Heat your oven to 375 degrees F and rub a muffin pan with coconut oil.
Place the dates in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, until soft. Add them into a large food processor with the pumpkin, oil and egg, stopping to scrape the sides as needed. The dates won't totally break down and that's okay!
Add the rest of the ingredients and process until blended.
Spoon into 6 muffin cavities (I use an ice cream scoop for rounded tops) and cover with pecans, if desired. Bake for 5 mins. Then, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake another 12-16 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.