I just love dates so I think this recipe is an absolutely gem. The sponge is sweetened with date syrup which gives it a dark and glossy look, and moist texture. The chopped dried dates add a sweet kick to each mouthful. The best thing about this loaf is that it is actually quite healthy without refined sugar or too much fat (although dates obviously contain a lot of fruit sugar). It contains iron, fibre and other nutrients. It is also incredibly easy to put this loaf together and I’m sure your little ones will love to get involved.
- 150g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 200g dried dates, chopped
- 50g pecans (or walnuts), chopped
- 2 ripe bananas
- 125ml date syrup (available in health food shops)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 100ml sunflower oil
- few drops vanilla extract
- Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into a bowl. Add the chopped dates and pecans. Combine.
- In a separate bowl, mash the bananas. Add the date syrup, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Mix together well.
- Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Stir together to combine.
- Grease a loaf baking tin and dust with flour. Pour the mixture into the tin and then bake at 180C for 50-60 minutes. The cake is cooked when it has risen, is firm on top and a skewer inserted into the middle is pretty clean. Be wary of over-cooking this loaf as it is nice when it is kept moist and sticky.
- Enjoy with tea, cream or by itself!