Healthy Date Loaf

Hi Everyone,
If you live in Australia, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend.  We stayed the weekend at a farm near Heathcote and it was so peaceful.  We were very lucky with the weather, it was sunny every day and we spent time going for long walks..(spotted a few kangaroos in the National Park), visited a few wineries, reading and of course eating!  The day before we left I spent shopping for food and managed to make this healthy date loaf to take away with us.
After making a couple of test loaves on Friday, I decided to add a half a cup more dates to the recipe and now think it’s spot on.  It’s so easy to make, only a few ingredients and everything gets mixed together in the one bowl.  It’s a great one for school lunch boxes as there is no butter or refined sugar in it, also lovely with a cup of tea mid morning or afternoon.

Date Loaf

1 1/2 cups dates, chopped
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (or a little less depending on how sweet your tooth is)
1/3 cup rice bran oil
1 cup boiling water
1 3/4 cups plain flour (spelt, wholemeal, your flour of choice)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Grease a loaf tin and line with baking paper.

Place chopped dates, honey or maple syrup and rice bran oil in a large baking bowl.
Pour in the boiling water and give it a good stir until everything is incorporated.
Add sifted flour & baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, vanilla and mix well.

Pour into the tin and bake for 45 minutes.

Note:  you can also add 1 cup chopped walnuts to the recipe for a Date and Walnut Loaf.

If you have any bananas that are overripe cut one in half lengthways, place on top of the loaf, cut side up pressed slightly into the mixture and bake as per above.

Catherine x


  1. mel

    Looks great Catherine. Could be good to freeze – I'm always stuck for lunch box snacks and the kids always end up with carmans muesli bars which is not great each day. Good idea of Amanda's to substitute with maple syrup, it's got great health qualities. Beautiful photos and styling as always! M x

  2. Catherine Bedson

    Hi Mel, you could double the recipe and make two (one for the freezer). I have the same challenges with my daughters school lunch, we buy the Carmens Superfood Muesli Bars now and then.

    Yes good quality maple syrup does have great health qualities, it's full of anti oxidants and zinc. The yellow box honey is also great, it's low GI and a natural sweetner. The rice malt syrup

    1. Catherine

      Hi Judy, I appreciate you leaving a comment. I’m so happy you make this date loaf regularly, I haven’t made it in a while and you’ve inspired me to make one again soon. I love it as well, so nice with a coffee or tea.

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