Preheat oven to 350 F.
Place the pitted dates in a bowl and cover them with the boiling water. Set aside to soak for 5 minutes.
While the dates are soaking, beat together the margarine and sugar in the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Puree the dates with the water then add it to the mixer.
Slowly add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Grease 2 muffin tins (or work in batches), or ramekins with cooking spray. Fill up the cups 3/4 of the way.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Use the tip of a butter knife to ease the muffins out of the tin.
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce.