was DATES!! Modifications to recipe: Used half white and half dark brown sugar. Also added a touch of cinnamon.

christysu June 06, 2016

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