Stir together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, and make a well in center of mixture.
Stir together eggs, oil, and pumpkin; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Stir in dates and pecans.
Place paper baking cups in muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake at 400° for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from pans immediately, and cool on wire racks.
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